Monday, 26 September 2016

Competition: Win Invasion Earth on DVD

Invasion Earth is released on DVD October 3rd. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Famous self-help Guru, Dr. Carson travels to his new facility with eight young addicts with the aim of helping them through their troubles and integrating them back into society. Unfortunately for them society is about to be dismantled as a military force, not from this world, begins a hostile take-over.

Can these youngsters escape the facility and if they do, will it even make a difference?

"You will not be able to look away" -

"Worth checking out" -

"Will keep your attention the entire time and even had me begging for more. 4.5/5" -

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Invasion Earth [DVD]

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Competition: Win Ash vs Evil Dead on DVD

Ash vs Evil Dead is out on DVD on 19th September! and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to win.

ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD is the long-awaited follow-up to the cult favourite horror film franchise The Evil Dead from the original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Craig DiGregorio.

Twenty Four years since the last instalment of the Evil Dead trilogy, action legend Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead trilogy, Burn Notice) returns as Ashley J. "Ash" Williams for another bout of ass-kicking the evil dead.

Ash (Campbell) now works at the "ValueShop" mart as a stock boy, and the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.

His life has gone nowhere and he now lives in a trailer, drinking in bars at night and having casual affairs with various women, usually after making up a sensational story about how he lost his hand. After having inadvertently read the incantation from the Book of the Dead again, he unleashes the Kandarian Demon one more time. A new set of events brings him to assume his former fighting persona and face the new demonic plague in order to save the human race.

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Ash vs Evil Dead - Season 1 [DVD] [2016]

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6 Of The Best Cult Teen Horrors

Every few years, a film comes along that speaks to teens and becomes a cult hit. From the iconic Ghostface calling his victims in Scream to the blood-soaked prom prank in Carrie, these moments are relatable and overdramatic – perfect for the younger generation. Friend Request is the latest in this dark and twisted trend, where social media is used to terrorise a group of students.

Laura has 800 friends on social media, but when she accepts a friend request from a quiet girl in her class she quickly realises how dangerous the click of a mouse can be. Soon a dark spirit takes control of Laura’s account and one by one, her friends are killed in the most brutal ways. Ahead of the release of Friend Request on Blu-rayTM and DVD September 19, we wanted to take a look at some of the best teen cult horrors of all time.

Carrie (1976)
Carrie received two Academy Award nominations, and launched the careers of various young actors including John Travolta. The film follows the shy teenager Carrie, who has an overbearing mother and is bullied by many students at her school. When she becomes the victim of a cruel prank to crown her Prom Queen and dump a bucket of pig’s blood over her on stage, Carrie unleashes her telekinetic fury upon innocent and guilty students alike, destroying her high school gymnasium and trapping the students inside to feel her wrath.

Halloween (1978)
Arguably one of the most successful horror franchises of all time, the Halloween saga began with a moment which shocked cinemagoers everywhere. When six year-old Michael Myers dressed in a clown costume brutally murders his sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife, the child is committed to a psychiatric hospital until he escapes at the age of 21. The psychotic murderer returns to his home town and begins stalking high school student Laurie Strode, killing anyone who gets in his way.

Scream (1996)
This American slasher mocked the clichés of horror movies by openly referencing classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th. The film introduces the mysterious and now infamous killer known as ‘Ghostface,’ who creepily calls and taunts his victims before murdering them. The film focuses on Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends, who try to work out the identity of Ghostface while he goes on a killing spree until only Sidney remains, or so we think…

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Another classic from the 90s, I Know What You Did Last Summer follows four friends a year after they killed a fisherman with their car and dumped his body in the water. When Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) receives a mysterious letter claiming that her crime was seen, the group set off to track down who they think is responsible for the note as they are persued by the ‘figure in a rain slick.’.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Krueger made his way onto our screens in 1984 wielding his blade-fixed glove, stalking and slashing the teens of Springwood, Ohio in their dreams, or rather, nightmares. Johnny Depp received his on-screen debut as Glen Lantz, a stubborn teenage boy who refuses to accept that the nightmare murderer is real despite seeing his friends and girlfriend fatally slashed by an unseen force.

Friend Request (2016)
A modern day cult horror movie in the making, Friend Request is a breath of fresh air for the genre. Using social media as the medium to strike terror into teens, the film brings horror into the 21st century by highlighting how much we share online and how that could be used against us. Laura is one of the most popular girls at college, and suddenly receives a friend request from the awkward and lonely Marina. After accepting, Marina becomes jealous and angry when Laura doesn’t hang out with her, prompting an unfriending. But this is a decision that Laura will live to regret, if she can survive that is.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Film News (UK): Horror Channel to premiere HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, TRIANGLE & WICKER MAN

There are a magnificent seven premieres on the Horror Channel this month, including the UK TV premiere of Renny Harlin’s icy horror mystery THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT and the network premieres of Christopher Smith’s compelling psychological thriller TRIANGLE and Jason Eisener’s rampaging HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, starring a pistol-packing Rutger Hauer.

Also enjoying their network premieres are Darren Lynn Bousman’s wince-inducing SAW III, Phil Claydon’s sharply-toothed LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS, with James Cordon and Matthew Horne, the late Robin Hardy’s all-time classic THE WICKER MAN and the Pang Brother’s creepy family drama THE MESSENGERS.

Full details of premieres in transmission order:

Fri 9 Sept @ 22:55 – HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011) * Network Premiere

Rutger Hauer stars as a gun-toting homeless vigilante determined to clean the mean streets of trash – or rather, who he perceives as human vermin. He pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in a mire of criminal chaos. What ensues is a bullet-ripping drama of riotous revenge. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won the SxSW Festival’s GRINDHOUSE competition with the original HOBO fake trailer.

Saturday 10 Sept @ 23:00 – SAW III (2006) *Network Premiere

Minutes after Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) leaves him in the underground bathroom at the end of Saw II, Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) escapes by breaking his foot with a toilet lid and slipping it out of his ankle chain. Six months later, another Jigsaw victim is discovered by Lieutenant Rigg (Lyriq Bent) and Detectives Kerry (Dina Meyer) and Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and the horror begins…again.

Fri 16 Sept @ 21:00 – LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS (2009) *Network Premiere

Fletch (James Corden) and Jimmy (Matthew Horne) decide to escape their girlfriend problems and head to the countryside for a weekend of debauchery. Things don’t quite go to plan and they find themselves stuck in a village where all the women have been enslaved by a legendary vampire curse. As the night unfolds the boys have to put all of their fears (and dreams) behind them in order to rise to the challenge of becoming LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS. . Also stars Paul McGann playing the potty-mouthed priest who is the only one who knows how to slay the vampirettes.

Sat 17 Sept @ 21:00 – TRIANGLE (2009) *Network Premiere

When Jess (Melissa George) sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realised when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she’s been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone...Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror. A masterpiece in psychological terror from Severance & Black Death director Christopher Smith.

Fri 23 Sept @ 21:00 – THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT (2013) *UK TV Premiere

In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, all nine were discovered dead. A search party found the hikers’ tents ripped open from the inside and all seemed to have died from hypothermia.   With no compelling evidence or witnesses to account for the puzzling night, the case quickly fell into legendary infamy. The riddle has baffled investigators, researchers and authorities ever since. Now five young filmmakers retrace the steps of the doomed hikers in pursuit of the unsolvable mystery. What will they find? Starring Gemma Atkinson & Holly Goss.

Sat 24 Sept @ 21:00 – THE WICKER MAN (1973) *Network Premiere

The story was inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual and centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism. His unease intensifies as he continues his investigation, slowly coming to fear that the girl's disappearance may be linked to a horrifying circumstances beyond his control. Director Robin Hardy was working on his next film, The Wrath of the Gods, which would have completed The Wicker Man Trilogy, at the time of his death on July 1, 2016.

Fri 30 Sept @ 21:00 – THE MESSENGERS (2007) *Network Premiere

The first English-language horror entry by the Pang Brothers and produced by Sam Raimi  this suspenseful supernatural thriller centres on the dysfunctional Solomon family, who leave the fast paced life of Chicago for the secluded world of a North Dakota farm. Amidst the tranquil sway of the farm's field of sunflowers, Jess, 16, soon realises how terrifying seclusion can be when she and her brother Ben, 3, begin seeing ominous apparitions invisible to everyone else.

PLUS! Horror Channel has some exciting Daytime premieres of films and TV series, including the UK TV premiere of TERRORDACTYL, a prehistoric joyride into hell where downtown Los Angeles is plagued by a deadly swarm of pterodactyls.

The full line-up of daytime films:

Wed 7 Sept @ 16:00 – THE DINOSAUR PROJECT (2012) *Network Premiere

Wed 14 Sept @16:00 – AMAZING STORIES: THE MOVIE (1966) *Network Premiere

Wed 21 Sept @16:00 – KNIGHT RIDER 2000 (1991) *Network Premiere

Wed 28 Sept @16:00 – TERRORDACTYL (2016) *UK TV Premiere

The Daytime series:

From Mon 5 Sept at 09:00 & 19:00 – HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS SEASON 4  (1997-1998) *Network Premiere

From Mon 19 Sept at 12:00 & 20:00 – LAND OF THE GIANTS SEASON 1 (1968-1969) *Network Premiere

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 | Freeview 70 | |

Monday, 5 September 2016

Competition: Win Exterminator 2 [Blu-ray]

Exterminator 2 is released on Bluray September 5th. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on Bluray to give away.

For the first time available in the UK on Blu-Ray.

John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is back and hes cleaning up the urban jungle again but this time, hes going to do it right.

When his brother is fried alive by The Exterminator during a hold-up attempt, the satanic X (Mario Van Peebles) and his gang decides to get even and eliminate The Exterminator. The marauders unleash a campaign of violence and barbarism and, as they terrify the populace, it appears they may be invincible. But they make a terrible mistake they cripple The Exterminators girlfriend and its a mistake they quickly regret.

Donning an Army jacket and metal mast and arming himself with his flamethrower, The Exterminator takes to the wheel of his garbage truck and sets to clear out the city of its malignant human refuse. In a confrontation of all-consuming fury, the warlords meet their match

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Exterminator 2 [Blu-ray]

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Competition: Win Patient Z on DVD

Patient Z is released on DVD September 5th. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Lacie Donovan suffers from a problem that is all too common for college students: an empty wallet. With semester break at hand, a flyer on the campus bulletin board offering $1,000 for medical research volunteers could not have been posted at a better time.

Lacie, her friend Killian and half a dozen other participants sign up for the 3-day experiment. Unfortunately, they've unknowingly volunteered their bodies as human guinea pigs in an ongoing U.S. Military experiment aimed at developing a bioweapon...

Kirk Anderson (Actor), Daniel Baldwin (Actor), David McElroy (Director)

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Patient Z - The Infected [DVD]

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Competition: Win Vampyres on DVD

Vampyres is out on DVD on 5th September! and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to win.

Two beautiful women roam the English countryside, luring men to their estate for orgies of sex and blood. But when a group of campers stumble into the vampires' lair, they find themselves sucked into a vortex of savage lust and forbidden desires.

Caroline Munro
Verónica Polo

Victor Matellano

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Interview with Barbie Wilde By David Kempf

 “Barbie Wilde is best known for playing the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic British cult horror movie, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Before moving to the UK, Wilde attended Syracuse University in New York State, majoring in Drama and Anthropology. She continued her education in London, studying Drama, Classical Mime and Art History, before joining Britain’s largest classical mime troupe, SILENTS.

Wilde has performed in cabaret in Bangkok, Thailand; robotically danced in the Indian blockbuster, Janbazz; was a vicious thug in Michael Winner’s Death Wish 3; and played a drummer in the so-called “Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80’s horror”: Grizzly II: The Concert, which also featured then unknowns George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen.

In the early 1980s, Wilde danced professionally at the top nightclubs and rock venues of New York, London and Amsterdam with her group, SHOCK. SHOCK released two singles on RCA Records and supported such artists as Gary Numan, Ultravox, Depeche Mode and Adam and the Ants.

Wilde wrote and presented eight music and film review TV programs in the 1980s and 1990s, interviewing such pop personalities as Iggy Pop, The Sisters of Mercy, The B-52s and Johnny Rotten, as well as actors Nicolas Cage and Hugh Grant. Wilde was also a Casting Director for the BBC’s The Buddha Of Suburbia and for MTV’s The Real World: London.

In 2009-2016, Wilde contributed short stories to 15 horror or crime anthologies and publications. In 2012, Comet Press published Wilde’s well-received debut dark crime, serial killer novel, The Venus Complex. Fangoria has called Wilde “one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror fiction around.”

Interview with Barbie Wilde By David Kempf

Please tell us about your new illustrated horror short story collection Voices of The Damned. 

Here’s the blurb that I came up with for the book, which I believe describes it perfectly:

Enter into the mind of Barbie Wilde, whose disturbing interior world teems with the voices of rebellious female demons, devilish witches, semen-hungry neo-vampires, raging gods and home invaders, the fiends of sleep paralysis, pint-sized store-front preachers with a whiff of sulfur, body horrors of the most grotesque kind, clandestine aliens and Zulu zombies.

These truly are the Voices of the Damned: eleven short horror stories from Barbie Wilde, actress (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Death Wish 3) and dark crime-horror novelist (The Venus Complex).

Each story is accompanied by seductive, haunting, full color artworks and illustrations created by some of the most imaginative artists in the genre: Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Steve McGinnis, Daniele Serra, Eric Gross, Tara Bush, Vincent Sammy, & Ben Baldwin.

When did you first become interested in writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I was a little kid. I wrote a play about the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere when I was 12 and acted out all the parts in front of my 6th grade class. That was the first time I heard applause and I was hooked. Even when I was a full time actress, I was trying my hand at screenplays and TV shows.

When I hit my mid-thirties, “acting left me behind” as thespians say, and I turned my hand to casting commercials and TV shows, however, the love of writing was always buzzing away in the background until I was working on it full time, creating my debut diary-of-a-serial-killer novel, The Venus Complex, which was published by Comet Press in 2012.

In 2009, I wrote my first short horror story, “Sister Cilice” (the tale of a sex-starved nun who transforms into a female cenobite), for the Hellbound Hearts anthology, which was edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan. I was subsequently asked to submit to other short horror story anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (again edited by Paul and Marie) and Dean M. Drinkel’s Phobophobia, Phobophobias, The Demonologia Biblica, The Grimorium Verum, etc. Many of these stories are featured in Voices of the Damned.

How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

I’ve always been interested in the criminal mind, which is why I wrote The Venus Complex. Writing horror isn’t such a great leap from crime, because I tend to write about real life horror. Man really is the scariest monster of them all. Although this doesn’t preclude me tackling supernatural subjects such as vampires, demons, enormous polyps, and possessed children as well.

How did you land the part of the Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II?

The casting director for Hellbound, Doreen Jones, called my acting agent and arranged for me to audition with Tony Randel. I nearly didn’t go because the first Hellraiser film disturbed me so much! I also thought that I was going up for the role of the Chatterer and I hated the idea of that kind of heavy mask work, having done it in the past. However, I had a great chat with Tony and I ended up getting the part.

Why? I’m not sure. I did have classical mime training and I know that Clive was very interested in mime, so that might have been a deciding factor.

Was it scary to work with Charlie Sheen?

In Grizzly II: The Concert, Charlie played a “Red Shirt”, i.e., a fairly inconsequential character who gets killed off quite quickly. I never actually met him, or Laura Dern, or George Clooney during the filming. (It’s amazing how many soon-to-be-famous actors appeared in this so-called “Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased ‘80s horror”.) All my scenes were filmed on a huge concert stage in a national park in Hungary. I was playing a drummer in an electronic band performing in the park while Charlie, Laura and George were being munched on by the bear in the forest somewhere nearby.

Grizzly II was a very strange experience, but I did have a lot of fun. Bits of the film can still be found on Youtube. I think there were a lot of technical problems with the mechanical bear, which kept breaking down, along with the usual financial woes, that finally scuppered the film.

Tell us about receiving literary critical praise from the world’s premiere horror magazine Fangoria.

I was thrilled, to say the least. I initially contacted Chris Alexander, the editor-in-chief of Fangoria at that time, and asked him if he wanted to review The Venus Complex. Chris asked me to send him everything that I’d written up to that point and we ended up doing an interview featurette in Fangoria #321 called “Bad Barbie”.  Chris really understood where I was coming from in trying to explore the sexual mindscapes of my characters in a way that I felt hadn’t been done before. It didn’t matter if the character was a Greek myth-obsessed shut-in, or a 300 year old witch, or an author suffering from writer’s block, or an art history professor who ends up morphing into a serial killer.

Also, having New York Times best-selling author John Skipp review The Venus Complex and a filmmaker like Izzy Lee review Voices of the Damned was brilliant, as I love their work so much.

What does Clive Barker think of your fiction?

Clive has been incredibly supportive of my work, as well as being very generous. His beautiful artwork, “She Waits”, is the cover art for Voices of the Damned, “Kiss Me” for my nun-turned-Female-Cenobite story, “Sister Cilice”, and “Princess Breath” for “Gaia”.

What do you see as the primary difference between British and American horror?

You know, I’ve never thought about it in those terms. Although I’ve been in the UK a long time, I’ve only written two stories from a British perspective. The first one, “Zulu Zombies”, appeared in the antho The Bestarium Vocabulum (edited by Dean M. Drinkel), then it was reprinted in Fangoria’s Gorezone and it now features in Voices of the Damned with a fantastic illustration by Nick Percival. Milton Keynes and London are the settings for “Zulu Zombies”.

“Blue-Eyes”, a story that I’ve just written for the Best British Horror: Green and Pleasant Land antho, is set in the green belt north of London.

Since I grew up in Canada and the USA, I’ve always given a North American sensibility to my stories because that’s what I know best. That’s also where the biggest differences can be found, for example: the lingo, the locations, and the cultural background and perspectives of the characters.

What are your favorite horror books?

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, The Stand, The Shining…

My favorite authors: Clive Barker, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, Colin Wilson for his true crime books, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Kane, Ramsey Campbell and Philip K. Dick. Also, writers for the screen such as David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro, The Soska Sisters and John Carpenter.

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

Hellraiser, Audition, The Ring, Sinister, American Mary,  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Haunting (1963), The Thing From Another World (1953), Carpenter’s The Thing, Alien, Halloween…

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

To fearlessly explore the minds, the urges and the emotional landscapes of my characters and to never self-edit myself while doing so.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

My favourite inspirational quote is from the movie GalaxyQuest: “Never give up! Never surrender!” It’s the best advice I can give to anyone going into the arts.

What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

I’ve always gone with well-respected independent publishers because they’re very supportive and enthusiastic about my work. I’ve had some friends go the self-publishing route and I think that they’ve been rather disappointed by the response they’ve received. Of course, there is always the “Twilight”-type example that shows that self-publishing can lead to great success, but that’s probably the exception that proves the rule.

What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on a couple of film scripts based on two of my short horror stories. I’m also gearing up to the 30th Anniversary of Hellraiser in 2017. There are some horror convention appearances with my fellow cenobites on the horizon.

Please in your own words write a paragraph about yourself & your work.

Well, the narrative arc of my career has certainly been a wild one. (Pun intended!) Starting out as an actress, then having a pop career in the early ‘80s, moving into writing and presenting as a host of eight different TV shows, then working as a casting director, and finally becoming a published author. I guess you can say that when one door opened, I didn’t hesitate, I just walked through and discovered the strange and wonderful surprises that lay beyond. Becoming an author has been one of my favourite and most liberating career choices as I’m fascinated and exhilarated by writing fiction, where there are no boundaries to my imagination. As far as my work is concerned, I consider myself very much a character-driven author. Instead of just playing roles, I now create characters — the darker the better — and then let them loose upon the world. And if you do choose to read one of my twisted and erotic tales, not only will you hopefully be scared and disturbed, you’ll also be amused — and perhaps even offended and disgusted. But the likelihood is that you’ll always remember my horror stories.

Facebook: www.facebook/barbie.wilde,
Twitter: @barbiewilde

Photographer Iain McKell
The Venus Complex cover Daniele Serra
Voices of the Damned - Clive Barker
American Mutant art by Vincent Sammy

Monday, 15 August 2016

Competition: Win Lair of the Beast DVD

Lair of the Beast is released on DVD August 22. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Four friends hike into the Pinewood forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, a creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of a group of experienced hikers a year earlier. As they journey deeper into the forest, they are introduced to a darkness that leaves these four victims fighting for their lives. One by one these friends are faced with the reality of survival.

Lair of the Beast is released on DVD August 22

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Lair Of The Beast [DVD]

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Film News (UK): Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2016 Short Film programme

Neck and Neck
With twenty-six films over three days, including seven World, five European and nine UK premieres, Horror Channel FrightFest’s 2016 short film showcase shines a  dazzling spotlight on the brave new wave of emerging genre talent, with UK films at its pulsating dark heart.

There are ten films representing the UK. From Cat Davies comes CONNIE, a dark look at the world of stand-up comedy with Catrin Stewart and a guest appearance by horror guru Kim Newman.
Then there is FRANCOIS, the first short by Preston Nyman, son of FrightFest favourite Andy Nyman, about a man with a disturbing mission. Plus there’s Neville Pierce’s BRICKS, starring Jason Flemyng, giving a horror twist to the class struggle. Bob Pipe’s THE MONSTER, is a touching and terrifying homage to old-time monster films, while NECK AND NECK, from Mew Lab animation studio, is a surreal homage to Shakespeare. There’s the latest in zombie terror with DAWN OF THE DEAF by Rob Savage, and the romantic dark fantasy of NEON by Mark J. Blackman. Completing the home-grown line-up are film writer turned director Sam Ashurst’s suspenseful HELL’S GARDEN, Damon Rickard’s psychologically gripping DISSOCIATIVE, and Christopher Goodman and Kate Walshie’s disease-ridden BLIGHT.

From the US, we have three returning FrightFest alum. Jill ‘Sixx’ Gevargizian is back with THE STYLIST, the secret and bloody world of hairdressers; GWILLIAM is the latest comedy-terror from Brian Lonano; and Chris McInroy’s DEATH METAL turns up the horror volume to the max. John Carpenter wrote the music for and makes a cameo appearance in THE PUPPET MAN, an homage to 80s slasher films; the fantastic Zoë Bell delivers the laughs and kicks ass in NO TOUCHING, starring Jake Busey, and, in THE GARDEN, a young ballerina tries to break free from tyranny. Plus director Ryan Spindell pits babysitter against psychopath in THE BABYSITTER MURDERS and we get a very dark portrait of an underground fetish club in Mila Zuo’s CARNAL ORIENT.

The Babysitter Murders
From around the world, there’s South Korean comedy in BOW WOW BOW, Ayako Fujitani’s hilarious look at the mundane life of an office worker; Gigi Saul Guerrero returns with macabre horror in MADRE DE DIOS and there’s more comedic terror from Spain with THANATOPRAXY. Plus we have a diabolical Luxembourgean mouse in PEARLIES, two scientists on a journey into the Icelandic unknown in French director Fabien Dubois’ HERE WE ARE, monsters in  the closet in Canadian director Greg Jeffs’ IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD and two gems from Australia – Stefani Speerin’s demented pantomime ISADORE and CURVE, Tim Egan’s visually intense story of survival.

Programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg said today: "From dystopian prisons to underground fetish clubs, to isolated country houses, to the streets of Seoul, the shorts programme for Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will take the audience to the strangest corners of the world and the darkest depths of the human soul”.

The full line-up

GWILLIAM (UK Premiere)
Director: Brian Lonano. Cast: William Tokarsky, Paul Painter. USA 2015. 6 mins.
A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget...Gwilliam.

CONNIE (World Premiere)
Director: Cat Davies. Cast: Catrin Stewart. Special Appearance by Kim Newman. UK 2016. 20 mins.
Would-be comedienne Dolly can’t seem to find the right act. Until she meets Connie, who helps her discover a darker side of funny.

BLIGHT (World Premiere)
Director: Christopher Goodman and Kate Walshe. Cast: Jack Parker, Rosalind Parker. UK 2015. 6 mins.
A small town detective ventures to a remote cottage to check upon an isolated family, where he discovers a monstrous illness has had dire consequences.

Director: Jill Gervagizian. Cast: Najarra Townsend, Jennifer Plas. USA 2016. 15 mins.
Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives, Claire has plans of her own.

Director: Shaun Clark. Cast: Melvyn Ternan. UK 2016. 5 mins.
In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone, poisoning Othello’s mind.

THE GARDEN (European Premiere)
Director: Natalia Iyudin. Cast: Sophia Lillis, Julian Sarin. USA 2015. 13 mins.
In 2089, humans become an outmoded being, and the only way to survive is to integrate into A.I. constructs. Yet Luc would rather die than conform.

BOW WOW BOW (UK Premiere)
Director: Ayako Fujitani. Cast: Insoo Park, Eunjeong Lee. South Korea/USA 2015. 15 mins.
Sangil lives his routine and mundane life by the clock. But a slight disruption might have unintended consequences.


FRANCOIS (World Premiere)
Director: Preston Nyman. Cast: Alex Tol, Leroy Emmett. UK 2016. 5 mins.
A young man with a love of 1950s songs must commit dark acts against his will for the benefit of a higher authority.

NO TOUCHING (European Premiere)
Director: Will Corona Pilgrim, Adam Davis. Cast: Zoe Bell, Doug Jones, Jake Busey. USA 2016. 13 mins.
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons, the tables are turned by two resourceful women.

Director: Jacqueline Castel. Cast: Crystal Renn. Special Appearance by John Carpenter. USA 2016. 9 Mins.
A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in this reference-laden homage to 80s horror films.

Director: Rob Savage. Cast: Caroline Ward, Stephen Collins. UK 2016. 12 mins.
When a sonic pulse infects the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.

CURVE (European Premiere)
Director: Tim Egan. Cast: Laura Jane Turner. Australia 2016. 10 mins.
Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a woman tries to cover the few feet back to safety.

Director: Bob Pipe. Cast: Rich Glover, Helen George. UK 2015. 16 mins.
He’s just trying to make a living and find love in the crazy world of monster movies. But will his greatest asset also be his downfall?

PEARLIES (UK Premiere)
Director: Pascal Thiebaux. Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Matthieu Clément-Lescop. Luxembourg 2015. 12 mins.
If a tooth is missing, it simply must be replaced. By any means necessary...

Director: Mila Zuo. Cast: Akemi Look, West Liang. USA 2015. 8 mins.
A dark portrait of an underground fetish club, where the performer might have the last revenge.

HERE WE ARE (International Premiere)
Director: Fabien Dubois. Cast: Aladdin Serraoui, Antoine Lesimple. France 2015. 16 mins.
Two science students travel to a remote part of Iceland to test a large-scale magnetic theory. But what they encounter might have unknown ramifications.


DISSOCIATIVE (World Premiere)
Director: Damon Rickard. Cast: Tom Gordon, Amanda Hunt. UK 2016. 5 mins.
Frank needs to know who killed his wife. But an unseen hand might be guiding his dark fate…

DEATH METAL (European Premiere)
Director: Chris McInroy. Cast: Kirk Johnson, Michael Dalmon. USA 2016. 5 mins.
A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

Director: Ryan Spindell. Cast: Caitlin Custer, Ben Heathcoat. USA 2015. 22 mins.
It was a dark and stormy night, when the innocent babysitter battled the escaped psychopath. But turning the tables might not be so easy…

HELL’S GARDEN (World Premiere)
Director: Sam Ashurst. Cast: Katie Sheridan, Nick Helm. UK 2016. 2 mins.
A woman sees a man burying a body in her back garden; will the police arrive in time to save her from untold danger?

Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero. Cast: Tristan Risk, Luis Javier Gutierrez. Canada 2015. 7 mins.
A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos.

NEON (World Premiere)
Director: Mark J. Blackman. Cast: Joe Absolom, Kerry Bennett. UK 2016. 15 mins.
A man who is forbidden by a higher power from pursuing love attempts to end his life, to spare the woman he loves from her own life of heartbreak.

THANATOPRAXY (London Premiere)
Director: Victor Palacios. Cast: Cristina Gallego, Andrea Carballo. Spain 2015. 11 mins.
Mary and Monica work in a mortuary. Mary needs a donor heart for his father. Monica has an idea: steal it from work.

ISADORE (European Premiere)
Director: Stefani Speerin. Cast: Sam Foster, Tanya Schneider. Australia 2015. 14 mins.
In a strange pantomime theatre, Isadore holds a dance troupe captive while he tries to create the perfect performance.

BRICKS (London Premiere)
Director: Neville Pierce. Cast: Jason Flemyng, Blake Ritson. UK 2015. 10 mins.
A wine connoisseur and a brick layer, discussing details of grape variety and building walls. What could go wrong?

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD (World Premiere)
Director: Greg Jeffs. Cast: Addison Jeffs. Canada 2016. 6 mins.
There are all kinds of monsters hiding in the closet.

Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 25th - 29th August 2016 at The Vue Cinema, Shepherds Bush, London W12.

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