Monday 25 November 2013

The Walking Dead 4x08 Promo "Too Far Gone" (HD) Mid-Season Finale

The Walking Dead 4x08 "Too Far Gone" (Mid-Season Finale) - After things begin to calm at the prison, Rick and the group face imminent danger.

UK TV premiere for RABIES, from BIG BAD WOLVES directors Ahron Keshales & Navat Papushado

Plus Horror Channel spreads a little evil on Christmas Day with the Network premiere of CHRISTMAS EVIL and there are network premieres for Bruce Campbell’s MY NAME IS BRUCE and Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD

Sat 28 Dec @ 22:50 – RABIES (2010)
In Israel ’s first slasher movie, a runaway adult brother and sister stumble into a trap set by a psycho killer in. His sister buried in the ground, the injured brother sets out to get help. What he finds instead is a group of sex-mad teenagers, two sleazy policemen and a forest ranger and his dog. Making great use of collective expectations of where a body count movie is supposed to go, and then not going there, this is as much a fresh vision of fright as a nuanced social and political commentary on Israel today. A big hit at FrightFest, the directors, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, went on to make the hugely successful BIG BAD WOLVES and have succeeded in revitalising Israel’s horror film industry.
Wed 25 Dec @ 22:50 – CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980)
Widely recognized as the best of the Christmas horror efforts, Christmas Evil is the story of a toy-maker scarred as a boy when he learns that Santa is not real. Throughout his life, he tries to make the Christmas spirit a reality. He becomes obsessed with the behaviour of children and the quality of the toys he makes. When he is met with hypocrisy and cynicism, the resulting snap causes him to go on a yuletide killing spree

Fri 20 Dec @ 22:55 – MY NAME IS BRUCE (2007)
A comedy horror, directed, co-produced by and starring B-Movie cult actor Bruce Campbell, ‘My Name is Bruce’ is the heroic struggle of a small mining town in Oregon to rid itself of a vengeful monster. Guan-di (Jamie Peck), the Chinese god of war and protector of the dead, has been unleashed by cemetery desecrating teenagers to protect the graves of Chinese miners lost in a deadly cave-in of yesteryear.

Fri 27 Dec @ 22: 55 – I SELL THE DEAD (2008)
Director Glenn McQuaid’s brilliant homage to 60s Amicus anthologies and Hammer horror was a hit at Film4 FrightFest 18th century justice has finally caught up with two of the craftiest grave robbers in town. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, body snatcher Arthur Blake (LOST and LORD OF THE RINGS star Dominic Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy (HELLBOY’s Ron Perlman).
TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138

Monday 18 November 2013

The Walking Dead 4x07 Sneak Peeks "Dead Weight"

The Walking Dead 4x07 "Dead Weight" - Something new unfolds at a camp outside the prison; the addition of new members may threaten peace.

Making Of The Walking Dead 4x06 "Live Bait"

Go behind the scenes with David Morrissey as he fights off walkers in the pit. in this Making of The Walking Dead 4x06 "Live Bait".

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Interview with Dominic Brunt

Dominic Brunt (left) is probably best known as Paddy in the ever-popular EMMERDALE FARM but he is increasingly gaining a reputation as a first-class horror filmmaker, and on the eve of BEFORE DAWN receiving its network TV premiere on the Horror Channel, Brunt reveals how a row with his wife led to the making of the film, news on his next feature DELETED  and why he’s always been a massive horror fan.

BEFORE DAWN is broadcast on Saturday 23 Nov, 10.40pm

Q: What inspired you to make BEFORE DAWN?

DB: I have always been a massive horror fan and within the genre, I have always enjoyed a good zombie film the best. I co-run the Leeds Zombie Film Festival each April so this gives me an excellent excuse to watch many more. My wife however, really doesn’t fancy them much at all and always criticised my choice of viewing. She is much more interested in European cinema and in particular, French cinema.

Before Dawn was really born from a healthy row between the two of us as to how she would make a zombie film in the European style with detailed characters and a realistic, very British set up.

Q: BEFORE DAWN has been described as ‘horror with a heart’. What came first when you developed the story – the zombies or the relationship between you and your on-screen wife?

DB:  We were both fighting our own corner where the heart of the story is concerned. It was always going to be a zombie story but Jo was really insistent that we bring the characters back story and relationship to the fore. The film had to be intriguing from the start, before there was any sign of a threat.

Q: You cast your wife opposite you.  Does this mean BEFORE DAWN has an autobiographical thread running through it?

DB: Well, we played to our strengths and brought our own differences to our performances. I’m Northern, Jo is Southern. I’m from a working class background, Jo is from a middle class background. I think the fact that you have a male and a female together in a serious situation is grounds for enough tension and drama.

Q: Most people know you as veterinarian Paddy Kirk in ‘Emmerdale’. Does the horror genre give you a chance to express your darker side?

DB:  The horror genre has been a huge part of my life since I was 13. I could sit and quote every line from Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, The Exorcist etc and I still watch mostly horror films, classic and contemporary almost every night.  I like being scared and I like a good special effect. I really enjoy watching a situation played out to it’s worse case scenario.

Q: You followed BEFORE DAWN with a short called SHELL SHOCKED, both of which have been premiered at FrightFest. Did you have a good experience on both occasions?

DB:  We have been very fortunate to have had the support of FrightFest. So many other opportunities opened up to us as a result. It really did seem, we were all of a sudden taken very seriously by other film festivals from around the world and at home. This in turn has led to distribution in all sorts of territories and gaining distribution from the fantastic Metrodome in the UK . I’ve also made life long friendships at FrightFest. I met the best people and watched the best films.

Q: Are you planning another feature film soon? If you are, what can you tell us about it?

DB: We are in pre-production on our next feature, “Deleted”. It’s a violent, female revenge drama which starts shooting on March/April.

Q: Ever thought of turning EMMERDALE into a horror film?

DB: I’d love to do a one-off late night special with zombies running amok through the village.

Q: Do you eventually want to move away from television acting and focus full-time on directing feature films?

DB: NO!!! I want to stay at Emmerdale. I love the job, I love the people and I really love playing the character of Paddy. I think it’s possible to make a feature every two or three years with a short in between without any adverse negative effects on the show. I don’t want to do anything by half.

Q: BEFORE DAWN is receiving its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel. You must be pleased.

DB: We’re over the moon. We can’t wait. Obviously I’ve seen it hundreds of times with various edits and dubs but to turn the telly on and watch the film we all slaved over for two years is going to be emotional. There have been many highlights to Before Dawn including festivals, holding the official DVD box for the first time, seeing it in on sale in the local supermarket, seeing a Japanese poster for the film but showing on Sky Horror Channel will be a real benchmark in how far we’ve come.  I’ll be there with my hot chocolate.

Q: What are your top three favourite horror films?

DB: Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Demon, Evil Dead

Q: And finally, have you got a real-life horror story you can tell us?

DB: There are loads of really terrible things that we all go through in life, like losing someone you love or a truly eye watering tax bill but I love submerging myself in a fantasy and using film as an escape. Being told a good story whether it be horror or any genre is the reason I keep watching films. Watching other people go through all the drama is a great way of drawing your attention away from the fears of just being alive.

Dominic Brunt, thanks you very much

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 |

Monday 11 November 2013

The Walking Dead 4x06 Promo "Live Bait" (HD)

The Walking Dead 4x06 "Live Bait" - Group members struggle to find their humanity while being constantly threatened.

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Making Of The Walking Dead 4x05 "Internment"

The Walking Dead 4x05 "Internment" - As more people succumb to the infection, Rick recruits Carl to help defend the prison.

Monday 4 November 2013

The Walking Dead 4x05 Promos "Internment" (HD)

The Walking Dead 4x05 "Internment" - Assorted enemies pressure Rick and the group; the survivors and the prison may reach a breaking point.

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Making Of The Walking Dead 4x04 "Indifference"

The cast and crew take you behind the scenes of the making of the kudzu scene in The Walking Dead 4x04 "Indifference".

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Interview with Jeff Strand - By David Kempf

Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two cats.

Tell us how you became involved in horror fiction.

I'd written some (very bad) horror fiction in high school and college that was never published, but then I focused entirely on comedy for a few books. The last of those was Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), which was supposed to be a lighthearted comedic mystery romp, but very quickly turned into the kind of book where an insane guy ripped his own eyeballs out. For some reason, this kind of scene made readers classify the book as "horror." Shortly after that, I decided that I wanted to focus on a specific niche, and so I became a comedic horror guy!

How many horror stories (or novels) have you written?

Fifteen horror novels, five novellas, and eighty-five short stories. Plus some non-horror novels and various bits and pieces of other stuff.

Tell us about your work with J.A. Konrath.

Joe and I wrote the novella Suckers together, which brought my Andrew Mayhem character and his Harry McGlade character together to see who was the most incompetent. We also co-wrote the novel Draculas with F. Paul Wilson and Blake Crouch. A lot of people say "Hey, [Insert Author Here] writes just like you!" and I never agree with them, but when my friend Michele Bardsley said that JA Konrath's style reminded her of mine, I read Whiskey Sour and thought, wow, she's right! Suckers II and Draculas II are both in the discussion stages, so lock up your children.

Please tell us what it was like to learn your craft when you were younger. 

I learned to write via the process of writing lots and lots and lots and lots of terrible stuff, and then lots and lots and lots of less-terrible stuff, and then lots and lots and lots of not-bad stuff, and then, ultimately, writing good stuff. I was a Creative Writing major in college, but quite honestly, developing my skills as a writer was almost entirely based on practice, practice, practice.

Did you enjoy reading shocking and terrifying stories when you were growing up?

No. Not at all. I was a total wuss. I didn't get into horror fiction until I was in high school, though once I did get into it, I read almost nothing else! It's only been within the past few years that I've made a conscious attempt to read outside of the genre.

How sick are you of writng about Andrew Mayhem? (although it has been a great commercial and critical success). 

Not at all! It helps that the third Mayhem novel was published in 2004, and the fourth was published in 2012, so it's not like I'm anywhere close to burning myself out on the character. He'll almost certainly return for a fifth novel, though George and Lou (from Wolf Hunt) will be returning before him. I'm not at all opposed to sequels, but I'm usually more inclined to write about new characters than return to the old ones.

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as an artist so far?

Wow, that's a tough one. I don't think there's any one thing that I'd point to and say "Yes! This is my masterpiece! This is what defines me!" However, if I had to erase everything I've created from existence except for a single piece of work, after I stopped sobbing and begging I'd probably spare Dweller.

I would be a Philistine if I didn’t ask this. How did it feel to be Master of Ceremonies at the Stoker Awards?

Despite my stomach-churning nervousness each time (and I've done it five times), I love it. It's a lot of work because I take it very seriously and make sure I'm thoroughly prepared...even if, every year, there are a bunch of frantic last minute changes while I'm sitting there, feeling sick, unable to eat my banquet dinner. I don't know yet if I'll be doing it next year, or if they can get Neil Patrick Harris or David Letterman.

How close are you to getting a movie option?

The only active movie option right now is for my novel Pressure, which has been in development for about four years. There have been nibbles on others, but nothing came of them. I encourage any deranged billionaires reading this to e-mail me an offer.

Name some of your favorite horror books. 

Swan Song by Robert McCammon, It by Stephen King, Nightworld by F. Paul Wilson, Watchers by Dean Koontz, Off Season by Jack Ketchum, and In The Dark by Richard Laymon.

Name some of your favorite horror films.

Shaun of the Dead, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Return of the Living Dead, May, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, the 80's remake of The Blob, Scream 1 and 2, and Tremors.

Why do you think horror films and books remain popular?

I'm not good at analyzing the psychological and sociological aspects of these kinds of things, so I'll just say that the horror genre has an extremely loyal core fan base that sustains it through the lean periods.

What are your latest projects?

I've got a new YA novel coming out called I Have A Bad Feeling About This, although that one is an action/comedy with no horror elements. And I'm just about to finish up a novel that...well, that one isn't horror, either. However, after that: Wolf Hunt 2, baby!

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

Jeff Strand writes horror/comedy novels. Sometimes they are ridiculous, like A Bad Day For Voodoo and Fangboy. Sometimes they are ridiculous and really gross, like Benjamin's Parasite. Sometimes they're a true mix of humor and horror, like Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), Wolf Hunt, and Mandibles. And sometimes they're "serious" novels that just have a lot of comic relief, like Pressure and Dweller. Jeff Strand, in his own words, believes that you should read all of them.

Saturday 2 November 2013

Dracula 1x03 Promo "Goblin Merchant Men" (HD)

Dracula 1x03 "Goblin Merchant Men" - Grayson seeks to determine whether Lady Jayne is a vampire hunter for the Order of the Dragon. Lucy mends Mina's broken heart with absinthe, romance and a whirlwind tour of Bohemian London. Grayson's machinations claim the life of Lord Laurent and earn him a powerful new enemy. Subscribe to tvpromosdb on YouTube for more Dracula season 1 promos in HD!

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