Tuesday 28 April 2015

Film News (UK): Viewers to get SAVAGED on Horror Channel in May.

Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70

Film News (UK): Viewers to get SAVAGED on Horror Channel in May.

Horror Channel’s film highlights for May includes the UK TV premiere for director Michael S. Ojeda’s provocative and compelling SAVAGED, Sat 16 May @ 22:55.

THE CROW meets I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE in a viciously gory supernatural shocker made in 2013 by Michael S.Ojeda. Travelling across country to be with her fiancé, deaf mute Zoe (the entrancing Amanda Adrienne) stumbles on a horrific crime. Zoe’s brave attempt to intervene seals her fate; she's brutalized and left for dead. When an Indian shaman finds her clinging to life in a shallow grave he attempts to save her – but in the mystical process the spirit of an ancient Apache warrior enters her corpse hell-bent on revenge. But can she slaughter the men who attacked her in time before her body decomposes completely?

There are also UK TV premieres for Daniel Benmayor’s heart-pumping slasher PAINTBALL and Martin Barnewitz’s chilling prequel to ‘The Messengers’ – MESSENGERS 2: SCARECROW

Fri 15 May @ 21:00 – PAINTBALL (2009) * UK TV Premiere

Eight strangers engaged in an intense game of experts-only paintball find their friendly game taking a terrifying turn when one of the team begins playing by a different set of rules. What was once a team sport has become a relentless struggle for individual survival as the combatants gradually come to realize that their greatest adversary may be the very game they set out to play. This fast-paced tale of trigger terrors is directed by Daniel Benmayor and stars Brendan Mackey, Jennifer Matter and Patrick Regis.

Fri 1 May @ 21:00 – MESSENGERS 2: SACRECROW (2009) - *UK TV Premiere

In this prequel to the Pang Brothers' terrifying debut, the eerie backstory of farmer John Rollins (Norman Reedus) plays out in all its bone-chilling glory. Doing what he believes must be done in order to save his family and livelihood, John places an odd scarecrow among his crops and promptly reaps the benefits. But not for long. Produced by the celebrated Ghosthouse Pictures (30 Days of Night, Drag Me To Hell), this is one hayride best not taken alone. Directed by Martin Barnewitz and co-starring Heather Stephens & Claire Holt.

Plus, there are Network premieres for Peter Burger’s supernatural inker THE TATTOOIST, Toby Wilkins’ fast-paced parasite thriller SPLINTER and Richard Gray’s MINE GAMES, a tense time-twister that packs an explosive punch.

Fri 8 May @ 21.00 – MINE GAMES (2012) *Network Premiere

A group of friends travel up to a cabin located deep within the forest. Shortly after arriving, they stumble across an abandoned mine and decide to explore the dark and mysterious tunnels. As the group hikes deeper within the mine, they make a shocking discovery that quickly turns their excitement into fear. Hunted by a mysterious force, the group must work together to escape the mine alive. This terrifying trip into unchartered hell stars: Briana Evigan, Ethan Peck and Julianna Guill. Directed by Richard Grey

Sat 23 May @ 22:45 – THE TATTOOIST (2007) *Network Premiere

A talented tattoo artist (Jason Behr) discovers that his attempt to master the ‘Samoan tatau’ tradition has awakened a vengeful supernatural force. In his devastating journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina (Mia Black) and recover his own soul. This superior and compelling tale of tattoos, murders and ultimate redemption is the debut feature of ‘Bloodlines’ director Peter Burger and also stars Nathaniel Lees and Robbie Magasiva.

Fri 30 May @ 22:50 – SPLINTER (2008) *Network Premiere

Polly Watt (Jill Wagner) and boyfriend Seth Belzer (Paulo Costanzo) are on a road trip when they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis Farell (Shea Whigham) and Lacey Belisle (Rachel Krebs).

Plotting their next move, they find themselves in deeper trouble than any of them could have imagined -- a blood-crazed, parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its victims has the two couples in its sights. Finding shelter at an abandoned gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other. This a fun-filled, visually-captivating slaughterfest directed by Toby Wilkins (The Grudge 3)

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

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Friday 24 April 2015

Competition: Win World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen on DVD

Win a copy of World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen on DVD!

The Battle of The Somme marked one of the bloodiest battles in human history wounding and killing 1,000,000 German and Allied soldiers in its wake.

But…there was no winner. Now, 100 years later, a documentary team - led by filmmaker Marcus Singh (RAY PANTHAKI – 28 Days Later) and Emma Washington (WENDY GLENN – You’re Next) - has travelled to the site to unveil the mysteries that led to that horrendous outcome. But what they unearth is something far worse than they could have imagined – the fallen armies, risen, with an agenda to settle the score.

World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray from 4th May.

Win This:
World War Dead - Rise Of The Fallen [Blu-ray]

Competition Closed

Monday 20 April 2015

Competition: Win Hooked Up [DVD]

Hooked Up is out on DVD on the 27th of April and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 DVDs to give away

Pablo Larcuen co-writes and directs this horror which was shot entirely with an iPhone. Friends Tonio (Jonah Ehrenreich) and Peter (Stephen Ohl) travel from New York to Barcelona hoping to hook up with two young and single Spanish women.

After a wild night of partying they venture back to the house of Noemi (Júlia Mollins) and Katia (Natascha Wiese).

But when the girls start behaving strangely, the boys find themselves trapped in the house and forced to defend themselves from a demonic supernatural threat...

Win This:
Hooked Up [DVD]

Competition Closed

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Competition: Win Infection on DVD

Infection is out on DVD on the 20th of April and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 5 DVDs to give away

Sarah Prescott is the last known survivor of a Modern Plague that wiped out a small town on 09 September 2009. Sixty years later, she engages the help of a reporter to unlock the secret of a government conspiracy...


A meteorite has crashed into a small town, bringing with it dozens of small worm-like creatures that work their way into human hosts and take over their bodies. Anyone who stands in their way is killed.

Fortunately for the town, a small band of heroes decide to stand up to the threat and they set out to find a way to end this madness once and for all while saving as many of the hosts as possible.

Win This:
Infection [DVD]

Competition Closed

Monday 13 April 2015

Competition: Win Beneath on DVD

Beneath is out on DVD on the 20th of April and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 DVDs to give away

A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.

Studio: Arrow Films

DVD Release Date: 20 April 2015

Ben Ketai

Brent Briscoe
Kurt Caceres
Eric Etebari
Jeff Fahey

Win This:
Beneath [DVD]

Competition Closed


Thursday 9 April 2015

Full Movie (USA Only) - The Sender (1982) - From The Paramount Vault

A psychiatrist attempts to help a patient who turns his darkest thoughts into terrifying realities.

From the Hitchcock genre of psychological thrillers comes The Sender. A suicidal mental patient, The Sender (Zeljko Ivanek) turns his horrific nightmares into reality by choosing receivers for his demented thoughts from the local hospital. The first of his receivers is his psychiatrist (Kathryn Harrold) who attempts to save the Sender from himself. But can she save him? Or will he continue to torment and destroy a whole hospital with his sinister thoughts of mystery, mayhem and murder? This terrifying chiller is for everyone who never dreamed nightmares could be so frightening, so believable, so real.

Friday 3 April 2015

Full Movie (USA Only) - Circle Of Eight (2009) - From The Paramount Vault

After witnessing grim deaths, a tenant joins forces with her neighbor to uncover the building’s secrets.

Jessica moves into a loft on the eighth floor of a Los Angeles apartment building called The Dante. The other tenants all seem friendly at first, but when she starts witnessing horrible deaths, she must team up with her neighbor Evan to solve the mystery.

Interview with Christopher Golden by David Kempf

Christopher Golden (born July 15, 1967) is an American author of horror, fantasy, and suspense novels for adults and teens.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. He is a graduate of Tufts University. As well as novels, Golden has also written comic books and video games and co-written the online animated series Ghosts of Albion with actress/writer/director Amber Benson. He co-created and co-writes the Dark Horse Comics series Baltimore with Mike Mignola. He wrote the introduction to the now collectible 200-only copies slipcased edition of Joe Hill's book of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He has also edited numerous horror and dark fantasy fiction anthologies.

Interview with Christopher Golden by David Kempf

When did you first become interested in writing?

CG: I started writing around the 8th grade but didn’t write a real short story until I was in high school. Even then, I had it in my head to go to film school eventually. Regular college first, then graduate school for film. But I took creative writing classes all through college and during my senior year, I started my first novel…and never looked back.

How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

CG:  It’s in my DNA. I’ve loved horror and fantasy for as long as I can remember, from the comics and books I read as a kid to Kolchak: The Night Stalker reruns and The Twilight Zone on TV.  It was always the weird and fantastical and scary stuff that got me excited. It’s just where my heart lives.

How did you make this a full time job?

CG:  In 1992, I found an agent who submitted the first 125 pages and an outline of that same novel I’d started during my senior year in college, and she sold it to Ginjer Buchanan, who was then at ACE/Berkley in the U.S.  That novel was OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS.  It wasn’t enough money for me to quit my job…but I quit my job anyway.  I was already married but we had no mortgage yet and no kids and my wife was incredibly supportive.  I did a lot of pop culture journalism on the side, wrote some comics, and we made do.  The first year, I think I made about $14,000 as a writer.

You have obviously built a strong professional reputation for writing YA fiction. Do you think your YA fiction also appeals to adult readers?

CG:  Well, actually, I haven’t had a YA published in several years.  The last one was probably WHEN ROSE WAKES.  All of my recent work has been in adult fiction, like SNOWBLIND, TIN MEN, and the books I’ve done with Mike Mignola, like JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY.

Why do you think horror and fantasy books remain so popular?

CG:  Imagination will always be our escape from the harsh realities of our lives.  Fantasy explores the reaches of imagination.  And horror lets us explore the great questions of life and death and our worst fears in the safety of words on a page, in a book we can close any time those questions become too much.

You've won several awards. Does one stick out as your favorite?

CG:  I won the Bram Stoker Award for my first book, a non-fiction volume of essays that I edited called CUT!: HORROR WRITERS ON HORROR FILM, back in 1992.  That was a lovely way to start a career.

You're very politically outspoken. Are you ever afraid alienating your conservative fans might impact your writing career?

CG:  It worries me, yes…but never enough for me to stop fighting for the things I believe in.

What are your favorite horror books?

CG:  The list changes all the time, but Stephen King’s THE STAND is always on top of the list.  There are other Kings on there too, of course, especially SALEM’S LOT.  Some others include SHADOWLAND by Peter Straub, Clive Barker’s BOOKS OF BLOOD collections, Tim Lebbon’s famous novella, WHITE, and THE TOOTH FAIRY by Graham Joyce.  For classic horror, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson is a favorite.  More recently, I’d recommend Robert Shearman’s stunning short story collection REMEMBER WHY YOU FEAR ME.

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

CG:  Many of the usual suspects are on there—THE EXORCIST, THE THING (both the Carpenter and the Hawks versions), HALLOWEEN, NEAR DARK, THE RING, THE DESCENT, SESSION 9.  Last night I saw the movie IT FOLLOWS and I would definitely add that to the list.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

CG:  I’ve been a full-time writer for more than twenty years and have been able to provide for my family through my writing.  Nothing’s more important to me than that.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

CG:  You know if you’re any good at it.  You do.  If you’re not, you can try to get better or you can hang it up, but don’t be one of those people who points fingers and claims that they’re somehow being cheated out of the career they deserve.  No matter who you are, there are a thousand better writers who are not having the careers they actually DO deserve.  On the other hand, if you ARE good at it, keep going.  Don’t stop.  Get better.  If you can write for money and have the rare luck to make a living at it, count your blessings every day.  But if you love it and you’re good at it, keep going, no matter what.

What are your current projects?

CG:  My new novel, TIN MEN, is a near-future SF thriller that will be out in June from Headline in the UK and my comics series BALTIMORE, which I do with Mike Mignola and artist Peter Bergting, is out regularly from Dark Horse Comics.  My next horror novel, DEAD RINGERS, will be out this fall.


Selected Amazon Links:
Tin Men
King of Hell (Shadow Saga 6)
Sons of Anarchy: Bratva
Dead Ringers