Sunday 30 May 2021

COMPETITION: Win Lake Mungo Limited Edition Blu-ray

Lake Mungo Limited Edition Blu-ray - Released on 7th June

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy to give away.

Since its original release in 2008, this documentary-style chiller has made far reaching ripples, thrilling horror fans and inspiring budding filmmakers across the globe and establishing itself as a bona fide cult classic. Now the chilling film gets the release it deserves that sees brand new interviews with cast and crew; filmmaker fans Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead and director du jour Host’s Rob Savage; a brand new commentary, video essays and archive material. 

When sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer tragically drowns while swimming in the local dam, her grieving family start to experience a series of strange, inexplicable events and become increasingly unsettled. Seeking out the help of a parapsychologist, they learn that  Alice had been living through extremely troubling, disturbing times and hiding deep, dark secrets. Now they are desperate to know what haunted their daughter and what is happening to them. Does Lake Mungo hold the terrifying truth?

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Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 14-06-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Thursday 20 May 2021

The Soska Sisters & Alexis Kendra bring female fear factor to Horror Channel in June.

This month, Horror Channel highlights the work of female genre talent with the Channel premieres of RABID, the Soska Sisters visceral remake of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic and THE CLEANING LADY, written by and starring Alexis Kendra (Goddess of Love), who also produced the much acclaimed twisted psychological chiller.

Transmission details:

Saturday 12 June @ 21:00 – RABID (2019) *Channel Premiere

This hugely welcomed remake of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic from AMERICAN MARY directors, The Soska Sisters, received its World Premiere at FrightFest 2019 before being released worldwide. They are the first filmmakers to re-imagine one of Cronenberg’s films and the fellow Canadian was very impressed with the results.


What happens when you realise to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose (Laura Vandervoort) wants to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition. Undergoing a radical untested stem cell treatment, wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball and starts to realise her ambitions. But everything in life comes at a price and Rose’s new found perfection is no exception as she unwittingly sets off a bloody spiral of contagion.

Saturday 26 June @ 22:50 – THE CLEANING LADY (2018) *Channel Premiere

Based on a short film of the same name, Alexis originally wrote the role of Shelly for herself to reprise, but she and director Jon Knautz felt that Rachel Alig was so perfect for the role, that she switched to the role of Alice instead. This is the second time Kendra and Knautz have teamed up, following the success of THE GODDESS OF LOVE.


As a means to distract herself from an affair with a married man, love-addicted beautician Alice (Alexis Kendra, pictured) befriends her soft-spoken, reclusive cleaning lady Shelley (Rachel Alig), facially scarred by burns from a traumatic childhood incident. Soon everyone caught in Alice’s infidelity trap learns to their dread that Shelley’s scars run much deeper than they ever suspected.

Monday 17 May 2021

COMPETITION: Win Ten Minutes to Midnight on DVD

Ten Minutes to Midnight - Released on DVD from 24th May

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

This comedy-horror film centers on veteran late-night radio DJ Amy Marlowe (Caroline Williams) as she goes to work even after a rabid bat bit her. She recently discovered that her boss, station manager Robert (William Youmans), is about to fire her, to be replaced by new college graduate Sienna (Nicole Kang), so Amy insisted on reporting to work on the night of a violent storm. However, as the storm ravages their town, Amy witnesses evil forces mysteriously killing her co-workers one by one outside her DJ booth. Directed by Erik Bloomquist.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 31-05-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Friday 14 May 2021

Interview with Jeff Menapace - By David Kempf

When did you first become interested in writing?

Since I was a kid. I used to draw a lot, and then write stories to go with the drawings. I only started getting serious about writing in my late teens, but it was always considered a hobby. I never thought I could make a career out of it.


How did you get involved in horror?

It was what I primarily read growing up, and still do this day, though I do read most everything. I don’t really consider myself a “horror writer” per se, but I can see how easy it is to be labeled as such when you write about dark things LOL. 

How did you make this a full time job?

Through loooong hours and years of hard work and sacrifice. It did NOT happen overnight. I truly sacrificed a lot to follow my goal of writing full-time. But if you want something bad enough . . . 

How did you go from teacher to full time author?

I was a teacher because it was a stable job to pay the bills. I enjoyed it as much as I could, but deep down I always wanted to be a writer instead. I used to have to get up for work to teach at 6:30 in the morning, and would always set my clock to 4:00 am, get up, and write for two hours before getting ready to teach. I tried writing after work, but that didn’t last long—I was way too wiped after a day of dealing with thirty kids. 

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

Well, I’m not sure horror is all that popular, though it does seem to be making a bit of a comeback with new guys like the awesome Paul Tremblay coming onto the scene. As for why people like it? I think deep down, we all like to be scared. It’s a very primal feeling that gives us a rush and forces us to live in the now as opposed to worrying about the past or future. 

Fantasy? No idea. Was never really into it. Lord of the Rings and now Game of Thrones maybe? 

How did you get an agent?

Through years of submitting query letters and never quitting. Not a very glamorous tale, but that’s what happened. 

What do you think is the best way for indie authors to advertise their books?

Yeesh—if I knew, I’d be doing it myself LOL. There are multiple platforms out there, some helpful, some a complete mystery. The tried and true way is to write a good book (many, actually), build a following via email list and social media, and then cross your fingers. 

Do you consider yourself prolific?

No. I’m a slow writer. I wish I was much faster, but I’m not. I admire writers who can crank out quality books every couple of months. 

Why do you think there are so many writers and artists in Bucks County Pa?

Are there? I had no idea. It’s a great place to live, though. 

What are your favorite horror books?

Misery is one of my all-time favs. Clive Barker’s early works were favorites of mine as well. Also loved Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, but I’d call that more thriller. Actually, I guess I’d call Misery more thriller too. 

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is my all-time fav. After that, there are just too many to mention.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

I’m not really sure. I tend to be very hard on myself and am very critical of my own stuff. I guess managing to write and leave the real world far behind without pissing my wife off too much is an accomplishment. 

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write, read, never give up; rinse and repeat.       

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

There are pros and cons. If you’re good, you can make a decent to great living with excellent control of your work. Unfortunately, there are plenty of not-so-good indie authors out there that take away from the good ones. Also, there is a lot more leg-work involved in self-publishing than in traditional publishing (cover design, editing, formatting, marketing), yet the upside to this is what I already mentioned—it allows you more control of your work, which, if you know what you’re doing and do your homework, can be a good thing. 

What are your current projects?

Working on the second book in a new series I started. First book is called Caleb, which is a spin-off from my Bad Games series, but definitely a stand-alone novel. No need to read Bad Games prior to reading Caleb. And Caleb is definitely a thriller and not horror. I’m also working on a horror collaboration with three other authors (Jeff Strand, Iain Rob Wright, and William Malmborg). It will be four different novellas with a “slasher movie” theme. The title is Slice and Dice and it should hopefully be out June 2021. 

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

Ha! I am a simple guy that lives in Pennsylvania. I love my wife, love my cats, love my town, and I love my job. I’m as low maintenance as they come, and some might even call me boring, but that’s who I am.

As for my work? It’s simple, and I put this in the backmatter of every novel I write: I just want to entertain. I’m not looking to win any major awards for literary excellence or anything; I just want you to have fun with what I write. Period.  

Links to my stuff:

Friday 7 May 2021

Interview with Mickey Fisher, creator & writer of Sci-Fi drama EXTANT

Ahead of the Channel Premiere of sci-fi drama EXTANT on Horror Channel, series creator & writer Mickey Fisher reflects on being plucked from relative obscurity, working with Steven Spielberg and hoping for life on Mars…

Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be a writer?

From the time I was maybe five or six years old I wanted to be an actor.  Going to see STAR WARS is one of my earliest memories, but I didn’t quite understand what I was really watching.  At a certain point, someone explained to me that Fonzie wasn’t a real guy, he was an actor pretending to a character on HAPPY DAYS, and I thought that sounded like the coolest job in the world.  I went to The College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati to study Musical Theatre, and it wasn’t until I was there that I really started writing.  A lifetime of loving movies and television started pouring out into plays and screenplays, and by the time I left college, I wanted to be a writer just as much as I wanted to be an actor. 

When did you first have the idea for Extant?

The idea for EXTANT started out as a play.  I had this realization that was, “Nobody does sci-fi plays.  Why not?  It can be inexpensive, small cast, cool set, maybe some projections.”  And I started thinking about an astronaut who was in deep space on a solo mission who started to hallucinate people from her past.  Then I saw a movie called MOON, which I loved, and there were similar elements, so I kind of put it away for a bit.  When I moved to Los Angeles in 2011, I started thinking about what kind of original pilot I wanted to write and I followed one of the key pieces of advice that you get as a writer, which is, “Write the show you would really want to watch.”  When I thought about it, the show I really wanted to watch was about that astronaut.

It’s an amazing story of how it got produced, could you tell us all about it?

I had moved to Los Angeles after a number of years in New York and didn’t know many people who were working in the industry.  So after I wrote the pilot I didn’t have a lot of options for what to do with it.  I decided to enter it into a contest called The Tracking B TV Pilot Contest, and I actually came in second place.  But the main prize of the contest is that they try to put your script into the hands of agents and managers. 

Within two weeks, I had a manager and had signed with WME, one of the biggest agencies in the world.  They represent Amblin Television, the TV side of Steven Spielberg’s business, and their first suggestion was, “We think we should send this story about aliens and robots to the guy who does it best.”  I was freaking out that this guy I’d been a fan of for nearly my entire life would even read my name on the cover a script, let alone want to make the show.  But, then he wanted to make the show!  They partnered me with a showrunner, we took the pitch and the script out to nine different places, and CBS ordered it straight to series, on my 40th birthday.  I was the proverbial 20 year overnight success story.

What’s it like to work on a series where Steven Spielberg is attached to it?

I’m an Amblin kid.  I grew up exactly in the sweet spot for all of his movies.  I saw E.T. over and over the summer it came out, my dad and I watched RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in back to back screenings opening weekend.  I have pictures of my wearing JURASSIC PARK t-shirts the summer it landed.  So, it was surreal and terrifying and super cool and so much fun all in one.  He was very hands on throughout the process of launching the show, from overseeing the design and casting to weighing in on all the scripts.  The first day he came to set, we were shooting at Culver Studios.  We were all standing around talking to him and he just casually mentioned, “We shot part of E.T. on this stage.  The ship was right over there.”  I’ll remember that moment until I die.  That will be my “Rosebud” from Citizen Kane moment, where I’m on my death bed, pointing, “The ship was over there.”

Did you write it with a cast in mind?

I didn’t really have a cast in mind when I wrote it.  I knew the qualities I wanted in the actors, and I knew that for Molly we needed someone who was smart, soulful, somebody not afraid of going over the edge, but also somebody that you rooted for right away.  Basically, I was describing Halle Berry.

What did you think when you heard that Halle Berry had been cast in the series?

My first thought was, “Please don’t let us screw that up.”  From the moment I heard her name I couldn’t picture anybody else in the role.  Another dream come true.  Creatively, it was a great choice but it also brought a lot of attention to the show because it was her first time coming back to television in many years.” 

What was it like when you stepped onto the set for the first and saw the cast and crew bringing your words to life?

If we were in person and I was describing this moment to you I would inevitably start to cry.  There’s nothing like the feeling of sitting down with a blank piece of paper, dreaming up a house and a space station, and then seeing hundreds of talented artists and craftsman bringing it to life in a three-dimensional space. 

The only way to describe it is that it’s like having the ability to walk around inside of your imagination.  One of my favorite things to do when I had a break was to take my laptop, lay on the floor of Ethan’s bedroom, and write my next episode.  I called it “method writing.”

It has a grand, cinematic feel to it, how involved were you with the look and feel of Extant?

I was very involved with the first season showrunner, Greg Walker, but so much of the credit for that has to go to our pilot director, Allen Coulter, our first season DP M. David Mullen, first season production designer Cabot McMullen, and the rest of the team.  And, of course, the insight and the direction from Steven.One of the cool things about season two is that there’s an evolution to the look of the show that is rooted organically in what’s happening with the characters.  The second season team was all new, from the showrunners to the designers and cinematographer, and we set out to capture a new look and style that went along with the more earthbound, pulpy, propulsive direction the story was taking. It feels like two distinct chapters in a longer story, each with their own look and feel.

The show retains a very strong following across the globe, does this surprise you?

YES!  I’m thrilled that it’s still alive out there in the world.  This is a crazy business in that you spend so much energy and time making these things and then you have to move on.  I have so many great memories from the show and it gave me the chance to have a career that is still going on eight years later.  To know that there’s still a chance that it could spark someone else’s imagination halfway around the world means so much.

What advice would you give to budding writers?

As a new writer, you tend to get two pieces of advice.  “Write what you know,” and “Write the show you want to watch.”  My voice as a writer clicked into place when I put those two pieces together.  EXTANT was about “what I know” in that it dealt with questions about what it means to be human, about empathy, love, loyalty, mystery vs certainty, but I was putting all of that into exactly the kind of show I would binge in a day.  I would say take all of your dreams, desires, fears, passions, and funnel them into whatever show you’d watch or movie you’d stand in line for.

Do you believe that there’s intelligent life outside of our solar system?

One hundred per cent yes.  I’m hopeful that in my lifetime we’ll at least learn there is evidence that life once existed on Mars, maybe in the form of microbes in the ice.  I don’t know that we’ll get evidence of intelligent life, but I think it would be pretty arrogant to think we’re the only ones who made it this far.

So, what are you working on at the moment?

Right now I’m co-writing a pilot script for Netflix, based on a novel called FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER that came out recently and have a couple of other pitches for new things in the near future.

EXTANT airs weekdays on Horror Channel from May 11, 8pm.

Monday 3 May 2021

Competition: Win A Glitch in the Matrix DVD

A Glitch in the Matrix - Released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms from 10th May

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Garnering critical acclaim and sparking many conversations on its premiere at Sundance 2021, A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher is set for its release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10 May 2021 from Dogwoof and is available now on digital HD.

The film looks at a question that has been around since the dawn of philosophy. What if our world and everything in it isn’t real? The digital age has seen the idea of simulation theory enter the mainstream, particularly with The Wachowskis’ seminal The Matrix and now the mind-blowing feature documentary A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX from Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) explores this very question in a ground-breaking documentary.

Ascher and producer Ross Dinerstein ponder the questions it throws up – what does it mean if our whole existence is on the whim of some strange creature or gamer somewhere?

We meet a fascinating line-up of people including those who believe we are living in some kind of game simulation, as well as scientists, experts and amateur sleuths who have been looking at this remarkable theory.

Beginning with Plato and using sci-fi master Philip K Dick as a major starting point, the film blends digital tech and animation to create a vibrant viewing experience. Bright, exciting talking avatars are used to represent true believers who believe in Simulation Theory rather than talking heads. And 3D animation is used to add more visual style to the film, which also bristles with scores of film clips, not least of The Matrix itself. The shadow of the 1999 film looms large over A Glitch in The Matrix, including interviews with a Neo obsessive whose lawyers advised using The Matrix Defence in court after being accused of brutal crimes.

Is it science fiction or science fact? Is it a cop out to avoid the complexities and madness of the modern world?  Will you take the red pill? Or the blue pill? Watch A Glitch in The Matrix and decide.

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1. Closing date 17-05-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.