Thursday 28 September 2023

Pigeon Shrine FrightFest announces Halloween 2023 line-up

Following the sensational success of its five-day event in August, the UK's largest genre film festival is returning to Cineworld, Leicester Square with an exhilarating two-day Halloween event on Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th. The event will showcase nine premiere titles never before seen in the UK.

Kicking off the proceedings is the world premiere of "THE WATERHOUSE," an urban psychological chiller directed by Sam Clemens, making his debut in the director's chair. Sam, son of the renowned genre writer/director Brian Clemens, will grace the event, accompanied by the film's cast. The Friday lineup continues with the international premiere of the tense Halloween slasher "HE NEVER LEFT," marking the directorial debut of US-based director James Morris. Also on Friday night, Argentine director Gabriel Grieco presents the UK premiere of his shocking feminist revenge horror "MARIA," adding an exhilarating end to the day's lineup.

Saturday commences with the international premiere of the delightfully bizarre flesh-eating horror musical "ELDRITCH U.S.A.," with director Ryan Smith in attendance. Following is the UK premiere of "LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP," the feature debut of Teresa Sutherland, the writer of "The Wind" and "Midnight Mass," offering a disconcerting blend of folk horror, psychodrama, and cosmic fever dream.

Director Karoline Lyngbye makes her feature film debut with the haunting and twist-laden Danish thriller "SUPERPOSITION," which receives its UK premiere. Next in line is the UK premiere of "HOOD WITCH," the debut film of the emerging French director Saïd Belktibia. This gripping horror-thriller, exploring a malevolent mobile app, carries a dark, social, and feminist edge. This is followed by the UK premiere of "THE LAST VIDEO STORE," a fusion of The Monster Squad and Clerks, where die-hard genre movie enthusiasts must unite to survive the supernatural apocalypse at their doorstep.

Wrapping up the event is the world premiere of the chilling ghostly thriller "BLUE LIGHT," directed by Andy Fickman, known for "Race from Witch Mountain" and "Heathers: The Musical." The screening will be hosted by Andy, and plans for a prequel and sequel are already underway.

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, expressed excitement about the Halloween 2-day extravaganza, stating, "We’ve assembled nine new genre titles to make this year’s Halloween event a happy haunting ground with all treats – no tricks – to satisfy your jaundiced appetites".

Passes and tickets will be available for purchase starting at noon on Saturday, September 30th, at the following prices:

Two-day pass: £70

Friday, October 27th day pass: £35

Saturday, October 28th day pass: £55

Single tickets: £15

All ticket prices are subject to ticket costs.

To book:

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Tuesday 26 September 2023

NYX UK reveals a 'Helloween' month of horror movies for October

October marks the 'Helloween' season on NYX, presenting a spooky lineup of 9pm channel premieres. Notably, it's a month of terror, coinciding with the birthday of the exceptionally talented filmmaker Sam Raimi on October 23. Among the premieres are the iconic THE EVIL DEAD by Sam Raimi, the chilling 1981 horror THE BLACK CAT by Lucio Fulci, the vampire hit HABIT by Larry Fessenden, the breakthrough slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS from 1974 by Bob Clarke, the giallo masterpiece WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?, and the acclaimed Irish supernatural horror WAKE WOOD featuring Timothy Spall.

For Halloween enthusiasts, there's a treat: a double bill airing on Sat 21 Oct at 9pm with DICK SMITH’S DO-IT-YOURSELF MONSTER MAKE-UP and TOM SAVINI’S HORROR EFFECTS, offering insights and tips for makeup enthusiasts.

Additionally, the beloved 'Hammer Sundays' tradition continues at 9pm, showcasing four beloved films. This month's lineup includes the gothic cult chiller COUNTESS DRACULA starring Ingrid Pitt, THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA featuring the final pairing of Lee and Cushing as Count Dracula and Van Helsing in the Hammer Dracula series, THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN presenting Mary Shelley's classic monster tale, and THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, blending adventure, mystery, and suspense against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas.

There are more exciting highlights for the month, featuring John Carpenter’s timeless HALLOWEEN with Jamie Lee Curtis, Micheal Winner’s twisted THE SENTINEL starring Chris Sarandon and Ava Gardner, Sergio Martino’s classic slasher TORSO, Ivan Reitman’s masterful comedy horror CANNIBAL GIRLS, and Peter Jackson’s distinctive debut horror BAD TASTE.

Lastly, for a late-night thrill on Fridays, delve into the world of erotic horror with Jesús Franco’s VAMPYRO LESBOS and two captivating films from cult auteur Jean Rollin - THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES and THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTED.

Highlighted films in transmission order:

Sun 1 Oct @ 21:00 - COUNTESS DRACULA (1971)
* Part of Hammer Sundays
The aging Countess Elisabeth Nadasdy (Ingrid Pitt) discovers that bathing in the blood of virgins can restore her youthful beauty. As she becomes increasingly obsessed with her newfound power, the countess embarks on a murderous spree to maintain her appearance. The film's unique blend of historical fact, legend, and horror storytelling has made it a cult favourite among fans of classic British horror cinema.

Wed 4 Oct @ 21:00 - THE SENTINEL (1977)
Alison Parker (Christina Raines), a young and successful fashion model moves into a Brooklyn brownstone to escape her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, Michael (Chris Sarandon). However, upon moving in, Alison begins to experience strange and terrifying occurrences. With its shocking twists, suspenseful storytelling, and haunting visuals, making it a memorable entry in the 1970s horror genre.

Fri 6 Oct @ 21:00 - HABIT (1995) *Channel Premiere
A grieving Sam (Larry Fessenden), a down-and-out New Yorker, is lost in an alcoholic haze. When he meets the seductive Anna (Meredith Snaider), he immediately falls under her spell. Allowing her to draw him away from his friends and into a web of blood-sucking addiction and madness. This disturbing, critically acclaimed debut from actor /writer / director Lary Fessenden, is acknowledged as a modern classic in the vampire genre.

Fri 6 Oct @ 23:00 - VAMPYRO LESBOS (1971)
Countess Nadine Carody, an enigmatic and seductive vampire lures woman to her isolated island to satisfy her vampiric desires. With its blend of horror, eroticism, and surrealism, Jesús Franco’s evocative film stands as a unique experience within the vampire genre.

Sun 8 Oct @ 21:00 - THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973)
* Part of Hammer Sundays
A Scotland Yard investigator enlists the help of occult expert Lorrimer Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and his granddaughter Jessica (Joanna Lumley) to uncover a mysterious and powerful Satanic cult led by an enigmatic figure named D.D. Denham. As they delve deeper into their investigation, they discover that Denham is none other than Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). A sequel to the 1970 movie Dracula A.D. 1972, this marks the final pairing of Lee and Cushing as Count Dracula and Van Helsing in the Hammer Dracula series.

Wed 11 Oct @ 21:00 – TORSO (1973)
A group of college students who become the targets of a masked killer with a penchant for dismemberment. As the body count rises and the students are stalked through the picturesque Italian countryside, the film delves into themes of obsession, voyeurism, and the fragility of human relationships.
Fri 13 Oct @ 21:00 – WAKE WOOD (2009) *Channel Premiere
A couple grieving the tragic death of their nine-year-old daughter move to a sleepy village. Stumbling into a strange night-time ritualistic ceremony, the couple are made an offer they find difficult to refuse - to have their daughter back. But it will come at a price. Directed by David Keating, this spell-binding Hammer Film co-production stars Timothy Spall, Eva Birthistle, Ella Connolly and Aidan Gillen.

Fri 13 Oct @ 23:00 – THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES (1971)
A newlywed couple, Isle and Antoine, visit Isle's ancestral castle only to find that her two cousins, who were supposed to welcome them, have turned into vampires. With its visually stunning style and innovative approach to the vampire mythos, the film is a standout entry in the genre, demonstrating Rollin's ability to push boundaries and redefine conventions.

Sat 14 Oct @ 21:00 – CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
A young couple stumbled upon a remote country inn run by a trio of beautiful but deadly women. As the couple begins to uncover the macabre history of the inn and its inhabitants, they find themselves drawn into a horrifying nightmare of murder and cannibalism. Ivan Reitman’s career-defining dark horror is a unique and twisted take on the cannibal subgenre.

Sun 15 Oct @ 21:00 - THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
* Part of Hammer Sundays
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), escaping execution, takes on the alias of Dr. Stein and opens a new practice, where he continues his forbidden experiments to create life. With its focus on character-driven horror, inventive narrative, rich visuals, and exceptional performances, Terence Fisher’s film, a sequel to the renowned "The Curse of Frankenstein". is an enduring classic that continues to inspire horror filmmakers.

Fri 20 Oct @21:00 – BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT (1942)
Bela Lugosi plays Professor Brenner, a seemingly benign psychology professor by day who leads a terrifying double life. After sunset, Brenner adopts the identity of Karl Wagner, the malevolent manager of a mission that provides shelter to the homeless of the Bowery district in New York City. Unbeknownst to the unfortunate souls who seek refuge there, Wagner uses the mission as a recruitment ground for his criminal activities. Directed by Wallace Fox, Lugosi's compelling performance make this a fascinating entry in the annals of classic horror cinema.
BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT is part of a Lugosi double-bill, with WHITE ZOMBIE which follows at 11pm. Directed by Victor Halperin in 1932, "White Zombie" is a seminal horror film starring the iconic Bela Lugosi as the sinister voodoo master Murder Legendre, who uses his powers to transform people into mindless zombies.

A chance to learn from the legend on NYX this month as Dick Smith (pictured), the man who created the effects for such movies as The Exorcist, Scanners and The Godfather. Watch him in action to help you prepare for Halloween. Plus, there’s a chance to go behind the scenes at the workshop of special effects maestro Tom Savini as he gives us a true insight into how he created his legendary effects for such movies as Friday the 13th and Dawn of the Dead.

Sun 22 Oct @ 21:00 – THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957)
*Part of Hammer Sundays
British scientist, Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing), joins an expedition led by Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) in the Himalayas. The goal: to seek out the mythical Yeti or the Abominable Snowman. As they ascend higher into the treacherous and icy landscape, they encounter much more than they bargained for. Val Guest’s enduring classic presents an enthralling mix of the classic monster movie trope with philosophical and existential themes.
Mon 23 Oct @ 21:00 – THE EVIL DEAD (1981) *Channel premiere
Sam Raimi's 1981 directorial debut, "The Evil Dead," is a seminal horror film that tells the story of a group of friends who unwittingly unleash a demonic force during a vacation at a remote cabin in the woods. As the demonic presence begins to possess and torment the group, they must fight for their lives and their sanity. With its relentless pacing and unforgettable moments of terror, "The Evil Dead" remains a touchstone of the horror genre and a testament to Sam Raimi's unique vision. Happy birthday Sam Raimi!

Wed 25 Oct @ 21:00 – BAD TASTE (1987)
A group of friends discover that their small New Zealand town has been overrun by grotesque aliens seeking to harvest human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. Peter Jackson’s directorial debut scored instantly with its over-the-top gore, dark humour, and outrageous special effects, making it a cult classic among horror and comedy fans.

Fri 27 Oct @ 21:00 – WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972) *Channel Premiere
Enrico Rosseni (Fabio Testi), a school gym teacher becomes embroiled in a horrifying mystery as his secret relationship with one of his students, Elizabeth (Cristina Galbó) leads to them witnessing a murder, making Elizabeth a target and prompting Enrico to take the matter into his own hands. Massimo Dallamano’s giallo thriller remains a standout with its potent mix of mystery, social commentary, and atmospheric horror.

Fri 27 Oct @ 23:00 – THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (1980)
Elisabeth, a young woman suffering from a mysterious condition that erases her memories, finds herself trapped in a high-rise building with other afflicted individuals. With its atmospheric direction, thought-provoking themes, and emotional depth, Jean Rollin's French horror drama, a departure from his vampire-themed works, is a compelling exploration of the fragility of human memory and identity film directed by the renowned Jean Rollin, best known for his unique blend of eroticism and horror.

Sat 28 Oct @ 21:00 – THE BLACK CAT (1981) *Channel Premiere
Set in a small English village, the story revolves around an ill-tempered black cat with uncanny abilities. The cat's owner is a reclusive professor who has the power to communicate with the dead, and who uses the feline as an instrument of murder. As the body count starts to rise, a visiting American photographer and a local detective begin to suspect the professor's involvement in the gruesome deaths. Based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story of the same name, it may not be as famous as some of Fulci's other works, but it showcases his unique ability to infuse atmospheric locations with gruesome violence.

Sun 29 Oct @ 21:00 – LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971)
*Part of Hammer Sundays
The story unfolds with the resurrection of the beautiful but deadly vampire Carmilla (Yutte Stensgaard), who, under the alias Mircalla, enrols at an all-girls boarding school located near the gothic and atmospheric Karnstein Castle. The film is the second instalment in Hammer Film Productions' Karnstein Trilogy, sandwiched between "The Vampire Lovers" and "Twins of Evil" and is renowned for its atmospheric setting and sensuous narrative/

Mon 30 Oct @ 21:00 – BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) *Channel Premiere
The action takes place in a sorority house during the festive season, where the sorority sisters begin to receive disturbing and anonymous phone calls. Unbeknownst to them, the calls are coming from an intruder who has taken up residence in their attic. Bob Clarke’s Canadian horror is often cited as one of the first slasher films and is credited with pioneering elements of the genre. Its combination of horror and mystery set against an ordinarily joyful holiday season has made it a classic in the annals of horror cinema.
Tues 31 Oct @ 21:00 – HALLOWEEN (1978)
Michael Myers (Nick Castle), a deranged murderer who, fifteen years after brutally killing his sister on Halloween night, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, to continue his killing spree. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), a high school student, becomes the primary target of Michael's rampage, and she must use her resourcefulness and determination to survive the night and protect her friends from the relentless killer. The film's success spawned numerous sequels and imitators, solidifying its status as a classic in the horror genre and launching the career of Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Friday 22 September 2023

LEGEND Channel reveals horror & action premieres for October 2023


Watch out for plenty of star-studied thrills and spills on LEGEND, as the UK’s most entertaining channel for action, suspense and Sci-Fi presents eleven premieres for October, including the UK TV premiere of ANTI-LIFE, an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller with an (inter)stellar cast including Bruce Willis and John Suits. There also a welcome channel premiere for THE GUEST, a brilliant homage to 1980s action flicks and slasher horror, which showcases ex- ‘Downtown Abbey’ actor Dan Stevens in an inspired star-making turn.

Other channel firsts include high-octane crime thriller DOG EAT DOG, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, American road comedy film MIDNIGHT RUN, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, THE QUEST a martial arts thriller directed by Jean-Claude Van Damme in his directorial debut and the controversial drama SLEEPERS, starring Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro and  Minnie Driver.

Plus, there’s British mystery thriller UNDER SUSPICION starring Liam Neeson, action adventure THE RIVER WILD, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon and Van Damme and Lundgren return for a sixth instalment of UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING.

This month’s ever-popular THE VINTAGE VAULT strand on Sunday night double-bills continues its celebration of great horror classics from the Sixties and seventies including DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, THE SORCERERS, TWINS OF EVIL, SCARS OF DRSCULS and LUST FOR A VAMPIRE.

Full film details in transmission order:

Sun 1 Oct @ 21:00 – THE SORCERERS (1967)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
Scientist (Boris Karloff) and his wife (Catherine Lacey), possess a device that enables them to impose, through telepathy, their fantasies on people and allows them to experience sensations felt by their subjects. They take control of a teenager (Ian Ogilvy) and have him live out what they associate with contemporary youth: violence and sex. This disturbing and powerful psychological horror is the debut feature of cult-director Michael Reeves.

Sun 1 Oct @ 22:45 – DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
Christopher Lee stars in this chilling tale of four English tourists who become stranded in the Carpathian Mountains. When a driverless coach appears and takes them to a sinister castle, can they survive the night? This sequel to 'Dracula' (1958) is directed by Terence Fisher, with Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley

Thurs 5 Oct @ 23:15 – UNDER SUSPICION (1991) *Channel Premiere
Tony Aaron (Liam Neeson) is a disgraced ex-policeman scraping a living as a private detective. When a supposedly routine case goes wrong and leads to the murder of a client and Aaron's own wife, he is under suspicion of murder. His enquiries lead him to the murdered client's mistress, the mysterious Angeline (Laura San Giacomo), who stood to benefit heavily.

Sat 7 Oct @ 21:00 – MIDNIGHT RUN (1988) *Channel Premiere
When bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert DeNiro) is assigned with finding bail jumper Jon Mardukas (Charles Grodin), he has no idea the Mob and the FBI have the same idea Martin Brest directs this smart and funny ‘Odd Couple’ movie.

Sun 8 Oct @ 21:00 – FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) assisted by Dr Hertz (Thorley Walters) and Hans Werner (Robert Morris), discovers a way of trapping the soul of a recently deceased person. Frankenstein believes he can transfer that soul into another recently deceased female body to restore it to life. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is It is the fourth film in Hammer's Frankenstein series one of the most critically acclaimed Hammer films.

Sun 8 Oct @ 22:45 – THE WITCHES (1966)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher (Joan Fontaine) moves to a small English village, only to discover that a mysterious magic resides there as well. Directed by Cyril Frankel and co-starring Alec McCowen this Hammer Films production, was adapted from the 1960 novel The Devil's Own

Thurs 12 Oct @ 21:00 – THE QUEST (1996) *Channel Premiere
Acclaimed action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars as Chris, a street criminal who has always lived his life in search of new adventures. But his skill will be put to the test when he enters a tournament of the world’s best fighters. Van Dammer’s directorial debut also stars Roger Moore.

Sat 14 Oct @ 21:00 – THE RIVER WILD (1994) *Channel Premiere
Meryl Streep delivers a tour de force performance as a wife and mother whose family river rafting trip is hijacked by murderous thieves who desire to use her experience as a river guide to get them through a perilous stretch of water known as the Gauntlet. Directed by Curtis Hanson and co-stars Kevin Bacon as the ruthless criminal who threatens their lives.

Sun 15 Oct @ 21:00 – THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
A 19th-century entomologist's daughter undergoes a metamorphosis into a giant death's head moth which needs human blood to survive. Her father creates a giant moth to keep her company, but only succeeds in unleashing more blood-sucking terror. Meanwhile, a police inspector (played by Peter Cushing) tries to find the key to the series of gruesome murders.

Sun 15 Oct @ 22:45 – THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
The powers of good are pitted against the forces of evil as the Duc de Richelieu (Christopher Lee) wrestles with the deadly Satanist, Mocata (Charles Gray) for the soul of his friend, who has become deeply involved in a satanic society run by Mocata. Furthermore, De Richleau's daughter is kidnapped by the cult and put up for sacrifice to the Angel of Death

Tues 17 Oct @ 22:45 – DOG EATS DOG (2016) *Channel Premiere
Based on true events and directed by visionary filmmaker Paul Schrader, this high-octane crime thriller stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, who, fresh out of prison, are trying to adapt themselves to civilian life. But then they are offered a job by an eccentric mob boss with a payoff too good to turn down.

Sun 22 Oct @ 21:00 – BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
On an expedition to Egypt, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir) discovers the tomb of the beautiful Queen Tera, Queen of Darkness (Valerie Leon), whose power was reputed to stretch beyond the grave. He returns to London, bringing the queen's mummified body and objects with him. Strange things begin to happen as the objects seem to take on a life of their own and strike down anyone who crosses their path. This was director Seth Holt’s final film, and was loosely adapted from Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars

Sun 22 Oct @ 22:55 – LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
The enigmatic Carmilla (Yutte Stensgaard) enrols as a student in an exclusive girls' finishing school and proceeds to wreak havoc among pupils and teachers alike. Among those who fall victim to her striking and sensual beauty is the school's new English teacher Giles Barton (Ralph Bates), who at first refuses to credit the ugly rumours about her true vampiristic nature. But, following the death of a colleague he is reluctantly forced to face the truth...
Wed 25 Sept @ 22:50 – ANTI-LIFE (2020) *UK TV Premiere
Set in the near future, a spaceship with survivors flees a devastating plague on planet Earth. But the ship has a stowaway: a shape-shifting alien whose goal is to kill. Clay (Bruce Willis) and his team of mechanics are picked to maintain the interstellar ark but now they must outwrite and destroy a malevolent cosmic terror.

Fri 27 Oct @ 22:50 – UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION (2009) *Channel Premiere
When a terrorist sect uses a new destructive model from the "Universal Soldier" line of humanlike machines, to seize the atomic reactor at Chernobyl, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), is reactivated to save the planet from nuclear Armageddon. Unfortunately, Deveraux will also have to contend with his nemesis, Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren).

Sat 28 Oct @ 21:00 – SLEEPERS (1996) *Channel Premiere
Our boys from Hell's Kitchen enter a reformatory where a cruel guard (Kevin Bacon) abuses them. Years later, two of them avenge their tormenter and stand trial, defended by a lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) and aided by their scheming cohort (Brad Pitt) and other friends from the 'hood (Robert DeNiro, Minnie Driver), who face the moral dilemma of justice vs. loyalty.

Sun 29 Oct @ 21:00 – TWINS OF EVIL (197)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
After being orphaned, two beautiful identical twins move to the village of Karnstein, where they live with their uncle, a fanatical Puritan (Peter Cushing). Nearby, the Count of the village is performing a sacrificial rite to raise his ancestor, the vampire Countess He turns his attention to the twins. One of them is destined to fall under his spell, but which one? John Hough’s a supernatural vampire thriller is widely recognised as a masterpiece of gothic and erotic horror.

Sun 29 Sept @ 22:45 – SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)
*Part of The Vintage Vault
Count Dracula, (Christopher Lee), once again spreads his evil from his mountaintop castle. When libertine Paul Carlson disappears one night, his brother Simon and his girlfriend trace him to the area and make their way, like Paul before them, towards the sinister castle and its undead host. This sequel to Taste the Blood of Dracula (1968), also stars Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, and Michael Gwynn.

Tues 31 Oct @ 21:00 – THE GUEST (2014) *Channel Premiere
A brilliant homage to 1980s action flicks and slasher horror given a sharp twist by YOU’RE NEXT director Adam Wingard, it showcases ex- ‘Downtown Abbey’ actor Dan Stevens in an inspired star-making turn. He plays David, a soldier arriving on the bereaved Peterson family’s doorstep, claiming to be the best friend of their son who died in action. Inviting him to stay, at first the charming veteran seems the perfect guest, but then the random killing starts. What's going on and can the family stop the cold-blooded lethal weapon in their home committing even worse atrocities?

Monday 18 September 2023

REVIEW: Elevator Game (2023) - Starring Megan Best and Gino Anania

"Elevator Game," under the direction of Rebekah McKendry, propels audiences into a nerve-racking voyage into the supernatural realm. The film initiates with a gripping sequence, ingeniously employing shots of Becki (Megan Best) maneuvering the elevator's controls and the concealed machinery, establishing an ominous ambiance. As the plot unfurls, a mysterious entity known as The 5th Floor Woman emerges, plunging the story into a chilling realm of horror.

Becki's vanishing act leaves her socially awkward teenage brother, Ryan (Gino Anania), desperately seeking answers. Upon discovering her involvement in 'The Elevator Game' prior to her disappearance, he resolves to retrace her steps and unveil the truth. Ryan intertwines his destiny with a group of YouTubers led by Chloe (Verity Marks), embarking on an exploration of the supernatural. The film delves into the Elevator Game, a ritual attempting to traverse dimensions, adding an intriguing layer to the storyline.

The film excels in portraying The 5th Floor Woman as a formidable horror antagonist, instilling terror in the young adults through creative and gruesome means. The cinematography is praiseworthy, effectively building tension and delivering well-timed jump scares that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

However, "Elevator Game" could have benefited from a more extensive explanation regarding the game itself, its historical context, and the intricacies of the alternate dimension. Additionally, delving into The 5th Floor Woman's motivations and vendetta could have added depth to the narrative.

In summary, "Elevator Game" offers an enjoyable albeit straightforward horror experience, drawing inspiration from the realms of Japanese horror. While the film had the potential to surpass its current standing with a refined script and a reduction of clichés, it remains an engaging horror film with captivating elements that will leave fans of the genre satisfied.

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REVIEW: Talk to Me (2023) - Starring Sophie Wilde and Joe Bird

"Talk to Me" is an Australian supernatural horror film, skillfully directed by Danny and Michael Philippou, promising viewers a captivating and unsettling experience. The movie achieves a commendable rating of 7 out of 10, owing to its enthralling plot, impressive practical effects, compelling performances by the young cast, and an evocative sense of dread.

The narrative revolves around a group of teenagers who chance upon a mysterious embalmed hand, granting them the ability to communicate with spirits. What begins as an exciting and alluring discovery swiftly descends into a nightmarish journey as they test the limits of their newfound power.

A standout feature of "Talk to Me" is the excellently crafted eerie ambiance. The film masterfully builds suspense, relying minimally on special effects and instead utilizing a well-crafted sound design to keep the audience on tenterhooks. The practical effects portraying possession scenes are notably impressive, adding to the film's overall eerie tone.

Sophie Wilde's portrayal of Mia shines as a highlight of the film. Her commanding performance positions her as a potential scream queen in the genre. Additionally, Joe Bird impresses in his role as Riley, bringing depth and emotional weight to the storyline.

However, "Talk to Me" is not flawless. The ending might leave some viewers craving more closure and emotional resolution. Moreover, the film leaves numerous questions unanswered and occasionally leans on shaky logic to propel the plot.

The supporting cast, featuring Alexandra Jensen, Otis Dhanji, and Miranda Otto, delivers solid performances, underscoring the talent of the young ensemble.

In summary, "Talk to Me" is a supernatural horror film that effectively delivers a spine-tingling experience. Its captivating story, remarkable practical effects, and strong performances make it a worthwhile choice for fans of the genre. While it may not tie up all loose ends or conclude entirely satisfyingly, it keeps audiences engaged and submerged in its eerie world. Sophie Wilde and Joe Bird's performances stand out, adding depth to the characters and the overarching narrative. If you're in the mood for a supernatural thriller with a dose of creepy and violent encounters, "Talk to Me" deserves a spot on your watchlist.

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REVIEW: The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023) Starring Javier Botet

"The Last Voyage of the Demeter" skillfully resurrects the classic tale of Dracula, taking the audience on a chilling journey through a haunting lens. Directed by André Øvredal and written by Bragi F. Schut Jr. and Zak Olkewicz, this 2023 supernatural horror film expertly navigates the perilous waters of horror, blending atmospheric dread with shocking twists.

The film's focal point is the doomed voyage of the merchant ship Demeter, led by the capable Corey Hawkins as Clemens, an unwitting doctor joining the ill-fated crew. Aisling Franciosi shines in her standout performance as Anna, a stowaway enslaved by the sinister Dracula, portrayed with eerie mastery by Javier Botet. The ensemble cast, featuring Liam Cunningham as Captain Elliot and David Dastmalchian as first mate Wojchek, delivers solid performances anchoring the film.

A notable strength of the film is its ability to cultivate a pervasive atmosphere of dread. From the departure of Demeter from Varna, Bulgaria, to its ominous arrival on the British coast, viewers are engulfed in a sense of impending doom. The synergy of cinematography and sound design sustains unease throughout the film.

"The Last Voyage of the Demeter" adeptly balances horror and suspense by integrating Bram Stoker's "Dracula" source material, revitalizing the classic tale while preserving its fundamental essence. The film's reliance on the original "Captain's Log" chapter adds depth and intrigue to the narrative.

Moreover, the movie is replete with pleasantly savage surprises, keeping the audience enthralled and perched on the edge of their seats. The unexpected plot twists and the relentless pursuit of Dracula infuse a sense of urgency, propelling the story at a brisk pace.

However, it's important to acknowledge the film's predictability due to its source material. Those familiar with the Dracula legend will find few surprises in the overall narrative arc. Nonetheless, the film injects enough fresh elements and suspense to maintain audience engagement.

In summary, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" is an intelligent, well-crafted, and at times genuinely eerie take on the Dracula legend. It effectively taps into the iconic vampire's lore while presenting a new perspective. The combination of a talented cast, atmospheric dread, and surprising twists makes it a captivating horror film that will appease both avid horror enthusiasts and general moviegoers. While it doesn't entirely escape the trappings of its source material, it successfully charts its own course within the vampire's shadow. I would rate "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" a solid 8/10.

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COMPETITION: Win Creepshow Series One, Two & Three on Blu-ray

Following the announcement that Creepshow Series Four will debut on Friday, 13th October 2023, we’re delighted to announce the home entertainment release of Creepshow Series One, Two and Three.

And to celebrate we have a copy of each to give away to one lucky winner.


TUNE IN to Creepshow for some old-school horror thrills as the critically acclaimed TV series based on the seminal 1980s cult classic from horror dream team, maestro George A. Romero and virtuoso Stephen King, gets its home entertainment bow courtesy of Acorn Media International. Creepshow Series One, Two and Three are set to arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 25 September 2023 as individual releases, each packed with special features.

Creepshow Series Two comes with two fresh animated tales of terror in A Creepshow Animated Special, which sees Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor, 24) star in Survivor Type based on the short story by Stephen King and Joe King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) star in Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, based on the short story by Joe Hill (NOS4A2). Series Two also comes with A Creepshow Holiday Special starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Adam Pally (The Mindy Project).

Produced by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), the series features a slew of unique horror vignettes from some of the most lauded talent around, including Stephen King, as well as his son, writer Joe Hill (NOS4A2), Primetime Emmy® award-winning Rob Schrab (Rick and Morty, Monster House), Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and more.

Creepshow comic books come to life in this anthology series of terrifying tales hosted by the silent ghoul. Haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead and medical marvels are just a few of the things to watch out for – you never know what shocks await you in the next chapter...

This blood-soaked, playfully dark and irresistibly eerie series is the perfect homage to horrors of old. Gory good fun at its most entertaining, set the channel to Creepshow for a horror feast to sate your appetite for fear.

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Thursday 7 September 2023

COMPETITION: Win The Antichrist (Cult Classics) on Blu-ray

Delve deeper into the STUDIOCANAL catalogue with the curated CULT CLASSICS collection. Discover eclectic, boundary pushing rarities, genre classics, and forgotten cinematic treasures. The next release is The Antichrist.

And to celebrate we have a copy to give away.


A car accident caused by her father leaves the young Ippolita paralyzed and her mother dead. Following her uncle’s advice she undergoes a hypnotic session with the intent to heal her, but it actually awakens the spirit of her ancestress who was condemned for witchcraft.


BRAND NEW SACRED AND PROFANE:  The Audio Recollections of Alberto De Martino

RAISING HELL: Featuring Alberto De Martino and Ennio Morricone

Audio Commentary with  Author/Critic Lee Gambin and Critic Sally Christie

The Tempter Opening Credits    

TV Spot 

Blu-ray edition comes with four collector’s art cards

English and Italian audio options available

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Monday 4 September 2023

COMPETITION: Win It Follows & Crimes Of The Future on Blu-ray

It Follows & Crimes Of The Future are both out now on Blu-ray

And to celebrate we have a copy of each on standard Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis: It Follows

Lauded by critics and audiences alike as a modern horror classic, IT FOLLOWS, now looking better than ever, is about to creep up on you and shock you again. For 19-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she is plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. With this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

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Synopsis: Crimes of the Future
In the near future, a couple of performance artists push the boundaries of taste and decency with daring shows of mutilation and organ mutation. All the while a shadowy government agency is closing in on a terrorist group that are pushing for the next evolution in the human experience.

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Sunday 3 September 2023

REVIEW: The Boogeyman (2023) Starring Sophie Thatcher


"The Boogeyman," directed by Rob Savage and inspired by Stephen King's 1973 short story of the same name, offers a spine-tingling narrative of familial trauma and supernatural horror. While the film may not fully plumb the depths of its source material, it effectively conjures an eerie atmosphere and boasts commendable performances from its ensemble cast.

The story orbits the Harper family, with a particular focus on the two sisters, Sadie (Sophie Thatcher) and Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair), as well as their therapist father, Will (Chris Messina). Grieving the sudden loss of their mother, their world takes a darker turn when a disturbed individual named Lester Billings (David Dastmalchian) enters their lives. This encounter sparks a series of unsettling events as the family finds themselves ensnared in the malevolent clutches of an entity known as "The Boogeyman."

The film adeptly crafts an atmosphere teeming with foreboding. Its visual style is indelible, marked by haunting imagery that lingers long after the credits roll. Notably, the performances of the ensemble cast, including the young talents, significantly enhance the film's impact. Sophie Thatcher as Sadie and Vivien Lyra Blair as Sawyer convincingly convey a blend of vulnerability and determination, anchoring the audience's emotional investment.

Nevertheless, "The Boogeyman" does stumble in certain aspects. While the tension builds expertly, the payoff occasionally falls short. Director Rob Savage occasionally leans on jump scares and an imposing score to deliver frights, occasionally relying on these conventional tactics rather than pushing the boundaries of the genre. The film dances on the line between effectively spooky and veering into familiar horror tropes.

Additionally, the film's potential to delve deeper into the psychological trauma of the characters remains somewhat unexplored. The audience is granted glimpses of the family's emotional turmoil, yet there exists an opportunity for a more profound exploration of grief and its corrosive impact on their relationships.

In the final analysis, "The Boogeyman" stands as a commendable endeavor to translate a classic horror tale onto the silver screen. While it may not fully unlock the potential of its source material, it delivers a satisfactory dose of fright and suspense. With its memorable visuals and committed performances, it promises to make you double-check the shadowy corners of your room. Be prepared for a few heart-pounding moments that might occasionally tread familiar ground.

Among supernatural horror films, "The Boogeyman" rightfully earns its place as an intriguing addition to the genre. With some refinements in its storytelling and a willingness to venture beyond the expected scares, it could have reached greater heights. As it stands, it's a hair-raising journey that will leave you wondering what might have been lurking under your bed all along.

I rate "The Boogeyman" a solid 7/10.

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REVIEW: Minore (2023) - Directed by Konstantinos Koutsoliotas


"Minore," helmed by the renowned director and visual effects virtuoso Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, stands as a true marvel within the realm of horror cinema. Drawing upon his extensive experience from collaborations on iconic films such as "Cabinet of Curiosities," "1917," and "Guardians of The Galaxy," Koutsoliotas masterfully crafts an authentically Greek masterpiece that seamlessly interlaces terror, folklore, and spectacular visual effects into a nightmarish tapestry. This endorsement carries the weight of authenticity, as I am Greek, thus offering a trustworthy perspective.

The film introduces us to sailor William, impeccably portrayed by the talented Davide Tucci, who arrives on the shores of Greece with a mysterious purpose. Amidst the lively tavernas and vibrant locals, he forms a connection with Aliki (Daphne Alexander), a trained dancer reluctantly working as a waitress in the bustling town. Their pursuit of Teacher, whose real name is Nikodimos (Meletis Georgiadis), a master of the bouzouki, becomes entangled with an eerie mist that forebodes the arrival of otherworldly monsters.

As the town descends into chaos, the film's narrative undergoes a transformation, evolving from romantic intrigue and a man's quest for the father he never knew—potentially Teacher—to a harrowing fight for survival. William and Aliki, alongside a diverse group of locals, including the charismatic bar owner Pantelis (Christos Callow), must unite to confront the horrifying creatures emerging from the abyss. What unfolds is an epic battle, drawing in everyone from musicians to tourists, as they rally to preserve their way of life.

The Good:

"Minore" proudly flaunts its undeniable strengths. The horror special effects are nothing short of "magnificently entertaining," effectively capturing the Lovecraftian essence of monstrous entities emerging from the abyss. The recurring motif of tentacles serves as a testament to Koutsoliotas' expertise in crafting eerie visuals that inspire both awe and terror. The creatures, with their unsettling eyes and numerous tentacles, evoke a profound sense of unease, adding an unforgettable layer to the film's atmosphere. This may even make you reconsider ordering calamari in the future.

Each character in the film is given the opportunity to tell their own unique story. Teacher, who sets an empty table for his late wife, and the grandmother character with her nostalgic dreams are just a few examples. Additionally, a scene involving a therapist provides a moment of hilarious horror-comedy.

Furthermore, "Minore" authentically embraces its Greek heritage. The film perfectly encapsulates the essence of a small coastal town, complete with its people, music, and traditions. The bouzouki melodies and rebetiko soundtrack infuse the film with an unmistakable local flavor, immersing the audience in the heart of Greece. As a Greek viewer, this aspect of the film personally transports me back to many memorable nights spent in such places.

In many ways, a significant portion of the film is dedicated to showcasing the lives and culture of the local Greeks. Even without the monsters, the film would stand on its own as an engaging piece of storytelling.

A special acknowledgment is owed to the grandmother character, who delivers an epic performance. Her scene with a therapist is a comedic highlight that had me laughing out loud, showcasing the film's prowess in blending humor with horror.

The Bad:

While "Minore" excels in visual storytelling, there are occasional instances of less-than-ideal CGI. Nevertheless, these minor shortcomings pale in comparison to the film's overall grandeur and narrative mastery.


"Minore" stands as a cinematic marvel that effortlessly fuses Greek authenticity, captivating visual effects, and a haunting musical score. Koutsoliotas' skillful direction transports viewers into a realm where the ordinary collides with the extraordinary, resulting in a blood-soaked tapestry of fantasy, folklore, and dark humor. Despite minor CGI imperfections, "Minore" stands tall as a unique and mesmerizing monster movie that pays homage to its heritage while carving its own distinctive niche within the horror genre. With its nightmarish creatures, heroic battles, and echoes of Greek tradition, "Minore" is an experience that should not be overlooked by fans of horror and cinematic artistry alike. Despite my Greek background, I assure you of my impartiality, and I loved it.

I rate "Minore" a highly commendable 9/10.

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REVIEW: Cobweb (2023) - Starring Lizzy Caplan


"Cobweb," directed by Samuel Bodin in his directorial debut and written by Chris Thomas Devlin, is a chilling and eerie American horror film from 2023. It explores the unsettling world of a tormented young boy with a standout cast and a captivating plot that seamlessly blends psychological horror and supernatural elements to keep viewers on edge.

Lizzy Caplan delivers a compelling performance as Carol, a mother grappling with her son's disturbing experiences. Antony Starr's portrayal of Mark, the emotionally distant and potentially abusive father, adds depth to the family dynamics. Cleopatra Coleman as Miss Devine and Woody Norman as the tormented young boy Peter round out the cast with exceptional performances that anchor the story in an atmosphere of unease.

The story revolves around Peter, a socially isolated 12-year-old who endures bullying at school and parental neglect at home. Peter's life takes a haunting turn when he becomes entangled with an enigmatic presence named Sarah, who claims to be trapped within the walls of his home. The film skillfully builds tension as the lines blur between Peter's imagination and a sinister reality.

The juxtaposition of Peter's grim reality with mysterious tapping sounds and unsettling occurrences creates a truly creepy atmosphere that permeates every scene. The narrative takes a sinister twist as Peter's interactions with Sarah escalate, revealing a disturbing backstory that implicates his parents in the disappearance of a young girl years ago. The film's pacing is expertly handled, gradually intensifying the dread and horror as Peter's mental state deteriorates.

One of the film's strengths lies in its ability to tap into primal fears—the fear of the unknown, the fragility of familial relationships, and the blurred lines between reality and delusion. As Peter's relationship with Sarah intensifies, Cleopatra Coleman's performance as Miss Devine brings an element of empathy and concern to the story.

"Cobweb" doesn't rely on excessive jump scares or gore; instead, it uses psychological terror to immerse the audience in Peter's unsettling world. The film's climax, set against the backdrop of Halloween Night, delivers a heart-pounding sequence that challenges the audience's perceptions and leaves them with lingering questions.

Samuel Bodin's directorial debut showcases a keen understanding of horror's nuances, effectively using visual and auditory cues to create an unsettling atmosphere. Chris Thomas Devlin's screenplay expertly balances supernatural elements with the psychological turmoil of the characters, resulting in a thought-provoking and genuinely terrifying experience.

The film's runtime of approximately 82 minutes is just right for a horror film, never feeling rushed despite its brevity. It skillfully keeps viewers guessing about the true nature of the parents' roles in the story. The use of darkness in the climax, while understandable due to budget constraints, can be frustrating as it obscures some crucial details.

Woody Norman delivers a standout performance as young Peter, evoking sympathy from viewers without becoming annoying or unlikeable. Although Antony Starr's departure from his familiar Homelander role might initially surprise audiences, he handles his character's complexity well.

In conclusion, "Cobweb" is a gripping and atmospheric horror film that lingers in your mind. With its outstanding cast, intricate plot, and skillful blending of psychological horror and supernatural elements, the film delves into the depths of darkness, both external and within the human psyche. While the use of darkness in the climax may leave some viewers wanting more clarity, it doesn't diminish the overall impact of this suspenseful and tension-filled movie. For horror enthusiasts who prefer a slow build over gratuitous gore and jump scares, "Cobweb" is a must-see. I score "Cobweb" a solid 8.5/10.

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