Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wild Eye picks up A Date with Ghosts

This recent report in the Nottingham Evening Post says that Jason Brown has signed a distribution deal with Wild Eye releasing for his debut feature A Date with Ghosts which was shot in and around Notingham a couple of years ago.

This will be Wild Eye's first British title. They have previously released some good movies including Exhumed and Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas.

The Glass Man on DVD at last... in South America

In today's global market, it's extraordinary how many British horror films get released abroad before appearing on UK shelves. I recently reported how Zombie Resurrection had made its debut in Japan. The Zombie King and Art of Darkness have both had German releases with no sign of a British one, while Gangsters, Guns and Zombies was available on amazon.fr before amazon.co.uk

But this really takes the biscuit. I've been wondering for some time what had happened to Cristian Solimeno's The Glass Man (starring Andy Nyman from Severance) after its premiere at Frightfest in 2011. Well, if you're desperate to see the film you can now buy it on DVD - in Argentina!

The title is Un Hombre al Limite. It's Region 4, has English and Spanish subs and will set you back about 110 Pesos. Plus postage.

Paul Hyett tackles werewolves in Howl

Effects artist turned director Paul Hyett is following his magnificent debut feature The Seasoning House with something very different, a werewolf movie set on a train. To call this exciting news is an understatement.

The script is by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby who have lots of kidimation credits (Tree Fu Tom, Octonauts etc) and another horror feature in development, Don't Knock Twice. Martin Gentles and Ed King of Starchild Pictures are producing.

Follow @HowlMovie for updates and pictures like this full-body cast created as the basis for the werewolf suit. Although be aware that the website linked from there, www.howlmovie.com, isn't live yet.

The Ditch - third time lucky?

Despite only having two cast members and running a mere 15 minutes, British horror short The Ditch has taken 18 months to film, apparently. Some footage was shot in September 2012 and some more in September 2013 but both shoots were cancelled because of problems with the weather. Now writer-directir Sheena Holliday has rewritten her script for interior scenes and plans to finish the picure next month.

Holliday's previous shorts include A Plaster, a Paper and a Cheese and Pickle Sandwich and 0800-FINALGIRL. The two actreses are Lucy Wilkins (Harold's Going Stiff) and Katie Pattinson.

Waiting for Gorgo took about six years to get made from pre-production to premiere, and that was only 18 minutes so I have every sympathy with Sheena and co. Find out more at theditchmovie.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/theditchmovie

Monday, 14 April 2014

First look at The Library - yet another new British horror!

There must be something in the air right now because this is the fourth new British horror film to have come to my attention in less than a week! It's called The Library, it's directed by Daljinder Singh and it stars Sibylle Bernardin, Bradley Carpenter and Kathryn Walker.

Here's the synopsis:

The Library is a riveting suspense thriller with intense shades of psychological horror. Despite being warned, Lucy Clarke starts work at the mysterious Beckinsale Library. She not only meets strange and colourful characters, but also finds herself confronted by the dark secrets that lay hidden behind the buildings walls. The Library doesn't want Lucy there and before long it unleashes a chain of terrifying events to drive her out for good.

I'll be reviewing The Library when I get a moment, but I've got so many of these things stacking up now, I really don't know when I'm going to have a chance to work on the new book...

And in good time, here comes that review.


Hungerford - yet another new British horror


And here's yet another one. Probably easiest and qickest if I just copy and paste the press release:

A new British Horror Sci-Fi film, directed by 19-year-old Drew Casson who has made films on YouTube since he was 12, will get its World Premiere at the National Film Theatre in London on 3 May as part of this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

Produced by talent incubator Wildseed Studios and shot in a vlog style, Hungerford paints a thrilling and visceral portrait of a small English town taken over by aliens, which descends into violence and carnage.

Hungerford’s teen protagonist is Cowen Rosewell, a media student whose first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. The random acts of violence he films go largely unnoticed, dismissed as the type of trouble to take place in small English towns. However, when one of his best friends is savagely attacked by a stranger a more disturbing reality emerges.

As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious evil influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs to round people up and take them to a nearby disused factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered. As Cowen makes his way alone to the abandoned factory in search of his loved ones, the malicious force that awaits him there threatens not Cowen, but the entire world.

Jesse Cleverly, co-founder of Wildseed Studios said: “Drew is typical of the next-generation of film makers we’re investing in – a generation who have grown up on genre movies, who operate outside the institutions of the British Film Industry, and who are utterly fearless and highly proficient with the tools of production and post-production in the pursuit of excitement, scale and an audience. We’re thrilled to have produced Hungerford and thanks to the ingenuity of Drew, the crew and excellent special effects this micro-feature achieves a sense of scale more fitting for a film with 100 times the budget.”

Hungerford (78 mins) gets its world premiere at the London Sci-Fi Film Festival at the National Film Theatre on 3 May 2014 at 6pm. Buy tickets here: http://ow.ly/vALhh

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Rites of Passage - another brand new British horror

Last Friday I was at the cast and crew screening of Rites of Passage, a brand new horror feature from my old mate Steve Lawson (Insiders, The Silencer). Starring Helen Crevel, Jay Sutherland, Andrew Coughlan and Sam Smith, it's an absolutely cracking horror-thriller packed with tension and fright. Expect a full (and very positive) review on the main blog soon.* In the meantime, here are some stills and you can find out more at www.rites-movie.co.uk

*And indeed, here it is.