Sunday, 19 July 2015

New artwork and unimaginative new title for Bloodlust

Last November I reported the impending February 2015 release of Richard Johnstone's vampire feature Bloodlust, starring fan favourite Victoria Hopkins (The Devil's Music, Le Fear 2, Zombie Women of Satan). Needless to say, the release has been bumped.

The film is now pencilled in for 12th October 2015 and has undergone a name-change. It was shot as Bloodless, which was changed to Bloodlust, either of which is pretty cool. But 101 Films, for reasons best known to themselves, have decided to release the picture as... Vampires.

FFS. How is that supposed to stand out in any way among the barrage of horror DVDs that hit the streets each October?

The Zombie King finally gets a UK release date

When I reviewed The Zombie King last November I noted that there had been German, Dutch and Japanese releases but nothing yet in the UK. Well, a UK disc is now up for pre-order on Amazon.

High Fliers Films will release the picture on 26th October 2015 (ie. Halloween week - always the busiest time for horror releases). The title has been changed to King of the Dead.

I suspect this isn't the final artwork as, of the six quotes on the sleeve, two are attributed to and three to!

Monday, 6 July 2015

'The Dead 2' on UK DVD next week

Pretty much at the top of my must-see list is The Dead 2: India, the Ford Brothers' follow-up to their absolutely awesome 2011 Africa-set zombie picture.

The film premiered at Frightfest two years ago, and hits UK DVD on 13th July courtesy of Altitude Films. It's eight quid on pre-order from Amazon. Howard Ford's subsequent film, Never Let Go, plays the 2015 Frightfest next month.

Synopsis: The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Ford Brothers’ African set THE DEAD, THE DEAD 2 moves us to the hustle and bustle of India as the outbreak of the walking dead take hold. An American engineer teams up with a surviving orphan street kid to trek 300 miles across stunning but deadly rural Indian landscapes to the now infested slums of Mumbai to try and save his pregnant girlfriend. The first ever international zombie movie shot in incredible India, THE DEAD 2, puts the Ford Brother's unique vision on a far bigger canvas, with breath taking scope, thrilling action and emotional resonance.

Here's the trailer. Review coming soon.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Baker's dozen British features at Frightfest

Frightfest have announced their line-up for 2015 and as usual it includes a good selection of British features. Thirteen in total:

  • Bait (Dominic Brunt) - see previous post
  • Nina Forever (Ben and Chris Blaine) - see previous post
  • Aaaaaaaah! (Steve Oram)
  • Never Let Go (Howard J Ford)
  • Estranged (Adam Levins)
  • The Hallow (Corin Hardy)
  • The Lesson (Ruth Platt)
  • Howl (Paul Hyett) - see previous post
  • Awaiting (Mark Murphy)
  • Another Me (Isabel Coixet)
  • Afterdeath (Gez Medinger, Robin Schmidt)
  • The Unfolding (Eugene McGing) - see previous post
  • Banjo (Liam Regan)

There will probably be some British shorts too, but those haven't been announced yet.

Frightfest runs 27th-31st August down in That London.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Xlitherman returns on 1st September

Back in 2009 there was a British horror movie called The Xlitherman, starring BHR regular Marysia Kay. I've never seen the film and never tracked down a copy.

Well, my search is nearly at an end because director Peter Lancett is working on a new version, called The Xlitherman - Remaster, and a release date of 1st September has now been announced over on his Facebook page.

Synopsis:After his girlfriend leaves him, Martyn hides his disturbing slide to to the edge of insanity behind a mask of repressed normality. Martyn is an everyday man of the suburbs. In fact, he's just like you.

Martyn is just like you: that's how he thinks you see him. He lives in the suburbs; he goes to work and comes home again. Just like you in fact. But Martyn has a secret. Martyn is obsessed with murder and magic. He admires people like Peter Kurten, Charlie Manson,  night stalker Richard Ramirez - and of course, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Martyn visits notorious locations forever linked with the horrors of the past, particularly Saddleworth Moor where Brady and Hindley tortured, murdered and buried their child-victims. And if you cross him, perhaps he even visits your home while you sleep. Still, everyone has a few secrets, right? Even you. Martyn is no different from you after all.

Things change when Sandra appears - seemingly from nowhere - and Martyn is goaded into revealing his true nature. Now, the suburbs will never be safe again.

Here's a description of the new version from Lancett's webste:

The radical new cut features newly shot and never before seen footage, using recaptured and remastered HD footage.

The sound design, created by Mark Rimington is completely fresh and features original music from Mark Rimington, Steve Max and music composed and performed by talented Hollywood-based musician Michelle Macedo of Macedo Music, recorded mixed and mastered by Mj Denton of MoonGold Records, Los Angeles.

The Xlitherman - Remaster will be available on various Video on Demand platforms

I'm looking forward to finally getting to tick this one off my list. Here's the trailer for the original version:

Monday, 29 June 2015

Me and my son in trailer for Coventry zombie film Immune

Last year young TF Simpson and I went over to Coventry to help with the shooting of a teaser trailer for a new zombie feature Immune, directed by Steven Tayler.

That trailer has now been released and you can watch it on YouTube. Find out more about Immune on the Halogen Entertainment website.

Here's a couple of grabs of Simpson pere et fils...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Zombie Women of Satan 2 very, very close to completion

I just finally got round to watching Zombie Women of Satan - only five years after it was released - and although I probably haven't got time to write a full review, I can record here that I laughed like a drain and enjoyed it enormously.

So I thought I would check on the progress of the sequel, cunningly entitled Zombie Women of Satan 2, which was shot back in July 2012 with some pick-ups in August 2013 and again in January 2014.

In March this year, the ZWOS Facebook page announced that "Zombie Women of Satan 2 is about 8 weeks away from being fully complete", but because these things always take longer than you think, a more recent post on 12 June reads "Well things are finally progressing again after a few delays ... ZWoS 2 should be going to get the colour grading done in July .. then we'll be able to start looking for distribution deals for it "

The sequel is the directorial debut of Chris Greenwood who co-wrote the script with Warren Speed, who of course returns as Pervo the Clown. Kathy Paul returns as Mother Zandler. Victoria Broom and Victoria Hopkins are listed on the IMDB page but it's not clear if they're actually in the film.

The cast does include Dani Thompson (Serial Kaller, Three's a Shroud), Big Brother alumnus Pete Bennett (The Mothertown, Meet the Cadavers) and Michael Fielding, brother/stooge of Mighty Boosh weirdo Noel Fielding.

Here's hoping that ZWOS2 emerges soon and that it's as good as the first one.

And if you still haven't seen the first ZWOS, here it is, legitimately, on YouTube: