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 sacking up now, I really don't know when I'm going to have a chance to work on the new book...


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.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Zombie Resurrection - big in Japan

Believe it or not, this is a British horror film. This is in fact Andy Phelps' and Jake Hawkins' Zombie Resurrection which was shot in late 2011 and has made its global debut with a subtitled DVD release in Japan last October. Further international distribution is in the offing, but if you're desperate to see the film asap you can buy it from Amazon.jp.

For info about the film, check www.charmed-apocalypse.com

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Blood and Carpet - kitchen sink retro horror

Here's the groovy trailer for Blood and Carpet, a brand new British horror feature which takes the genre back to the 1960s. Not the 1960s of Victorian Gothic Hammer but the real swinging sixties, or at least the seedy underbelly thereof. Director Graham Fletcher-Cook sells the film as a cross between Billy Liar, Up the Junction and Psycho. Or maybe it's A Taste of Honey meets Alfie meets Cover Girl Killer. Whatever, it looks great.


Fletcher-Cook is better known as an actor. He was in Sid and Nancy, he was in Straight to Hell (and a 2010 sequel of which I whit not). He was in Cry Freedom and Absolute Beginners and Stars of the Roller State Disco but of course we all know him from his turn as Mr Newman in Elisar Cabrera's Demonsoul.

The cast includes Frank Boyce (Tony), Bill Fellows (Bloodless, Zombie Women of Satan, Witch House: The Legend of Petronel Haxley), Shona McWilliams (When Evil Calls), Nicola Stapleton (Urban Ghost Story), Andrew Tiernan (Dead Cert, Man Who Sold the World) and GFC himself.

I'm looking forward to seeing this one. Expect a review as and when...

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

In Fear screening and director Q&A, 10th March, to promote DVD

Press release:

In Fear releases on DVD & Blu-ray 10th March 2014 and to celebrate, StudioCanal (in partnership with Total Film magazine) is hosting a special screening event at The Prince Charles Cinema.

Fans have one last chance to watch this tense psychological horror on the big screen, taking place at 6.30pm on Monday 10th March, and will also be treated to an exclusive Q&A with the Director Jeremy Lovering – hosted by Total Film’s Editor-at-Large Jamie Graham.

The film stars Iain De Caestecker (Filth) and Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) as a young couple fighting to make it through the night when they find themselves trapped in a maze of country roads.

With only their vehicle for protection, Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) become terrorised by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.

Also starring Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), IN FEAR is directed by Jeremy Lovering (Sherlock) and produced by Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Sightseers).

Tickets are limited – so to get yours visit The Prince Charles Cinema website.

Death on DVD

Here's director Martin Gooch enjoying the moment every film-maker is working towards - seeing his movie on the shelf at HMV.

Death (aka After Death) was shot three years ago, had a VOD release in June 2012 and finally became available on a shiny disc yesterday, courtesy of a distributor called Three Wolves Ltd.

Synopsis: "Following the death of their Dad, four brothers and sisters return to the family home after many years to face each other, face facts and face the future. But what do they know of the past? Frankenstein meets The Others. An indie film for lovers of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, Truly Madly Deeply and lovers of all that is Gothic."

Death stars the incomparable Leslie Phillips (who narrated Gooch's legendary short Arthur's Amazing Things), Ben Shockley (Bloodmyth, Ten Dead Men, Left for Dead), Nick Moran (Puritan, Harry Potter 7 and 8), David Wayman (Art House Massacre, Nazi Zombie Death Tales, The Dead Inside) and of course Miss Emily Booth (who was also in Arthur's Amazing Things).