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:

Dark Vision available worldwide through Amazon, iTunes etc

Darren Flaxstone's Dark Vision, which I reviewed just over a year ago, is now available worldwide on a variety of distribution platforms that I don't understand.

Here's the press release:

DARKNESS SEES ALL...

In ‘Dark Vision’ the fun indie horror from Bristol based Stray Spark Productions.

Written, directed and edited by Darren Flaxstone, co-written and starring Bernie Hodges, Dark Vision is a charming chiller, where gothic horror meets modern to create a whole load of hokum. This film has been described as a horror film for people who don’t like horror. It will make you laugh, jump and scream!

So what's it all about? Well there is more in the darkness than you know... Paranormal TV presenter Spencer Knights, (Bernie Hodges), puts his crew in peril whilst trying to win his own series as part of the paranormal competition Dark Vision. Find out what manifestations lay in wait for his team inside Baylock's Folly, a place with a dark history and possibly darker present. Who is its mysterious caretaker Clem, (Judith Haley), and what are the twisted motivations of the "Dark Vision Hub"?

Messer's Flaxstone & Hodges present their own brand of fun horror, which they hope will intrigue, scare, but above all entertain. There are some fantastic performances from the female characters. Suzie Latham plays feisty camerawoman Jo alongside Alicia Ancel as glamorous ex-soap star Marva Clewes. There is also a supremely creepy performance from Judith Haley as caretaker Clem. Oliver Park takes the role of hunky geek Xan and talented director/actor Simon Pearce stars as naive camera operator Kev.

The film has played numerous festivals around the world and won Best Picture, with Bernie Hodges being nominated for Best Actor, at the Coventry Film Festival. Judith Haley won Best Supporting Actress at the Tabloid Witch Awards. It was also nominated for Best Film, Screenplay and Cinematography at the Claw awards and had a nomination for Best Sound from the Royal Television Society awards 2014. Dark Vision has also been nominated for Best Film at the 2015 Dark Scream Festival.

Dark Vision is currently available on Amazon Prime in the US
(http://amzn.to/1xSj7JR) and Worldwide on iTunes, (https://itun.es/gb/3trv5),  Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox and Vudu.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Looking forward to… The Girl with Two Masks

I honestly don’t know whether this new British horror feature will be good or bad but one thing I know for sure is it will be different. Take a look at the brand new trailer which just went online today.

The brief synopsis on Facebook says "A pub haunted by the spirit of a contortionist tortured hundreds of years ago by villagers testing her evil abilities.

The debut feature from director Sam Casserly, The Girl with Two Masks stars Nick Hayles, Rachel Laboucarie, Stephen Sheridan, Sian Denereaz, Roxi Gregory and Lauren Mills. It was shot September to November last year. There was a cast and crew screening back in April and the film is now going out to festivals.

The feature is loosely based on this six-minute short which Casserly shot back in 2010:

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

New BBC show looking for horror shorts

The Fear is a new BBC3 series which will showcase short horror films (2-4 minutes). The films will screen to a cinema audience who will vote for their favourites, and the winning film-maker will receive funds for their next project.

Want to be involved? Check the details below and.or go to www.facebook.com/bbcthefear