Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Apparently there's a UK comedy-horror film based on a CBBC series...

I've never heard of Friday Download but evidently it's a series on CBBC (11-year-old TF Simpson is too old for that channel now and just obsessively watches repeats of Top Gear on Dave). And apparently, it's now a British comedy-horror movie too! It seems to have played theatres back in May when, quite understandably I'm sure you'll agree, I was totally unaware of it,

The DVD's out next month. One for completists, this, I think. Here's the press release:

Long running hit CBBC kids show Friday Download gets the big screen treatment in action-packed comedy adventure Friday Download The Movie (Up All Night). This fun filled spooky escapade featuring teen sensations The Vamps and Britain’s Got Talent favourites Bars and Melody makes its way to DVD on 19 October 2015 from Great Point Media and Spirit Entertainment.

It’s summer and the Friday Download gang Dionne Bromfield, Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, George Sear and Bobby Lockwood, pack their bags and hit the road for a trip of a lifetime but things don’t quite go to plan.

A mysterious power, beyond their control, plays havoc with their sat nav, the van gets totalled and soon they’re knocking on the door of Hill House, a creepy old mansion in the middle of nowhere where they encounter brother and sister Caleb (Tyger Drew Honey – Outnumbered) and Clara (Louisa Connolly-Burnham – Wolfblood), who invite them to stay the night while they get their van repaired. But the strange pair are hiding something and after a night of ghostly goings on and an encounter with hapless policeman (David Mitchell – Peep Show), and ghost hunter (Ethan Lawrence – Bad Education), the team learn that the house is about to be knocked down. Can the gang save it from demolition with their plan for a special Friday Download music festival?

For a fun fix of Halloween happenings, laugh-out-loud Friday Download – The Movie will keep the family entertained during the half term and beyond.

Written by Toby Davies (Yonderland), directed by John Henderson (The Borrowers) and produced by Jeremy Salsby (Friday Download), Dan Shepherd (Chalet Girl) and Jules Elvins (The Color of Freedom).

Friday, 4 September 2015

Containment release details: cinemas, VOD, DVD

Containment, a sci-fi-horror picture directed by Neil Mcenery-West from a script by David Lemon, gets a limited theatrical release from next week as well as hitting on-demand platforms.

The film has a preview tomorrow (Saturday 5th) in Henley, then it plays That London from 11th to 14th, Southampton for one night only on 14th, then from 14th-17th you can catch it in Bristol, Derby, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. There’s also a one-off screening in Brighton on 21st. Full details on www.containment-film.com

It was released on US VOD things last month and hits UK VOD things from 11th. For those of us who still like proper shiny discs like Grandad watched, the DVD is out on 5th October from 4DigitalMedia.

Synopis: Mark, a failed artist estranged from his wife and son, wakes one morning to discover that the doors and windows of his flat have been sealed shut. He assumes it’s a sick joke until he sees an army of ‘Hazmats’ – mysterious figures in protective suits – patrolling the grounds and attacking his fellow residents. When a neighbour smashes through their adjoining wall, Mark joins forces with his new-found ally and others from within the block. Together, they must work to defend themselves from the sinister Hazmats. But they soon discover that the greatest danger is sealed inside with them…

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Three retitled British horrors on US disc on Monday

Three recent British horrors are lined up for US release on Monday 1st September under different titles to those we know them by.

Simeon Halligan’s terrific White Settlers, in which an English couple move to Scotland only to be brutally harassed by the locals, is out from Magnolia Pictures. But don’t look for it under W as the distributor has retitled it The Blood Lands.

Luke Hyams’ Xmoor, which premiered one year ago at Frightfesst 2014, is released on the same day through Screen Media. This one, which is still awaiting a UK disc, is now The Beast of Xmoor, which seems fair enough.

And one more for luck. MPI Video release Hangar 10, a sci-fi/horror feature directed by Daniel Simpson (no relation). This is the title under which the film was shot, but in the UK it has been released as The Rendlesham UFO Incident.

Monday, 24 August 2015

House on the Witchpit - 'press release'

I put 'press release' in inverted commas there because traditionally a release actually tells you something. But that wily Pat Higgins continues to play his cards so close to his chest that he'll probably end up with a reverse tattoo of the Jack of Spades.

This is what young Patrick H has to say to the world about his latest opus:

The latest feature from Jinx Media, entitled The House on the Witchpit, has just wrapped principal photography.

Writer/Director Pat Higgins has elected not to release any stills, trailer, synopsis or casting information for this film. He has announced that the film will be screened to 36 people at a single screening in 2015, after which that particular version will never be screened again.

A different version will be screened at the Horror-on-Sea festival in 2016,, after which that version will also never be screened again.

The only official image connected with the feature to have been released is the teaser poster (above).

An associated Twitter account at @witchpithouse stated on August 2nd “We are making a film that exists largely to unnerve you”

Make of all that what you will...

Friday, 31 July 2015

British horror western Blood Moon set for UK and US release

Jeremy Wooding's Blood Moon - a werewolf western shot in Kent in 2013 - premiered at last year's Frightfest. Since then it has played a bunch more festivals including Bram Stoker and Fantasporto. Now it's finally coming to DVD just over a year later, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Uncork'd Entertainment release the US disc on 1st September, rhen StudioCanal release the film in the UK on 5th October.

Wooding has previously directed episodes of some of the best shows on CBBC, including Bear Behaving Badly, Dani's House and The Legend of Dick and Dom.

The cast includes Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch, Wolfblood, Misfits), George Blagden, Anna Skellern (Siren, A Night in the Woods) and Canadian voice legend Kerry Shale.

NB. The publicity claims that this is the first western shot in the UK since Carry On Cowboy although that's not strictly true. Even if we discoumt Richard Driscoll's Eldorado, we can't ignore Edgar Wright's infamous debut A Fistful of Fingers. Not that it matters. Just being accurate is all.

Find out more at www.bloodmoonthemovie.com

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 InfernalCinema.com and three to UKHorrorScene.com!

[Update - the release has now been bumped to 7 March 2016]