Here is a sneak preview of what’s up for grabs at the Berlin Film Festival later this week – Howard J Ford’s (Director/Producer Co-Writer of ‘The Dead 1&2″) latest epic NEVER LET GO. Shot in Morocco, Spain and the US, the film tells the story of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child. The completed film will screen at Cannes Market in May.
I might be giving up my age a bit, but this movie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid watching the original. Hollywood has decided to bless us with an updated 2015 version. I am normally critical of remakes, but I will reserve my comments until after I see the movie because I really really really want this one to live up to the first. Check out the new Poltergeist trailer and tell me what you think.
Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
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A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord in The Man with the Iron Fists 2, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on April 14, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this explosive sequel to the 2012 action-adventure The Man with the Iron Fists. Inspired by classic kung-fu films, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray™ and DVD are packed with exciting bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and commentary by director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA.
RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists, co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan), who co-wrote the film with screenwriter John Jarrell (Romeo Must Die), stars alongside a stellar international cast including Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear), Carl Ng (New Police Story), Simon Yin (Ip Man), Ocean Hou (Man of Tai Chi), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists). The film is directed by Roel Reiné (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2).
When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic. Read the rest of this entry »
Film4 FrightFest celebrates 10th year at Glasgow Film Festival with three World, two European and six UK premiere attractions
Kicking off with a special screening on Thurs 26 Feb and hosting eleven films on Fri Feb 27 and Sat 28 Feb, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around.
Inspired by the classic occult board game, a group of teens accidentally unleash a dark power from the other side in Ouija coming to Digital HD on January 13 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand on February 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge), Ouija delivers extra chills with exclusive bonus content including a deeper look inside the mystery of the Ouija board, film commentary and much more.
Starring Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey, Jayden Robison
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey, Taken series) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, “Downton Abbey”) debuts on Digital HD on December 16, 2014, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels and directed and written by Academy Award-nominated writer Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Wolverine), A Walk Among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito.
Written and Directed by Leigh Whannell
Starring Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannel
The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Written and Directed by Alex Garland
Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander
To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.
Horror Channel’s film highlights for August are to include a celebration of the annual FrightFest event, the UK’s leading horror and fantasy film festival. In the week that FrightFest celebrates its 15th year, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth chooses her favourite movies from festivals past, which she’ll also introduce. Among them are Guillermo Eel Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, Ti West’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER and THE VICTIM, in which cult actor Michael Biehn makes his directorial debut. This will be the film’s UK TV Premiere.
EMILY’S FESTIVAL FRIGHTS SEASON – 18th to 24th August, 22:50
Mon 18 August @ 22:50 – DREAD (2009)
Adapted by writer/director Anthony DiBlasi from the Barker novella in ‘Books of Blood Volume II’, this is the story of three Boston college students – Stephen (TWILIGHT star Jackson Rathbone), Cheryl (Hanne Steen) and Quaid (Shaun Evans) who join forces to helm a Kinsey-style documentary study on the subject of fear. But two of the unholy trio are unaware the third is haunted by past demons causing chilling sociopath behaviour and a driven need to explore people’s innermost terrors to extreme limits. The Meat Room awaits…
Tues 19 August @ 22:50 – THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009)
From THE ROOST director Ti West comes a slow-brewing, old school psychological horror at its finest, freakiest and most fiendish. Student Samantha has just moved into her own apartment and needs some fast cash for the rent. Answering a campus advert for a babysitter, she ends up at the creepy old remote country home of the strange Ulman couple. But something is clearly wrong. There seems to be no child. A total lunar eclipse is about to further darken the night skies. And Samantha’s blood-freezing satanic panic begins…
Wed 20 August @ 22:50 – DEAD SNOW (2009)
When eight medical students go on a weekend ski trip to Øksfjord in Norway, the last thing on their minds is an army of frozen Nazi zombies. Get ready for a goose-stepping gore-fest, with gruesome beheadings, snowmobile dismemberment and an awesome body count. Director Tommy Wirkola’s (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) outrageous sub-zero shocker is a fast, furious and very funny valentine to the early works of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi. The sequel will premiere at FrightFest 2014.
Thurs 21 August @ 22:50 – MIDNIGHT SON (2011)
Debut feature director Scott Leberecht fashions a vampire tale with a fresh independent spirit. When a strange skin disease forces security guard Jacob to avoid sunlight and crave blood, he struggles to control increasingly violent impulses to move from black market donor packs to sucking on living victims. Then the local police start targeting him as a suspect in a series of grisly murder. Leberecht makes telling points about basic humanity to fashion a minor masterpiece brimming with vibrant performances and creepy unpredictability. Read the rest of this entry »