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Welcome back to the second entry of Dread Central's Six Slays of Christmas feature! We're now just five little days away from the year's biggest holiday season, and to celebrate the coming of Saint Nick (or whomever you believe in), we'll be taking a look at a different yuletide horror flick each day until the 25th! Think of it as a cinema crazed Advent calendar!
I know Christmas is right around the corner and many of you are out there doing some last-minute shopping. Let me give you one piece of advice. Whatever you do, do not buy some weird looking animal you've never seen before from a guy in Chinatown with the worst cataract you've ever seen. If you need a gift, just buy a copy of Arkham City or something skimpy from Victoria's Secret (unless it's for your mother, then neither of those gifts seems very appropriate unless »
- Doctor Gash
‘Tis the season to wreck havoc. Joe Dante’s 1984 tale of that loveable and unique Christmas gift which turns out to be more trouble than he’s worth is now a firm festive favourite, and similar to Die Hard, it has earned a loving place on that list whilst using the holidays ostensibly as a hook to tell the story.
Produced by Steven Spielberg under his now legendary Amblin banner, director Joe Dante was apparently brought on board due to the Jaws auteur being a huge fan of his debut feature, The Howling. The director’s playfully sense of dark mischief alongside that more traditional, wholesome Hollywood outlook serves the story perfectly, and the film has a little more bite than some of the other fantasy features it shares a kinship with from that era.
Dante’s own love for Christmas is palpable throughout, and he litters the film with »
- Adam Lowes
Joe’s whacked-out sequel explosion screens Friday!
Sayeth The Alamo:
No one’s denying that the original Gremlins is a top notch holiday monster movie…but I gotta say: Gremlins 2 takes the Christmas cake and splatters it against the wall. Dante’s long-awaited sequel revives all the man-trampling insanity of the first film, multiplies it by ten thousand and sprinkles it with glowing chunks of sheer chaos. Mogwai-lovin’ gremlin-wreckers Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and the great Dick Miller are back, now with a front row seat for the creatures’ takeover of a New York City high-rise. The diminutive terror tornadoes have upgraded to go with their fancy new digs, among them a giant tarantula beast, a bookish intellectual, an electricity creature and many, many, Many more. Terror legend Christopher Lee is on hand to drop some mad science on the wee maniacs, but nothing can slow their absolute ascent »
“The same day as Twilight,” director Dominic Burns rather merrily observes of his latest film, How to Stop Being a Loser, and its release date on Friday 18th November. His chuckle is sincere – that he knows his film could never compete for the hearts of Team Edward, nor draw their attention from his stupid, sparkly skin – but you get the sense he doesn’t really care. Burns isn’t in it for the money; he’s in it for the love of making films. His enthusiasm is infectious even over a phone.
Friday 18th November was last week already, so go and see it. How to Stop Being a Loser, that is. Not Twilight. The film has secured a distribution deal with Showcase cinemas and »
Wes Sullivan's first feature in the director's chair, Nightbeasts, has been making waves with several appearances at film festivals. Sullivan has also picked up several awards on his festival tour and his latest win is at the Midnight Black Festival of Darkness in Los Angeles. Here, Nightbeasts won Best in Genre (Supernatural) for its creature feature involving a father and son camping trip that goes very wrong. On their journey they come across an ancient Native American legend that is over seven feet, hairy and full of scares. The showing of this film at this latest festival will be held up until November 5th.
As well, Nightbeasts is available to horror fans through a streaming platform at the Midnight Black Festival of Darkness website. The streaming video is priced at under $2 and if you cannot make the festival, then you can watch it there, instantly. For those unfamiliar with the film, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Take a stroll through the backlot; it’s High Noon.Sure, there’s a shootin’ gone down in this photo, but we like the set more than the action. Just look at it:
This still from the climax of High Noon gives a pretty good view of the back end of the western street at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank (now owned by Warner Bros. and rechistened the Warner Ranch). That street is now a parking lot, but it was still standing in 1983 when I shot part of Gremlins there. Zach Galligan’s house, on the flip side of the old west street, was on the same block as Blondie’s home and Dennis the Menace’s. The back yard of Dick Miller’s place led right into what was left of a Mexican village used in Lady from Shanghai. Often I would wander over to the western street and »
Scarefest, one of the largest horror & paranormal conventions of the year, starts today and runs throughout the weekend. Taking place in Lexington, Kentucky, this year’s convention is a tribute to 80′s horror, with guests including Elvira, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Zach Galligan, Kane Hodder, and many more.
There are numerous events planned, including an indie film festival, a screening of Scream 4, a costume ball, and there will be plenty of dealer tables selling horror-related merchandise. Advanced ticket purchasing is now closed, but here are the prices for tickets at the door:
2011 Box Office Schedule
Friday, Sept. 23
1:00pm – 9:00pm
Ticket price… $20
Saturday, Sept. 24
9:00am – 9:00pm
Ticket price… $25
Sunday, Sept. 25
9:00am – 3:00pm
Ticket price… $20
**All three days: $60, a savings of $5
For more information, visit: http://scarefestcon.com/home.html »
- Jonathan James
The B Movie Celebration is getting ready to kick off its latest round of films September 23rd. Over thirty films will be in attendance from the zombie thriller Beverley Lane to the creature feature Millenium Bug. As well, several guests will be in attendance including director Kevin Tunney (Night of the Demons) and Tony Randel of Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 fame. Several features will have their World Premiere hosted at Franklin including Camel Spiders, Dino Wolf, and Night Claws. Also several films from the past will be in attendance e.g Killer Clowns from Outer Space. Sasquatch-ploitation features, the staple of B Movie film festivals, will be showing including Night Claws and Nightbeasts.
Nightbeasts will be one of the highlights of the festival and this is the first feature film from director Wes Sullivan. The story involves a father son hunting trip that goes very wrong. In the woods lies an ancient Native legend that is big, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Vanguard will release the 2010 British horror-thriller Cut on DVD on Oct. 25 for the list price of $19.95.
Touted by its makers as “the first horror film shot in one continuous shot,” Cut follows a group of friends who find themselves in a bit of trouble after returning from a cocktail party to a cottage deep in the English woods. Having brushed off the notion of urban legends as rubbish, the good-looking young adults slowly find themselves weaving through their very own horror story.
Written and directed by Alexander Williams and starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Simon Phillips (The Last Seven), Dominic Burns (Airborne) and British glamor gal Danielle Lloyd, Cut offers some gimmicky, claustrophobic thrills and an occasional laugh to lighten the tension, or so we’ve heard. With no edits and a hopefully well-thought-out script and design, it could be fun…
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Bringing together multiple components of genre filmmaking, the British feature Jack Falls found a recipe for success by winning best action film at the 2011 London Independent Film Festival.
More details, plus reaction from the filmmakers and a trailer for Jack Falls, are included below.
Tanter, who attended the festival, said: "I'm thrilled to accept this award from the Liff. The competition within independent film has never been better, and we are honoured to have not only been included amongst those selected, but to have won the award too."
All three films are shot in a Sin City style - using splashes of colour against high-contrast black and white - with comic book undertones that reflect the trilogy's origins.
Jack Falls, released by Lionsgate in cinemas and on »
- David Bentley
I have to be honest- the life of a blogger and film reviewer is not always what it’s cut out to be. For every golden opportunity to talk about film, and pass on your enthusiasm about certain projects, there are also numerous times when it is difficult to offer anything other than miserable criticism when a film fails to inspire you in any way possible. On the surface of it, it might be easy to see Jack Falls as one such film- filmed cheaply and marketed as a comic noir in the British gangster genre- but to do so would be extremely unfair.
The third and final chapter in the ‘Jack Trilogy’ from writer/director Paul Tanter, Jack Falls completes the story of Jack Adleth (Simon Phillips), a former undercover police officer who returns to London on a mission of revenge against those who sought to kill him. The »
- Simon Gallagher
Today sees the release on DVD and Blu-ray of the third chapter in the Jack Trilogy – Jack Falls, a film we’ve been following for some time and we had the chance to sit down with writer/director Paul Tanter to talk about the film, the pressures and pleasures of a first time directing gig and the future for Jack and for Paul.
We reviewed the film here and there’s plenty of Jack to catch up on here.
To begin – how did you get started in the industry – how did you get Jack Said published and then made into a film?
I got started when Jack Says was in pre-production. The producers had an early draft of the script they wanted working on and Rita Ramnani, who had been attached to play Erin from the start, suggested me. We had been friends since university and she knew I was »
- Jon Lyus
This week, HeyUGuys were lucky enough to be invited to the May Fair hotel in London for the premiere of British gangster flick Jack Falls. The concluding part of a trilogy, the film is released on DVD and Blu-ray this Monday.
Adapted from the graphic novels written by Paul Tanter (who makes his directorial debut here) it’s a visually ambitious film with a narrative scope which clearly extends beyond its modest budget.
Before the screening, we had the opportunity to chat to some of the figures from behind and in front of the camera (and in some cases, both).
It’s nothing new. People have always liked the villains from that type of world, going right back to Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist.
Does he ever tire of being offered roles as the bad guy? »
- Adam Lowes
We’ve been following the third chapter of the ‘Jack’ trilogy for some time now and Lions Gate Home Entertainment have given us a look at the animated short film which precedes the final chapter – Jack Falls.
Animated in the style of Paul Tanter’s comic book, the source material for the three films, this video sets up an important relationship, which has far reaching consequences for our main man Jack Adelth in the film.
Jack Falls had its premiere last Monday night and the film is out on Blu-ray and DVD on the 21st of March
Jack Falls stars Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford, Jason FlemyingAdam Deacon, Annie Cooper, Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher and also features a cameo by Gremlins star Zach Galligan. The movie is written Paul Tanter and directed by Tanter and Alexander Williams.
Here’s the short, my review of the film is up on the site tomorrow. »
- Jon Lyus
Unless you’re heading out to the premiere tonight of Paul Tanter’s Jack Falls you’ll have to wait a week to see how the tale of Jack Adleth is resolved when the DVD and Blu-ray is released on the 21st of March.
Concluding the Jack Trilogy, comprising of this film’s predecessors Jack Says and Jack Said, this film has many of the cast returning, along with a few new faces. Simon Phillips returns as our lead alongside Tamer Hassan, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford, Jason Flemying, Adam Deacon, Annie Cooper, Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher and keep your peepers peeled for a cameo by Gremlins star Zach Galligan.
Surviving a murder attempt in Amsterdam, former police-officer Jack Adleth (Simon Phillips) heads to London to seek revenge and settle old scores, but soon finds himself in danger not just from his former criminal associates, but his old police colleagues too. »
- Jon Lyus
We’ve brought you images, we’ve brought you the DVD cover art and now Lions Gate Home Entertainment have released the brand new DVD and Blu-ray trailer for their new movie, Jack Falls which I’ve embedded below. This is the first ever British-made movie trilogy and we can’t wait to see it.
Jack Falls was directed by Paul Tanter & Alexander Williams and stars Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng , Dominic Burns, Neil Maksell, Doug Bradley, Zach Galligan, Adam Deacon and Martin Kemp.
Jack Falls is released on DVD and Blu-ray 21st March and you can order your copy here.
Synopsis: Putting a stylish spin on British gangster movies, Jack Falls is the final instalment of the gripping ‘Jack‘ trilogy, based on the popular graphic novels. Jack Falls DVD & Blu-ray plus the DVD Trilogy boxset are available to own from the 21st »
- David Sztypuljak
If your not living in the UK you probably haven't heard of this one. And even then you may not have! Jack Falls is an independent British feature based on the graphic novel of the same name by Paul Tanter. It's actually the third part of a trilogy, the first two movies are Jack Says and Jack Said. As you will see from the trailer, the flick is heavily influenced by Sin City's visual style. The cast of the movie includes Doug Bradley(Hellraiser) and Jason Flemying(Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class)as well as Tamer Hassan (Clash of The Titans), Simon Phillips (Jack Said, The Last Seven), Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush), Dexter Fletcher (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick Ass), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock Stock), Adam Deacon (Adulthood, Kidulthood), Neil Maskell (The Football Factory), Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Martin Kemp (The Krays) Surviving a murder attempt in Amsterdam, »
Neo-noir is not dead and Jack Falls proves this. This is the third film in a trilogy, which puts ex undercover police officer Jack on the trail of some mysterious killers. Jack has recovered his memory after several brushes with death in this film series and now, he will finish those have wronged him, in gritty black and whites. Put your fedora on and delve into the world of black hats, revenge and a life on the run. Jack Falls releases in the United Kingdom on DVD and Blu-ray March 21st, with more territory announcements shortly. More details on this dark hued crime thriller are below.
The synopsis for Jack Falls is here:
"After recovering from a murder attempt in Amsterdam, former undercover police officer Jack Adleth returns to London seeking revenge against those who tried to kill him. As he deals with the consequences of his former duel life, »
- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment have been good enough to pass on these new stills from Paul Tanter’s Jack Falls, which is the third in the Jack trilogy and is out on Blu-ray and DVD on the 21st of March.
Jack Falls stars Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford, Jason Flemying, Adam Deacon, Annie Cooper, Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher and also features a cameo by Gremlins star Zach Galligan. The movie is written Paul Tanter and directed by Tanter and Alexander Williams.
- Jon Lyus
Lions Gate Home Entertainment are really spoiling us with their new title, Jack Falls. We debuted the Cover Art for the DVD and Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago and today they’ve asked us to put up these new images from the movie which is released on both formats March 21st.
Jack Falls has now entered into the record books along with it’s predecessors, Jack Says and Jack Said as the first ever British Trilogy and the makers even have a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records to prove it! Jack Falls stars Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford, Jason Flemying, Adam Deacon, Annie Cooper, Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher and also features a cameo by Gremlins star Zach Galligan. The movie is written and directed by Paul Tanter.
Synopsis: Putting a stylish spin on British gangster movies, Jack Falls is the final instalment of the gripping ‘Jack‘ trilogy, »
- David Sztypuljak
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