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The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Now is the time to encourage your friends and family to check out FullMoonStreaming.com because it’s Free to try! Yes, you read that right - Free! As in you don't have to pay anything and can just kick back and enjoy the insanity!
Between now and June 24, 2014, Charles Band and company are offering a free one-week trial to anyone and everyone! What we really need is you! Try it out, and then help spread the word.
Share the news on Facebook! Tell everyone how much you love their very own crazy streaming video site. The inside word is that once they reach 1,000 shares, there will be a massive surprise!
It’s Netflix for LUNAtics!
Need more incentive? This week is the premiere of Episode 3 of Trophy Heads exclusively on FullMoonStreaming.com, which means anyone can watch Episodes 1, 2, and 3 with the limited free trial. From what we hear, this »
- Steve Barton
For years, Guillermo Del Toro has been trying to get an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness made. Any true Lovecraftian, though, would be appalled by the Pacific Rim-sized creatures Del Toro would likely contribute to the novella, for readers know an actual viewing of the horrific beast lies outside of the pages. Lovecraft’s monsters typically defy the conceptions of the human brain, so they tend to fall into a formula: man ends up in bizarre circumstance, man sees something indescribable, man goes insane or commits suicide. It doesn’t quite sound like ideal fodder for a visual medium.
For the uninitiated, said monsters come from a mythology of deities called Old Ones, evil beings that once ruled the planet and are intent upon returning. The most well-known remains Cthulhu, a giant, winged octopus-squid who reigns in the lost city of R’lyeh. These »
- Kenny Hedges
The heat thuds in the chest, the pulse races and the blood surges. We are not in the midst of a suspenseful and terrifying horror film where our emotions are being manipulated by the puppeteer filmmaker. We are preparing to speak with Master of Horror Stuart Gordon whose 1985 masterpiece Re-Animator has received an all new limited home entertainment release. Whilst Gordon has left the world of horror cinema to return to the theatre, he took us back into the past, to trace the journey of a child who grew into a master of genre.
Not far removed from any discussion involving Stuart Gordon is the King of the B’s Roger Corman. The former is to H.P. Lovecraft what the latter was to Edgar Allan Poe. During the span of just four short years beginning in 1960 with The Fall of the House of Usher, Corman directed his eight film Poe cycle, »
- Paul Risker
Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.
Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »
★★★★☆A perfect antidote to the weighty, sociopolitically savvy undead allegories of George A. Romero, Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (1985) receives a welcome Blu-ray release this week in all its unrated glory. That's not to say that the video store R-rated cut doesn't have it's fair share of slop and viscera - it certainly does - but the dark, necrophiliac undercurrents of the censored version are here pushed right the the limits of audience 'stomachability'. An enjoyably effluent-heavy partner piece to Raimi's The Evil Dead cycle and its Kiwi counterpart, Peter Jackson's Braindead (aka Dead or Alive, 1992), Re-Animator gave H.P. Lovecraft's ghoulish short story the schlocky, big screen rendering it deserved. »
- CineVue UK
“It ate him… bit off his head… like a gingerbread man!”
Gooey fun, crazy creatures, phallic flying tapeworms, third eyes popping out of foreheads, brain snacking, swarms of flesh eating insects, Barbara Crampton in leather (!) …From Beyond delivers the weird bloody goods and you’ll have the chance to see it on the big screen when it plays midnights at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) this Friday and Saturday nights (June 6th and 7th) – this month’s Late Night Grindhouse feature presented by the folks at Destroy The Brain!
The team behind Re-animator (1985 – shown at Lngh last year); director Stuart Gordon, writer Brian Yuzna, composer Richard H. Band and some of the same cast, offered up another grisly science/horror flick based on another Hp Lovecraft story the very next year.
- Tom Stockman
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Gerry Black, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Barbara Peters | Written by Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli, William Norris | Directed by Stuart Gordon
If a budding horror geek was to ask what were the most important horror films that must be watch, I’m sure you could come up with a few. There is one though that should be on the lips of all horror fan, an eighties film that was so important to horror that it became infamous, especially in the UK where it too decades before we got an uncut version. In fact I consider myself lucky in getting the chance to see the unrated version on the big screen only a few years ago. Re-Animator is not only an important film in itself, but it is also the one that introduced us to director Stuart Gordon and actors Jeffrey Combs and »
- Paul Metcalf
With the classic Re-Animator getting its Blu-ray reissue this week, we talk to its director about this and his other genre films...
Re-Animator landed like a firecracker in the middle of 80s horror cinema. A wild, vibrant adaptation of the Hp Lovecraft tale, Herbert West-Reanimator, it was both extremely funny and remarkably close to the writer’s source text. Jeffrey Combs plays the darting-eyed Herbert West, a gifted yet utterly mad young medical student who invents a serum which brings the dead back to kicking, screaming life.
A sprightly Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton play his fellow students, who can only watch in horror as their Miskatonic University campus fills up with angry revenant corpses from the morgue, while David Gale is brilliantly glowering as Dr Hill, West’s nemesis.
You've heard me talk enthusiastically about the Wnuf Halloween Special on The Bloodcast, now, the makers of that "broadcast" have a new film which recently made an east coast festival premiere this month. It's an indie called Call Girl of Cthulhu and my oh my does it look like some grotesque, wet, outlandish offspring of H.P. Lovecraft, Frank Henenlotter and Stuart Gordon. The producers passed a trailer along to us and I'm definitely into seeing what this is about. Chris Lamartina - one of the directors of Wnuf Halloween Special - is at the helm.
The post From the Makers of the Wnuf Halloween Special Comes Call Girl of Cthulhu! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Editor’s note: Graham Skipper has been making a good name for himself in some good and interesting genre entries, acting in everything from genre musicals (as Herbert West in Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator: The Musical), short films (Will Rot’s The Cartridge Family) and one of horror’s most recent fan-favorites, Joe Begos’ Almost Human. Natty was able to chat with Skipper for a bit, regarding his recent roles, as well as about a acrobatic stage show mixed with live rock and roll that he’s producing. Read on!-Jerry
Of course my first question is going to be regarding Reanimator: The Musical. A lot of people began taking notice of your performance of Herbert West in that, how did your involvement come about with Gordon’s musical?
I lived in New York City for many years, I worked in a lot of theater in a lot of »
FRONTIÈRES International Co-Production Market has announced it’s official selection for it’s return to this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Frontieres is the first and only co-production market to connect North America and Europe in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. The initiative began in 2012 with 14 projects selected including works by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (Resolution), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and Bruce McDonald (Pontypool). This fourth edition will bring together 12 projects hailing from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, the UK and the United-States.
Frontieres will take place from July 24th to 27th. This group of filmmakers in particular presents a high volume of fresh filmmakers, many of whom will be presenting their debut feature length films. This is rounded off by a handful of internationally known filmmakers.
The official Frontières selection of Frontières @ Fantasia 2014 consists of the following projects:
Dead Noon (Luxembourg)
Director/Writer: Jeff Desom »
- Justine Smith
Our own Derek Botelho has dedicated countless hours over multiple years to his examination of the work of Dario Argento and we’re happy to see that The Argento Syndrome is now available to read around the world. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, we wanted to tell you about a signing event for the book that includes Derek and a number of special guests:
The Argento Syndrome – In Stores Now! Star-Filled Signing Event Announced!
A retrospective of Italian auteur Dario Argento, The Argento Syndrome is an examination of a career marked by such genre classics as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Opera. The Argento Syndrome is part academic study, with essays on every film, and part personal memoir, detailing the author’s time in Italy on a trip to visit the set of Non Ho Sonno. Also included are several »
- Jonathan James
Reviewed by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com
The 90s was an interesting era for the horror genre, there are a large number of gems out there and there are also a lot of lost causes. Something like Body Snatchers sits somewhere in the middle, it isn't a lost cause but it isn't quite a gem either. It is one of those films that didn't quite live up to its potential, but that isn't really easy considering the story has been told before and how do you improve upon or make it different? Well it doesn't improve upon what has come before it, but it does aim to be different and offer up its own take.
Based upon the novel, Body Snatchers takes place at a remote military base in Alabama, where the Malone family have moved to because Steve (Terry Kinney) has scientific research to do there. Strange events start happening »
You might not remember this, but Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss ("Peggy") dabbled in horror when she starred in an episode of Fear Itself called "Eater" (pictured) by Stuart Gordon. She's set to return to the genre with There Are Monsters, a film that will be directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). News out of Cannes, courtesy of Screen Daily, says the film concerns a mother and daughter who are terrorized by a monster.
- Ryan Turek
The work of H.P. Lovecraft has inspired not only legions of fans throughout the years but an entire sub-genre of horror. Highlighted by frail, false realities masking a horrific and unfathomable truth… and of course, tentacles, fans embrace Lovecraftian horror films like the squishy appendages they feature.
And with the release of Dead Shadows, we remember our Top 11 Lovecraftian Horror Films.
This list contains not just movies inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, although some of them are certainly here; it also has movies that fall into the Lovecraftian-inspired category. Cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable that could fracture sanity hovering over reality. Cthulhu. And, of course, those tentacles we mentioned earlier.
As for honorable mentions, how about the wildly popular hit HBO show "True Detective" for starters? There are certainly some Lovecraftian influences there, including Rust Cohle's ideas on fate and religion and the cult of Hastur operating in Louisiana. »
- Scott Hallam
The second collaboration between Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, Dolls was originally lensed as a “stop-gap” feature between Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator and its follow-up, From Beyond – a filler piece if you will, to be shot at Charles Band’s newly purchased Italian soundstage (bought from Dino De Laurentiis no less) – from a script by Ed Naha, who had already penned one monster movie, the infamous Troll, for Band’s Empire Pictures shingle. Little did anyone know that the low-budget, quickly shot film would still, to this day, be regarded as one of the highlights of Empire Pictures horror output in the 80s…
And did I mention it just happens to still be one of my all-time favourite 80s horrors? »
- Phil Wheat
If you're a horror fan, living in Los Angeles certainly presents some perks. Since moving here, I've seen a dramatic interpretation of The Exorcist, musicals based on Silence of the Lambs and Re-Animator, and even a one-man show featuring the living embodiment of Edgar Allan Poe. Those last two examples were directed by Stuart Gordon and were very much in his "wheelhouse," so to speak - Re-Animator was of course his film to begin with, and he's adapted Poe for the Masters of Horror TV show (plus Poe was played by Jeffrey Combs, a staple in Gordon's films). And now he's back on the Los Angeles stage scene with Taste, which is based on one of the more insane real life crime stories in recent memory, turning it into a very funny but also somewhat touching and sad story of two lonely men who have gone to extremes just to »
- Badass Digest
This weekend, Master of Horror Stuart Gordon’s latest theatrical offering, the cannibalistic tale Taste written by Benjamin Brand and starring Chris McKenna and Donal Thoms-Capello, debuted at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company (660 N. Heliotrope, Hollywood) and will continue its run through May 17, 2014.
At a recent preview performance for Taste, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and briefly chat with Gordon afterwards about what attracted him to Brand’s story, his experiences working with his two performers, the true horrors of cannibalism and his thoughts on directing a film versus directing live theater.
Check out our exclusive video interview with Gordon below and be sure to check out Taste if you’re in the Los Angeles area in the next month- it’s an experience not to be missed!
To read our review of Taste, visit:
“You’re invited to the most disturbing dinner party of the year. »
- Heather Wixson
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