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Focus Features Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Halloween Showing Of Edgar Wright’s Shaun Of The Dead At The Greek Theatre

Focus Features’ 15th anniversary celebration pulled out all the stops on Thursday night at La’s Greek Theatre with a fantastic party and screening of the Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg horror-comedy classic Shaun Of The Dead.

Billed as a “rom zom com” (romantic zombie comedy), the film follows the bloody funny adventures of underachiever Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best mate Ed (Nick Frost) as they cope with a zombie invasion of North London and attempt to rescue Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) and his Mum, Barbara (Penelope Wilton).

Thousands of fans, including Baby Driver co-star Jon Hamm, enjoyed the red-themed activities including a photo op, scary makeup applications, a character costume contest and dozens of zombies roaming the venue to frighten and entertain partygoers “like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”

After leading the audience in a zombiefied version of the Thx sound effect, Wright and Shaun co-star Lucy Davis,
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Thursday’s best TV: Born to Kill; Mind Over Marathon

  • The Guardian - TV News
C4’s new four-part drama follows a deeply troubled teenager, while in real life, 10 runners with mental health problems prepare for the weekend’s London Marathon. Plus the day’s best films and sporting action

This intriguing four-part drama, co-written by Kate Ashfield and Tracey Malone (Rillington Place), comes with some pedigree. Daniel Mays co-stars as Bill, who starts a relationship with the mother of teenager Sam. Jack Rowan plays this seemingly decent and self-possessed young lad who is living under the impression that his father is dead. In fact, he is still alive, violent and about to be released on parole. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that Sam himself is in the grip of psychopathic, homicidal tendencies. David Stubbs

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Born To Kill - Updated Casting Brief

  • ScreenTerrier
Born To Kill

Closing Date For Submission – 23Rd March 2016

Written by Tracey Malone & Kate Ashfield.

Born to Kill is a 4 part thriller about a 15 year old boy called Sam whose fallen in love with a new girl at school Chrissy But Sam is hiding something…..psychopathic urges. This series will have its audience on the edge of their seats, and question how we can like someone so much when we know what he is capable of.

Production Co: World Productions For Channel 4

Exec Producer : Jake Lushington

Director: Bruce Goodison

Producer : Nick Pitt

Shooting Location : Cardiff

New Overall Shoot Dates : 4th June – 14th August 2016

Casting Details – The majority of first round auditions, workshops and all the recalls will be in London, but we will also be coming to other cities including Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester.

Please email recent photo (just one) and a CV if you have one to office@danieledwardscasting.
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Hangman Review

Hangman may be just another down-and-dirty found footage flick at heart, but Adam Mason’s SXSW Midnighter turns the mundane format into a nightmarish invasion of privacy. His killer, whose calling card is that of a noose-tightener, plays the long game here. Action isn’t rushed and pacing is drawn out like taffy, but Mason’s meticulous dissection of a first-hand home invasion works where other equal efforts become dull and gimmicky. Families should feel safe together, but Hangman warps feelings of barricaded tranquility into voyeuristic naughtiness caught on the camera of a reckless stalker. He sees you when your sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, yet the “Hangman” is no Santa Claus – unless you consider backwash in your Oj a present.

Told through the eyes of a mask-wearing figure known as “Hangman” (Eric Michael Cole), we watch helplessly as the crazed psycho torments an unsuspecting family. Aaron (Jeremy Sisto
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Casting Call For New Channel 4 Drama - Born To Kill

  • ScreenTerrier
Casting Director Daniel Edwards is currently casting for three teenage roles in a new Channel 4 drama Born To Kill.

Written by Tracey Malone & Kate Ashfield, Born to Kill is a 4 part thriller about a 15 year old boy called Sam whose fallen in love with a new girl at school Chrissy. But Sam is hiding something…..psychopathic urges.

This series will have its audience on the edge of their seats, both terrifying and heart breaking as we watch Sam’s journey and question how we can like someone so much when we know what he is capable of.

Production Co: World Productions For Channel 4

Exec Producer : Jake Lushington

Director: Tbc

Producer : Nick Pitt

Shooting Location : Cardiff

Overall Shoot Dates : 9th May – 17th July 2016

Casting Details – The majority of first round auditions, workshops and all the recalls will be in London, but we will also be
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Review: Hangman

The found footage approach to horror films has went through a great deal of scrutiny in the last few years, and rightfully so, there are a greater number of misses than hits. Films tend to fall into the same ol’ formula and cliche-filled pitfalls, with the “We need to document this!” line spoken more times than it hasn’t been. Luckily, Adam Mason’s Hangman bypasses many of those cliches and offers horror fans a truly chilling and downright scary experience that will refuse to exit your mind for quite some time following its final act.

What makes Hangman so interesting right from the get-go, is how almost dirty it feels. Instead of some family member or friend manning a video camera like every other film of its type, we’re given the entire film through the many hidden camera placed in the home of a family led by Jeremy Sisto (Clueless,
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Inspired By True Story Film Hangman Heading to DVD/Bluray This February!!

I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.

Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated.
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Collision: NBC Adapts ITV Series

  • TVSeriesFinale
NBC is developing an adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's Collision, which aired in November, 2009, on ITV and Utv, as a five-episode event series. In the Us, an edited version of the original series aired on PBS, in two parts. Horowitz will serve as show runner on the new, Us version, and reportedly will write the first two episodes.

The cast of the ITV series includes: Douglas Henshall, Kate Ashfield, Christopher Fulford, Jo Woodcock, Craig Kelly, Dean Lennox Kelly, Zoe Telford, Claire Rushbrook, Phil Davis, Jan Francis, Sylvia Syms, Paul McGann, Lucy Griffiths, Lenora Crichlow, David Bamber, and Nicholas Farrell. Continue on for more about NBC's new Collision adaptation. Read More…
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Toronto: Myriad Pictures Launches Scoundrel Label With ‘Hangman’

Toronto: Myriad Pictures Launches Scoundrel Label With ‘Hangman’
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Myriad Pictures is launching Scoundrel as a genre label for international sales.

The new label is debuting with handling sales on the SXSW horror title “Hangman,” starring Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ty Simpkins and Ryan Simpkins. The new label will offer titles in thriller, horror and action.

Alchemy will release the film in the U.S. in February. The film is directed by Adam Mason from a script he wrote with Simon Boyes, in which a family returns home from vacation and slowly discovers that their residence has been sabotaged.

Mason and Boyes also produced the film, along with Jeremy Sisto and Mary Church. Variety’s Dennis Harvey gave the film a strong review, calling it “a creepy new spin on found-footage horror.”

Myriad’s Audrey Delaney negotiated international sales rights with Gersh’s Jay Cohen negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Myriad to sell 'Hangman' under Scoundrel banner

  • ScreenDaily
Myriad to sell 'Hangman' under Scoundrel banner
Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based sales agent is launching a genre label and kicks off with international rights to the SXSW horror starring Jeremy Sisto.

Scoundrel will curate horror, action and thriller titles alongside other “mainstream audience-pleasing fare.”

Alchemy will distribute Hangman in the Us. The film also stars Kate Ashfield, Ty Simpkins and Ryan Simpkins in the tale of an intruder who secretly places surveillance cameras in a family home.

Adam Mason directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. Mason and Boyes produced with Sisto and Mary Church.

Myriad svp of marketing and acquisitions Audrey Delaney negotiated international sales rights with Gersh’s Jay Cohen on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Frightfest 2015: ‘Hangman’ Review

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins, Eric Michael Cole | Written by Adam Mason, Simon Boyes | Directed by Adam Mason

I can’t imagine what it must feel like to return home after a family holiday, only to find your house as well as your belongings trashed by an intruder. That’s exactly what happens to Aaron (Jeremy Sisto, Wrong Turn) and Beth (Kate Ashfield, Shaun of the Dead) Miller in Adam Mason’s (Broken) latest thriller, Hangman.

However, unlike most cases, this isn’t the work of a vagrant or thief, this is something much more sinister. You see, the person who broke in to the Miller family home, never left and with the help of cameras set up around the house, he can monitor their every move and eavesdrop on every conversation. What starts as minor interaction such as helping himself to food and the families own toiletries,
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SXSW 2015: Hangman Chokes

Pov horror is nothing new. Found footage films put viewers in the middle of the action from the point of view of one or more characters, usually from the perspective of a soon-to-be victim, and slasher films have featured sequences from the killer’s Pov for decades now. But what if that found footage belonged to the killer himself? And what if he never lost it? And what if it was pointless, predictable and far from frightening? Hangman opens with a black screen and the sound of a panicked voice calling 911. A video image soon appears as someone documents their walk through a darkened house — a baby is crying, a man is hanging lifeless from the ceiling and a woman sits whimpering on the floor. The camera’s lens soaks in her pain and terror before a hand with a knife repeatedly thrusts into her stomach. The video then switches to the interior of a parking garage
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Hangman’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Hangman’
An effectively creepy spin on found-footage horror, “Hangman” finds a family unwittingly playing host to a malevolent intruder who’s broken into their home — and stayed there, unseen, while watching their every move on surveillance cameras he’s installed. Brit horror specialist Adam Mason’s latest may provide too abrupt a payoff for those genre fans expecting more standard bloody thrills. But the long buildup will strike others as sufficiently, distinctly unnerving, with its emphasis on violated privacy and the oblivious proximity of victims to a maniac practically underfoot. Though “Hangman” will rep a somewhat tricky sell, its surface similarities to home-invasion thrillers and “Paranormal Activity”-type pics should be exploitable enough for some theatrical exposure. As with other superior exercises in found-footage suspense, the feature’s impact will be considerably diminished on the smallscreen.

After a prologue showing the grim denouement of our antagonist’s usual m.o. in a prior family’s home,
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SXSW 2015: 10 Genre Films We’re Excited For This Year

  • DailyDead
Each and every year, the South by Southwest Film Festival comes together in Austin, Texas to shine the spotlight on some of the most provocative and ingenious indie horror films from across the globe. The 2015 SXSW line-up is no exception, featuring a multitude of thought-provoking titles and genre-bending awesomeness that we could not be more excited to check out during the festival this month.

Here’s a look at several of the films from SXSW 2015 that have us excited for this year’s line-up and should stay on your radar once they’re officially released at a later date:

The Final Girls

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson, Screenwriters: M. A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller

Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max's mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film's maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga,
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Trailer Round-Up: Salem Season 2, Hangman, The Barn

  • DailyDead
"Often the most fearsome landscapes are hiding the most succulent gardens." We're back with another trio of trailers for our latest round-up, taking you to a 17th-century witch war in the second season of Salem, a killer's home intrusion viewed found footage style in the SXSW Midnighters movie, Hangman, and the delightfully retro tease of the 1989-set horror film, The Barn.

Salem Season 2: The 13-episode second season of Wgn America's Salem premieres on Sunday, April 5th at 10pm Et:

"From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), “Salem” season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem’s deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, “Made in Jersey,” “Human Target”) at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne.
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Midnight Selections for SXSW 2015 Announced!

The 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival is a little over a month away and the increasingly popular midnight selections have finally announced. Comprised of thrillers, sci-fi, dark comedies and horror, along with shorts and music videos; the crop of Midnight selections look ripe for the harvesting. Some of the most anticipated films of 2015 will be shown at SXSW, and it looks like a can’t miss lineup.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)

Deathgasm (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden

New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond
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SXSW 2015 Announces Midnighters Lineup

This year’s South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW 2015), which will run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas, has unveiled the lineup for its beloved Midnighters section, which aims to showcase the best and brightest in genre filmmaking, from thriller to horror to science-fiction. Attendees will witness 11 titles including nine world premieres at Midnighters this year, with filmmakers like Karyn Kusama and Rodney Ascher in the mix.

SXSW’s senior programmer Jarod Neece commented on the Midnighters lineup, stating:

“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup. These nine world premieres and two festival favorites are helmed by five first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni.”

Midnighters always introduces some fascinating genre pics, and whether there’s something here that will go on to Oculus-style success remains to be seen, but it’s
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SXSW ’15: Short film and Midnight Movie Lineup announced

  • SoundOnSight
Following the recent announcement of their full film lineup that includes Trainwreck, Get Hard, and Spy, South by Southwest has revealed their lineup of Midnight movies and short films to screen during the festival. Chief among them is the Sundance 2015 hit Turbo Kid (read our review here) and the Sundance ’15 winner of the Short Film Prize World of Tomorrow. SXSW runs from March 13-21. View the full Midnighters and Shorts lineup below via the SXSW website.

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Midnighters

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)

Deathgasm (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden
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SXSW Announces Midnighters Lineup

SXSW Announces Midnighters Lineup
South by Southwest has unveiled 11 titles for its Midnighters section, including nine world premieres, as well as the complete short film lineup.

The 22nd edition of the festival runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin, Texas. Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” is the opening-night film.

“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup,” said SXSW’s senior programmer Jarod Neece. “These nine world premieres and two festival favorites are helmed by five first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni.”

Highlights include the world premiere of Jason Krawczyk’s “He Never Died,” starring Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins in a story of a man’s eternal struggle with cannibalism.

Other world premieres include “The Corpse of Anna Fritz” (Spain), directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens; “Deathgasm” (New Zealand), directed by Jason Lei Howden; “The Diabolical,
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SXSW Midnighters Include We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, The Nightmare

  • DailyDead
SXSW’s Midnighters selections often give horror fans the first look at indie horror’s finest releases of the year and their 2015 lineup has just been announced, including nine movies that will be making their world premiere during the festival:

“Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó (World Premiere)

Deathgasm (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden

New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces,
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