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Frightfest announce guests and new addition to line-up

With only four weeks till the start of the festival, Frightfest organisers have announced not only some of the guests set to appear over the August Bank Holiday weekend, but also the addition of another film to the line-up! The 150 plus guest-list this year is as vibrant and eclectic as ever, with nearly 40 of the films represented… New to the film line-up is Jackals, Kevin Greutert’s potent blend of horror thriller, home invasion terror and murder cult chiller, which stars Stephen Dorff and Deborah Kara Unger. The film is scheduled for Saturday 25th August, 4pm and 4.30pm in the main screens at the Cineworld Leicester Square.

Check out the new festival trailer and guest details below:

From the press release:

It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif raised the Empire roof with Curse Of Chucky and this year they are joined by the irrepressible Jennifer Tilly
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Frightfest Guest Line-up and Surprise Film Announced

Frightfest edges ever closer, in fact this time next month it’ll almost be over, but they’ll be much fun before then. The festival is renowned for hosting the best in genre cinema across a bum-numbing five days, but it’s not just films that make the event so special, the organisers also manage to secure a lot of the actual filmmakers. The talent then introduce the film, complete post screening Q and A’s and party the nights away with attendees. So just whose going this year? Check out the Frightfest announcement below and find out.

The 150 plus guest-list this year is as vibrant and eclectic as ever, with nearly 40 of the films represented. It is a year when fan favourites are reunited and the new wave of genre talent is firmly embraced within the FrightFest fold.

It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif
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Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 reveals its full line-up

Horror Channel FrightFest has today announced the full line-up for the 18th year of the world-renowned horror and fantasy film festival, which will run between August 24th and August 28th at Cineworld Leicester Square and the Prince Charles Cinema, and features 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres.

The festivities will get underway with the global premiere of Universal’s Cult of Chucky [watch the trailer here], with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himself.

Two more of the horror genre’s most popular and beloved franchises are given their World Premieres: to celebrate a decade of his cursed Victor Crowley creation, writer/director Adam Green is returning to FrightFest with a version of Hatchet never seen before. Plus, there is a presentation of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Leatherface, the stunning prequel to the terror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
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Frightfest 2017 line-up announced – includes 64(!) films!

Back in the heart of London’s West End for its 18th ‘adults-only’ anniversary, the world renowned horror and fantasy film festival will take place at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 24 – Aug 28 2017, taking over five screens to present 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres. Fourteen countries are represented spanning five continents, reflecting the current global popularity of the genre.

The opening night attraction is the global premiere of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s criminally entertaining Cult of Chucky (pictured above), with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himself. Mancini said today:

It’s a true pleasure to be hosting the world premiere of Cult Of Chucky at FrightFest. I have fond memories of unveiling Curse Of Chucky there in 2013 so it’s great to be returning to the
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Kaleidoscope launches Terry Marcel sci-fi series 'Dumarest Of Terra'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Company’s first global foray into TV is for series from British sci-fi writer E.C. Tubb.

Kaleidoscope (Kfd) is to represent world sales on sci-fi TV series Dumarest Of Terra, which will be produced by Terry Marcel (Hawk The Slayer).

The initial series is being planned as a of 10 x 60 minute drama based on the first five books of the Dumarest saga, by British science fiction author, E.C. Tubb.

The book series charts the adventures of protagonist Earl Dumarest, who spends his life searching for clues to the location of his home world, Earth.

Dumarest has traveled so long and so far that he does not know how to return to his home planet and no-one has ever heard of it, other than as a myth or legend

The cult collection, which spanned 33 books written across more than 40 years, was translated into seven languages.

The pilot, The Winds Of Gath, has been written
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Horror Channel presents Laugh or Die season this month

The Horror Channel has announced a ‘Laugh or Die’ season for this month, which features a collection of extremely bloody and funny films spearheaded by the UK TV premiere of Jon Wright’s Grabbers, a Father Ted vs. Aliens monster romp from Ireland, and the network premiere of Jake West’s gore-ridden, exuberant zomcom Doghouse, starring Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke & Horror Channel’s Emily Booth. The season also includes the network premiere of Idle HandsRodman Flender’s stoner comedy horror starring Jessica Alba and the network premiere of Jay Lee’s Zombie Strippers starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson.

Sat 5 March @ 10.55pm – Grabbers (2012) *UK TV Premiere

The day after a meteor lands in the ocean and a group of fisherman go missing, Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) and Garda Ciarán O’Shea (Richard Coyle) start investigating strange occurrences happening around the remote fishing community. Pretty soon it becomes clear
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'The Veils', 'Cranley Gardens' head to Ifp No Borders Market

Two UK projects, both centred on estate agents looking to sell ‘cursed’ properties, will pitch to buyers, sales agents and financiers.

A partnership between Film London and the Independent FIlmmaker Project (Ifp) has selected two UK projects, The Veils and Cranley Gardens, to pitch at the No Borders International Co-Production Market in New York this week.

The initiative will see the film’s producers Crawford Anderson-Dillon (The Veils) and Merlin Merton (Cranley Gardens) given the opportunity to attend the event and pitch their projects to international buyers, sales agents and financiers.

The two films were selected from their applications to the Film London Production Finance Market and Micro Market respectively.

The Veils, written by Spencer Wright with Jake West attached to direct, follows an Us real estate agent who purchases an Irish castle that is inhabited by supernatural forces.

Cranley Gardens is from writer and director Rafael Kapelinski. The story also follows an estate agent tasked with selling
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The cultural gender war heats up for Anne Hathaway in sci-fi-horror 'The Shower'

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The cultural gender war heats up for Anne Hathaway in sci-fi-horror 'The Shower'
There's a British horror-comedy from 2009 called "Doghouse," written by Dan Schaffer and directed by Jake West. In it, a group of guys trying to help a friend deal with his divorce all go to a small village where a virus has turned every single woman into a man-eating monster. Literally. The movie's not quite the misogynistic nightmare that sounds like, but it also isn't quite smart enough to be the movie that it wanted to be, a cutting piece about the culture war between the genders. Well, it looks like Anne Hathaway's going to get a shot at trying to make the good version of the film now thanks to the news that "The Shower" is going to be made. One of the scripts from last year's Black List, written by Jac Schaeffer, "The Shower" is about a group of women who get together for a baby shower, only
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Ten Best: “Pop Culture” Documentaries

In recent years there has been a real boom in documentaries surrounding popular culture. Films such as Electric Boogaloo, Video Nasties, The Search for Weng Weng and Adjust Your Tracking have captured the zeitgeist of fans across the globe, and in turn inspired more people to create their own documentaries about pop culture subjects that matter to them…

But not all these documentaries see the same success. Having been on something of a documentary kick lately, I thought I’d break down the ten of the best little-known, or better yet little-discussed, pop-culture documentaries from the many, many examples I have been watching. So here they are and, for once, they’re in order:

1) Slaughter Nick For President

There’s a good reason this film is at the top of my list. This is the documentary that kicked off my exploration of pop culture documentaries (eventually ending up at compliling this list) and,
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Haigh, Barthes & Terence Nance Among Ifp Independent Film Week Participants

The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here
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‘Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’ Review

Recent years have been Very good for fans of psychotronic cinema, especially when it comes to documentaries. We have had Jake West’s Video Nasties: Draconian Days, his follow up to Video Nasties: Moral Panic Censorship & Videotape, Andrew Leavould’s Search for Weng Weng, Wiktor Ericsson’s The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies and my personal favourite, Mike Malloy’s wonderful Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films. Another film related documentary released this year was the highly anticipated Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films directed by Mark Hartley, who many cult film fans will know for his other documentaries, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozsploitation, Machete Maidens Unleashed and his remake of Richard Franklin’s cult classic, Patrick. I remember hearing about Electric Boogaloo when it was still in the early stages of development. Ever since then I have been waiting with much anticipation.
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‘VHS Forever? Psychotronic People’ Review

Written and Directed by Darren J. Perry, Mark Williams

The latest in a growing strand of films that take a fond look at the VHS era, VHS Forever? Psychotronic People is a feature length documentary taking a look at the explosion of movies that became available on VHS in the UK. Taken from the perspective of those who tried to unearth that elusive movie at all costs known as psychotronic cinema…

There has been an explosion in recent years of documentaries taking a look back at VHS, mainly from an American perspective (and often focussing more on the current rarity of said tapes rather than the nostaglia factor) with films like Rewind This! and Adjust Your Tracking. However here in the UK most documentaries related to the VHS era have focussed more on the video nasties (think Jake West & Marc Morris’ two popular docs). However VHS Forever? Psychotronic People takes
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‘Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’ Review

2014 has been a good year for fans of psychotronic cinema, especially when it comes to documentaries. We have had Jake West’s Video Nasties: Draconian Days, his follow up to Video Nasties: Moral Panic Censorship & Videotape, Andrew Leavould’s Search for Weng Weng, Wiktor Ericsson’s The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies and my personal favourite, Mike Malloy’s wonderful Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films. Another film related documentary released this year was the highly anticipated Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films directed by Mark Hartley, who many cult film fans will know for his other documentaries, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozsploitation, Machete Maidens Unleashed and his remake of Richard Franklin’s cult classic, Patrick. I remember hearing about Electric Boogaloo (which is how I will be referring to it for the rest of this review) when it was still
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‘Extraterrestrial’ Review

Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Sean Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Mike Kovac, Fred Keating, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside | Written and Directed by The Vicious Brothers

The Vicious Brothers, writer/directors of the two popular Grave Encounters found-footage flicks, turn their hands to a more traditional narrative movie, mixing traditional filming methods with their penchant for Pov shaky-cam, with Extraterrestrial.

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive.
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The Road to FrightFest 2014 is paved with Video Nastiness…Jake West & Marc Morris Interview

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Always with one eye on the past and the other on the present, FrightFest ensure an enduring celebration of genre cinema. After supporting director Jake West and producer Marc Morris’ Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, FrightFest have once again leant their support to the follow-up documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days, which picks up where Moral Panic left off to look at the fallout of the 1984 Video Recordings Act.

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Draconian Days that continues a comprehensive discussion of a compelling chapter in British film spectatorship and censorship, HeyUGuys turned the tables on West and Morris as they shared their thoughts on censorship past, present and future, the advantages of notoriety and the positive side to the Draconian Days amongst other points of discussion.

What was the genesis of Video Nasties: Draconian Days? Was it your original intention to do a follow-up?

Jake West:
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The Flickering Myth Podcast – Jake West and Marc Morris talk Video Nasties: Draconian Days

The Flickering Myth Podcast talks censorship…

Released on DVD today, Video Nasties: Draconian Day looks at James Ferman’s time as Head of the BBFC and the censorship rules he created.

You can read our ★★★★ review here.

Video Nasties: Draconian Days is a brilliant, insightful and masterfully put together look at a troubling period of British history and its attitude to horror movies. And with this kind of censorship and media scare mongering still quite prevalent in discussions of policing the Internet, pornography and even Youtube, a movie like Video Nasties: Draconian Days is more relevant than ever. It should be played everywhere and used as a blueprint to highlight the mistakes made during James Ferman’s run at the BBFC. Video Nasties: Draconian Days is a genius movie that should be watched by everyone.”

Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen sat down with its filmmakers Jake West and Marc Morris to discuss the documentary,
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DVD Review – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)

Video Nasties: Draconian Days, 2014

Directed by Jake West

Synopsis:

A documentary that covers James Ferman’s run as the Head of the BBFC and the fallout from the Video Recording Act of 1984.

The sequel to Jake West and Marc Morris’ Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape sees the pair take on the James Ferman era of the BBFC between 1985 and 1999, a time when widespread panic and outrage was placed upon the country because a few horror films were sold on video tape. It’s a fascinating look at a period when, despite claiming to be a free country, we were ruled with an iron fist and films became a censored art form. The documentary is filled with brilliant interviews with those who lived through these times as a horror fan, but also those who worked within the BBFC and politicians who lobbied for “this filth” to be removed from our shores.
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ Review

The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorahip & Videotape documentary, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act with Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days.

A time when Britain plunged into a new dark age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians. With passionate and entertaining interviews from the people who lived through it and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice the passing of a landmark era.

I was a huge fan of Jake West and Marc Morris’ first documentary on the Video Nasties scandal of the early 80s and it opened my eyes to a period in time I was actually too young to really remember – at the time of
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Now on DVD: Video Nasties, Gestapo's Last Orgy, & Deported Women Of The SS Special Section

This month super indie DVD distributor Severin Films are releasing director Jake West's (Evil Aliens, Doghouse) amazing even handed documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorshop, and Video Tape. To help celebrate that monumentally awesome release (more below), Severin sublabel Intervision Picture Corp. are releasing a pair of classic Nazisploitation films from the infamous Dpp list, Cesare Canvari's Gestapo's Last Orgy, and Rino Di Silvestro's Deported Women of the SS Special Section. All three of these releases are essential for exploitation fans around the world, and here's why:...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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