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Interview: Mercedes Grower talks dark comedy ‘Brakes’

In his latest interview/podcast, host Stuart Wright talks with writer/director Mercedes Grower about her dark comedy feature Brakes, which stars Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Kerry Fox, Roland Gift, Paul McGann and Steve Oram.

Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy from new writer/director Mercedes Grower. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as their match-maker, each of their stories is unique yet familiar to us all.

Cinema listings from Friday 24 November at www.brakesfilm.com/cinema-listings/

Watch at home from Friday 24 November. See www.brakesfilm.com/watch-at-home/
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The Mighty Boosh stars Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt reunite for Brakes, watch the trailer here

With a little over a week to go until its release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for writer-director Mercedes Grower’s feature debut Brakes. Described as an unconventional comedy, the film reunites The Mighty Boosh stars Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, alongside Paul McGann, Julia Davis, Kerry Fox, Roland Gift, Seb Cardinal and Steve Oram; take a look below…

Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy from new writer/director Mercedes Grower. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as their match-maker, each of their stories is unique yet familiar to us all.

Brakes is set for release on November 24th.
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Simon Farnaby interview: Paddington 2, Yonderland, Star Wars

Ben Mortimer Nov 8, 2017

Simon Farnaby chats to us about writing Paddington 2, appearing in Rogue One, and making Yonderland...

Simon Farnaby is a man already keenly admired around these parts for being part of the Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Bill ensemble. But he's also the man who co-penned the script to the incoming Paddington 2, which seemed like a good enough excuse for a chat to us. Here's how it went...

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How did you end up joining Paul King [director/co-writer] on writing duties this time round?

Paul and I are friends, and we met many, many years ago in the comedy fringes, shall we say. We met and got on, and we did a one man show; we co-wrote a show, which I was acting in, and Paul directed for Battersea arts centre, this was 2004, or something.
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The End Of The F***ing World review: dark, funny & fearless

Louisa Mellor Oct 24, 2017

Channel 4’s new 8-part comic book adaptation is an all-round winner. Great writing, top performances, well-paced and stylish…

Contains plot references to episode 1, but no spoilers.

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Between its punk title and an opening few minutes that reference child self-mutilation, animal killing, psychopathy and murder, The End Of The F***ing World starts off by weeding out the weak. Meet teenagers James and Alyssa, it says, he’s a monster and she’s angry. You won’t like them.

You will though, you’ll even come to love them. Just as the spikiest people can be the most vulnerable, this show’s aggressive nihilism conceals a tender and romantic centre. Its eight episodes are essentially the story of two young people damaged by abandonment who find temporary solace in each other.
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The End Of The F***ing World: exclusive clip

Louisa Mellor Oct 20, 2017

Morbidly funny, dark, violent comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World arrives on Channel 4 next week. Here's an exclusive clip...

Meet James and Alyssa. He thinks he's a psychopath; she hates everyone, except James, maybe, and the dad she hasn't seen for years. These two disaffected British teenagers embark on a road trip that takes them to some violent and unexpected places.

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Comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World is a caustic, wry story of adolescent rage and vulnerability. It's been carefully adapted from Charles Forsman's Us graphic novels by Charlie Covell, and stylishly directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak.

Think True Romance meets Submarine. With all the makings of a cult hit,
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Blu-ray Review: A Dark Song Soars

Scream Factory is an awesome imprint and they show no signs of slowing down with their superb releases. To that end, the horror distribution arm of Shout! Factory has recently released the festival hit A Dark Song, which toured the circuit last year to great acclaim. (You can read Shelagh's Fantastic Fest review here.) In the film, Sophia (Catherine Walker) seeks revenge over the shocking and untimely death of her young son, and she'll go to Hell and back to do it. She's hired Joseph (Steve Oram), to perform black magic rituals in a remote Welsh manor so she can speak to her dead son. They must stay within the circle (within the house) for nearly a year --- and do several other horrific things to...

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‘A Dark Song’ DVD Review

Stars: Catherine Walker, Steve Oram, Mark Huberman, Susan Loughnane, Nathan Vos | Written and Directed by Liam Gavin

The debut film of writer/director Liam Gavin, A Dark Song is a modern take on the long-standing tradition of British ghost stories. Yet for all its modernity, it’s a film that also harkens back to the classic gothic horror of Hammer and in particular films like 1964′s The Devil Rides Out - of which this film shares many similarities…

Sophia (Walker) is grief-stricken and overwhelmed with sadness since the untimely death of her son. In a desperate attempt to achieve some form of closure, she reaches out to Solomon (Oram), an occultist with experience in an ancient invocation ritual that Sophia believes will allow her to make contact with her deceased child. Locked away in a remote country house, the pair undergo a long and arduous ritual, risking both their mental
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September 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Mummy (2017), Phenomena, The Resurrected

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This week’s list of horror-themed home entertainment releases is almost exhausting, as we have well over 30 titles coming our way on September 12th. For those who may have missed them in theaters earlier this year, you can now finally catch up with both The Mummy (2017) and It Comes At Night, as they’re both headed home on multiple formats.

Cult film fans should keep an eye out for an array of releases this Tuesday, including The Fox With A Velvet Tail, The Resurrected, the standard two-disc Blu-ray for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, The Creep Behind the Camera, Spider, and Don Coscarelli’s entire Phantasm series comes home in a five-disc DVD set from Well Go USA.

Other notable releases for September 12th include The Ghoul, Dead Again in Tombstone, The Hatred, Ruby, Tobor the Great, and Night Gallery: The Complete Series.

The Fox With A Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro,
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September 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Raw, The Spell (1977)

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Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.

As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.

Other notable titles for September 5th include The Spell, The Atoning, The Basement, I Saw What You Did, and a 4K Ultra HD release of The Cabin in the Woods.

Blade Runner
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Contest: Win A Dark Song on Blu-ray

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An isolated cabin becomes a secluded site for black magic in Liam Gavin's A Dark Song, and with the IFC Midnight movie coming to Blu-ray on September 5th from Scream Factory, we're looking to cast a spell in your living room soon, as we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of A Dark Song.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “A Dark Song Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at
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The Ghoul (2016) Coming on Blu-ray September 12th from Arrow Video

Director Gareth Tunley’s The Ghoul (2016) will be available on Blu-ray September 12th from Arrow Video

From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell s Performance, David Lynch s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan s Following.

Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…

The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi s Darkplace) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness
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Horror Highlights: Rawhead Rex 4K Screening, A Dark Song Blu-ray, Wolfenstein #1, Dwelling, I Know You’Re In There, Hex

Kino Lorber has restored George Pavlou's Rawhead Rex (based on Clive Barker's short story of the same name) in 4K quality and the Hexploitation Film Festival will screen the newly remastered film for one night only this Friday, August 25th. Also: A Dark Song's Blu-ray / DVD release details, a look at preview pages from Wolfenstein #1, Dwelling and I Know You're in There release details, and Hex, a Halloween costume party extravaganza.

Rawhead Rex 4K Screening Details: Press Release: "Hamilton, On, August 17, 2017 – The Hexploitation Film Festival is thrilled to be premiering Kino Lorber’s brand new 4K Restoration of Clive Barker’s and George Pavlou’s Rawhead Rex at a special, one-night-only screening at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton on August 25 at 8:30 pm.

Adapted by Clive Barker from his Books of Blood, Rawhead Rex has been restored from the original film negative, unrated and in 4K. Ireland
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Home Entertainment Review: A Dark Song

Director: Liam Gavin

Starring: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker

As summer slowly slips away from the United Kingdom, thoughts inevitably start turning to autumn and the darker nights. These nights are best paired with a scary movie and A Dark Song, which arrives on DVD from Monday 7th August, is the perfect film for just that setting. Directed by Liam Gavin, in what is his feature debut, A Dark Song offers a unsettling tale of occultism that will chill you to your very core.

Sophia (Catherine WalkerHolby City) is a woman drowning in her grief. Her young son was tragically killed, and no matter how she tries, she cannot come to terms with it. Taking drastic action, she tracks down Solomon (Steve OramSightseers), an occultist, to help her communicate with her son one last time. In order to complete the ancient invocation ritual, the pair must shut themselves off from society completely,
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Movie Review – The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul, 2016

Directed by Gareth Tunley

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern

Synopsis:

A detective investigating an unusual double murder, goes undercover as a mental patient in order to get closer to a psychotherapist, but soon finds his very perceptions of reality crumbling away.

Another bracing new talent, rising through the ranks of the Cult British Cinema Class of the 2010s (the movement lead by none other than Ben Wheatley, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram), Gareth Tunley’s feature debut is a really startling piece of work. Backed in some capacity by Wheatley himself (the fabled executive producer credit is always a little ambiguous), The Ghoul certainly boasts shades of Kill List and the other low-rent Brit-thrillers that put him on the map. But by its second act, Tunley begins to unlock something very, very different. The Ghoul is an expertly executed exercise in precisely
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Competition: Win the macabre ‘A Dark Song’ on DVD

To celebrate the release of A Dark Song – available on Digital Download 31st July and DVD 7th August – we are giving away a copy on DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Hellraiser meets The Descent in this macabre, mind-bending horror, with Sightseers star Steve Oram as an occult practitioner dabbling in the far reaches of evil, in a dazzling debut from director Liam Gavin. With shades of cult horrors Kill List and Wake Wood, A Dark Song is nevertheless fiercely original and innovative, helmed with an assurance that is all the more astonishing given it is Gavin’s first film. After a slot at the London Film Festival, and winning Gavin the New Visions award at the 2016 Sitges Festival, A Dark Song is brooding, brutal and brilliant, and now ready to scare audiences at home!

“A thoroughly entertaining and refreshing new slice of British cult cinema.” HeyUGuys

★★★★ Total Film

“Compelling,
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Giveaway – Win A Dark Song on DVD

To celebrate the release of A Dark Song – available on Digital Download 31st July and DVD 7th August – we are giving away a copy on DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Hellraiser meets The Descent in this macabre, mind-bending horror, with Sightseers star Steve Oram as an occult practitioner dabbling in the far reaches of evil, in a dazzling debut from director Liam Gavin.

With shades of cult horrors Kill List and Wake Wood, A Dark Song is nevertheless fiercely original and innovative, helmed with an assurance that is all the more astonishing given it is Gavin’s first film.

After a slot at the London Film Festival, and winning Gavin the New Visions award at the 2016 Sitges Festival, A Dark Song is brooding, brutal and brilliant, and now ready to scare audiences at home!

“A thoroughly entertaining and refreshing new slice of British cult cinema.” HeyUGuys

★★★★ Total Film

“Compelling,
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Ben Wheatley’s Crossover Moment: How a British Genre Director Became an International Auteur With ‘Sightseers’

Ben Wheatley’s Crossover Moment: How a British Genre Director Became an International Auteur With ‘Sightseers’
The following is excerpted from a chapter in film critic Adam Nayman’s new book “Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage,” which is now available.

“Nobody fucks with you like [Ben] Wheatley,” wrote Cinema Scope’s Robert Koehler in a dispatch filed from Cannes in 2012, the year that “Sightseers” premiered in the Director’s Fortnight and shifted the critical perception of its director to a global figure. If Cannes is historically the proving ground for auteur directors, then the presence of “Sightseers” on the Croisette suggested that Wheatley was emerging from his niche as a UK genre specialist. For Koehler, “Sightseers” was one of the titles at Cannes that seemed “eager to play outside boundaries within which most of the other films were all too willing to contain themselves.”

Trying to break away from the everyday—or, put another way, the search for transcendence—is the secret theme of “Sightseers,” a film that,
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Scream Factory to Release A Dark Song on Blu-ray & DVD This September

If you missed A Dark Song from IFC Midnight in theaters this spring, Scream Factory will release the horror drama on Blu-ray / DVD this September, and to hold viewers over until then, we have the official announcement from Scream Factory and the previously released trailer.

From Scream Factory: "We are pleased to announce that we have a new IFC Midnight film planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this September!

A Dark Song – Grieving Sophia (Catherine Walker) despairs over the tragic loss of her murdered son. Desperate to somehow make contact with the boy she has lost, Sophia believes her prayers are answered when she crosses paths with the reclusive Joseph (Steve Oram, Sightseers). An expert in the occult, Joseph reluctantly agrees to aid Sophia through a series of dark and forbidden rituals in order to bring her child back to the world of the living. Pushed to their physical and psychological breaking points,
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‘A Dark Song’ Review: A Feature-Length Seance Digs Out the Ouija Board Very, Very Slowly

‘A Dark Song’ Review: A Feature-Length Seance Digs Out the Ouija Board Very, Very Slowly
Sometimes it isn’t the house that’s haunted; it’s the people inside. That’s certainly the case for “A Dark Song;” in writer-director Liam Gavin’s debut, a woman is so grief-stricken that she subjects herself to what might be the most arduous, drawn-out séance ever captured onscreen. Called the Ambramelin, this obscure ceremony is almost as stressful to observe as it is to enact — Gavin wants us to feel the mental, physical, and spiritual toll it takes on those desperate enough to invoke it.

Intially it’s unclear exactly what the Ambramelin might be, but it’s clear the prep involves much more than digging out the Ouija board. In anticipation, Sophia (Catherine Walker) spent nearly half a year abstaining from all sex and following a strict diet. Lately she’s only been allowed to eat between dusk and dawn; for the next few days, she’ll fast entirely.
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Review: A Dark Song, Digging Into the Lonely Heart of the Occult

All deaths are hard to deal with, but I would argue there is nothing worse than losing your child (after all, a parent is not supposed to outlive their children). Certainly, when we lose a loved one of any kind, the lengths we might go to, to speak to them, even one last time, might seem extreme to others. Liam Gavin's impressive debut feature A Dark Song looks at these extremes with a sympathetic but realistic eye, and a great capacity for finding new ways of presenting traditional horror tropes. Sophia (Catherine Walker) has never overcome the death of her young son. She hires a strange occultist, Joseph (Steve Oram), to perform a ritual that will allow her to speak to her dead son. They...

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