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Exclusive: Us, Canada, UK deals for horror.
Metrodome International has closed major territory deals on horror Let Us Prey.
Mpi Media Group’s Dark Sky Films has acquired all rights for the Us; Raven Banner Entertainment in Canada; and Kaleidoscope has taken all rights for the UK.
Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh and Douglas Russell star in the horror about the night when an enigmatic stranger detained in the cells of a remote police station takes over the minds of the inmates.
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Stars: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson, Brian Vernel, James McCreadie | Written by David Cairns, Fiona Watson | Directed by Brian O’Malley
It’s possible that Let Us Prey peaks too early.
The title sequence is wonderfully put together. Incredible imagery of a mysterious stranger seemingly appearing out of the ocean and making his way into a sleepy little town, backed by a powerful electronic soundtrack, sets expectations for what follows to an astronomically high level. Disappointingly, the rest of the film doesn’t live up to its opening.
Focusing on the mysterious appearance of, well, Liam Cunningham, Let Us Prey was pitched before its screening on Mayhem’s opening night as a kind of reverse Assault on Precinct 13. Which is probably accurate: Cunningham is incarcerated by Pollyanna McIntosh in one of the holding cells of the town police station, »
- Dan Woolstencroft
Anchor Bay and Raven Banner have secured Canadian distribution rights for the UK/Ireland action horror flick Let Us Prey. Brian O'Malley's film just helped close a very successful year at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last Friday. The film stars Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones and Pollyanna McIntosh from The Woman and Love Eternal. Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada's Managing Director Rob Herholz noted that "Let Us Prey is a relentless, blood soaked thriller featuring powerful performances by Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh," and Michael Paszt, managing partner of Raven Banner Entertainment says of the deal, "We're excited to deliver another exciting genre film to fans of horror & genre across the country." Dark Sky Films acquired U.S. rights for the film after it...
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We have added a set pictures from the event 2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival for ‘The Tour’ Screening. Guests included Eric Elick, Damon Rickard and Jessica Cameron, Atmosphere, Jessica Cameron, Damon Rickard, Jessica Cameron and Eric Elick, and Jessica Cameron, Jonathan Higgins and Jessica Cameron, Pollyanna McIntosh, Eric Elick and Jessica Cameron. Photos are copyright by Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos. Eric Elick, Damon Rickard and Jessica Cameron attend the 2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival for “The Tour” Screening at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, USA. Photo is copyright by Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
With the Screamfest Us Premiere of director Simeon Halligan’s White Settlers having taken place last night in Hollywood, CA, here are video clips and photos of lead actress Pollyanna McIntosh (Lucky McKee’s The Woman), who chatted with us on the… Continue Reading →
- Sean Decker
Exclusive: Mpi Media Group’s Dark Sky Films banner has picked up U.S. rights to Let Us Prey, from Irish helmer Brian O’Malley. The commercials director makes his feature debut with the horror tale about an enigmatic stranger (Game Of Thrones‘ Liam Cunningham) who’s detained overnight in a small town police station, where his dark influence takes over the minds of the inmates and officers around him. Let Us Prey played Cannes and the European genre circuit before making its U.S. debut over the weekend at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Dark Sky is plotting a spring 2015 release.
Let Us Prey also stars The Woman‘s Pollyanna McIntosh, Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast), and Bryan Larkin (Outlander) and was co-written by David Cairns and Fiona Watson. The film is a co-production between Fantastic Films, Greenhouse Media Investment in association with Mr. Significant Film, the Irish Film Board, and Makar Productions. »
- Jen Yamato
Having returned from the Moorish and Amazonian horrors to enter the multiplex – the home of the celluloid dream that has dispatched many a willing viewer to their homes to be terrified by creaking floorboards, so this week we find ourselves returning home.
In part two of our FrightFest special feature ‘Unwanted Guests’, HeyUGuys rendezvoused with director Simeon Halligan on the English-Scottish border to discuss his ‘Scottish referendum home invasion horror’, after which we stopped off to view a house just over the border.
Oddly enough it was as though we’d been there before…
How did you come to contribute your version of the home invasion film to the repertoire?
Ian Fenton wrote the script quite a long time ago. This was a good couple of years ago now, when there were not as many home invasion films around. So when we first started looking at the piece it was »
- Paul Risker
With the Scottish independence referendum just days away it seems fitting that new British horror 'White Settlers' finally finds its general release. The movie comes courtesy of Grimmfest Directors Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones and lands on UK VOD platforms this very day! The home invasion thriller opens today over at the Sky Store, iTunes, Virgin Filmflex, GooglePlay, Amazon, Horrow Show TV, Blinkbox, Xbox and Wuaki. 'White Settlers' stars Pollyanna McIntosh ('The Woman'), Lee Williams and Joanne Mitchell. Head below to check out the official trailer. »
Having returned from the Moorish and Amazonian horrors to enter the multiplex – the home of the celluloid dream that has dispatched many a willing viewer to their homes to be terrified by creaking floorboards, so this week we find ourselves returning home. What better way to launch the ‘Unwanted Guests’ feature and whet the appetite than with a review of British made home invasion horror White Settlers?
Whilst the title carries connotations of colonialism, the drama here penned by Scottish writer Ian Fenton and helmed by director Simeon Halligan looks to the border of England and Scotland, and exploits the timely events of the upcoming referendum. Removed from the focus of the referendum however, White Settlers is a film to be admired for its simplicity and ability to strike a tempered balance between suspense and violence – high on the former; sparing on the latter.
Production of White Settlers rolled whilst »
- Paul Risker
Dubbed 'The Scottish Referendum Horror' and made by Grimmfest Festival Directors Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones, White Settlers (review) is currently touring the UK, hitting VOD today, and heading to DVD in October.
White Settlers is now available to stream on Sky Store, iTunes, Virgin Filmflex, GooglePlay, Amazon, Horrow Show TV, Blinkbox, Xbox, and Wuaki as of 8th September with the DVD following on 20th October.
The film also recently embarked on a road trip, hitting the following select cinemas around the UK during September and October with many dates including cast and crew Q+A's:
6-9 Sept Derby Quad, Derby
15-18 Sept Dancehouse, Manchester - Q+A with cast and crew + short film showcase each night
20-23 Sept The Small Cinema, Moston, Greater Manchester - Q+A with the producer and director on the 20th
22-25 Sept Peckham Plex, London
25 Sept The Cameo, Edinburgh - Q+A with cast »
- Debi Moore
Director: Simeon Halligan
Running Time: 79 minutes
Synopsis: After a busy life in London, a couple decide to buy a dilapidated farmhouse in rural Scotland. However their first night in the new house turns into hell as they discover something or someone doesn’t want them there.
Pollyanna McIntosh and Lee Williams are the husband and wife team who decide to leave the hustle and bustle of London, to relocate in peaceful and rural Scotland. They find the perfect sanctuary in a rundown farmhouse and decide Scotland will be the perfect place to settle.
The film begins with the usual uneasiness as the local estate agent looks »
- Lucinda Holt
★★★☆☆The most terrifying horror can often be found right on your own doorstep. Director Simeon Halligan's Scottish chiller White Settlers (2014) proves that man's most basic fears are often those derived from reality rather than the imaginary. Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh) and Ed (Lee Williams) have leave the rat-race of London for a new life in Scotland. However, what begins as an idyllic dream in a remote farmhouse soon turns into a frantic fight for survival, as the young couple discover that the locals are not as hospitable as the estate agent's brochures would have had them believe. The underlying premise of this film is nothing new: outsiders attempting to integrate themselves into a hostile environment.
- CineVue UK
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
A new anthology is on its way from across the pond, and we have the first news and details for it right here for you! Are you ready for Its Walls Were Blood? The name alone has us sold. Read on!
Screen Daily reports that Steve Oram (Sightseers), Edward Hogg (Anonymous). and Pollyanna McIntosh (pictured; The Woman, White Settlers) are among cast attached to UK portmanteau horror Its Walls Were Blood, which is aiming to shoot later this year.
The film follows four connected stories set throughout a haunted house’s history from the 19th century to today.
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- Steve Barton
Steve Oram offered horror and laughs in equal measure as the homicidally angry Chris in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. For a future film, he’s planning to cut out even the dark comedy and focus solely on the horror, as he’s set to star in Its Walls Were Blood alongside Edward Hogg and Pollyanna McIntosh.Blood, a title that reads like the worst ever TripAdvisor hotel review, is planned as a portmanteau film with four stories set in the same house. The writer/directors – Sean Hogan, Paul Hyett, Tom Shankland and Paul Davis – will chronicle the haunted residence’s dark history from the 19th century to the present day.Conner Chapman, Ruth Bradley, Rosie Day, Sam Gittins, Scott Chambers and Belinda Stewart-Wilson make up the rest of the cast for the horror, which should be cranking its cameras later this year.Oram is also part of the cast for »
Exclusive: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; Xyz to handle Us rights.
Steve Oram (Sightseers), Edward Hogg (Anonymous) and Pollyanna McIntosh (White Settlers) are among cast attached to UK portmanteau horror Its Walls Were Blood, which is aiming to shoot later this year.
The film follows four connected stories set throughout a haunted house’s history, from the 19th century to today.
Xyz represents the film’s North American rights. »
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Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October, and the opening night lineup has been announced. It includes two bloody fantastic features, an exclusive short film premiere, and some great special guests.
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham ("Game of Thrones") and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
We join Rachel (McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish backwater town... the kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. »
- Debi Moore
Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!
Here’s the press release and the films being shown:
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. »
- Luke Owen
The line up for the gala opening night of Grimmfest 2014 has finally been revealed and it promises to get the festival going in style; horrific style that is! There are two fantastic features scheduled, one short film and a host of special guests planned that ensures 2nd October will be a very special night indeed. Headlining will be the English Premiere of Brian O'Malley's 'Let Us Prey' starring Liam Cunningham ('Game Of Thrones', 'Dog Soldiers') and Pollyanna McIntosh ('The Woman', 'White Settlers'). »
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