5 items from 2013
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Cowboys Vs Vampires release information, Compound Fracture screening dates, and an interview with Inhuman Resources co-writer Anthony O’Connor:
Cowboys Vs Vampires DVD Release Details: “The story of a western movie actor (Johnny Dust) still trying to make it big in a western film studio and theme park, when a ‘new management team’ takes over the park and turns the film studio into a fright-fest for the month of Halloween. Haunted by the image of his dead western movie hero, who appears to him on the little screen, Johnny unravels the real intent of management and its opening night ‘spectacular’, which takes place in the depths of the park’s cave.
- Tamika Jones
The Bradford International Film Festival is typically an underground-friendly fest. This year appears to be no exception with two very special experimental film retrospectives, as well as a few modern underground-type flicks.
The 19th annual Biff will roll on April 11-21 at several locations around Bradford and Leeds in England, including the National Media Museum, Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hyde Park Picture House and other venues.
Biff is hosting a tribute to Stan Brakhage this year by screening the prolific filmmaker’s magnum opus, Dog Star Man, as well as a selection of his short films, from 1963′s legendary Mothlight to 1994′s Black Ice. There’s also going to be an epic-sized tribute/retrospective of experimental films from Austria, a country with a proud avant-garde filmmaking tradition that’s typically overlooked.
From Austria, Biff is, of course, screening two works from one of the experimental film world’s biggest masters, »
- Mike Everleth
He’s perhaps best known for his loveable role as village vet, Paddy, in the ITV soap drama, Emmerdale, but Thn has discovered actor Dominic Brunt’s darker side. With the help of his real-life wife, Joanne Mitchell, Brunt has made the leap from tv favourite to feature film director. Not just any feature film though, because Brunt is a self-confessed obsessive when it comes to the zombie subgenre. Thn caught his new film, Before Dawn, at a horror film festival late last year, and deemed it a disturbing, mature and refreshing addition to the convoluted genre.
The film, which is released on DVD today, centres on an estranged couple on a quiet break in the countryside, who find their weekend interrupted by an outbreak of the undead. Brunt and Mitchell play the duo struggling to save their marriage, which is made all the more difficult when Meg (Mitchell) is attacked, »
- Craig Hunter
With the film set for a DVD release on February 25th, here’s a Dan’s emotive review of Before Dawn from last August’s London Frightfest – Phil
There’s unlikely to be a review of Before Dawn written that doesn’t mention director and star Dominic Brunt’s Emmerdale connection. Brunt has starred as Paddy Kirk on the long running soap since 1997, and is one of the show’s most recognisable stars. What many people perhaps do not know, is that Dominic is a huge fan of the horror genre, even going so far as to host the Leeds horror festival on an annual basis. And now, Brunt has taken the next logical step and has directed and starred in Before Dawn.
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Film maker Marc Price, director of the £45 zombie film Colin, has finished work on his second feature film Magpie – previously known as The Coffin – which was financed by Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt (who himself made his film debut with a zombie film, the well-received Before Dawn), and tells thetragic story of a negligent young father who returns home for his 9-year-old, shark-obsessed son’s funeral. An unwelcome guest, he steals the coffin and finds himself on the road with the child’s mother and two friends.
Magpie was shot on location in London, Cornwall and Price’s native Swansea. Without a script, Price instead opted to workshop scenes with the actors based on a carefully designed structure. What follows is a journey with no destination, just a desperate desire not to return. Very different from Colin, Magpie is a dark relationship drama with significantly higher production value.
5 items from 2013
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