18 items from 2016
Beyond the Gates, 2016
Directed by Jackson Stewart
Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a Vcr board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
You all remember Nightmare right? The VHS board game with the creepy dude narrating? Alright how about Star Wars: The Interactive Board Game? Wayne’s World? Atmosfear? Well, okay then, imagine Jumanji mixed with Poltergiest with a splash of Ringu and you’ve got Jackson Stewart’s Beyond the Gates, a tribute to the nostalgic love of VHS culture with a surprisingly nice horror twist.
With their father taking off and leaving his video store in need of clearing out, »
- Luke Owen
Beyond The Gates review: A fantastic blend of Jumanji and horror that reaps very entertaining results. Bring on the sequel!
Beyond The Gates review, Kat Hughes, Frightfest 2016.
Beyond the Gates Review
Estranged brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and Johnny (Chase Williamson) reunite seven months after the disappearance of their father. Having written him off as presumed dead the siblings are clearing out the family business, a video store, when they stumble across an interactive video board game called Beyond the Gates. Believing the game will bring some much needed fun, the duo plus Gordon’s girlfriend Margot (Brea Grant), decide to give it a whirl, but this is a game that won’t be stopped.
As the game progresses the brothers discover that the game has very real implications for those around them and worse still, it’s holding their father hostage. The only way out is to rescue their departed »
- Kat Hughes
When 2012’s V/H/S hit the horror scene, it was a new, exciting and refreshing approach to the whole found-footage type of genre fare. One of my favorite segments from that film was David Bruckner’s Amateur Night, which saw a group of guys unfortunately coming across a creepy woman who ended up being a succubus. It was a hit with horror fans and well, now it seems that Amateur Night has made its way into a full fledged feature, Siren. Featuring a new story, a pretty impressive cast and a new director, we’ve got the details for the upcoming film below!
Siren is a horror-thriller about Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. »
- Jerry Smith
In today’s Horror Highlights, we have a poster for Nikhil Bhagat’s As They Continue to Fall, a new short film written by C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister) that premieres this fall. We also have Blu-ray / DVD release details for Siren and Satanic.
Poster and Details for As They Continue to Fall: As They Continue to Fall was directed by Nikhil Bhagat from a screenplay by C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister). The atmospheric and intriguing short film will be released this fall, and we’ll be sure to share it with Daily Dead readers.
“From a writer of Marvel’s Doctor Strange comes a film about an aging drifter that hunts fallen angels in a city collapsing into ruins.”
- Tamika Jones
Chiller Films will be releasing the horror-thriller Siren in theaters on December 2, 2016 and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD December 6th.
The film stars Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End), Justin Welborn (The Final Destination), Michael Aaron Milligan (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Hayes Mercure (Mascots), Randy McDowell (Elvis), Hannah Fierman (V/H/S) and directed by Gregg Bishop (V/H/S Viral).
Check out the full details and synopsis below.
From The Press Release
Siren will be screening at the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago this weekend on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Muvico Rosemont and then at Frightfest in London on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Screen Two.
In Theaters: December 2, 2016
Director: Gregg Bishop
Gregg Bishop's horror flick Siren will coming out on digital platforms and DVD this December. This is good news if you are fans of the V/H/S anthology series. More on that at the end. Siren will also be making a couple of stops this Fall. First it will screen at Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago this Sunday, August 21st then across the pond at Frightfest in London on Sunday, August 28th. Chiller Films will be releasing Siren in theaters on December 2, 2016 and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD December 6th. The film stars Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End), Justin Welborn (The Final Destination), Michael Aaron Milligan (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Hayes Mercure (Mascots), Randy...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Director Joe Begos’ latest film The Mind’S Eye opened in select theaters and VOD yesterday, with acclaim and praises from within the horror community. In celebration of that, I got to sit down with star Graham Skipper to discuss what it’s like to have telekinetic powers, work in negative 27 degrees and see the process of how a head can explode from mind control.
Shannon McGrew: Hi Graham! Thanks so much for chatting with me today! So to start things off – what interested you in the role of Zack Connors in The Mind’S Eye?
Graham Skipper: Well, who wouldn’t want to play a telekinetic drifter hell bent on revenge (laughs)? Joe (Begos) sent me the script and I thought it was great and aside from the surface level stuff I just mentioned, Joe really wrote a meaty character with a lot of depth and a real heart to him. »
- Shannon McGrew
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »
- Steve Greene
Partying, drugs, drinking, and a little casual sex….for some it’s a routine to blow off steam, but for one young woman, it’s a way to get over a break-up. Unfortunately, those choices are going to lead some unlikely consequences. Directed by Harrison Atkins, produced by Joe Swanberg, and starring Lindsay Burdge, Peter Vack, Chase Williamson, and Keith Poulson, the […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Genre festival reveals masterclasses and film programme.
Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29) has unveiled the line-up of events and movies for its 2016 edition, set to be held at the Vue cinema in London’s Shepherds Bush.
Screen will host a panel on the future of the UK horror film industry, followed by the first Screen International Horror Rising Star Award [click here for the shortlist].
There will also be a horror writing master class with writer-director James Moran; a women in horror symposium; a special effects demo from maestro Dan Martin; and a discussion by filmmaker Paul Davis – who made John Landis approved doc Beware The Moon - marking the 35th anniversary of An American Werewolf In London.
The festival will also »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Lace Crater” follows twenty-something Ruth (Lindsay Burdge) who’s just getting over a breakup as she and her friends head to the Hamptons for a weekend of mild debauchery at their friend Andrew’s parents’ summer home. With all the bedrooms in the main house taken, Ruth agrees to sleep in the guest house that is supposedly haunted. One night while everyone is having a good time, Ruth stumbles to her bed and ends up encountering a mysterious figure – a burlap sack-wearing, light-sensitive otherworldly entity, Michael (Peter Vack). Ruth and Michael have a one-night stand, but when she returns home, she develop a ghostly Std, with symptoms that include frequent vomiting, light sensitivity, and spewing black ooze. When her friends all but abandon her, she’s left in isolation to deal with her problems and must decide on her own whether she wants to return to normal society. The film »
- Vikram Murthi
In less than one month, Bruce Campbell’s third annual Horror Film Festival will return to Chicago for its third year of celebrating horror movies both old and new. This year’s lineup includes Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abattoir, the world premiere of Found Footage 3D, a 30th anniversary screening of Night of the Creeps, and much more:
Press Release: Rosemont, Ill., June 22, 2016— Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, presented by Starz and their hit original series Ash vs. Evil Dead, returns for its third annual festivities on August 18-21, in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago. Today, the Festival announced highlights of the groovy lineup, sponsored by Shudder and Bloody-Disgusting.com, featuring the critically acclaimed opening night nail-biter Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez; a salute to genre hero Fred Dekker; an epic event featuring comedian Doug Benson; and a 25th anniversary »
- Derek Anderson
Independent cinema is the clear focus at La Film Fest. This doesn’t mean they’re completely clear of the sort of pre-packaged, studio-lite fare that tends to climb awards-season ladders into our multiplexes – this year’s festival featured films starring Chris Messina, Idris Elba, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gillian Jacobs, and Topher Grace, plus The Conjuring 2, an outright studio film. And even those films without such attachments are not entirely free from the influence, following familiar beats and a sort of glossy presentation in an attempt to “fit in” with the big boys. The extent to which these films could truly be called “independent” is thus debatable, and lends a sort of discomfort to aligning them with truly adventurous voices. That disparity is most evident in four thrillers that played at the festival, which range from practically begging to be let in to actively refusing any sense of acceptance. »
- Scott Nye
Trends are cyclical, in horror and collecting. We see resurgence of things long thought dead. Vinyl has been selling strong, and within the collector community, VHS culture is humming along. One of those pieces of VHS that is due for a return is the Vcr board game craze. Whether it be the Nightmare series or others, there were many interactive games that included a fold out game board, playing pieces, where you followed along to the video prompts. Capturing that spirit, we now have Jackson Stewart’s homage to all things past, Beyond The Gates.
Following the 7 month disappearance of their father, two brothers, John (Chase Williamson) and Gordon (Graham Skipper), must clean up their father’s now closed VHS video store (filmed at the Awesome Los Angeles staple, Eddie Brandt’s) and home. While cleaning and boxing up the endless amount of VHS tapes, they discover a game that may just be the Jumanji for the Vcr horror game culture. The brothers, along with Gordon’s girlfriend (Brea Grant) decide to play the game, finding that it may lead to uncovering the mystery of their missing father.
The film is cast perfectly, as both Skipper and Williamson have proven themselves time and time again as competent adversaries to weird shit. Skipper in Almost Human, The Mind’S Eye and Williamson in John Dies At The End. Both actors fit right in as things get crazy in numerously sinister ways. Challenged by the game to find a series of missing keys that could possibly lead to uncovering where their father could be, the three of them are faced with everything dealing with one hell of an odd shop keeper (played excellently by Re-animator: The Musical‘s Jesse Merlin), a tough and abusive bully played by The Signal‘s Justin Welborn and in a pretty funny role, Contracted‘s Matt Mercer.
Brea Grant is the ultimate maiden character. She’s beautiful, but also sweet, caring, and believable, giving us all the more reason to care for her well-being. Genre favorite Barbara Crampton does a stellar job as the menacing game host, delivering a creepy line delivery throughout while also able to maintain an even more diabolic stare as she awaits the player’s next move. It’s awesome to see Crampton tackle so many impressive and entertaining roles since returning in front of the camera in the now fan favorite Adam Wingard film, You’Re Next.
The opening title sequence lets you know upfront what you are getting into as well as we get an almost pornographic display of a VHS tape being slowly inserted into a Vcr, before proceeding to see the unspooling of the tape as it is run lovingly across the magnetic heads. All of this is scored with a synth title by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Late Phases). Golczewski’s score really takes you back to that long forgotten era and the combination between the music and the almost Argento-like lighting makes Beyond The Gates one of the most authentic homages around. Yes, the ’80s love is quite strong for Stewart and company.
Beyond The Gates does a great job of keeping a quick pace and doesn’t over stay it’s welcome. A helluva fun ride as we follow John and Gordon’s game, and an entertaining adventure full of shocks, surprises and a film that will stay in your head for days. »
- Derek Smith
As far as directorial debuts go, Jackson Stewart has a lot to be proud of with his first feature film, Beyond the Gates, which recently premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Featuring performances from a strongly charismatic cast, a really inventive story concept, fantastic practical effects, and a whole lot of heart that shines through from start to finish, Beyond the Gates feels precisely like a movie I would have rented with friends on a Friday night growing up, and I adored the hell out of it.
Beyond the Gates follows two brothers, Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John (Chase Williamson), who have returned home after their father’s disappearance in order to close up his home video store and deal with the rest of his affairs. While going through their dad’s office, the pair stumbles across an old Vcr horror game called “Beyond the Gates”, which sparks a »
- Heather Wixson
The final 20 minutes or so of Beyond the Gates are rather glorious: the music soars and swells as the horror-fuelled action grows more chaotic and splattery. It's the conclusion of a story that begins at a video store. The movie's prelude shows a man and woman in the store parking lot: the man's eyes grow big at seeing something. Seven months later, his sons Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John (Chase Williamson) arrive to clear out the video store owned by their absent father. Whatever strong emotions the brothers may have felt, they are now resigned to the task at hand. Gordon has moved away and has some kind of regular employment. He is soon joined by his supportive girlfriend Margot (Brea Grant). Meanwhile, John...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Last week at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, the supernatural throwback horror film Beyond the Gates premiered to a packed audience in Culver City, and hot on the heels of the successful debut, Daily Dead caught up with co-writer/director Jackson Stewart and co-star/producer Barbara Crampton to talk about their collaboration.
Also written by Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune, Final Girl), Beyond the Gates stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Justin Welborn, and Matt Mercer, and follows two estranged brothers (Skipper, Williamson) who return home to deal with their father’s video store business after he’s gone missing, only to uncover a mysterious Vcr game that may be directly linked to his disappearance.
Congrats on the film, guys, I had a lot of fun with it. Jackson, can you talk about where this idea came from and the process of working on the script with Stephen?
Jackson Stewart: Basically, »
- Heather Wixson
Jinga will represent international sales on Sci-Fi thriller Lost Solace [pictured], while Raven Banner will handle Us and Canada.
Genre sales company Jinga Films has boarded two titles ahead of Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Andrew Jenkins (Stormworld) as a psychopath forced to confront his own morality after taking a recreational drug, the film was co-written by Jenkins with director Scheuerman. Producers were the aforementioned duo alongside Lori Triolo and David Angelski.
Director Stewart co-wrote the screenplay with Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune).
The story follows »
18 items from 2016
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners