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The minds behind Monster Fest 2016 out of Melbourne, Australia, have announced that the French horror film Raw will open the festival, which will also feature a screening of Beyond the Gates. Also in today's Highlights: a trailer for Halloweed and a sneak peek of Aliens: Life and Death #1.
Monster Fest 2016 Lineup Announced: Press Release: "Returning this year from November 24-27, Australia’s premier genre film festival Monster Fest is thrilled to announce the Australian premiere of controversial new French horror film Raw as its Official 2016 Opening Night Film.
Raw made its World Premiere in Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where it was awarded the coveted Fipresci Award and was lauded by critics and fans alike as the genre sensation of the festival.
Raw is the debut feature of French director Julia Ducournau and tells the story of a young vegetarian who discovers her dark side »
- Tamika Jones
While the 2012 horror anthology V/H/S may be uneven overall, there can be little doubt that “Amateur Night,” the segment written and directed by David Bruckner, is one of the highlights of the film. The found footage short about a group of dudebros who pick up an odd girl (Hannah Fierman) who turns out to be more than they expected, is funny and scary in the best EC Comics tradition. Because it works so beautifully as a self-contained short, it also doesn’t seem like the most obvious candidate to be adapted into a full feature film. Enter director Gregg Bishop and his new movie, Siren.
Using the same basic premise as its jumping-off point—a group of guys get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with the title character—Siren inverts the dynamics of the original short by telling the story of more or less »
- Patrick Bromley
On behalf of Chiller Films, we are pleased to share the first clip from Siren which premiered on Friday on Crave Online. Based on the V/H/S short by David Bruckner, 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), …
Revenge of the pumpkins, indeed! Picking up where the story left off in the very first issue, Blood & Gourd #2: Escape from Henderson Farms will be released next Wednesday, September 7th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a new clip from Chiller Films’ Siren and a new trailer and official poster for Somnus.
Blood & Gourd #2 Cover Art & Release Details: Press Release: “It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, Wa- and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch. You. Die! »
- Tamika Jones
We’ve been pretty anxious to see Siren, a feature which was first conceived as a short in the first V/H/S film. Taking the premise and expanding on the mythos of the story and characters, Siren looks like it’s heading into a very different yet welcomed direction at the hands of Gregg Bishop (Dance Of The Dead). We’ve got the debut clip from the Chiller Films production that’s set for a December 2nd theatrical release and judging from the clip, it appears to be a lot of tension-filled horror fun. What do you fright fanatics think?
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. Jonah »
- Jerry Smith
SiREN started life in the film VHS as the segment Amateur Night. The story saw three friends trying to secretly film their own sex tape via Google glass style specs, then have the tables turned on them when the girl they bring back isn’t all she seemed. It’s a fantastic short and is one of the strongest stories in all the VHS films. It should come as no surprise that it was decided to make it into a feature length film. It’s a common trend at the moment and you only have to look at the success of recent release Light’s Out to see that there is money to be had.
- Kat Hughes
Sirens would draw Greek sailors to their doom, with their beautiful voices. Now, at least one inhabits director Gregg Bishop (V/H/S Viral) and David Bruckner's upcoming horror feature Siren. Developed from Bruckner's short film "Amateur Night," Jonah rescues a girl, from a supernatural sex club. But, she proves more than he can handle. The film stars: Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Justin Welborn (The Final Destination), Michael Aaron Milligan, Hayes Mercure, and Randy McDowell. An early clip from Siren is hosted here. The clip shows Jonah (Williamson) and the Siren (Hannah Fierman) in a bathroom. Both characters are hounded by a masked, knife wielding man. Jonah cowers as the Siren attacks. And, the results are gruesome. Siren is slated for a December launch. The film will see a few theatres this December 2nd. On December 6th, the film will be launched on VOD and on DVD. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
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...
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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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