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Inside No. 9: The Devil Of Christmas review

21 December 2016 4:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Dec 27, 2016

The Inside No. 9 Christmas special is an expertly layered treat for fans of vintage horror…

This review contains spoilers.

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The Devil Of Christmas opened up like a Matryoshka doll, revealing a different face each time. What first looked like a seventies TV film pastiche split open to reveal that mainstay of geek fandom, the director’s commentary. Inside that nestled something far nastier: a snuff film. Merry Christmas!

The retro send-up provided enough entertainment on its own—these days you have to be very good to make TV that bad—but this being a time of year for excess, Inside No. 9’s writers added a horrid final flourish. Avuncular veteran director Dennis Fulcher, »

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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

21 November 2016 3:16 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger officially become ‘The Archers’ for this sterling morale-propaganda picture lauding the help of the valiant Dutch resistance. It’s a joyful show of spirit, terrific casting (with a couple of surprises) and first-class English filmmaking.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing


Olive Films

1942 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy /103 82 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, Emrys Jones, Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Googie Withers, Hay Petrie, Arnold Marlé, Robert Helpmann, Peter Ustinov, Roland Culver, Robert Beatty, Michael Powell.

Cinematography Ronald Neame

Film Editor David Lean

Camera Crew Robert Krasker, Guy Green

Written by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Produced by The Archers

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There are still a few more key Powell-Pressburger ‘Archer’ films waiting for a quality disc release, Contraband and Gone to Earth for just two. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Afm: Sean Harris to lead Fyzz Facility horror 'Possum'

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Bankside boards sales on UK horror film backed by Ingenious, Creative England.

‘71 and Prometheus star Sean Harris is to lead the cast in UK horror Possum, which Bankside is to launch at the Afm.

The film marks the directorial debut of British actor and writer-director Matthew Holness, who is best known for co-creating the Channel 4 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Shooting will kick off on November 28 in Norfolk with additional cast members yet to be announced.

Producers are James Harris, Mark Lane, Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility with production finance from Ingenious and The Fyzz Facility.

Creative England and Bankside Films development of the screenplay.

The story is about a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.

Holness said: “Possum is a supernatural horror combining the stark psycho-drama »

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'Dignified, principled and selfless': Stephen Woolley remembers film producer Simon Relph

2 November 2016 5:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As a champion of emerging film-makers, Relph’s passion was crucial to the growth of independent British cinema and helped transform Bafta’s profile

I was shocked when I heard that Simon Relph had died unexpectedly at the weekend. He was a colossal influence on many of us breaking through in the British film industry in the 1980s and 90s. He was also a terrific man who supported young writers, directors and producers throughout his career. I first met Simon when I was buying films for my distribution company Palace; having just finished making The Company of Wolves I had ambitions to produce more films. Simon was a big bear of a man with a huge ornamental chain around his neck and a booming voice to match: old-fashioned and posh but with a twinkling eye, like a benign lord mayor from the free state of Pimlico. (It’s entirely typical »

- Stephen Woolley

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Review: "Man In The Moon' (1960) Starring Kenneth Moore And Shirley Anne Field UK DVD Release From Network

30 October 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Adrian Smith

William Blood (Kenneth More) is a man with an incredible immune system and without worries. He spends most of his time working as a human guinea pig for government departments such as the Common Cold and Flu Research Agency. There he frustrates the men in white coats by stubbornly refusing to catch a cold. He never gets ill, and his secret is that he has no emotional attachments. “The minute you get into a relationship with a woman, your guard is down and the coughing will start!” News of this remarkable constitution gets to the scientists at N.A.A.R.S.T.I., the National Atomic Research Station and Technological Institute, who are preparing to send the first maned rocket to the moon. They have previously sent up dogs and monkeys, but owing to public complaints about cruelty to animals, they have decided it would be »

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Win Pool of London on Blu-ray

25 October 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate a brand new restoration of the 1951 Ealing classic Pool Of London on Blu-Ray, DVD & Est, Studiocanal are supplying 3 copies of the Blu-Ray to give away to some lucky winners. Directed by Basil Dearden (The Blue Lamp; Dead of Night) and starring Bonar Colleano (Dance Hall; The Man Inside) and legendary Earl Cameron Cbe (Sapphire; Thunderball), […]

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- Competitions

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Night Train to Munich

9 September 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Modern spy movies have nothing on this Brit thriller produced just as war broke out -- Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Henried clash with Nazi agents, and risk a daring escape to Switzerland. The witty screenplay is by the writers of Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and the director is Carol Reed, in terrific form. Night Train to Munich Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 523 1940 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September, 2016 / Starring Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul von Hernried, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, James Harcourt, Felix Aylmer, Roland Culver, Raymond Huntley, Fritz (Frederick) Valk. Cinematography Otto Kanturek Film Editor R. E. Dearing Written by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder story by Gordon Wellesley Produced by Edward Black Directed by Carol Reed

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Alfred Hitchcock's successful series of 1930s spy chase thrillers -- The Man Who Knew Too Much; The 39 Steps -- »

- Glenn Erickson

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Scott of the Antarctic

10 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

There's nothing more earnest than an English national epic, and this is a valiant expedition that becomes a low-key disaster. Told straight and clean, it's a primer on how to behave in the face of doom. Scott of the Antarctic Region B Blu-ray Studiocanal (UK) 1948 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 110 min. / Street Date June 6, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £ 14.99 Starring John Mills, Derek Bond, Harold Warrender, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More, Reginald Beckwith. Cinematography Osmond Borradaile, Jack Cardiff, Geoffrey Unsworth Editor Peter Tanner Original Music Vaughan Williams Written by Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell Produced by Michael Balcon Directed by Charles Frend

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

English film companies fell on hard times during the postwar austerity period. But the relatively small Ealing Studios maintained its creative underdog brand even after it was taken over by Rank, and is still celebrated for wartime greats like Went the Day Well?, the singular masterpiece Dead of Night, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: "Nightmares" (1983) Starring Cristina Raines, Lance Henrikson And Emilio Estevez; Blu-ray Special Edition

10 July 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

By the early 1970s there had been a revival of interest in the format of anthology suspense/horror stories. This genre had been all the rage in the late 1950s and early 1960s with shows like "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Thriller!" (hosted by Boris Karloff) attracting loyal audiences. "Twilight Zone" creator and host Rod Serling had two bites at the apple when he introduced "Night Gallery" as a TV movie in 1969 (giving young Steven Spielberg his first major directing gig) and then spun it off into a moderately successful weekly TV series. The early to mid-1970s also saw a major resurgence in horror-themed anthology feature films. The concept was hardly a new one for the big screen as the first major film of this type was "Dead of Night", released in 1945.  Roger Corman oversaw some similarly-themed big screen anthologies in the early to mid-1960s, »

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Carnival of Souls

7 July 2016 8:06 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Cinema Art from Lawrence, Kansas?   Industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey comes through with a classic horror gem for the ages. A haunted church organist begins to suspect that her hallucinations are more than just nerves. And who is that ghoulish man who keeps appearing in reflections, or popping up out of nowhere? Carnival of Souls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 63 1962 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 78 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Herk Harvey. Cinematography Maurice Prather Film Editor Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette Original Music Gene Moore Assistant Director Raza (Reza) Badiyi Written by John Clifford Produced and Directed by Herk Harvey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Herk Harvey's marvelous Carnival of Souls is an anomaly in screen horror, a regional effort that transcends its production limitations to deliver a tingling encounter with the uncanny. Harvey was a prolific producer of industrial films, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Fringe Horror Theater Announces “Dystopia” Finale; Cinematic Experience!

13 June 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Earlier this year, Fangoria reported the first details on Dystopia, an extreme immersive horror experience from the macabre minds behind McKamey Manor and Dead of Night. Now, Fangoria has received word that the one-night-only, full-contact experience, presented exclusively at The Haunted Scarehouse (105th West Dewey Avenue building A , Wharton, NJ 07885), on Saturday, June […] »

- Kristen Adelwerth

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Hour Of The Wolf, and other surrealist horror films

20 April 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aliya Whiteley Dec 5, 2016

Hour Of The Wolf is a surrealist horror that gets under the skin. And it's not alone...

There are some terrible images that have been placed in my head over the years by films. They come back to haunt me, and are unforgettable.

The unique jolt of seeing something so strange, so horrifying, on the screen that it cannot be forgotten is a powerful experience, and lasts far beyond the roll of the credits. One that contains more than a few images that have retained their ability to upset and unbalance me since first seeing them is a film that was made by a director who is often thought of as a maker of psychological dramas rather than horror films. I'm talking about Ingmar Bergman's 1968 film, the disturbing and weird Hour Of The Wolf.

Ingmar Bergman's films are perhaps most often thought of as psychological dramas, »

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FrightFest Glasgow 2016: Southbound Review

7 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  Anthology horror films have haunted our cinemas and (mostly) home viewing schedules for many a decade now. From Ealing’s Dead of Night in 1945 to the recently released A Christmas Horror Story, numerous other titles, including Asylum, Creepshow and VHS, have sullied their place in the sub-genre’s history and the hearts of placated horror

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- Daniel Goodwin

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Douglas Slocombe, Acclaimed Cinematographer, Dead At Age 103

22 February 2016 3:20 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Slocombe with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg filming "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981. (Photo: LucasFilm).

Douglas Slocombe, the acclaimed cinematographer and director of photography, has passed away at age 103. Slocombe was revered by directors over a career that extended from 1940 to 1989, when he lensed his final film, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". He had also filmed the first two entries in the Indiana Jones series, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Slocombe never won an Oscar but was nominated for "Travels with My Aunt", "Julia" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark". He had been nominated for eleven BAFTA awards, winning three times. Slocombe's other major films include the Ealing Studios British comedy classics starring Alec Guinness, the classic chiller "Dead of Night", "The Blue Max", "The Lion in Winter", the original version of "The Italian Job", "The Fearless Vampire Killers", "The Great Gatsby »

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'X-Files: Origins' Books Will Follow Mulder and Scully as Teens

22 February 2016 9:05 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Have you ever wondered what FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were like as teenagers? Those questions will be answered soon in a pair of upcoming books that will be officially recognized as part of The X-Files canon. These first two entries of what might become an ongoing series will bring a whole new chapter to this saga, which was most recently continued in Fox's The X-Files event series.

The Ya novels, which are being aimed at tweens and teenagers, will follow a 15 year-old Dana Scully and a 17-year-old Fox Mulder. The first book is titled Agent of Chaos. The Second novel in the series is titled Devil's Advocate. Both stories are set in the spring of 1979.

Serial murder, the occult and government conspiracy will rest at the heart of these all-new tales. The subjects were all prevalent in the news of that era, and are certainly on the »

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20 February 2016 4:23 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Here's something for hardcore cineastes: an incredible restoration of Marcel L'Herbier's avant-garde silent feature, which looks unlike any other movie of its time. The weird story is about a Swedish engineer who wins the hand of famous singer by demonstrating a machine that can revive the dead. The film's designs are by score of famous architects and art notables of the Paris art scene circa 1924. L'Inhumaine Blu-ray Flicker Alley 1924 / Color tints / 1:33 Silent Aperture / min. / Street Date March 1, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Georgette Leblanc, Jacque Catelain, Léonid Walter de Malte, Philippe Hériat, Fred Kellerman, Robert Mallet-Stevens. Cinematography Roche, Georges Specht Art Direction, design, costumes, Claude Autant-Lara, Alberto Cavalcanti, Fernand Léger, Paul Poiret, Original Music Darius Milhaud (originally), Aidje Tafial / Alloy Orchestra Written by Pierre MacOrlan, Marcel L'Herbier, Georgette Leblanc Produced and Directed by Marcel L'Herbier

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Followers of art, architecture, literature and French art movies of the early 1920s »

- Glenn Erickson

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California Film Tax Credits Go to Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘It,’ ‘Annabelle 2’

10 February 2016 10:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The California Film Commission has selected 13 feature films for tax credits worth $53.9 million in its latest round of incentives to keep production in California.

The films selected include Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” New Line’s “It,” “Annabelle 2,” Paramount’s “Dangerous Amusement Park,”  Lionsgate’s “Latin Lover” and George Clooney’s comedy-drama “Suburbicon.”

The top allocation of $9.5 million went to “Overnight on 42nd Street,” followed by $8.9 million for “A Star Is Born,” which has Bradley Cooper attached to direct. “It,” the bigscreen version of the Stephen King horror-thriller, and “Bright”  followed with $7.2 million  each.

“Dangerous Amusement Park” was fifth-highest with $4.1 million, followed by Jean-Marc Vallee’s Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can” at $2.6 million.

The latest application period was held from Jan. 11 to 24 and drew 174 applications — the fourth application period overall for the recently expanded tax credit program. The commission said the list of newly approved applicants »

- Dave McNary

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12 British Horror Films You Need To See

8 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Prior to the 1950s, British horror consisted mainly of Tod Slaughter melodramas and the occasional vehicle for Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. A pair of truly notable films – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926) and Dead Of Night (1945) – broke the mould, but the genre met with disapproval from the UK censor, who banned Freaks and Island Of Lost Souls (both 1932) for decades.

The change came when Hammer released The Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957, which gave punters a home-grown monster movie with unprecedented levels of gore. The film played to packed houses and as Hammer’s success continued, rival studios sprung up and their output made it very clear that there was much more to British horror than watching Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing putter around a gothic castle.

From anthology films to zombie movies, there’s a certain consistency to horror pictures from the UK, an atmosphere and »

- Ian Watson

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Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2015

6 January 2016 11:21 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.

He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »

- Nick Newman

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Blu-ray Review: The Dungeonmaster / Eliminators Double Feature

5 January 2016 10:12 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In their ongoing quest to bring most of Charles Band’s Empire Films from the ’80s to Blu-ray, Scream Factory is releasing another double feature containing two of the studio’s better efforts: 1984’s The Dungeonmaster (aka Ragewar) and Eliminators from 1986.

Though omnipresent in the horror genre since Dead of Night in 1945 (or even Waxworks in 1924 if you’re willing to count it), the anthology film has rarely extended into the realm of sci-fi or fantasy—Heavy Metal aside, of course. One of the rare exceptions is The Dungeonmaster, an anthology that assembles the all-star team of Empire Pictures in the mid-’80s: Charles Band, John Carl Buechler, Dave Allen, Ted Nicolaou, Pater Manoogian and several others.

Originally intended as a single story that was expanded by necessity into an anthology, The Dungeonmaster follows computer programmer Paul Bradford (Jeffrey Byron, star of Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn), inventor of a »

- Patrick Bromley

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