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FrightFest Presents Review – Curtain (2015)

Curtain, 2015.

Directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea.

Starring Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Rick Zahn and Martin Monahan.

Synopsis:

A young woman buys an apartment and discovers a portal to another dimension that likes eating shower curtains. No, really…

Otherwise known as The Gateway, Curtain is an odd little movie that clearly has some big ideas lurking somewhere deep within it but unfortunately director Jaron Henrie-McCrea just doesn’t have the resources to bring it out.

Ex-nurse-turned-eco-warrior Danni (Danni Smith) moves into a small apartment, unaware that the previous inhabitant slit his own throat in the bathroom. Whilst trying to tart the place up a bit she buys a shower curtain and hangs it up in its rightful place, only when she walks back into the bathroom the curtain is gone. Puzzled, she buys another one and the same thing happens again so she buys a third and sets up a camera to film what is happening.
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Movie Review – Curtain (2015)

Curtain, 2015.

Directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea.

Starring Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Martin Monahan and Rick Zahn.

Synopsis:

An ex-nurse moves into a new apartment but when her shower curtains keep disappearing, she discovers a portal to another dimension in her bathroom.

Yes, this film is as bat-shit crazy as the synopsis would suggest.

Curtain (also named The Gateway) will remind you of a weird eighties horror film that you’d only ever see at 1am on some obscure TV channel. Some people would revel in finding this kind of movie and immediately get the popcorn whereas others, the majority in fact, would quickly change the channel. Unfortunately Curtain, is definitely something you should skip over.

Danni, our aforementioned ex-nurse moves into a new apartment and whilst sprucing it up, hangs a shiny new shower curtain in the bathroom. The next morning the curtain is no longer there. After several more shower curtains disappear,
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Curtain: HD Digital Review

Director: Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Cast: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 74 minutes

Moving into a new house can be tough, but just think how much worse it would be if you’d unknowingly taken ownership of a portal to another world. That’s just the situation that our heroine Danni finds herself in.

Of course at first she doesn’t realise that is what’s going on, but after several of her shower curtains go missing (who knew they came in that many colours) she decides to film the bathroom and that’s when the discovery is made. Danni then recruits the help of her co-worker Tim as she tries to unravel the new mystery.

During her investigation she crosses paths with some rather unsavoury characters, who for some reason have a working class human cenobite feel to them. It it now that things get really weird…

With echoes of House,
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Behind the Curtain by Jennie Kermode

Tunnel vision in Curtain

“It really began in the shower,” says Jaron Henrie-McCrea, talking about the idea behind his new film Curtain. “I come up with a lot of my ideas when I’m taking a shower. Nothing good was coming and I was staring at curtain when I wondered, what if it was gone? What if it suddenly disappeared?”

It’s a simple idea which led to a film that has wowed the festival circuit. Curtain (also known as The Gateway) tells the story of a young woman, Danni (Danni Smith), who moves into a new flat where disappearing shower curtains lead her to fear that someone is breaking in – only to discover something far more sinister. Initially, though, it was a tough idea to sell.

“I got to work on the script and I thought it was so good that I sent it to a writing competition but it was immediately rejected,
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Frightfest Presents adds six new titles

The Horror label will release the new titles in early 2016.

Icon Film Distribution and Frightfest have added six new films to their joint venture FrightFest Presents, the horror label launched by the two companies in April this year.

The new titles are: Ruth Platt’s The Lesson; Benjamin R. Moody’s Last Girl Standing; Levan Bakhia’s Landmine Goes Click, Jaron Henrie-McCrea’s Curtain; Eugene McGing’s The Unfolding and Michael Thelin’s Emelie.

Previous films released through FrightFest include Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Night Of The Living Deb, Estranged, After Death and Some Kind of Hate.

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: “Our initial slate set out the stall of what FrightFest Presents is all about and got the brand off to a flying start thanks to its diversity and ability to deliver the shocking goods for genre lovers.

“Now we are building on that strong foundation with six more unmissable titles that once more shines a light
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Frightfest 2015: ‘Curtain’ Review

Stars: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Martin Monahan, Rick Zahn, Preston Lawrence | Written by Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Carys Edwards | Directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Danni moves into a New York apartment and starts sprucing the place up. She doesn’t know the previous tenant committed suicide in very strange circumstances. Nor does she know there’s a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom that’s hungry for… shower curtains! But where does this unusual gateway hidden behind the white tiling lead? That’s what Danni and her whale-saving workmate Tim decide to find out. It’s an investigation into a unique phenomenon full of surprise and unimaginable horror as they both enter The Yonder.

Sometimes there are films that, despite having a cohesive synopsis (see above), actually defy a traditional narrative explanation. Rubber is one such film, Curtain is another… Yet both share a similar sense of “Wtf am I watching
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Curtain Review [Frightfest 2015]: “An inventive and inspired story”

Curtain review

Director: Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Cast: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 74 minutes

Synopsis: A burnt-out nurse moves into a new apartment and discovers her bathroom houses a secret portal with a taste for shower curtains.

Moving into a new house can be tough, but just think how much worse it would be if you’d unknowingly taken ownership of a portal to another world. That’s just the situation that our heroine Danni finds herself in.

Of course at first she doesn’t realise that is what’s going on, but after several of her shower curtains go missing (who knew they came in that many colours) she decides to film the bathroom and that’s when the discovery is made. Danni then recruits the help of her co-worker Tim as she tries to unravel the new mystery.

During her investigation she crosses paths with some rather unsavoury
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Frightfest 2015 Podcasts: #7 – Curtain

Danni moves into a New York apartment and starts sprucing the place up. She doesn’t know the previous tenant committed suicide in very strange circumstances. Nor does she know there’s a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom that’s hungry for… shower curtains! But where does this unusual gateway hidden behind the white tiling lead? That’s what Danni and her ‘Whale Saver’ chugger workmate Tim decide to find out. It’s an investigation into a unique phenomenon full of surprise and unimaginable horror as they both enter The Yonder in a stunningly directed, creatively devised and quirky oddball gem.

Nerdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to the director/co-writer Jaron Henrie-McCrea and British co-writer Carys Edwards about Curtain

twitter.com/CurtainTheMovie | facebook.com/curtainfilm

Curtain has its World Premiere at this years London Film4 Frightfest on Monday 31st August at
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Frightfest 2015 – Guest line-up announced

What do Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose have in common? They’re all set to make an appearance at this years London Film4 Frightfest!

Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton (pictured above) is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30th August at 9.15pm.

Says the legend herself:

To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and
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Film 4 Frightfest – Awesome 2015 line-up announced

After the announcement of the Fightfest’s opening and closing films a week ago, the UK’s premiere horror festival has announced its complete line-up… And they’re not making it easy for us to bring you reviews of the majority of the films screening this year!

Yes, not only is Frightfest taking over the Vue cinema on Leicester Square again this year but they’re also taking over an extra screen, Screen 1, at the old home of Frightfest, The Prince Charles Cinema – which will be the location of Another “Discovery” screen strand.

From the press release:

Bigger, bolder, bloodier…Film4 FrightFest 2015 marks its 16th year with its largest line-up ever. From Thurs 27 August to Mon 31 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will return to the Vue West End, Leicester Square to present seventy-six films across five screens, plus a host of special events. There are eighteen
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Full lineup for Film4 FrightFest 2015 announced

Film4 FrightFest has today announced its full line-up for its 16th edition, with a record 76 films – including 20 world and 42 UK and European premieres – set to screen between Thursday August 27th and Monday August 31st. Here’s the full press release:

FrightFest always takes great pride in platforming the brightest British and Irish talent and 2015 is an outstanding year. Apart from opening with David Keating’s Cherry Tree, there is the world premiere of Steve Oram’s hilarious and very disturbing Aaaaaaaah!, Dominic Brunt’s sharp-edged female revenge saga Bait, Ben and Chris Blaine’s sexually charged zom-rom-com Nina Forever, Mark Murphy’s tale of twisted minds, Awaiting, Paul Hyett’s much-anticipated Howl, Adam Levins’ sinister family drama Estranged, Howard J. Ford’s pulsating child-abduction thriller Never Let Go, Corin Hardy’s Sundance sensation The Hallow, Ruth Platt’s morally-challenging chiller The Lesson, Liam Regan’s gruesome revenge saga Banjo, Eugene McGing
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Lineup Includes The Nightmare, Bloodsucking Bastards, We Are Still Here

Shadow people, sharp-fanged co-workers, and insistent sinister spirits will just be a few of the monsters haunting the theaters at this year's Film4 FrightFest. The full lineup for the upcoming event is packed with 76 films aimed to unforgettably frighten audiences.

Press Release: "Film news (UK): Film4 FrightFest serves up a fearsome feast with a record 76 films, embracing 20 world and 42 UK & European premieres

Bigger, bolder, bloodier…Film4 FrightFest 2015 marks its 16th year with its largest line-up ever. From Thurs 27 August to Mon 31 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will return to the Vue West End, Leicester Square to present seventy-six films across five screens, plus a host of special events. There are eighteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking sixteen European premieres and twenty-six UK premieres. In addition, there is a further ‘Discovery’ strand at The Prince Charles Cinema, signalling a welcome return to FrightFest’s spiritual home.
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Watch The Teaser For Indie Horror Curtain

Something strange is afoot. There's a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom and it's hungry for ... shower curtains?Welcome to the very odd premise for Jaron Henrie-McCrea's Curtain, a microbudget indie shot in New York City and New Jersey and now shifting into post production. They're raising funds for post on Kickstarter now and while the teaser trailer definitely shows the budget limits it also shows a whole lot of creativity. Here's hoping they get what they need ......

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Crowdfunding Friday: Curtains, cuboids and Kong in Birmingham

Feature Ryan Lambie 7 Mar 2014 - 06:07

A documentary about a giant King Kong statue? A horror film about a shower curtain? It can only be Crowdfunding Friday...

On the 3rd March, Kickstarter passed a significant milestone in its five years of existence. Across a variety of projects, around 5.7 million people made pledges amounting to $1bn - a phenomenal sum, particularly when you consider that half of that cash was put forward within the past year. It's a sign, perhaps, of how established crowdfunding has become, and how quickly it's growing - particularly when we consider that Kickstarter is by no means the only platform of its type on the web.

You can find more statistics about Kickstarter's last five years here, as well as a few handy facts. We now know, for example, that $1bn will buy you 44,555 RoboCop statues, or alternatively, one Roman Colosseum. Meanwhile, here's this week's selection of crowdfunding projects.
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Complete Lineup of 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012

14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)

Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)

2. The Last Elvis (El Último Elvis)

Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)

3. The Sapphires

Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)

4. The Wall (Die Wand)

Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)

5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)

Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)

6. Augustine

Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col.
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Ifp Announces Narrative Lab Participants

In a press release today Ifp announced the participants of the 2011 Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab, which kicked off today and will go on in New York City until June 10.

The Narrative Lab Fellows and their features are Matt Ruskin (Booster), Rola Nashef (Detroit Unleaded), Nir Paniry (Extracted), Jenny Deller (Future Weather), Andrew Semans (Nancy, Please), Sara Blecher (Otelo Burning), Tim Sutton (Pavilion), Jaron Henrie-McCrea (Pervertigo), Ryan O’Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best), Mark Harris (The Lost Children) and Keith Miller (Welcome To Pine Hill).

This highly immersive, free mentorship program for first-time feature filmmakers is currently the only film program that supports diverse, low budget, independently produced filmmakers through the completion, marketing and distribution of their first feature film.

The Labs include an initial five days of workshops in June that assist filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic advice needed to complete their films. In September, a
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