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Watch Disturbing, Vegan, Feminist Horror Film The Herd Online For Free!

British filmmaker Melanie Light’s acclaimed vegan, feminist horror The Herd now Streaming online. Last year, Shock ran an extensive, edifying interview with British filmmaker Melanie Light about her acclaimed and infinitely disturbing short horror film The Herd. You can read that fantastic interview (conducted by Joe Yanick) Here. The Ed Pope-penned film follows a group…

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Interview: Director Melanie Light On Her Vegan, Feminist Horror Film The Herd

British filmmaker discusses her acclaimed vegan, feminist horror masterpiece The Herd. One of horror’s unique qualities is that it can, through its fantastical elements, offer filmmakers great freedom to discuss complicated issues in a way that does not have to be explicitly clear. This can be seen recently in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, where the…

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Trailer Debut: Melanie Light’s Vegan Themed Horror Statement, The Herd

Art Department veteran and UK filmmaker Melanie Light is gearing up to unleash The Herd. With harsh shorts like Escape behind her, the director has crafted something even darker here, a sordid parable with overt vegan and feminist themes, and starring The Woman and Let Us Prey’s Pollyanna McIntosh. Featuring a score by Gallows guitartist Laurent…

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Night Sirens: Director Diego Meza-Valdes Talks Immigration Horror Short

All too rare is quality socially conscious horror; funny, as the genre’s transgressive, taboo-breaking history seems particularly appropriate for such. Hopefully, that’s changing. UK filmmaker Melanie Light has recently completed short horror The Herd, which boasts strong feminist and vegan themes, and filmmakers Diego Meza-Valdes, Andres Meza-Valdes & Eric Mainade are about to premiere their…

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Grimmfest announces 2014 line up

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The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:

We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!

Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham
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Full Grimmfest 2014 Lineup Announced: The Canal, Life After Beth, Housebound, Zombeavers, and Lots More!

Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!

Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.

From the Press Release:

We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!

Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles.
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Grimmfest 2014: Opening Night Gala Lineup Includes Let Us Prey and Suburban Gothic

Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October, and the opening night lineup has been announced. It includes two bloody fantastic features, an exclusive short film premiere, and some great special guests.

This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham ("Game of Thrones") and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).

Synopsis:

We join Rachel (McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish backwater town... the kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better.
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Opening night of Grimmfest announced

Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!

Here’s the press release and the films being shown:

This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).

“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else.
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2014 Calendar Celebrates Women in Horror All Year Long

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Still don't have a calendar picked out for next year?  That Calendar of Sexy Monsters we posted about last month wasn't up your alley?  Well don't worry, because we've got you covered!

The brain-child of UK-based filmmaker Melanie Light, the Women in Horror Calendar is a year-long celebration of the artists, actresses and talented ladies that dominate the horror scene, each month shining the spotlight on the women who unfortunately only seem to get recognized one month out of every year - February being 'Women in Horror Month.'  The Woman's Pollyanna McIntosh, Hellraiser's Barbie Wilde and taxidermy artist Tessa Farmer are just a few of the lovely ladies that fill out the calendar, the focus being placed on their talents rather than their bodies - refreshing, to say the least.

All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will be split between the charities Rape Crisis England and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation,
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Scintillating First Details, Images, and Behind-the-Scenes Videos from New UK Horror/Sci-Fi Project Scintilla

Art Director Melanie Light dropped us a line today with the first details of a new project she's working on entitled Scintilla from Av Pictures. Read on to learn more and to see some stills and behind-the-scenes videos of the filming taking place now in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England.

From the Press Release:

Av Pictures and producers Lionel Hicks and Craig Conway have concluded a multi-territory deal with eOne for sci-fi thriller Scintilla. The distributor has acquired the film for France, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, and South Africa.

Scintilla follows a disparate group of mercenaries hired to a lead a special unit deep into a former Soviet state to infiltrate and retrieve data from an underground militia base. All is far from what it seems when a top-secret biotech lab and its unearthly creations are discovered.

The film’s ensemble cast stars John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Ned Denehey, Beth Winslet,
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A Bloody Good Trailer for the UK's Queen of Horror Festival

Two years after the death of scream queen Ingrid Pitt, the Scandinavian beauty who bewitched audiences in such horror classics as The House that Dripped Blood, The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, a new generation of fans are honouring her memory.

From the Press Release:

Attend the first annual Ingrid Pitt's Queen of Horror Festival in Old Town Hastings, UK, October 26th-28th, 2012.

Ms. Pitt's versatile career spanned from being an author, appearing as the subject of an Oscar-nominated cartoon (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest ), and narrating tracks for black metal rockers Cradle of Filth. Her iconic status has attracted numerous followers, including the legendary writer James Herbert and actor Johnny Deep.

The festival is a weekend of horror fun in a style that's lacking in the UK horror scene, including such horrors as a Scream Queen competition with the winner heading to New York, masked ball, Ingrid Pitt films with Q&A's,
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Escape with Melanie Light's Latest Short Film

UK-based production designer/art director Melanie Light has written and directed Escape, a short film whose Nevada shoot she describes as "grueling"; and since she figures it "may as well go somewhere," she's decided to put it up on the Internet, which of course means we have it for you right here!

Synopsis:

A short story of a man (Darri Ingolfsson) and a woman (Julia Sandberg Hansson) meeting in a bar. The woman, recently divorced, has her guard down; and the handsome lonely man makes his move. They hit if off, but the night doesn't end the way the woman intended, and she becomes his toy a bit more than she imagined. A real play on the dangers of a one-night stand.

Here's how Light describes the experience: Shot over basically 48 hours in the beautiful ghost town of Gold Point, Nevada, this is [my] third short film, which was solely produced,
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First Details and Artwork for Tristan Versluis' Sci-Fi/Horror Film Omni

UK special effects man Tristan Versluis is about to start shooting his second feature film in Berlin next month, a sci-fi/horror blend entitled Omni. Tristan is best known for his dark, delicious flair with beautifully bloody prosthetics and painstaking CGI work. Check out his showreel here, and read on for more details!

From the Press Release:

Omni will be made by UK company Screaming Pictures in partnership with Ascension Productions and shot on location in the UK, Europe, and hopefully other parts of the world. Crew members that have already embraced Omni include Jonathan Edward Klahr, a trained special effects man from the days of Star Wars ep1, The Mummy, and Harry Potter; director of photography Stuart Nicholas White, who shot the majority of Versluis' shorts and his last feature, Not Alone; costume designer Rachel Freire; and production designer Melanie Light.

Synopsis:

Omni tells the story of an abducted woman,
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Complete Lineup Announced for the 2011 South African HorrorFest

One film festival I'm bound and determined to make it to one of these years is the South African HorrorFest, but for now I'll just have to live vicariously through those of you who live close enough to attend. And after taking a look at this year's lineup, I'm pretty sure that if you are in the area, you won't want to miss it!

Growing into the country's ultimate Halloween event covering indie, new and classic movies, short films, music, literature and a range of Halloween festivities, 2011 marks the annual South African HorrorFest's lucky 7th year! It runs 26 October through 4 November.

Almost each of the exciting feature films and short films make their South African theatrical premieres. The Makabra Ensemble will also debut their Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie soundtrack performance, live to the screening of this 1920 silent classic.

In addition to the colourful audience Halloween dress-up event linked up with the live soundtrack show,
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What The Women Directors Are Doing II: More Current Sci-Fi, Horror, And Fantasy You Want To Know About

More. And I'm probably missing some, still.

Larysa Kondracki's thriller The Whistleblower is out in theaters in August, as is Miranda July's fantasy The Future, but there are also two different modern female-directed Sleeping Beauty adaptations. Have you heard?

Erotic French Filmmaker Catherine Breillat's deconstruction of the classic fairy tale is out in some Us theaters already, while Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, which is presented by Jane Campion, is coming out later this Fall in Us theaters. Check out the two films:

Briellat's:

Leigh's:

Beth Dewey's noir thriller The Agency and Lola Rocknrolla's exploitation action Nefertitty are making the rounds at film festivals. You can see a teaser for The Agency (aka Pimp Girl) right here, and check out the trailer to Nefertitty:

The L.A. Shorts Fest is happening July 21st through July 29th in Los Angeles, of course, and there are shorts by
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Viscera Film Festival: Tulsa Tour

Start: 08/13/2011 Start: 08/13/2011

August 13th, 2011 in Tulsa, Ok at the Underground Horror Fest, you can catch Viscera films: short horror directed by women!

Check in with the Underground Horror Film Festival Facebook page for schedule information and location. This screening will be a 12 hour event, with 36 Viscera Films screening:

I’m a Little Teapot by Sallie Smith

Brains by Shannon Lark and Amber Steele

I was a Tranny Werewolf by Lola Rock ‘n’ Rolla

Consumed by Lis Fies

Candy by Sage Hall

Bon Apetit by Kate Shenton

The Ghost and Us by Emily Carmichael

Barbee Butcher by Sophie Lagues

Adventure Girls by Dara Jade Moats and Jon Deitcher

Blood Bunny by Molly Madfis

The Party’s Over by Gigi Romero

The Key to Annabel Lee by Staci Layne Wilson

Nursery Crimes by Laura Whyte

Mary Jane Go Round by Ginnetta Correli

Beautiful As You Are by Doug Mallette and Mary Katherine Sisco
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Viscera Film Festival: Vegas Tour

Start: 06/29/2011 End: 06/30/2011 Start: 06/29/2011 End: 06/30/2011

The Viscera Film Festival's big event will be July 17 in Los Angeles, California but catch this tour in Las Vegas, Nevada July 29-30 2011!

Two Nights of Horror Short Films By Women Directors Hosted by Dair Green of HorrorNews.Net

July 29-30, 2011 In the Downtown Arts District

theatre7

1406 South 3rd Street

Las Vegas, Nv 89104

(702) 568-9663

July 29

7 p.m. - $7

Adventure Girls by Dara Jade Moats and Jon Deitcher

Nursery Crimes by Laura Whyte

Mockingbird by Marichelle Daywalt

Bon Apetit by Kate Shenton

Candy by Sage Hall

The Ghost and Us by Emily Carmichael

The Many Doors of Albert Whale by Marichelle Daywalt

Together by Gigi Romero

Box by Nikki Wall

--- 15 minute Intermission ---

7/28/1989 by Mae Catt

Gasp by Thomai Hatsios

A Fever and a River by Rachael Deacon

Mary Jane Go Round by Ginnetta Corelli

The Bride by Ana Almeida

The Room at the Top of
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Bird's Eye View Film Fest: Horror by Women

Start: 03/12/2011 Start: 03/12/2011

Bird's Eye View Film Fest in London, UK is showing a short section of horror all by women! From a fiercely feminist slashfest to a deadly defence of free speech, via some light cannibalism... Contemporary horror by the world's bloodiest women.

Short Lease

Dir. Prano Bailey-Bond & Jennifer Eiss, UK 2010, 13min

When a woman finds a man hanging in a country house, she re-experiences his death in nail-biting detail. British Horror Award-winner.

Daddy's Girl

Dir Helen Komini Olsen, Norway 2009, 8min

A girl needs to get rid of her father. This eerie, deadpan film won Best Short Fiction at the 2010 Minimalen Festival.

Nursery Crimes

Dir Laura Whyte, UK 2010, 4min

Little Bo Peep has slaughtered her sheep and doesn't know where to hide them... This gory stop-motion animation won the British Horror Festival Audience Award and Best Film at Village of the Damned.

I Spit on Eli Roth

Dir Devi Sniveley,
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More Images and the Trailer from Alex Chandon's Inbred

Earlier today we provided you with some first images from Alex Chandon's Inbred, and now we've got a big batch of more photos, both behind-the-scenes and straight from the film, along with the trailer and a link to the official website.

Inbred is the twisted brainchild of UK writer/director Alex Chandon (official site here), who was responsible for the independent cult feature films Cradle of Fear (2001) and Pervirella (1997) as well as numerous award-winning shorts and music promos. It is a co-production of New Flesh Films and Split Second Films.

Synopsis:

A disparate group of young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved.

Cast:

Jo Hartley - Jo plays Kate,
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Trailer and Artwork for UK Short Film Pixel

As part of our ongoing effort to find you guys all the latest and greatest genre projects from across the globe, today we have the early word on Tristan Versluis' short film "Pixel", a tale of one man's wild antics and over-sexed ego, which inevitably steer him into his own redemption.

"Pixel" was written, produced, and directed by Versluis, a multi-talented special effects man (Hot Fuzz, Sweeney Todd, Blood River) turned director. His main character is a man "living the lifestyle", but this time the woman he picks up isn't going to let his behavior get away with it, showing him that there is another side to reality.

The short has been in post for two years now, and its immense amount of CGI effects was headed up by the talented Jonathan Klar (wrangling over 40 post-production crew members and guiding them through the many stages of modeling, animating, match moving,
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