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‘The Ascent’ VOD Review

‘The Ascent’ VOD Review
Stars: Shayne Ward, Bentley Kalu, Piotr Baumann, Simon Meacock, Toby Osmond, Samantha Schnitzler, Matt Malecki, Spencer Collings, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Alana Wallace, Sophie Austin | Written and Directed by Tom Paton

[Note: With the film now out digitally in the UK and in the Us (under the title Black Ops), here’s a reposting of our review of Tom Paton’s The Ascent – from the films debut at Frightfest last August]

As someone who reviews a Lot of movies, who grew up in the era of the video shop, its fun to see people clearly raised on the same types of films I enjoyed as a teenager now stepping behind the camera and making films of their own. Films that, as the filmmakers peers, I can recognise as having been influenced by the very same films I know, and in a lot of cases, love. Case in point, Tom Paton.

Paton’s last film, Black Site, clearly wore its inspirations on its sleeve, the John Carpenter-esque action-horror hybrid was just that.
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Exclusive Black Ops Clip: Orders Are Orders

Exclusive Black Ops Clip: Orders Are Orders
In our exclusive, Nsfw clip, a military team witnesses evidence that they wish they had never seen. Written and directed by Tom Paton, Black Ops follows that small military team, who have arrived on a field to carry out a secret mission. Soon, however, they "find themselves trapped in a terrifying, never-ending stairwell," in the words of the official synopsis. "Forced to climb or die, the group soon come face to face with their past sins in a desperate fight for survival." The description "suffocating intensity" certainly applies to the film. Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Simon Meacock, Bentley Kalu, Rachel Warren and Samantha Schnitzler star. Black Ops enjoyed its world premiere at FrightFest 2019. We wrote about the official trailer and showcased a few official...

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Horror Highlights: Exclusive Clip from Black Ops, Felissa Rose in Z Dead End, Useless Humans, Hellboy: The Board Game

Horror Highlights: Exclusive Clip from Black Ops, Felissa Rose in Z Dead End, Useless Humans, Hellboy: The Board Game
We're back with another edition of Horror Highlights! In today's installment, we have an exclusive clip from Black Ops, casting details from Z Dead End, a trailer for Useless Humans, and details on a new character for the Hellboy: The Board Game:

Exclusive Clip from Black Ops: Following its festival run last year (where it played under the titles Stairs and The Ascent), Black Ops will be released to the masses this month from Samuel Goldwyn Films. Written and directed by Tom Paton, Black Ops stars Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Simon Meacock, Bentley Kalu, Rachel Warren, and Samantha Schnitzler. Executive produced by Kirsty Bell, Phil McKenzie, Steve Mosley, and Tom Paton, and produced by George Burt and Alexa Waugh, Black Ops is out now from Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Synopsis: "Follow a black ops team who find themselves trapped in a terrifying, never-ending stairwell. Forced to climb or die, the group
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Movie Review – The Ascent (2020)

Movie Review – The Ascent (2020)
The Ascent, 2020. Directed by Tom Paton. Starring Rachel Warren, Toby Osmond, Shayne Ward, Simon Meacock, Sophie Austin, Samantha Schnitzler, Bentley Kalu, Alana Wallace, and Spencer Collings. Synopsis: Special ops squad “Hell’s Bastards” are sent to infiltrate a civil war to retrieve intel. The unit soon find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell forced to […]

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U.K. Action Thriller ‘The Ascent’ Turns to Vr for Lockdown Premiere

U.K. Action Thriller ‘The Ascent’ Turns to Vr for Lockdown Premiere
U.K producer Mosley Studios and producer-financier Goldfinch are turning to virtual reality for the launch of their latest feature, action thriller “The Ascent.”

Thought to be the first film premiere inside virtual reality, “The Ascent” will bow June 12 at 7 p.m. (BST) via AltspaceVR, and will be available to those with an Oculus headset, or similar. The event will be called “The Vr Film Festival.”

For those without AltspaceVR or access to a visor, the film will also premiere on Goldfinch’s recently launched VOD service Birdbox.Film at the same time.

The AltspaceVR premiere will also include a Q&a with director Tom Paton and cinematographer George Burt.

Burt said: “The Vr Film Festival was launched to give feature films a virtual platform to premiere in a copyright-safe environment. Due to Covid-19 we’ve been looking into tech and found AltspaceVR which can host the event with up to 100 people attending.
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Mercenaries Stuck in a Never-Ending Stairwell in 'Black Ops' Trailer

Mercenaries Stuck in a Never-Ending Stairwell in 'Black Ops' Trailer
"What was our mission?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the official trailer for an indie action horror called Black Ops, which is the new release title – it's also known as The Ascent or Stairs. This originally premiered at Frightfest last year, and will be available to watch in June. Follow a black ops team who find themselves trapped in a terrifying, never-ending stairwell. Forced to climb or die, the group soon come face to face with their past sins in a desperate fight for survival. This stars Shayne Ward, Rachel Warren, Simon Meacock, Bentley Kalu, Samantha Schnitzler, and Toby Osmond. While it seems like a sci-fi concept, it leans way more into horror. There's creepy ghosts everywhere, and they're stuck because of some supernatural force wants to torment them. Maybe a bit too much style, and nowhere near enough substance. Here's the official Us trailer (+ two posters) for Tom Paton's Black Ops,
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Special Ops Team Gets Stuck on an Endless Stairwell of Horrors in Official Trailer for Black Ops

Special Ops Team Gets Stuck on an Endless Stairwell of Horrors in Official Trailer for Black Ops
Following its festival run last year (where it played under the titles Stairs and The Ascent), Black Ops will be released to the masses this June from Samuel Goldwyn Films, and we've been provided with the film's official trailer as a special treat for Daily Dead readers.

You can watch a specialized (and heavily weaponized) team encounter horrors from their past on an endless stairwell in the trailer below, and in case you missed it, read Sean McGeady's review of the film (back when it was known as Stairs).

Written and directed by Tom Paton, Black Ops stars Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Simon Meacock, Bentley Kalu, Rachel Warren, and Samantha Schnitzler.

Executive produced by Kirsty Bell, Phil McKenzie, Steve Mosley, and Tom Paton, and produced by George Burt and Alexa Waugh, Black Ops will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on June 12th.

Synopsis: "Follow a black ops team who
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‘Wicked Witches’ Review

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Stars: Duncan Casey, Justin Marosa, Kitt Proudfoot, Samantha Schnitzler, Jasmin Clark | Written by Martin J Pickering, Mark Pickering | Directed by Martin J Pickering

Directed by Martin J Pickering (Stealing Moses) who also wrote the film along with his brother Mark Pickering, Wicked Witches (aka The Witches of Dumpling Farm) is a new horror movie about a guy named Mark who is kicked out of his house by his wife and ends up back at a place called Dumpling Farm where he’d spent many days partying it up during his youth. There, he runs into his old buddy Ian who may or may not be (but definitely is) possessed by a gaggle of evil witches. Mark wants to catch up with his old buddy and throw a party, all the while having nightmares and visions of blood and death and evil things occurring. Not really the best start to life in his new home.
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FrightFest 2019 Review: Stairs’ Endless Trauma Taps into an Urgent Desire to Repair the Past

With democracy under attack and the climate crisis unsolved, there’s an ever-growing sense that humanity may be nearing its extinction. Where did it all go wrong? Were we to revisit the past 10, 50, or 100 years from now, would we know where to look for answers? Would we know what to do if we found them?

The hard-nosed soldiers in Tom Paton’s Stairs certainly don’t. Following a difficult operation during which they forswore their humanity for the sake of obeying orders, their debriefing takes an introspective turn when their nine-strong platoon is pursued up an unending staircase by the spectre of a civilian they killed in cold blood.

Before her execution, the prisoner gives the group some ominous, prescient advice: don’t go down. Those that do are swiftly chewed up. Those that don’t, climb, up and up until their boots fill with blood, frantically seeking a way
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Frightfest 2019: ‘Stairs’ Review

Stars: Shayne Ward, Bentley Kalu, Piotr Baumann, Simon Meacock, Toby Osmond, Samantha Schnitzler, Matt Malecki, Spencer Collings, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Alana Wallace, Sophie Austin | Written and Directed by Tom Paton

As someone who reviews a Lot of movies, who grew up in the era of the video shop, its fun to see people clearly raised on the same types of films I enjoyed as a teenager now stepping behind the camera and making films of their own. Films that, as the filmmakers peers, I can recognise as having been influenced by the very same films I know, and in a lot of cases, love. Case in point, Tom Paton.

Paton’s last film, Black Site, clearly wore its inspirations on its sleeve, the John Carpenter-esque action-horror hybrid was just that. A John Carpenter inspired film that the genre maestro could have easily made back in his 80s heyday, probably around
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Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Stairs

Stairs, 2019.

Directed by Tom Paton

Starring Samantha Schnitzler, Bentley Kalu, Shayne Ward, Simon Meacock, Toby Osmond, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Alana Wallace, Spencer Collings and Julia Szamalek

Synopsis:

When a group of Special Ops soldiers nicknamed “The Hell Bastards” are compromised during an infiltration mission on the battlefield, they seek solace within the confines of a building that houses a never-ending stairwell that forces them to climb or die.

There are plenty of genre films with a doozy of a concept, that subsequently can’t quite build on it to form a rounded, interesting feature length movie.

That’s the dilemma facing Tom Paton’s Twilight Zone invoking science-fiction horror. A kind of Groundhog Day, meets M.Night Shyamalan produced elevator thriller The Devil, by way of Dog Soldiers. A slice of action hokum which thrives on some nifty-yet-familiar narrative devices, but occasionally stumbles down the odd flight of stairs along the way.
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Wicked Witches Coming to Theaters, DVD, and Digital on August 9th

Midnight Releasing is releasing Wicked Witches on August 9th. Main character Mark finds himself back at Dumpling Farm after a fallout with his wife, and terror ensues when he reconnects with an old friend, Ian. Flesh-eating witches threaten to take Mark's life and his soul in this new film starring Duncan Casey, Justin Marosa and Samantha Schnitzler, and we have a look at the official trailer, poster, and release details:

"On August 9, Midnight Releasing sets free Wicked Witches, the creepy, witchy new horror jaunt from The Pickering Brothers.

After being thrown out of his home by his wife for being promiscuous, Mark finds himself back at Dumpling Farm, a place of youthful memories and parties, but things aren't quite right. His old buddy Ian, who has never left the place, is possessed by a group demonic, flesh eating Witches. Using Ian and his farm, these beautiful Witches honey trap Mark
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Time-travel action horror Stairs gets a red band trailer and poster ahead of FrightFest premiere

Mosley Productions has announced that award-winning director Tom Paton’s new time-travel action horror Stairs is set to premiere at next month’s FrightFest 2019. Check out the poster, trailer and synopsis here…

A group of mercenaries are sent into Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel, but shortly after the mission the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off.

“It’s a really honour to be back at Frightfest for the third year in a row. I’m especially proud of how Stairs has turned out and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said Paton. “Frightfest has been an amazing platform for my career and I’m really excited to be heading back, especially as the line-up is so incredible this year.
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Horror film Wicked Witches gets a poster and trailer

Midnight Releasing has unveiled a poster and trailer for Wicked Witches, a creepy new horror from The Pickering Brothers and starring Duncan Casey, Justin Marosa and Samantha Schnitzler. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

After being thrown out of his home by his wife for being promiscuous, Mark finds himself back at Dumpling Farm, a place of youthful memories and parties, but things aren’t quite right. His old buddy Ian, who has never left the place, is possessed by a group demonic, flesh eating Witches. Using Ian and his farm, these beautiful Witches honey trap Mark and his friends to consume their souls.

Wicked Witches is set for release on August 9th.

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Dread Presents: Black Site’s Samantha Schnitzler on Badass Female Protagonists

It’s been a week and a half since we released Black Site, our latest Dread title. It’s a film that, “…creates a compelling neo-Lovecraftian world“, “…will please fans of different genres“, and “…is a serious love letter to the films of John Carpenter“. One of the aspects of the film that we’re very proud to […] The post Dread Presents: Black Site’s Samantha Schnitzler on Badass Female Protagonists appeared first on Dread Central.
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Sci-fi horror Black Site gets a poster, trailer and images

Ahead of its home entertainment release next month, Epic Pictures and Dread have unveiled a trailer, poster and and images for writer-director Tom Paton’s (Redwood) upcoming sci-fi horror Black Site which stars Samantha Schnitzler, Mike Beckingham, Kris Johnson, Bentley Kalu, Angela Dixon, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Sophia Del Pizzo, Lauren Ashley Carter, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Fredi Nwaka, and Alana Wallace ; take a look here…

An elite military unit encounters a supernatural entity, known as The Elder Gods, that forces them into battle against an army from another dimension. They must fight together to defend the Black Site and save the world from ultimate destruction.

Black Site is set for release on April 9th.

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365Flicks Podcast: Episode 129 – ‘Stairs’ Pt1

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flicks podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast: Episode 129 – ‘Stairs’ Pt1… Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu

That’s right folks we have finally got round to bringing you the first part of our Stairs series. This episode is a bit of a bumper episode as we talk to the amazing Samantha Schnitzler and wonderful Bentley Kalu about their exciting careers to date, Bentley working with everyone who is anyone, Samantha’s podcast, hooking up with director Tom Paton on Black Site and the upcoming release Stairs. We had the absolute pleasure of visiting the set of Stairs last summer and got to experience the next level in director Tom Paton’s movie brain.
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Biff Review: ‘Black Site’ is an Existential, Throwback Sci-Fi Horror

Mankind found a way to overpower its Gods in Tom Paton’s throwback sci-fi horror Black Site. After discovering that Elder Gods were in-hiding and draining our planet of its most precious resource (people) for millennia, humanity found ancient incantations to bind them and ultimately deport them back from whence they came with no chance of return. It’s the type of knowledge that could disenfranchise the masses with proof of our “creators” being nothing more than a malignant species from far away that craves our souls as food. So those in the know reinforce the lie by building so-called “black sites” with the off-grid capability of facilitating the incarceration and expulsion of these nightmare fuel Lovecraftian monsters. And right now one is preparing to do exactly that.

One man’s enemy is another’s salvation, though. If enough people see Elder Gods as their makers, they’ll surely sacrifice themselves if asked.
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‘Black Site’ Review #2

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Stars: Lauren Ashley Carter, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Sophia Del Pizzo, Angela Dixon, Jake Francis, Samantha Schnitzler, Bentley Kalu, Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Kris Johnson, Toby Osmond, Mike Beckingham, Alana Wallace | Written and Directed by Tom Paton

Not one but Three kick-ass powerful leading ladies. Break-neck fight choreography straight out of The Raid. A spellbinding and ear tickling 80s retro synth score. A chilling Lector-esque performance that gave this reviewer the Heebie Jeebies. Action, Elder Gods with a Lovecraftian mythology twist. Tom Paton brings all of this in his game changing must see genre defying, sleek, stylised, adventurous ode to John Carpenter for a modern audience.

Finally Black Site has had its sold out premiere at Frightfest down in London (sadly 365 could not make it). However this means that finally I can bring you my review. Now I will say right up front that if you listen to our podcast you
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Frightfest 2018: ‘Black Site’ Review

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Stars: Lauren Ashley Carter, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Sophia Del Pizzo, Angela Dixon, Jake Francis, Samantha Schnitzler, Bentley Kalu, Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Kris Johnson, Toby Osmond, Mike Beckingham, Alana Wallace | Written and Directed by Tom Paton

One of this year’s Frightfest World Premieres, Black Site had people excited with only its description promising John Carpenter-esque action… Which is all I needed to hear to give it a watch. In truth, despite despite this playing at Frighfest, it’s not really a horror movie. The sci-fi elements more than make it worthy of being shown at one of the World’s leading genre festivals though.

The sci-fi here feels very Lovecraftian, involving elder gods that are living on Earth being captured and held at the Artemis Black Site until they are not needed any more and are sent back from where they originally came. It all feels very much
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