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FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN, and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD stars team up in first trailer for KILLER THERAPY

FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN, and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD stars team up in first trailer for KILLER THERAPY

The first trailer for Barry Jay’s Killer Therapy has been released.

The follow-up to Jay’s well-received Ashes (released in July), Killer Therapy stars Return of the Living Dead alum Thom Mathews, along with PJ Soles (Halloween), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Daeg Faerch (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Michael Qeliqi, Elizabeth Keener and Ivy George.

Brian is a disturbed child with sociopathic tendencies dealing with a father who doesn’t love him, a mother unconvinced of his violent nature, and a newly adopted sister he believes is there to replace him. After a series of escalating violent incidents, he is bounced around from failed therapist to failed therapist, maturing into a young man still unable to escape his anger issues. When his life eventually falls apart by his own choices, Brian blames his series of failed therapists, embracing his dark nature and taking his revenge on everyone who ever wronged him – one by one, finally understanding that accepting who you are inside can be the best therapy.

Barry Jay, founder of the world-renowned Barry’s Bootcamp, made his directorial debut last year with a script he wrote, Ashes, which was released July 2019 by 1091 Media.

Killer Therapy is coming soon.

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The cult classic returns!  STEVE RAILSBACK in the 10th Anniversary Edition of PLAGUERS – on Blu-ray and DVD!

The cult classic returns! STEVE RAILSBACK in the 10th Anniversary Edition of PLAGUERS – on Blu-ray and DVD!

Brad Sykes’ cult classic PLAGUERS is now available for the first-time on Blu-ray and DVD from Wild Eye Releasing.

The 10th Anniversary edition includes audio commentary and an unseen Q+A with cast and crew.

When an alien contagion is released aboard a spaceship transforming its victims into demonic flesh-eaters, the crew must either destroy the infected or join them. Steve Railsback stars.

The title is also available on digital.

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Watch the trailer for Nick Cassavetes – Red Handed which stars Michael Biehn and Michael Madsen

Watch the trailer for Nick Cassavetes – Red Handed which stars Michael Biehn and Michael Madsen

This December, don’t get caught Red Handed.

Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) leads an electric cast in an unnerving new thriller from writer-director Frank Peluso and producer Nick Cassavetes.

When their father is murdered, three brothers descend upon an Oregon mountain river to spread his ashes. After they arrive, one of their children goes missing. One of the brothers was himself abducted 30 years ago when they visited this same river, but he has blocked the incident out of his mind. Only by unlocking the mysteries inside his subconscious, will they be able find the child and return him to safety.

Produced by Nick Cassavetes and Aaron Steele-NicholsonRed Handed premiered at SPIFFest in Los Angeles last month.

Christian Madsen, Owen Burke, Ryan Carnes, Kenzie Dalton and Michael Madsen co-star in the suspense-ride of the year, on DVD and Digital December 3 from High Octane Pictures.

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TERROR FILMS team up with Dutch Streaming Channel HORRIFY

TERROR FILMS team up with Dutch Streaming Channel HORRIFY

U.S. based genre distributor TERROR FILMS has closed a multi-picture content deal with Dutch Streaming service HORRIFY. The terms, which were negotiated at American Film Market between Terror Films President of Worldwide Distribution, Joe Dain and Horrify Director of Content and Programming, Lemke Roos will include 20 films such as the highly successful “Hell House LLC” franchise, the politically charged “Savageland”, Australian horror film, “Inner Demon” and the critically acclaimed ride-share thriller, “End Trip” – among others.

“This new partnership in one more step in expanding our digital footprint on a global scale. As we increasingly see less and less opportunity to secure sales for indie horror films in the more traditional foreign markets, these direct platform relationships help us diversify without the need for a 3rd party distributor”, stated Terror Films President Joe Dain.

Horrify, which launched October 30th, 2018 has since become an instant success and is the largest horror-only steaming SVOD service in the Netherlands with currently over 350 different movies, series and original productions to choose from.

The films are set to premiere on the streaming service in 2020.

To learn more about Terror Films visit www.terrorfilms.net

To learn more about Horrify visit https://horrify.nl

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An Urban Legend returns in new trailer for PICKAXE starring A. Michael Baldwin, Tiffany Shepis

An Urban Legend returns in new trailer for PICKAXE starring A. Michael Baldwin, Tiffany Shepis

Horror icons A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm) and Tiffany Shepis (Strange Nature) star in director Jeremy Sumrall’s wickedly bloody ode to ’80s horror, Pickaxe.

 

The survivors of a series of brutal killings in a small town are forced to face a killer once again when a ritual resurrects him from the grave.

 

Pickaxe is available on digital now from Wild Eye Releasing.

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‘Elements of Horror – Book Four: Water to be released by Red Cape Publishing December 3rd

‘Elements of Horror – Book Four: Water to be released by Red Cape Publishing December 3rd

Red Cape Publishing will soon be releasing ‘Elements of Horror – Book Four: Water on December 3rd, which will be the fourth and final book in the horror anthology series based around themes of the four elements.

Within these pages you will find a variety of stories from some of the best independent horror writers on the scene today. Immerse yourself in tales of shipwrecks, evil spirits, terrifying aquatic creatures, and much more.

You can pre-order Elements of Horror Book Four: Water on Kindle for a pre-sale price of just 99p UK ($1.22 US) here:

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YMY5Q2R/

US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YMY5Q2R/

The first three books in the series – Earth, Air and Fire are now available on Kindle & Paperback

Elements of Horror Book One: Earth is now available on Kindle and Paperback here:

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elements-Horror-Earth-Book-One-ebook/dp/B07VR5RN4H

UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elements-Horror-Earth-Book-One/dp/1084100827

US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Earth-Book-One-ebook/dp/B07VR5RN4H

US Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Earth-Book-One/dp/1084100827

Elements of Horror Book Two: Air is now available on Kindle and Paperback here:

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elements-Horror-Air-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B07XBM61LK/

UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elements-Horror-Air-Book-Two/dp/1688505857/

US Kindle: http://amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Water-Book-Four-ebook/dp/B07YMY5Q2R/

US Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Air-Book-Two/dp/1688505857/

Elements of Horror Book Three: Fire is now available on Kindle and Paperback here:

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YLVJDQ8

UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elements-Horror-Fire-Book-Three/dp/1695972015/

US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Fire-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B07YLVJDQ8

US Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Horror-Fire-Book-Three/dp/1695972015/

Red Cape Publishing is a modern publishing house dedicated to promoting to best independent and small-press releases. Red Cape was born out of a desire to spread the word about the indie scene, firmly believing that promoting other people’s work is of benefit to everyone.

You can find out more about Red Cape Publishing on the website and follow on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/redcapepublish

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedCapePublishing/

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New trailer released for Jerome Pikwane’s bloodcurdling ode to the mythological creature The Tokoloshe which is set to spook audiences this December.

New trailer released for Jerome Pikwane’s bloodcurdling ode to the mythological creature The Tokoloshe which is set to spook audiences this December.

Uncork’d Entertainment to release Director Jerome Pikwane’s frightening fictional account of the mythological creature The Tokoloshe, on digital and DVD December 3rd.

Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her younger sister to Johannesburg, she must cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager. When Busi discovers an abandoned young girl in the hospital, who believes she is tormented by a supernatural force, Busi must face her own demons from her past in order to save the child from the abusive monster that pursues them both relentlessly.

From writers Richard Kunzmann and Jerome Pikwane

Starring Petronella Tshuma, Kwande Nkosi, and Dawid Minnaar

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New Trailer for the Terrifying ‘BLOOD BAGS’ unleashed this December

New Trailer for the Terrifying ‘BLOOD BAGS’ unleashed this December

Emiliano Ranzani’s Blood Bags, a modern take on classic Italian horror cinema, premieres on DVD and Digital this December.

A creature stalks the corridors of an abandoned mansion. Two friends break in and discover that all exits have been sealed off and the creature that hunts them is growing hungry for their blood; there is no escape.

From director Emiliano Ranzani, and starring Makenna Guyler, Emanuele Turetta, and Marta Tananyan, Blood Bags premieres December 3 on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

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THE OMEN meets INSIDIOUS in THIS IS OUR HOME, OUT THIS DECEMBER

THE OMEN meets INSIDIOUS in THIS IS OUR HOME, OUT THIS DECEMBER

Omri Dorani’s caravan of suspense This is Our Home premieres on DVD and Demand this December from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Jeff Ayars and Simone Policano star in the chilling account of a struggling couple who, during a weekend getaway, are greeted in the middle of the night by a child claiming to be their son.

Scripted by Robert HarmonThis is our Home is a “measured piece of psychological horror that will follow you home” (Horror Buzz), hitting disc and digital December 3.

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New trailer released for the most controversial release of 2019 ‘American Hunt’

New trailer released for the most controversial release of 2019 ‘American Hunt’

This December, play the most dangerous time imaginable in American Hunt.

From the director of Clowntergeist, and from the studio that brought you The Jurassic Games and Cannibal Farm, comes the most controversial horror release of 2019.

A group of friends is torn apart when they become part of two human hunter’s sick game. The men give them ten minutes to hide, and then the real hunt begins.

Written and directed by Aaron Mirtes, and starring Lacy Hartselle, Taylor Novak, and Allison ShrumAmerican Hunt begins December 3 on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

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New trailer released for the new Mycho Slasher PandaMonium which will premiere at Horror-on-Sea

New trailer released for the new Mycho Slasher PandaMonium which will premiere at Horror-on-Sea

PandaMonium

is the 9th feature from the British independent film company Mycho Entertainment Group and writer-director MJ Dixon. A prequel to Slasher House II (2016) where we were first introduced to the infamous Panda-headed Killer Jacob Jakushi (David Hon Ma Chu), Jacob now makes a return in the characters first standalone film.

The guys on Level 6 like to work hard, and party harder, that means the best booze, the finest drugs and hottest women money can buy. Unfortunately for them the Strippers they’ve just hired have come with an unwanted guest.

Jacob, Jakushi, the infamous ‘Stripper Ripper’ with an oversized Panda mask and a taste for exotic dancers has these girls in his sights and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

It’s now Strippers VS PandaHeaded Serial Killer as they fight to survive the office party from hell.

Writer-director MJ Dixon had the following to say about the film.

“PandaMonium takes the idea of Strippers at the office party to whole new level, it really works with what we’ve done before and has some real fun with it. We leaned into the fun aspect of the idea whilst still maintaining the tension you’d find being trapped in an office block with a serial killer.

We’re super excited to be Premiering the film at Horror on Sea on January 18th it’s a place where we’ve premiered every Mycho movie and we can’t wait to return with our latest PandaHeaded creation.”

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PandaMonium is written and directed by MJ Dixon, produced by Anna Dixon and stars; David Hon Ma Chu, Oriana Charles, Dani Thompson, Will Jones, James Hamer-Morton,Lee Mark Jones and Charlie Bond

PandaMonium will premiere at the Horror-on-Sea Film festival on 18th January 2020 at 8pm.

You can find out more about Mycho Entertainment on the website https://mycho.weebly.com/ and following social media: TwitterFacebook

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Short horror film ‘Off The Hook’ will only be available to view on Halloween for 4hrs before being removed

Short horror film ‘Off The Hook’ will only be available to view on Halloween for 4hrs before being removed

‘Off The Hook’ is the directorial debut for filmmaker Daniel Keeble which has been produced byArk Indie Productions. It is a short film that will be online for a very limited time on Halloween.

Billed as a thriller/horror short, the story revolves around how a woman’s mundane night-in can take a turn for the worse. Even in the comfort of her own home, she never knew what evil lurks around the corner.

Made by a cast and crew of local people, and filmed in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex  earlier this month. It features professional actress Samantha Anderson (Sisters , Human Cargo), who also wrote the script. This is her first attempt at writing and is excited to see how audiences receive the story. It also stars professional actor Neal Ward (Two Grave, Hosts).

It includes the voices of local actors Alice Ryan and David Streames, who are both prominent within the local area’s film community.

With beautiful cinematography and a chilling score (by Southend composer Josh Winiberg) Off the Hook gives a nod to 70’s and 80’s horror movies, with audienced advised Best not to watch this alone.

Off the Hook was written, produced and stars female filmmakers and is something which the filmmakers wanted to highlight. It is so important for emerging talent to be recognised no matter what the sex, and they hope it will pave the way for a new generation of women to work both in front of and behind the camera.

Daniel who directed the film, also managed the cinematography and brought in extra help from local people from Southend. This included some who have never worked in a film shoot environment, allowing them an opportunity to learn the skills required and work on future productions.

We are hoping to submit the film into a variety of film festivals so watch this space as we will be making more (always on the look out to work with local Southend crew so get in touch!).

The film will only be shown for 1 night only, Thur 31st Oct between 6pm – 12pm (UK).

For more information on Ark Indie Productions you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram

You can also find out more about Off The Hook on IMDB

 

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BEWARE THE CREATURE! CRYPSIS OUT THIS DECEMBER

BEWARE THE CREATURE! CRYPSIS OUT THIS DECEMBER

A camping trip goes horribly wrong in writer/director Paul Anthony Rogers‘ unnerving Crypsis, available On Demand and on DVD December 17 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

A group of friends make a bet to survive on an island. Unbeknownst to them, a mysterious old creature begins hunting them throughout the night. What began as an innocent bet quickly turns into a fight for survival. As night falls, this becomes a fight to the death that no one had anticipated.

Rogers co-stars alongside Michael Armata, Anthony Hoang, Jordan Mitchell-Love and Eddie Nason in a pulse-racing profusion of Stranger Things and Predator.

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Subzero thriller ICE BLUE starring Batwoman’s Michelle Morgan arrives On Demand this November

Subzero thriller ICE BLUE starring Batwoman’s Michelle Morgan arrives On Demand this November

Sandi Somers‘ award-winning frozen-frightfest Ice Blue premieres this November On Demand.

Michelle Morgan (“Diary of the Dead”, “Batwoman”), Sophia Lauchlin Hirt (“Bad Times at the El Royale”) and Billy MacLellan (“Star Trek : Discovery”) star in an atmospheric chiller that will rattle audiences to the core.

When home-schooled Arielle’s long-estranged mother mysteriously returns to their isolated family farm, it drives a wedge into her seemingly-perfect relationship with her father and reveals a chilling, dark past.

Ice Blue, scripted by Jason Long, is available 11/5 On Demand.

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New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st  exclusively for patreons

New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st exclusively for patreons

The 2019 Halloween Special ‘The Thinning Veil‘ – It’s coming to get you!

This year it’s an especially spooky addition to the Mycho Mini Universe Roster. They have been hard at work crafting a cool and creepy Halloween tale that will chill you to the bones.

The Thinning Veil is due to land the evening of October 31st (GMT).

You can catch the new movie as well as our previous films at the Mycho​ http://Patreon.com/Mycho

The more subscribers we have the more short films they can bring to life every year. 

Pledges start from as little as $2/£1.

So until then, here is the little teaser poster for The Thinning Veil to wet your appetites.

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Arrow Video FrightFest line-up for Halloween 2019

Arrow Video FrightFest line-up for Halloween 2019

It is now just one week until Arrow FrightFest which continues on its highly acclaimed and hugely successful Twenty Bloody Year rampage with a fear-packed journey through Halloween traditions, religious deviance, unstoppable maniacs, warped fairy tales, terrifying board games and the very rules of horror themselves.

The popular Halloween all-day event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 2 November and the 12-hour monstrous marathon embraces four UK premieres, one European and one International premiere.

The day kicks off with the European Premiere of Josh Hasty’s CANDY CORN. With an impressive all-star genre cast (including Tony Todd, who exec-produces), an innovative iconic killer and cool score, say hello to a new twist on a Halloween tradition

This is followed by a 80s throwback horror comedy, WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS. From Marc Meyers, director of My Friend Dahmer, this UK premiere delivers gore and guffaws with gleefully twisted abandon.

Next up is the International premiere of UNCANNY ANNIE, directed by Paul Davis, who gave us the fabulous documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering ‘American Werewolf In London’  This dice-throwing game of death and survival kicks off the second season of Hulu’s Blumhouse-produced series Into The Dark and Paul will be introducing the film.

Then there is the UK Premiere of SWALLOW, a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture. Anchored by Haley Bennett’s knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

The 8.30pm film is the UK premiere of TRICK, from Patrick Lussier, director of Drive Angry and the My Bloody Valentine remake. This surprising slasher delivers graphic shock after shock.

The finale presentation is SCARE PACKAGE which introduces us to the next generation of horror directors, Each of the eight talented filmmakers has selected a different horror sub-genre, taking aim at the tropes and overused clichés we find all too often in horror films.

Plus, we’ll be showing THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN, the latest in acclaimed puppeteer Kevin McTurk’s Spirit Cabinet series. Corin Hardy, who backed the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, will be joining us to introduce the acclaimed short.

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Get your knives out, your chainsaws revved up and your machetes raised as FrightFest,  the UK’s biggest and best genre event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday November 2 for a morning of mayhem, an afternoon of anguish and an evening of evil in a day of the dead extravaganza. Happy Halloween everyone!”

Day passes (£47) and single tickets (£14.50) go on sale at noon on Saturday 5th October.

To book: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html (Online booking only)

FULL ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST LINE UP:

11.00: CANDY CORN (European Premiere)

Director: Josh Hasty. With: Courtney Gains, PJ Soles, Tony Todd, Sky Elobar. USA 2019. 85 mins.

Synopsis: It’s Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival arrives for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, is hired as one of the freaks in the main attraction, ‘Dr. Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular’. But the local bullies are planning their annual public hazing of Jacob, only this year things go too far, a monster hungry for blood is created by one of the carnies … and revenge never tasted so sweet.

12:45 WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (UK Premiere)

Director: Marc Meyers. With: Alexandra Daddario, Logan Miller, Keean Johnson, Johnny Knoxville. USA 2019. 87 mins

Synopsis: Be careful what you pray for! It’s 1988 and people are terrorised by a nationwide rash of apparently satanic murders, which appear to be connected to kids who go to heavy metal concerts. Three girls meet three guys at one such gig and go back to Alexis’ family’s country house for a debauched after-party. There the boys learn to their horror that the girls are not the enthusiastic rock fans they seem to be, but something much more terrifying.

PLUS….THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN (UK Premiere)

Director: Kevin McTurk. With: Jason Scott Lee, James Hong. USA 2019. 16 mins.

Synopsis: Kevin McTurk’s handcrafted epic puppet film, follows a Ronin samurai (Jason Scott Lee) on a supernatural quest for vengeance with only a severed head (James Hong) as his guide.

15:15 UNCANNY ANNIE (International Premiere)

Director: Paul Davis. With: Georgie Flores, Adelaide Kane, Paige McGhee, Jacques Colimon, Dylan Arnold, and Evan Bittencourt. USA 2019. 80 mins

Synopsis: On Halloween night, a group of college students get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life, where they must play to escape…and win to survive.

18:15 SWALLOW (UK Premiere)

Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis. With: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare. USA 2019. 94 mins.

Synopsis: Hunter is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession.

20:30 TRICK (UK Premiere)

Director: Patrick Lussier. With: Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Ellen Adair, Tom Atkins. USA 2019. 97 mins. 

Synopsis: Halloween night in Benton, New Jersey, 2015, and the student they call Trick suddenly freaks out and causes a bloody massacre. Injured by his friend Cheryl, Trick is taken to hospital but miraculously escapes…. and every October 31st returns to cause further murderous mayhem. Detective Mike Denver promises to bring the seemingly unstoppable killer to justice – a vow that begins to border on obsession as he becomes convinced they are dealing with a supernatural entity.

22:45 SCARE PACKAGE (UK Premiere)

Directors: Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar , Anthony Cousins, Mali Elfman, Emily Hagins, Aaron B. Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Ryan Spindell, Baron Vaughn. With: Gabrielle Maiden, Baron Vaughn, Noah Segan, Tristan Riggs. USA 2019. 103 mins.

Synopsis: Chad Buckley is a lonely horror aficionado spending his days at his struggling video store, where he argues with his only regular customer, Sam. When Hawn, an unsuspecting applicant, shows up, Chad teaches him about the Rules of Horror, much to Sam’s chagrin, illustrated by different hilarious horror shorts, each one geared at cleverly subverting a unique set of terror tropes. As Hawn learns the ropes, he suspects Chad of something sinister, while he too may have a secret of his own.

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Interview with ‘Pumpkins’ co-writer and director Maria Metheringham

Interview with ‘Pumpkins’ co-writer and director Maria Metheringham

Pumpkins

Director: Maria Metheringham

Writers: Maria Metheringham and Will  Metheringham

Starring: Dani Thompson, Maria Lee Metheringham, Craig Edwards, Samantha Hindman, Marcella Edgecombe-Craig

In a new interview on House of Tortured Souls I got an opportunity to talk with the multifaceted filmmaker Maria Metheringham about the throwback horror Pumpkins which has been released on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures on DVD and Digital in the US and Canada.

Q. Your latest horror film Pumpkins has just been released on DVD in the US. Can you tell us what people can expect?

Pumpkins is an atmospheric, slasher horror film set in North Yorkshire.  Expect all of the usual elements which make up a good 80s style teen horror movie, except less gags and a bit more toned down. It’s a light-hearted and fun horror.

Q. You co-wrote the original script with Will Metheringham. What is your process writing together and how did you come up with the original idea for the story?

We usually sit down with the laptop and hash out scene ideas together. I do the writing and he tells me what to write, whilst I also add in bits and scenes that come to me whilst we’re doing it.

Pumpkins started off as a short film within another feature film we were writing and ended up being turned into a full feature because I loved the story so much. The short ‘The Pumpkin Man’ was only meant to be 10 minutes long originally.

Q. The film introduces us to a new horror character the Pumpkin Man, how did you come up concept for the character?

Will was sat at the back of the classroom when he was 16 with his mate Tom Jordan. He came up with the pumpkin man character as a drawing and Tom drew it. We found the artwork in a folder in a cupboard in our house when clearing out and thought it looked very cool, so we stuck him in the film with a backstory.

Q. What were your influences for the overall look and style of the film?

We just wanted it to look and sound as 80s as possible. To capture the feeling of watching one of those old school slashers but have a bit of our own style about it. Films we had in mind when getting that style right were Friday the 13th (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Halloween (1978).

Q. Did you make any changes in the film from the original script during filming and were there any scenes which you were unable to film?

Yes, there were a few changes mainly towards the end of the film, during the climax with the ending etc. The film didn’t finish how it was written in the script because we had no money for special effects people and my knowledge was pretty limited. We had very little time to film it without the option of returning an extra day. It’s usually the really cool elaborate stuff I have to cut out but give me a budget and I’d go hell for leather

Q.Did you experience any issues during filming?

Only the weather really which wasn’t an issue much. We had one night of filming outside for all the scenes and it was chucking it down. We needed lighting which needed power and we were filming up in muddy woods up a soggy hill from a house we were staying in. We had 5 extension cables plugged into each other with bin bags wrapped around them.  Safe to say we wouldn’t do that again ha ha. Other than that, it was just a few of the special effects going wrong for me, but we managed in the end.

Q.What were some of your favourite moments during filming?

The location where we filmed all of the Uncle and Shelly scenes at their house was brilliant, we had a great time there.  No internet, tv, phone or any mobile signal, as weird as it may sound was a really pleasant experience. Also filming inside the pub in Lincoln for the local’s scene was so much fun and we had a good laugh doing it!

What makes Pumpkins stand out as something different in the horror genre?

I don’t think it’s hugely unique for the Horror genre as we were trying to do our own version of an 80s style slasher film, but we’ve brought a new killer to the table and I hope you can see our own style. We like sound and visuals and don’t really go dialogue heavy with Pumpkins which we hope creates more of an atmosphere. We didn’t want to shove the film full of all the cliché one liners and banter between the characters but have slipped it in subtly every now and again.

What do you hope people take away after watching the film?

That they will have fun watching it, like our style and want to see more of our films because of it.#

You also feature in the horror film Mask of Thorn which is being released in November. Can you tell us a little bit about that film?

I can’t wait for the release I absolutely loved working with Mike (Director) and Anna (Producer). Mask of Thorn is a great horror/sci-fi slasher film in my opinion.  It has an evil bad ass Thorn and a not so evil bad ass Mina Adams who I play.  It’s got action, gore and good suspense I think lovers of indie films will really dig it.  Anna and Mike also work a similar way to me and Will, doing the jobs of 20 people with barely and money or time and I respect that.

You play Mina Adams in the film can you tell us a bit about your character?

She is tough and hardened by a difficult life but has a strong emotional connection which is her weakness. Mina was a lot of fun to play because she takes a battering put will pick herself up and carry on fighting until she has done what she came to do.  Also, her costume is very cool despite it pretty much falling off me and disintegrating during filming.

Do you enjoy playing these strong characters and do you think they reflect some of your own personality?

I think that’s a why I like these characters so much. It’s like the element of when something is bothering you or life is trying to get you down, don’t moan just do something about it. Put your hardened face on and get things done no matter what. This can sometimes appear as cold or overly stern but I understand these characters, they act on actions and not emotion which is more what I’m about.

Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

Yes I’ve got a few going on. Me and Will have just finished another horror feature script which is another 80’s style film called Creeps at the Gym.  We’re just trying to find some money to make it. I’m also working with Kat Clatworthy at Lynx Elite Productions in Wales on a comedy feature film called Cowgirls Don’t Lie and we’re directing together.  The film only has less than a third left to film so almost done!

What advice would you give someone who is interested in getting into filmmaking as an actress?

Do not let people down. When you say you will do something or you are given a deadline, make sure you do it. Reply to messages as promptly as you can. Make yourself available too as filmmakers don’t like having to work around your ‘Nanas 60th’ or your ‘best mates baby shower’. Another big one is promote and support the films you are cast in! Talk about the films you are in, do interviews and share social media material to help gain followers etc.

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From the director of DEATH HOUSE, ‘THE SPECIAL’ is THE BLOB meets FATAL ATTRACTION

From the director of DEATH HOUSE, ‘THE SPECIAL’ is THE BLOB meets FATAL ATTRACTION

Devilworks drops new trailer for Death House’ Director Harrison Smith’s The Special

USA Supernatural Horror ‘The Special from the director B. Harrison Smith known for (Death House, Camp Dread) about a young guy who is offered ‘The Special’ for a night of pleasure beyond his wildest imagination.

Dread Central quoted ‘’The Special takes you on a completely unexpected journey into addiction, obsession, and ultimately madness’’

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The film stars Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, 6 Degrees of Hell), Dave Sheridan (Sky Sharks, Beyond White Space, Victor Crowley, Fifty Shades of Black) and Sarah French (Ouija House, Amityville Murders) and was written by Mark Steensland and James Newman.

The film was produced by Alexander Bafer and Doug Henderson under Everything’s Fire Productions, whilst Jonathan Ilchert executive produced under Brick Top Productions.

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First look Trailer, Poster released for Canadian Supernatural Horror ‘Welcome to the Circle’

First look Trailer, Poster released for Canadian Supernatural Horror ‘Welcome to the Circle’

Phantasmagorical Canadian Supernatural Horror ‘Welcome to the Circle’ written and directed by David Fowler (writer of ‘Born in China and Penguins documentaries) and starring Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim), Matthew MacCaull (Tomorrowland, Star Trek Beyond) and Taylor Dianne Robinson (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) tells the story of a young girl and her father who fall prey to a secluded, madman-worshiping cult situated deep in the woods.

Trapped in a maze of demented mind games and deadly supernatural rituals, their only chance of survival seems an impossible task: Escape The Circle.

Michael Khazen produced for High Deaf Productions, alongside Andrew Francis and Jeff Renfroe. Sam Vincent executive produced.

Devilworks is representing World rights, excluding Canada.

 

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New trailer released for the 80’s inspired horror-comedy ‘I Scream on the Beach!’

New trailer released for the 80’s inspired horror-comedy ‘I Scream on the Beach!’

I’ll Scream! You’ll Scream! We’ll all Scream! I Scream on the Beach!

From Writer-directors Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard comes a new 80’s inspired horror I Scream on the Beach!

The 1980s, in the small seaside town of Mellow Coast; Emily is trying to discover what has happened to her father. As she searches for answers her friends start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer.  A tribute to the home video boom period of horror movies.

From TIS Productions Ltd and Directed by Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard. I Scream on the Beach stars Hannah Paterson, Dani Thompson (My Bloody Banjo, Pumpkins), Reis Daniel (There’s No Such Thing as Zombies) and Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger)

Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard has the following to say about the film:

I SCREAM ON THE BEACH! is an 80’s set horror/comedy, and takes place in a small seaside town, and like all good horror is set at Halloween. 

We’ve based the look of the film on our favourite horror movies, from both our childhoods, that we rented from the video shop on VHS, and classics we’ve discovered as adults. The film uses a lot of practical effects, and even features appearances from some familiar faces to low-budget horror fans, such as Lloyd Kaufman from Troma. This was a real coup for us, and we were excited to have his support on the film.

We love the classics, and were inspired by the Friday the 13th series, My Bloody Valentine, The Burning, Bay of Blood and Halloween, but also takes from Evil Dead, Basket Case and The Beyond.

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Although we took a lot of inspiration from both American and European horror movies, it was important to us to have it take place somewhere that we could recognise, thus the seaside town, a British institution.

The film will be having its world premiere at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, in Southend on Sea, on Sunday January 12th, 2020 at 8pm. We are delighted to be having our premiere as it was shot in entirely in Southend and lots of the cast and crew are local to the area. 

You can keep up to date with news about I Scream on the Beach on the following social media.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iscreambeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iscreambeach/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iscreambeach/

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