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John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

With Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends just announced last month, the details are very limited with just knowing the release dates (October 16, 2020 & October 15,2021) but all that is important right now is that John Carpenter is providing the music. 

Through sources with (Comingsoon.com), John Carpenter himself told ComicBook: 

I loved it, it was a lot of fun. And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun.”

Halloween Kills will be released on Friday in October of 2020. David Gordon Green will be directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Halloween Ends will be released on another Friday in October but in 2021. Green is also on board directing but with McBride and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

When any new information arises, we will keep you up to date. 

 


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[Local Haunts Internet edition] Welcome to the House of Mysterious secrets

[Local Haunts Internet edition] Welcome to the House of Mysterious secrets

With only limited resources to Horror such as video stores. Collecting anything Horror was scarce. Not to say it wasn’t available, but the world of Horror was still new to me. Reading the back covers for horror movies remembering the pics and plot gave me the knowledge that can hold up with my friends. I yearned for owning a piece of horror memorabilia even if it was a replica. Of course, we had the staples here and there, which eventually became a gateway for other items. Flea markets became my go-to to learn about horror, buying old VHS tapes. Another source was going to the book stores sitting down and reading horror magazines for free. To every horror magazine reading this, I was a kid with little to no income. Sorry.

It wasn’t until later when the internet took off. Websites provided some cool stuff and some bizarre stuff, however with it being new it was still a gamble on finding horror stuff to own. In the early days of the internet, social media wasn’t massive; you had to go to chat rooms or even forums to get anything, and it wasn’t so much reliable. At times I was on my own or just looking up the ads in horror magazines.

With the rise of social media, I eventually stumbled upon perhaps my favorite website to purchase stuff. House of Mysterious secrets. At first, it started with a few items, but I couldn’t help myself with all their great deals and offers for customers. I felt at home, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I was amazed by so many posters, especially with the dimensions of 11×17, which means more posters to hang. The store has been around for a while, offering fantastic customer service.

I usually tend to talk to local haunts in my area, but with the Halloween season coming up I couldn’t help, but give credit where credit is due. Maybe you heard of them, or perhaps you haven’t. Being a customer with them, I never had a problem everything has been shipped in excellent condition with enough care and stickers to inform my delivery will be taken care of it even if it’s something small or something big. Kevin, the man behind House of Mysterious secrets, thinks of the customer as if he was in your shoes and wants to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. I got the chance to speak to him about the man behind the house of mysterious secrets:

JA: How long has House of Mysterious Secrets been in business? 

HOMS: I’ve been doing this since 2004 – initially, the name was a bit more benign; I called it “Kevin’s Collectibles.” Because at first, I mainly sold comic books. That only lasted a few months. Soon I made the full switch to Horror. “House of Mysterious Secrets” was a mash-up of two DC comic books that I was a fan of House of Mystery and House of Secrets. Combining the two felt like cool little tribute…I never had a long time plan. It was just something to do for fun.

JA: Do you feel that with the store it’s helping fans of old and young where they’re able to learn about the past and present of Horror. 

HOMS: What a fascinating question. I’m afraid I’ll only have to speculate on this. Trying to figure out what exactly to offer on the website is often a gamble. I try to curate various aspects of the horror genre, hoping that the things I provide will be of interest to both hardcore and casual fans. Again, just guessing here, I would have to say that the majority of my customers tend to be newer fans of the genre. The older, more deep-rooted fans, tend to be the minority. But…again, I don’t know. It’s hard to gauge this. I am impressed continuously though when I put orders together for customers, and I see just how many do enjoy the obscure stuff; that always makes me feel good.

JA: What would be your holy grail for your collection, or what would be the holy grail of collector items for the store? 

HOMS: Holy Grail. Ha! Can I choose multiple ones!? Let me pick a few, that range from different types of collectibles. Toy: At the moment, I’d have to say it’s my Shogun Godzilla. Not exactly rare, but I’m pleased to have it, and in such good condition. I’ve had since the mid-90s. LP Records. I have 100+ LP soundtracks, and perhaps the two that would fall under grails would be the original pressing of Night of the Living Dead, and this bootleg release of the Italian gorefest Burial Ground. I sold my Evil Dead lp a few years ago…something I continuously regret. I also have the original Italian release of the soundtrack Demons which is autographed by Claudio Simonetti, Lamberto Bava, and Bobby Rhodes. Uhh…and I have a lot of cool stuff autographed by Dario Argento; if I may throw that in there. Last, but not least…one of my biggest, personal holy grails is a jigsaw puzzle of the Loch Ness Monster that came out in 1981 (I think) – I have a sealed one that in perfect shape. It’s a tough one to find, and it means a lot to me because I once had it when I was a little kid.”

That’s what I love about this store. Given it only has a physical booth at cons. Target may be the undisputed champion of Halloween decor and items, but that month goes by so quickly. Kevin has his shop open 24/7 with pre-orders, offers, and even an active social media to keep customers in the loop. He also writes the newsletters informing the customers and personally takes care of any issues you may have with an order. Not to say it always happens, but if it does, Kevin is there to help. House of mysterious secrets may be an online website, but wherever you are, it’s a local haunt and worth the trip for your Halloween needs regardless of the month. Plus if you see them at a convention say hi and buy an item or two!

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Our little set up at the MonsterMania weekend convention in a Cherry Hill, NJ. Not too bad, eh?




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Finally, The Fiend!

Finally, The Fiend!

When WWE debuted the character of Bray Wyatt (real name, Windham Rotunda) on Monday Night RAW in May of 2014, wrestling fans with a passion for horror were instantly captivated. While the character had already had a successful run in the early days of WWE’s NXT developmental territory, it was in the vignettes predating his on-screen debut as part of RAW that it truly came into its own.  The haunting music combined with eerie visuals that conjured the imagery of the backwoods south with a smattering of apocalyptic religious zealotry was unlike anything that had been seen in the ring since the days of Raven in ECW.  The character proved an instant hit, swiftly being launched into programs with Daniel Bryan and John Cena, undeniably the biggest stars of the time.

Sadly, the good times were not to last.  Bray Wyatt’s character eventually drifted into obscurity, delivering monotonously vague promos and repeating the same storytelling over and over with various opponents. Despite a brief reign as WWE champion in 2016, the character seemed to have lost its meaning as WWE could not seem to decide what it wanted Bray Wyatt to be. Insane cult leader? Supernatural force? Or just babbling lunatic?  It garnered little notice when the character vanished from television in late 2018, not to be seen again for months.

Then came Firefly Funhouse, and a seeming rebirth. Bray Wyatt was now revealed as a Mr Rogers style children’s icon, talking in over the top delight to his canned in audience as he introduced his bevy of puppet sidekicks and delighted the little ones in the audience with is antics.  Yet in each promo some ominous signs were given that this new and happier Bray Wyatt was hiding something.  Sinner dark, inner side to himself that he struggled to repress.  Just as swiftly as they began, the promos ended and it seemed this story had gone nowhere. Until last night, Summerslam 2019.

And boy, did it ever deliver!  Under the new moniker of The Fiend, this ghastly figure stalked to the ring amidst a haunting remix of Bray Wyatt’s old theme music.  Sporting a lantern resembling a human head (his own, in fact), garishly mismatched ring gear, and a downright nightmarish mask designed by no less than FX legend Tom Savini, The Fiend came to make an impression.  And promptly did so by destroying the first ever Universal Champion, Finn Balor, in short order.  In less than 24 hours wrestling fandom has been set abuzz by this gruesome new visage, and wait with tense anticipation to see where this new angle shall lead.

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Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

From the minute you see her walk in the workroom for Ru Paul’s drag race season 4. Sharon has always stuck out as being the “weirdo” but little did we know that one she was going to win the season and become our newly crowned queen. From there it’s been nothing but tours, albums, clothing, pop vinyls. Sharon Needles can go from glam to ghoul and back.

Sharon has made a few stops here to San Antonio live at the Heat night club. She is even in the local production of Rocky Horror Picture show. On tour recently from her latest album Battle Axe. She’s making her stop in Sept for a live club show giving what fans expect an early Halloween show to get the season going. For those interested it’s always best to make sure you have your ticket, table and even m&g ready. Luckily Rey Lopez, the promoter for many Ru Paul drag race queens who he’s brought to town has you covered. Rey has a simple and easy way to purchase tickets right on Rey Lopez Entertainment. Where you can upcoming shows, subscribe, and even make purchases to ease the burden of fear from a sold-out show. Which has happened, so what better way to start the fall season than with The Ghoul of our dreams. Sharon Needles.

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[Review] Scary stories to tell in the dark. Worth the wait or not?

[Review] Scary stories to tell in the dark. Worth the wait or not?

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch horror movies. One being I was way too young, and my parents didn’t want me to have nightmares of a catastrophic level. However, I can read anything I wanted to with books my folks didn’t have to worry about images scaring the hell out of me. They didn’t read “Scary Stories to tell in the dark” Which after years we finally get as a movie. Was it worth it? Was it worth the wait? This could go either way but let’s breakdown the cinema.

Scary Stories to tell in the dark is a childhood favorite, so the fact we’re in a lifetime where we have this and Goosebumps is fantastic. I couldn’t believe they were making a movie based on my favorite books. The film jumps right into things which aren’t a bad thing, but the overall it felt rushed we don’t get a connection with the characters to even feel anything for them. They’re just there.

The story isn’t too bad itself where it’s instead of it being an anthology or like Goosebumps where the ghosts or monsters appear for the sake of it. The ghosts in this movie play a crucial part where Sarah Bellows wrote these stories in a way to cope with her issues that we find out later in the film are actually from a sinister background.

As stated, the ghosts were my favorite part of the movie where they did creep me out, including The Jangly man who was never in the books. This movie showcases some of the ghosts in the best of scary stories. There’s no blood, the violence is there not enough to horrify children, but enough for adults to enjoy.

Overall the movie is good just not perfect, which is a shame because Guillermo Del Toro was a producer on it. With him being a massive fan of literature and horror movies. With this film, you would think perhaps a little more heart and soul would be placed into it. As we finally get to the ending and the reason behind it all we leave with an “ok…I guess” feel as if the film just ran into a wall or the studio wants a franchise.

The movie left me feeling neutral, but overall it is an excellent gateway for a younger audience who may not be familiar with the books or have a vast knowledge of horror where it can lead them to more, just like the original books did for me and others. Overall yes watch the movie and oddly enough it is a family movie. Of course, we may be critical, but it will bring the younger fans to read the books and build from there.

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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

For those who were looking forward to Blumhouse’s THE HUNT that was for next month. Universal has decided to pull the movie for the time being.  “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.”

Deadline broke the news based on Universal’s decision based on current events. Universal has released this statement:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

No word yet on or if the movie will be released. We will keep you informed on the news.

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Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

When the first Tales from the Hood came out, it brought forth a new gritty, creepy and topical horror movie dealing with issues that are sadly still relevant today. The film was a classic cult hit among fans, so naturally, a sequel was needed….about 23 years later. The sequel came out direct to Blu ray, DVD and vod starring Keith David as the new storyteller “Portify Simms.”

Production weekly reported the information on Tales from the hood 3 and It’s been stated that the film will begin production this year in the fall and be released for next year marking the 25th anniversary. There’s no word on what exactly will be the plot, but knowing the previous films. The same social commentary that still showcases the amount of horror we as a society endure. The film will have Spike Lee, and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. No word yet on the plot.
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New trailer released for new thriller-horror Investigation 13 with genre icon Meg Foster

New trailer released for new thriller-horror Investigation 13 with genre icon Meg Foster

Screen icon Meg Foster (“Twin Peaks”, They Live) stars in director Krisstian de Lara’s mesmerizingly unnerving Investigation 13, premiering on digital and DVD this September from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Incorporating traditional narrative story-telling, as well as numerous forms of pioneering technology, including found footage, hand-held cameras, surveillance cameras, and smart glasses, Investigation 13 is a new-age fright-fest chronicling the tale of a group of college science students investigating the urban legend of The Mole Man, an ex-patient said to still be residing within the walls of the Black Grove Asylum.

When members of the group start missing, they soon learn that this myth is more real than they thought, making this 13th investigation one they will come to regret.

From Gorilla Studios, Investigation 13 also stars Stephanie Hernandez, Patrick Flanagan, Robert Paget, William Alexander, Giordan Diaz, Jesse Ramos and Peter Aratari as ‘The Mole Man’.

Clay Smith wrote the original screenplay, Rolando Vinas and de Lara wrote the most recent version.

Investigation 13 On VOD and DVD September 10 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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FrightFest presents the European Premiere of Jason Mewes’ star-studded directorial debut ‘Madness in the Method’ on 24 August

FrightFest presents the European Premiere of Jason Mewes’ star-studded directorial debut ‘Madness in the Method’ on 24 August

Buckle up for a hilarious thrill-ride, as Jason Mewes (one half of iconic comedy duo Jay and Silent Bob) delivers murder, madness and meta-moviemaking in his star-powered directorial debut.

The only way to survive in Hollywood is to toughen up, or embrace insanity! At least that’s the advice Kevin Smith passes on to his best friend Jason Mewes, problem is, Smith was joking about the latter…

No longer content being known only as Jay from Jay and Silent Bob, Jason takes matters into his own hands and hatches a plan to change people’s perception of him in the movie business. Did the plan involve a killing spree, a wide scale police investigation and international press scrutiny? Probably not, but whatever works, right? Can Jason get away with murder and climb his way to the top of Hollywood or is it all just the fantastical ‘mewesings’ of an insane ex drug addict?




Madness in the Method features an all-star cast of movie legends old and new as well as the final on screen performance from Marvel legend and king of cameos Stan Lee. Ahead of the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, follow the insanity as Jason Mewes takes control of his very first movie!

Starring: Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob), Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob), Gina Carano (DeadpoolFast and Furious 6), Stan Lee, Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsSnatch), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks), Teri Hatcher (Lois and Clarke: The Adventures of SupermanDesperate Housewives), Dean Cain (Lois and Clarke: The Adventures of Superman), Danny Trejo (Machete , From Dusk Til Dawn), Jaime Camil (Jane the VirginCoco), David Dastmalchian (Ant ManBladerunner 2049), Zach Galligan (GremlinsGremlins 2: The New Batch), Casper Van Dien (Starship TroopersSleepy Hollow), Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter franchise), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast ClubJay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Matt Willis (from Busted), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) and Paul Chowdhry. Madness in the Method directed by Jason Mewes. Written and Produced by Dominic Burns. Produced by Rob Weston.

You Can Buy FrightFest Tickets: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

FrightFest presents the European Premiere of Madness in the Method on 24 August at 8.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 9.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at the Cineworld Leicester Square

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Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock is the highly anticipated 10th installment in the Into the Dark series which puts a whole new twist and perspective on the American Dream, focusing on what has been circulating on news stations: immigration crisis. 

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexican-Canadian filmmaker) created this horror story by channeling her own Mexican heritage. 

Culture Shock follows Marisol ( Martha Higareda ) a pregnant Mexican woman (that is due at any time) who is trying to cross illegally into the United States to start a fresh life for herself and her baby. With all risks, something unexpected is usually bound to happen. That is exactly what had happened to Marisol and thought she traveled with, border patrol came through and swiped away any potential freedom they yearned. 

Through the mist of the chaos, Marisol wakes up to find herself in an over the top perfect neighborhood. Each day she finds herself waking up in a perfect Stepford Wives scenario with a perfect dress and being greeted by a caretaker named Betty (Barbara Crampton— ReAnimator, You’re Next, Death House). It sounds ideal but Marisol soon catches on with what should have been a fresh start for herself and her baby but soon becomes the “All-American” Nightmare.

  As Marisol sets off for the start of her day, the perfect scene of eating pie and decorating for Independence Day, she starts to recognize Santo (Richard Cabral) one of the other crossers who was on the same bus as her. He went from the rough tattooed-edge look to now having robotic mannerisms and a big smile plastered on his face. It becomes clear not just to Marisol, but for the audience that her people are being stripped of their customs and being brainwashed by “American standards.”

Culture Shock is just a huge wake up call in the midst of how we portray ourselves as a country to what you see plastered on the news. Guerrero’s political twist into the horror genre works out perfectly, it will make you angry, and concerned and just has a major twist to it in the end. If this won’t open your eyes, then how much does it show that we just avoid important issues day to day? After all, lately it’s been one big horror show to some.

Check out the trailer below and then I highly suggest you go watch it on Hulu. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the anthology because there’s only 2 episodes left before this comes to an end. You won’t regret it. 

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‘Bloody Flicks Awards’ Now Open for Entries

‘Bloody Flicks Awards’ Now Open for Entries

The second annual Bloody Flicks Awards Film Festival is now open for entries.

After the success of the inaugural awards, the festival is expanding with a screening date for 10 short films on Saturday 22nd February 2020 at the Boiler Works in Stoke on Trent.

There will also be a screening of one feature film on the day; which will be announced at a later date.

Bloody Flicks was delighted to work with Brutal Posters on the artwork for our festival having being impressed with their previous work on indie horror projects 10/31 Part 2, The Barge People and The Rage 2.

The awards on offer for the Bloody Flicks Awards 2020 are as follows:

  • Best Film
  • Best Foreign Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Music
  • Best Short (under 10 minutes)

All of these categories will be voted for by audience members throughout the festival with winners announced on 1st March 2020 on the Bloody Flicks website and Facebook and Twitter.

Paul Downey, Festival Director of the Bloody Flicks Awards commented,

“We’re delighted to be hosting the second annual Bloody Flicks Awards film festival at the Boiler Works in Stoke on Trent.”

“Our website has always championed independent horror and cult cinema so were looking forward to seeing another diverse range of entries.”

Entries for the Bloody Flicks Awards will close on 31st January 2020 with successful selections notified by 2nd February 2020.

There are also exhibitor opportunities at the Boiler Works; with interested parties encouraged to e-mail bloodyflicks@gmail.com with the subject line Bloody Flicks Awards Exhibitor.

If you would like to submit your short film for consideration at the Bloody Flicks Awards 2020 please visit filmfreeway.com/bloodyflicksawards

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Book Review The Deal Maker

Book Review The Deal Maker

“The Deal Maker” is the new demonic tale from the mind that brought you “Hellhound”, “When the Sun Sets” and “We All Scream for Ice Cream”.

Ted’s girlfriend has vanished from the face of the earth and conventional methods of finding her have failed miserably. So, when a devilish entity that calls itself Jack appears and offers him a solution, Ted finds himself agreeing to its terms, no matter how bloody and painful they may be. How far will he go to find her? 

Kelly lives for one thing and one thing only: vengeance. The trouble is those who should be feeling her wrath are remarkably good at hiding. Is she prepared to lose everything to find them? 

“The Deal Maker” looks at how far people are willing to go to chase their goals. How much are we prepared to lose until we cease to be human? What are we willing to give up? 

If demons, gore, and hellish creatures are your thing, dive right in! 

The Deal Maker is a brilliant new novel from horror author Lou Yardley who once again manages to deliver another unique and original Story. This time mixing her trademark dark macabre humour and violence, with a mystery thriller driven by obsession and revenge. Add into the mix an unconventional demon offering deals in exchange for body parts and you have one of the most entertaining books of the year so far.

As we are introduced to various characters, we follow their seemingly unconnected lives simultaneously over a three-month period, with the time frame interweaved inconsistently between the past and present. The details which connect them together is revealed in the same way that Jack feeds information to entice his victims, or as it is an exchange, clientele. With the information provided as a reader you naturally begin to form your own conclusions regarding events, only for the layered complexity of the story to lead you in another direction. Like Jack, Lou brilliantly leads you with snippets of the story, but as new information is uncovered, and character evolve as a consequence of events things begin to look very different.

Because of the way in which the events unfold and perceptions are changed throughout the book it is difficult to describe the characters without giving too much away. That is apart from the connecting character Jack, who despite various body modifications remains mostly unchanged, with has disturbing appearance and naturally matching personality.

It is always difficult to create a new horror villain which stands out as something original, but Jack is a character who comes across as unique. It is not only the physical appearance that makes him stand out, although the portrait image used in the books abstract cover art perfectly captures his look; but it is the devious personality of the character which really gets under your skin.

Jack is a demon (which is one of many descriptive names he is given) enjoys making deals. In desperate times when you are willing to give anything, Jack is the only one who can give you what you need. Only it always comes at a price and is depending on what you are willing to sacrifice? For Jack is not just about obtaining the body parts, it is about preying on the desperation of those in need, he can take whatever he wants but he takes a pleasure when they are offering it to him willingly. With a somewhat malignant nature and a prerequisite to instil fear with the transaction, the anticipation with each visit continues to build with an intensity. With each deal he raises the stakes which leaves you reading with bated breath as you begin to wonder not only what he is going to take, but this time what method he may use.   

Shrewd in his dealings Jack is not so much deceitful as misleading, which gives him the upper hand, or in Jacks terms any body parts which he desires. The initial interactions may seem civil and decision is for the bearer to make, but once a deal has been made there is a price to be paid and there is no turning back.

Like the various events in the book Jack is shroud in mystery, and we soon find as the book goes on we gradually begin to discover that there is more to Jack than we first may expect. The book shows us some of Jacks abilities and give s us a glimpse into his own world, but even with so much going on it still feels as though we are only touching on the surface of the characters and there is definitely room for this to be explored in more detail in a future story.

If you have read some of Lou Yardleys previous work, you will know that she does not shy away from the gore and The Deal Maker once again delivers some of her most imaginative and graphic moments. Described in brutal detail some of the more explicit moments will either have you laughing out loud or wincing in disbelief. I would say even the most desensitised of horror fans will find some of the scenes more than slightly disturbing, even though you still find yourself beginning to support the demon. Not in the way of a sadistic voyeur (although horror fans are often seen that way) but out of intrigue as to what Jack will do next. You can’t help but wonder what body part he will request next and more importantly the evasive method in which he is going to obtain it.

Although the violence and dark humour does play a fundamental part of the book, credit also has to be given to the writing style of Lou who skilfully brings the various elements of the story together. Despite the multi-layered story moving between the various characters and fluctuating time frames it never feels convoluted, but as events unfolds it consistently manages to shift your perceptions with constant twists that work brilliantly to keep you engaged in the story.

I do have to say although entertaining as these scenes may be having read the scenarios in the book, I have become more conscientious regarding the words which I have often loosely used. I will now be thinking twice before using phrases such as; “I will give my left arm/leg/nut” in exchange for anything!

The Deal Maker is as fun as it is intense and will having you laughing one minute, then squirming the next. It gives closure for many of the events in the story, but the ending is very much left open for a sequel. With various paths which the story can take regarding the remaining characters, it can open it up to a very different sequel.

Superseding the brilliant Hellhound as her best work to date, as Lou Yardley once again proves herself as an emerging new writer to keep an eye out for. And as Lou’s work continues to evolve like her characters, I am certain that Lou Yardley will be a name which horror fans will become more familiar with over the next few years.   




You can find out more about Lou Yardley on her website http://louyardley.com/web and keep up to date by following her on social media Twitter Instagram

The Deal Maker is now available as an eBook or paperback from the following:

louyardley.bigcartel.com

geni.us/thedealmaker

books2read.com/thedealmaker

You can see my original interview with Lou Yardley here

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CREEPSHOW Update and TRAILER

CREEPSHOW Update and TRAILER

Creepshow has been in the talks for awhile and it is now surfaced with names, dates and trailer! Shudder and Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow will be bringing 12 tales of terror and still promises to hold true with its old slogan of “The most fun you’ll ever have being scared”.

The show’s cast will include  Adrienne Barbeau, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davidson, DJ Qualls, Giancarlo Esposito, Tobin Bell, David Arquette, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould

KNB EFX GROUP Inc, Nicotero’s Oscar and Emmy award winning company will be handling the series Creature and Make-Up Effects

Creepshow is set to release on September 26th!!

 

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Disturbing horror ‘The Special’ selected to headline Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

Disturbing horror ‘The Special’ selected to headline Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

Following the controversial first private screening at the Appell Centre, it has now been announced that The Special with start its festival run by headlining the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival the weekend of August 23rd.

The latest horror from director Harrison Smith has been described as both, “Disturbing” and “Shocking horror” has already seen come controversy when a couple walked out of the first screening, but a standing ovation and first critical reviews have shown that the film has had a positive response amongst horror fans.

At this time very few details have been released regarding The Special, with early audiences asked not to give away any spoilers regarding the film. Most notable what is contained inside the box.

The script for The Special has been adapted by co-authors Mark Steensland and James Newman and is based on the novella of the same name. Proving more than just a horror film, it also serves as a stark warning regarding infidelity and obsession.

When Jerry Harford who discovers what he believes to be his wife having an affair, his best friend urges him to fight fire with fire, with horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.  

The film stars; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame.

The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones.

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MIDNIGHT RELEASING ANNOUNCES WICKED WITCHES THEATRICAL RELEASE

MIDNIGHT RELEASING ANNOUNCES WICKED WITCHES THEATRICAL RELEASE

On August 9th, 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 and his friends to consume their souls.

Duncan CaseyJustin Marosa, Samantha Schnitzler, Jasmine Clark and Laura Coleman star in an “extremely entertaining and pretty damn evil”* film, in theaters and available on digital and DVD August 9.


The 10-city theatrical (cities to be announced), DVD and Digital release begins August 9.

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The Bride Stripped Bare from author Rob Bliss to be released in July by Necro Publications

The Bride Stripped Bare from author Rob Bliss to be released in July by Necro Publications

The Bride Stripped Bare is the second novel from writer Rob Bliss which takes the backwood freaks of classic Edward Lee and slams them together with Clive Barker and his Nightbreed world. Lots of blood, drugs, sex, and violence make this a perfect addition to the Necro family. New blood extreme horror ready to take you on a drug-crazed, chaotic race against evil.

Gord is getting married to a woman he recently met, named Venus Baer. His best friend, Chris,is invited to be the best man. The bride-to-be is incredibly sexy, manipulative, and evil. Chris andGord realize something is horribly wrong with the Baer family and soon find out escaping the family is going to be one hell of a task. The huge family stretches around the world making a clean getaway an impossibility. But that’s just what Gord, Chris and Gord’s sister, Elizabeth, are going to try and do.

Find out what happens when the bride is stripped bare.

15% discount code off the trade paperback: BAREFREAK on www.necropublications.com

The Bride Stripped Bare is available from the following

Necro Publications Website: https://necropublications.com/products/the-bride-stripped-bareby-rob-bliss-trade-paperback

Amazon: mybook.to/TBSBRobBliss

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bride-stripped-bare-robbliss/1132142009?ean=2940163256587

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/944987

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Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Every so often a film comes along that redefines the genre. Be it big or small, the change is always significant. Sometimes these films go unnoticed, other times they’re appropriately decorated. No matter the case, they’re all game changers and extremely influencing.

Happy Death Day 2U is a glorious display of brains and blood. It brilliantly blends science and time travel, with horror. While it’s without a doubt a horror film, it’s very science-based and is basically the first of its kind in the modern era.

The film is written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine, Rob Mello, and Kenneth Israel. Imagine having to relive the day of your death over and over again until you find and put a stop to the person responsible for killing you. Now imagine having to do it twice. 

Happy Death Day 2U is in a class all its own. While there are science fiction horror films and horror movies involving aspects of science and time travel, there’s never been a science-based horror film like this. The slasher aspect of the film pretty much takes a backseat to the inclusion of quantum mechanics. It adds an urgent, exciting element to the film, keeping it fresh and relevant.

It’s easy to see people losing interest quickly in a film like this though, as it’s not what moviegoers are normally accustomed too. However, films are currently becoming increasingly more and more intricate, involving ideas and concepts once deemed to complex for the average viewer. A film like this sets the stage for an entire science based horror sub-genre, with an array of untapped opportunities and potential.

When done correctly, such as this, the concept can be extremely impactful. It could flip the genre on its head and bring about new fans to our beloved community. It can potentially generate a higher intellectual fans base, proving that horror isn’t all about nudity and blood.

Phi Vu as Ryan in “Happy Death Day 2U,” written and directed by Christopher Landon.

The acting in this is couldn’t be any better. The characters are very memorable and relatable, and those returning from the first film picked up right where they left off in the previous. It was a real pleasure not to see anyone recast and to be able to watch certain actors expand on what they accomplished in the first film. That’s the key to a lasting series. 

The idea of watching the same day play out over and over again is the perfect formula to experiment with. With a storyline that can pretty much go anywhere, the potential is unlimited. Many sequels are bound to follow, each with their own interpretations of the original concept. Toss in the science aspect, and you have the ideal blueprint for continued success.

The costumes are great and the gore is spot on. The sets are very inviting and the overall cinematography is stylish and stunning. Not to mention the directing, editing and sound are also exceptionally well done. However, the best part about the film is actually the story and dialogue. They really slayed the subplots and knocked the characters out of the park. The chemistry between the actors was obvious and very apparent. 

Happy Death Day 2U is insanely fun. It’s full of blood, science and scares. It’s a masterful sequel and one of the few to truly surpass the original in every area. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, go see it! It’s a seriously remarkable piece of film.

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Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

In a new interview on House of Tortured Souls I got an opportunity to ask fantasy-horror author Lou Yardley a few questions about her process for writing, self-publishing and her recently released We All Scream for Ice Cream

 

Q. For someone who hasn’t read any of your books, how would you describe your style of writing?

A. Umm… Good question. Probably fast-paced with a touch of gore here and there, and with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.

 

Q. When did you first realise you wanted to be a professional writer?

A. I think it was a couple of years ago. I’d recently published The Other’s Voice and, although the book isn’t everything, I wanted it to be and nobody bought it, I found that I really enjoyed the process. After that the only option was to keep going.

Q. What attracts you to the horror genre when it comes to writing?

A. It’s just the way my mind works. Over the years, I’ve come up with various stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres… but do you know what happens as soon as I go to write them? Horror comes out, that’s what. I’ve just come to accept that my mind is a little bit twisted and that’s absolutely okay.

Also, it helps that horror is a lot of fun to write and read (and watch if we’re talking movies). Horror can be all manner of things too. It’s not limited to ghost stories or slashers; we’ve got creature features, possessions, demonic entities, human beings (they’re bloody scary) and so much more. It can be funny. It can be serious. It can something in between. The horror community delights in grabbing the rule book and feeding it to the nearest ravenous otherworldly being.

 

Q. Do you have a specific process for coming up with ideas when writing a new story?

A. I find that handwriting things in the early stages really helps. Using a pen and paper seems to be the perfect way to get the ideas out. It’s also useful for if I’ve written myself into a hole. Brainstorming’s a lot easier when you can just scribble all over the page, rather than being confined to what you can type on a computer screen.

 

Q. Have you based any of the characters on specific people and do they know that you have written about them in the book?

A. Oh yes… and I don’t think so. That’s all I’m saying!

Q.  Your latest book We All Scream for Ice Cream is your most imaginative yet. What can people expect from the book and how did you come up with the idea of a horror story based around an ice cream van and what turns out to be deadly ice cream?

A. I know it sounds super cheesy, but the ‘fun’ scenes actually came to me in a dream. My name’s Lou and I dream about homicidal desserts and dudes with tentacles.

With We All Scream for Ice Cream you can expect a bit of a nostalgia trip, a few giggles, a whole load of weirdness and a smattering of gore.

 

Q. You seem to be constantly busy in addition to the novel Rise of the Carnivores and the short story We All Scream for Ice Cream you have a third book which you are looking to release later this year. The novel The Deal Maker. How long does it take you to complete a story from start to finish and what drives you to turn around your project so quickly?

A. The writing usually takes around two months for a novel (less for a short story or novella), but the editing is a longer process. Once I get started on a project that I’m excited about (like The Deal Maker), I find it hard to leave it alone. That means that I’m always picking away at it and the story soon builds up. I also use a variety of different methods to write – including typing on my laptop, handwriting and writing on my phone. This really helps to keep things fresh… and it means that I can write anywhere at any time.

 

Q. Your next novel is The Deal Maker. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from the book?

A. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE! In short, this story is about a demon who grants favours in exchange for body parts, which he then uses to replace the knackered bits on his own body. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues! We’ve got a cast of very human characters who have to decide how far they’ll go to achieve their goals.

At the moment, The Deal Maker is a standalone novel, but I think I may revisit Jack (the demon) at some point in the future. There are so many stories that I can tell with him.

The The Deal Maker is out on the 12th July 2019 and it’s available to pre-order from all of the usual places now including my webshop.

 

Q. You have created some memorable horror characters and created your own take on the Werewolf genre with HellHounds. Are there any other famous characters or stories that you would like to give your own unique take on?

A. I’ve got a massive Chucky/Child’s Play obsession going on at the moment, so little ideas along those lines keep popping into my head. Maybe the possessed toy idea has been done to death, but I think I can still keep it fresh. I hope…. We’ll see…

Q. What has been your favourite book to write so far?

A. Ether We All Scream for Ice Cream or The Deal Maker … but that may just be because they’re new and fresh in my mind. They were both a lot of fun because I felt like I was free to do whatever I wanted. There are some pretty outlandish images in them, and they make me grin like the Cheshire Cat whenever I think of them.

 

Q. As you continue to evolve and change as a writer, have you ever been tempted to revisit some of your previous books and make changes to the story?

A. Yes and no. If I had an infinite amount of time then I would go back and rewrite some of my earlier work, but I’d prefer to focus on new stuff. I’ve got loads of stories planned and new ideas pop into my head all of the time.

 

Q. Do you have any other projects which you are working on?

A. I do indeed! I’m currently working on a brand-new book called Inherited Evil. I can’t say too much about it at the moment, as I’m still fleshing out the details and getting the first draft done, but I can promise that it will be spooky, gory fun.

 

Q. It is difficult to break into the market and like so many authors you have taken the decision to self-publish. As someone who is currently building up an audience what advice would you give to someone who is considering the option of self-publication?

A. Self-publishing is relatively easy but building up an audience is hard. My advice would be to get to know the community that you’re aiming to entertain. If it’s horror, talk to horror folks online or meet up with people at conventions. When you do talk to them, mention your book, but not too much – no-one wants to be accosted by someone screaming at them to buy their novel, no matter how good it is.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen loads of online companies that claim to have the winning formula to selling books. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. However, learning the algorithms for certain online retailers is all very well and good… until they change the way their businesses work (which they do – frequently). By all means look into that stuff, but I’ve found the best thing to do is to build relationships (online or in person) with real people. If you write horror, talk to fellow horror fans. Be a human being – people tend to dig that.

 

All of  Lou Yardley books are available from the online shop louyardley.bigcartel.com 

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[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

Pride month is over, but we celebrate it every day as well as taking a stand and making sure voices are heard every day. That is why I am proud to talk about another Local haunt. This time was focusing on one Paradox Rei.

Paradox has been the primary voice for the alternative drag of artists. Say artists in the sense that Paradox focuses more on the creativity and idea of drag being for expression and the sound the artists deserve.

Shawn Benet may have created a home for alternative drag, but Paradox Rei has been the parental unit or the voice for others who deserve it. Truth be told I am glad to see somebody saying something. Growing up being queer or anything out of the norm was almost comical? Which was sad because performers of race and gender were often pushed aside as if they were the monster children, the unmentionables of society when they deserve the same treatment and respect as others. Paradox has always been my hero in the art of drag.

Remember seeing them perform to “Hooked on a feeling” at a small club dressed as Groot. Yup, Groot from Guardians of the galaxy. It was then that I fell in love with the artistry of Paradox. Drag was always one way for me and again not pointing fingers or blame, but there was little to no voice for other performers such as drag kings, or even CIS females who wanted to do drag as well. Paradox stepped in and became their voice.

It is hard to get proper representation in movies, TV, and even drag. Not talking about manager wise, but actual credit where one can say, yes this is who I am but judge me by work, not by the color of my skin, sexual identity, or gender. The topic has become taboo and even controversial to the point it is swept under the rug. Under that carpet, those secrets have become known for embracing their pure form. The Paradox is just that voice to be heard. As loud as their outfits may be, their sound is even louder for every single person who wanted to be heard.

Not only Paradox has been the center of this story, but also their show Omnipotence where shows are free showcasing all the talent that not only San Antonio, but so many other performers have graced the stage at Web House. Even Dragula alumni XOCHI MOCHI to competitions (Dragrantula) to having their show, Paradox has been an angry voice and will continue to be the voice for others who deserve to be heard.

Paradox has an upcoming show this Saturday night along with a show at Six Flags for Out in the park.

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces 20th year record-breaking line-up

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces 20th year record-breaking line-up

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 22 – Aug 26. Hosting a record-breaking seventy-eight films, embracing fourteen countries and spanning six continents, this year’s five-day fear-a-thon includes 20 World, 20 International / European and 28 UK Premieres.

Dario Argento and The Soska Sisters to attend

The UK’s biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre, its reinvention and its growing importance in the cultural landscape and this year is no exception.

The UK’s biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre, its reinvention and its growing importance in the cultural landscape and this year is no exception.

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 22 – Aug 26. Hosting a record-breaking seventy-eight films, embracing fourteen countries and spanning six continents, this year’s five-day fear-a-thon includes 20 World, 20 International / European and 28 UK Premieres.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

As previously announced, this year’s festivities begin with the UK premiere of Ant Timpson’s deviously edgy stunner COME TO DADDY, starring Elijah Wood and reaches its bloody conclusion with the World premiere of Abner Pastoll’s superbly crafted crime story, A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND. Other main screen international attractions include producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal’s SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja’s gruesome ‘gator yarn CRAWL, the Radio Silence gang’s lethal thriller READY OR NOT, director Kiah Roache-Turner’s futuristic Ozploitation classic NEKROTRONIC, Pedro C. Alonso’s startling captive chiller FEEDBACK, with a career-defining performance from Eddie Marsan, Kirill Sokolov’s splatterpunk action comedy WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!and Jason Mewes’ insanely brilliant MADNESS IN THE METHOD, starring Mewes, Vinnie Jones, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain and with a final on-screen appearance from Stan Lee.

Making their second, very welcome appearance at the festival will be The Soska Sisters, attending for the World Premiere of RABID, their eagerly anticipated re-imagining of the Cronenberg classic. The sisters will also introduce a special retrospective screening of the original. Also attending is the legendary Dario Argento, here for a special screening of his giallo masterpiece TENEBRAE. He’ll also be in conversation with Festival co-director Alan Jones and signing copies of his autobiography, ‘Fear’, which Jones has adapted and edited. More attending guests will be announced later this month.

Rabid

FrightFest’s 20th year sees the return of directorial alumni like Adam Egypt Mortimer with his provocative psychological horror DANIEL ISN’T REAL, Christian Alvart with his twisted blockbuster CUT-OFF, Lucky McKee with the startling KINDRED SPIRITS, starring Thora Birch, Joe Begos with his terror trip BLISS, Larry Fessenden with DEPRAVED, a post-modern take on the Frankenstein legend, Padraig Reynolds with belligerent creature feature DARK LIGHT, producer Eli Roth with the grindhouse-inspired HAUNT, The Pierce Brothers’ bring us their chiller THE WRETCHED, Dan Bush is back with seat-edge shocker THE DARK RED, Jordan ‘Zombeavers’ Rubin teases us with tongue-in-chic horror comedy THE DRONE and ‘Level 16’ director Danishka Esterhazy gives us her fun-packed body-counter THE BANANA SPLITS. There is also the UK premiere of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, the directorial debut from returning producer Travis Stevens and DARLIN’, the directorial debut of past FrightFest ‘darling’ Pollyanna McIntosh  Plus, those fur balls with teeth are back. CRITTERS ATTACK!, with original star Dee Wallace, will enjoy its European Premiere.

FrightFest continues to present the films that are currently shaking up the genre scene and allowing it to transform and continually excite. Like Michael Goi’s MARY starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the inventive EAT BRAINS LOVE from Rodman Flender, Seann William Scott’s stunning serial killer turn in BLOODLINE, Chelsea Stardust’s hilarious SATANIC PANIC, the unforgettable coming-of-ager KNIVES AND SKINTHE BLACK STRING, marking the comeback of Frankie Muniz, Kelola Racela’s lustfully demonic  PORNO, the incredible animation attraction TO YOUR LAST DEATH, Emma Tammi’s critically acclaimed THE WIND, Fernando Alle’s Troma-inspired MUTANT BLAST. and the two craziest Midnight Movies you will ever see – Valeri Milev’s fabulously inventive BULLETS OF JUSTICE and Fabricio Bittar’s Brazilian gorefest GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY.

The genre scene in the UK continues to innovate and thrive, reflected in this year’s FIRST BLOOD strand. Life coaches become dead coaches in Staten Cousins-Poe’s gem of a feature debut A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE and Graham Hughes’ viral mockumentary DEATH OF A VLOGGER, gives the found footage format a much-needed shot in the arm. Then there’s Samuel Gridley’s darkly funny CRIMINAL AUDITION, Magnus Wake’s cleverly plotted and heart-pounding DARK SENSE and making up the fearsome five is Fredi Nwaka’s ARE WE DEAD YET, a cleverly crafted supernatural comedy-crime thriller.

Other home-grown selections include the European premiere of TALES FROM THE LODGE Abigail Blackmore’s portmanteau shocker, starring Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas, Carl Strathe’s disturbing DARK ENCOUNTER, starring Laura Fraser and Alice Lowe, and the world premiere of Charlie Steeds’ flesh-eating horror THE BARGE PEOPLE. There are also world premieres for Justin Edgar’s nail-biting suspense thriller STALKED (AKA ‘Unseen’), Tom Paton’s heightened horror STAIRS and producer/director Lawrie Brewster’s FOR WE ARE MANY, in which directors from around the world unleash a legion of demons And let’s not forget director Jack McHenry, who makes a welcome return with his crowd-pleasing HERE COMES HELL, which made huge waves at our Glasgow edition earlier this year.

Bloodline

Over the years FrightFest has showcased the best genre films Canada has to offer and this year a special strand has been created – ‘Canadian Chills’ – to highlight an exceptional bumper crop, which, apart from RABID, embraces the International premiere of Colin Minihan and director Kurtis David Harder’s smart chiller SPIRAL and the UK premieres of Tony Dean Smith’s sci-fi mind-bender VOLITION, Ray Xue’s entertainingly nasty EXTRACURRICULAR, starring Luke Goss, Chad Archibald’s deadly thriller I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, Cameron Macgowan’s dark comedy chiller RED LETTER DAY and Jordan Barker’s unrelenting assault of pure terror, WITCHES IN THE WOODS. Then there are World premieres for Jay Dahl’s malevolent HALLOWEEN PARTY and Braden Croft’s compelling TRUE FICTION, Completing the line-up are Zack Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein’s FrightFest Glasgow hit FREAKS, the International premiere of Rob Grant’s sick, sea-faring adventure HARPOON and the UK premiere of the sinister and challenging HAPPY FACE, this year’s Duke Mitchell presentation.

Another country with a fine FrightFest pedigree is Argentina and this year is no exception; with the World Premiere of producer Javier Diment’s chilling chamber piece ROCK, PAPER AND SCISSORS, plus the European premiere of Herman Finding’s IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES and the UK premiere of Pablo Pares’ apocalyptic powerhouse I AM TOXIC.

The global cabinet of fear holds more…Tunisia is represented for the first time with the UK premiere of DACHRA, an intense folk horror that has broken box office records in North Africa and Japan offers up a forgotten musical cult gem from 1985 – THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS. Ireland’s entry is Paddy Murphy’s THE PERISHED. Mixing horror and pertinent social issues, the film marks the debut of a new Irish genre voice

Further indie discoveries on the monstrous menu are: Australian chase chiller THE FURIES, the elegantly scary THE SONATA, social media shocker DEADCONDRIVEN, a smart, meter-running battle against evil, Eric Pennycroft’s brooding SADISTIC INTENTIONS, with Larry Fessenden, the horrifying Christmas crackerI TRAPPED THE DEVIL, the quirky, cutting FINGERS and THE DEEPER YOU DIG, a Coen-Brothers-esque story of grief and survival  from Toby Poser and John Adams.

Documentary lovers will enjoy Dima Ballin’s THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION OF MICHAEL REEVES, charting the life and early death of the man who gave us WITCHFINDER GENERAL and two documentaries from director David Gregory, MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS , an in-depth look at the talents of Dan Curtis, the ‘King of TV horror’ and SICK! SAVAGE! SENSUAL! THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON, which tells the bizarre and grim demise of one of Hollywood’s exploitation bad boys.

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In a first for FrightFest, there will be a special preview of MAN OF MEDAN, the first game in The Dark Pictures anthology. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the key development talent behind the game. The much anticipated interactive narrative horror adventure, developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, brings supernatural horror on board a ghost-ship adrift in the South Pacific. It is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Aug 30, 2019.

Festival co-director Alan Jones, said today: “Over the last two decades we have tirelessly introduced our committed audiences to every trend, every new talent and every innovation that has put horror back in the collective cinephile conscious. Even after 20 years. FrightFest’s August event remains a key destination to see the latest genre movies in the manner for which they were made – on the Big Screen surrounded by fellow fear-mongers. Remember, it’s our party and we’ll scream if we want to!”

This year’s guest list, special events and the Short Film Showcase entries will all be announced in the coming weeks.

Festival passes will go on sale Sat 6 July at noon and will only be available to buy online:  http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 20 July from 9am.

For full programme details: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

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