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AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL today announce that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, The Falling) has been cast in Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy adventure, EARLY MAN. Maisie joins the cast voicing Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends the film’s hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne), and helps steer him through the clash of the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilisations.
Nick Park said of the casting: “Maisie is a terrific actress, and she is of course no stranger to embodying a valiant heroine. I’m most excited to see her breathe life into Goona – I know she’ll be the perfect ally to Eddie’s Dug”.
Maisie added: “I’m a huge Aardman fan - having the chance to work with Nick Park is a dream come true, especially as I get to voice such a fantastic character as Goona. I can’t wait for audiences to meet her”.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. It also marks Nick Park’s first feature film since Academy Award® winning WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. EARLY MAN unleashes an unforgettable cast of hilarious new characters.
Cameras are rolling in Bristol with Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston previously announced as the voices of Dug and Lord Nooth respectively.
In the past year Maisie has been nominated for an Emmy for supporting actress for her role in ‘Game of Thrones’. In addition Maisie has won Young British Performer at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at The Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role in The Falling.
EARLY MAN continues the production partnership with AARDMAN and STUDIOCANAL following the success of SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, which grossed $106 million worldwide. STUDIOCANAL is co-financing and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, selling worldwide.
The BFI (British Film Institute) is supporting the development and production of EARLY MAN with National Lottery funding.
EARLY MAN is set to be released in the UK 26 January 2018. Will it be followed with an EARLY NAN sequel we wonder?
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If you're a fan of British Gangster Films then 2017 is looking like it's going to be a good one. The Archer Gang are back and this time they STILL STEAL THE OLD WAY. And it’s not just the Archer gang carrying out old school robberies; Ronnie Thompson’s HATTON GARDEN JOB tells the story of Brian Reader and Co and their masterminded £14 Million safety deposit heist. Has anyone seen Basil?
If Essex boys is your thing there’s BONDED BY BLOOD 2: The New Generation, starring Josh Myers as Ricky Percival and RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 3: The Beginning, starring Craig Fairbrass and Terry Stone. Craig Fairbrass also stars in LONDON HEIST a full on action revenge thriller set in London and Marbella, co-starring James Cosmo, Mem Ferda, Nick Moran, Steven Berkoff and Nathalie Cox.
MY NAME IS LENNY tells the story of East End legend Lenny McLean, brilliantly played by Josh Helman. MY NAME IS LENNY covers the three fights Lenny had with Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw and how he came to be known as 'The Guv’nor'.
If we’ve missed any other titles including Urban, Crime and Hood movies let us know and we'll add them to the list? Contacts@Britflicks.com
Essex Heist - Directed By Steve Lawson
Released on DVD 23rd January 2017.
Times are tough for Jez (Glenn Salvage - "Never Let Go") and his motley crew of car mechanics, scraping a dishonest living in a small town on the Essex coast. So when they hear on the grapevine that a million pounds in cash is being transported across town, Jez plans an elaborate heist.
There's just one problem - the cash belongs to local crime kingpin Terry Slade (Steven Dolton - "The Curse of Robert"), whose iron grip extends to every criminal enterprise in town - including Jez's garage.
When the heist plan goes awry and the body count starts to rise, Jez and the gang learn the hard way that there's no honour among thieves - and that nobody messes with Terry Slade!
London Heist - Directed By Mark McQueen
Jack Cregan, career criminal, family man and vicious armed robber, is on a mission for revenge. When Jack’s father Alfie Cregan is brutally murdered and their money from the Heathrow airport heist stolen, Jack, his cousin Sammy and other gang members Eddie and Frank, realize there is more to the stolen money and Alfie’s murder than meets the eye and once Jack begins to dig, he knows that his life will never be the same again.
The shattering revelations that follow force Jack, with the clock ticking, to not only pull off one dangerous last robbery, but also to exact brutal revenge on all those involved. Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of London and Marbella’s hedonistic glamour on Spain’s seductive Costa Del Sol. LONDON HEIST is a gripping revenge thriller along the lines of “POINT BLANK” meets “HEAT”.
We Still Steal The Old Way - Directed By Sacha Bennett
Released on DVD April 2017.
Reuniting the original film's band of loveable rogues, as Ian Ogilvy (Return of the Saint), Chris Ellison (The Bill) and Tony Denham (Vendetta) find themselves behind bars on their most daring job yet. New additions to the all-star cast include Billy Murray (the Call of Duty video game franchise), Patrick Bergin (Sleeping with the Enemy), Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, The Empire Strikes Back) and Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Regarded as the best in the business, the Archer Gang - an ageing criminal outfit - carries out a daring robbery, only to be caught in the midst of their heist. Sentenced to hard time in Britain's toughest prison, they encounter a nemesis from their past intent on settling an old score.
Checkout our exclusive WSSTOW set visit featurette here.
Bonded By Blood 2 - Directed By Greg Hall.
Released on DVD May 2017.
In the shadow of the Range Rover murders, drugs, violence and revenge continue to reign in a criminal underworld even darker and deadlier than before as a new generation of Essex Boys begin to carve their bloody mark. Bonded By Blood 2 is based on the book Essex Boys – The New Generation by Bernard O'Mahoney.
Checkout our exclusive Bonded By Blood 2 set visit featurette here.
My Name Is Lenny - Directed By Ron Scalpello
Released Spring 2017.
In the underworld of The Krays, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Biggs in 1970s East-End London, the fast talking, hard drinking Lenny, 6 foot 4 inches of rock hard man, fights for the right to be called ‘The Guv’nor’, the ultimate title of respect, and to win back the hand of his childhood sweetheart, Valerie. But Lenny’s violent reputation precedes him, and a chance encounter with an unstable young man in a nightclub sees Lenny framed for a murder he didn’t commit…
Based on the life of The Guv’nor, Lenny McLean – his biography, The Guv’nor, has sold over 2 million copies – My Name Is Lenny unleashes on us the heart and psyche of the toughest of street fighters. Threatening, unpredictable, protective and a loyal family man, Lenny is a complex amalgam of his upbringing, personal demons and self-preservation.
We'll be bringing you our exlusive My Name Is Lenny set visit featurette later in 2017.
Rise Of The Footsolder 3 - Directed By Zachary Alder
Released Winter 2017
Set in 1988, the story opens in Marbella with burgeoning Essex gangster Pat Tate trying to smuggle a batch of ecstasy tablets into the UK and infiltrate Southend nightclubs. Double crossed by his suppliers, Tate’s fortune soon takes a turn for the worse and, following a series of violent encounters, he is hunted down by police and imprisoned. Behind bars, he makes a new alliance and together they mastermind a plot to take control of the Essex drugs war and become the most feared gangsters of the underworld. With a bitter vendetta to settle, Tate’s relentless lifestyle of drug use and violence is further fuelled by business partner, Tony Tucker, who steers him on the road to his grizzly end.
We'll be bringing you our exlusive Rise Of The Footsoldier 3 set visit featurette later in 2017.
Borstal - Directed By Steven M. Smith
Based on a true story. Forty-Five years ago Kris Gray was sentenced to a 2 year period of harsh brutally in a country Borstal for possession of drugs. It was a journey of discovery, where beatings and racism were common place. He made friends and enemies some of which would turn around his life and make him into the man he is today.
The Hatton Garden Job - Directed By Ronnie Thompson,
The Hatton Garden Job is released 2017.
THE HATTON GARDEN JOB is a gripping heist thriller on the eight men responsible for the infamous Hatton Garden heist in 2015, and charts how they planned and carried out the biggest burglary in British history.
OK so here's some British indie horror films we think may be coming to DVD/VOD or even a Cinema near you in 2017? We say 'may' as with indie movies you can never be sure.
If you've got a British Horror film being released in 2017 then let us know and we’ll add it to the list? Likewise if you would like us to feature your trailer on our channel then give us a shout.
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Later in the year we’ll of course be bringing you our usual FrightFest 2017 coverage, with news on all the British horror movies featured plus the best in international movie gore with our Podcasts, reviews and trailers.
A Dark Song - Directed By Liam Gavin. Irl/UK
A DARK SONG stars Steve Oram (Sightseers, The World’s End, The Canal) and Catherine Walker (Leap Year, Patrick’s Day, Dark Touch) in this British horror about a determined young woman and a damaged occultist who risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that threatens to blur the boundaries between this world, and the next...
Sophia is grief-stricken and overwhelmed with sadness since the untimely death of her young son. In a desperate attempt to achieve some form of closure, she reaches out to Solomon, an occultist with experience in an ancient invocation ritual that Sophia believes will allow her to make contact with her deceased child.
Locked away in a remote country house, the pair undergo a long and arduous ritual, risking both their mental and physical safety as they attempt to access a world beyond their understanding.
But when Solomon finds out that Sophia has not been truthful about her wish, a greater danger threatens them. In the dark, they find that they are no longer alone in the house. They are now in the world of real angels, and real demons.
A Dark Song is in Cinemas Spring 2017
The Chamber - Directed By Ben Parker
The impressive feature debut from rising British star Ben Parker, director of the acclaimed short SHIFTER. A special ops unit commandeer a commercial research vessel and it’s submersible, The Aurora, under the command of Captain Mats (FORCE MAJEURE star Johannes Kuhnke) to locate a mysterious item at the bottom of the Yellow Sea off the dangerous shores of the Korean Peninsula. When an explosion causes the sub to overturn and take on water, the four-man crew enter a pressure cooker situation. And when the stark horror dawns that not all of them will escape, a desperate fight for survival ensues.
The Chamber is in UK Cinemas March 2017
Britflicks Podcast with The Chamber director Ben Parker
Don't Knock Twice - Directed By Caradog W. James
For Jess, life has never been better. A successful American sculptor, she has recently returned to the UK, where she spent much of her troubled youth. Now happily married, wealthy and settled, all that remains to make her life complete is to rebuild her relationship with Chloe, the daughter she was forced to give up nine years ago. So when Chloe agrees to come and live with her, Jess is optimistic that she can make amends and be a good mother once more. What Jess doesn’t know is that Chloe has not come to stay because she wants to get to know her mother again. She has come because she is scared that a supernatural curse has claimed the life of her boyfriend, Danny, and is now coming for her. Chloe and Danny made the mistake of revisiting an abandoned house, once home to ‘Ginger’, a mysterious old woman said by some to be a witch. Local legend says that if you knock on her door then the vengeful ghost of Ginger will snatch you away to her hellish limbo. At first Jess puts Chloe’s erratic behaviour down to the trauma of her past and the resentment she still feels for being abandoned. But soon Jess comes to realise that she is all that stands between her daughter and a formidable and terrifying supernatural force. Thrown into a battle for survival, Jess must learn the truth behind the legend of the witch and ultimately make the bravest sacrifice of all and knock on Ginger’s door herself...
Don't Knock Twice is in UK Cinemas 31 March 2017.
Ghosts Of Darkness - Directed By David Ryan Keith
Locked for three nights in a house with a dark and unsettling past, scepticism and showmanship are soon put to one side when the two investigators realise there is more at stake than just their professional reputation. For once they have stumbled onto the real thing, but this time it's their own lives at stake.
Ghosts Of Darkness is released on DVD & VOD March 2017.
Blood Money - Directed By Luke White
After a botched art heist in France, a group of friends are left with a body on their hands and the French police hot on their trail. They plan to hide the body, sell the painting, and return home. But as they wait for their chance to escape from their secluded holiday home, they realise the body has gone missing. Paranoia and fear sets in and the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon it is clear there's a killer in the house and the group must figure out who is responsible before they all suffer the consequences.
Blood Money is released on VOD Platforms 3rd March 2017.
A Suburban Fairytale - Directed By James Crow
A disturbing and originally shocking horror film set in the dark heart of England.
Cain Hill - Directed By Gene Fallaize
When a group of filmmakers decide to investigate an abandoned Asylum famed for its mysterious disappearances they soon discover the truth is far more horrific than they could have ever imagined. Like the horrors of the 70’s; dripping with tension, suspense, dread and fear.
Cannibals And Carpet Fitters - Directed By James Bushe
The title says it all. Dean & Colin are two working class carpet fitters who are called on a job in the middle of nowhere by a sweet elderly lady Mrs Hanning. However the house has its own secrets and the two quickly realise that this maybe the last job they ever go to.
Carnivore - Directed By Simon Wells
Dave and Abi's relationship is ending, in an effort to save it Dave takes Abi to a remote cottage in a bid to reignite their passion. It doesn't go well and they get torn apart by a massive argument. At the same time a fearsome beast is weighing up its prey, lurking in the shadows of the forest gaining confidence to attack. Does the grumpy owner of the cottage have anything to do with it and will anyone survive? Checkout our exclusive behind the scenes set visit featurette here.
Crucible Of The Vampire - Directed By Iain Ross-McNamee
A Gothic vampire thriller set in modern day Shropshire. Set in a large country house, Crucible of the Vampire draws influences from classic 1950/60’s British horror alongside modern Korean and Japanese psychological horror.
Discarnate - Directed By Rusty Apper
A supernatural horror about the legend of the 'soul eater'. When a young journalist is assigned to write a feature on childhood fears and night frights, he gets caught up in the legacy of a real demon and is forced to face it's dark forces face to face…. The evil is among us, and no one is safe, how does your soul taste?''
End Of Term – Directed By Mike Murphy
Art meets horror in End of Term where history is repeating itself at the Ford Barrington Art School. A group of students are tormented by the lingering menace of Garth Stroman, an artist who had a disturbing vision fifty years prior. The pupils discover that true art can only be achieved through suffering and pain. With graduation fast approaching their celebrations turn into a twisted confrontation with medieval torture… all in the name of art.
Escape From Cannibal Farm - Directed By Charlie Steeds
From filmmaker Charlie Steeds (Labyrinthia) comes this blood-soaked Independent British horror movie "Escape From Cannibal Farm", a throwback to gritty brutal 70s classics 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'The Hills Have Eyes'! In the British countryside, the Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren't farming animals... Caged and waiting for their limbs to be severed, cooked and eaten one at a time, the Harver family must overcome their differences and unite in order to escape alive!
Forest Of The Damned 2 - Directed By Ernest Mari
Despite Lucy’s reservations, she agrees to her husband’s request to attend a wild party of Lust and sexual exploration on a remote island. Their passion soon turns to terror when they discover that one of the group has disappeared. Some start to believe that there is something evil lurking in the forest while others begin to suspect each other. Lucy’s biggest fear was that the weekend could ruin her marriage, she didn’t realise that it could cost her her life too…
Fox Trap - Directed By Jamie Weston
After a terrible accident leaving a young girl disabled, eight years later the group responsible are invited to a remote manor house in the countryside for a class reunion. Little do they know, they are being targeted by a masked maniac hell bent on revenge.
Habit – Directed By Simeon Halligan
Manchester, the present. Michael divides his time between the job center and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her ‘Uncle’ Ian, and a heavy night on the lash lead to a job working the door at a Northern Quarter massage parlour.
After witnessing the violent death of one of the ‘punts’, Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn’t understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he eventually finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, Michael’s life will never be the same again.
House Of Afflictions – Directed By Anthony M. Winson
House Of Afflictions takes place in the late 1970's and tells the story of Kate Beckley (Michelle Darkin-Price) once UK's best-selling crime author but it has been years since her last novel due to a tragedy which befell Kate and her husband John, their daughter Julia disappeared...
Kate is coming to terms with the fact that Julia may never be found and has decided to start writing again, unfortunately Kate is finding it difficult to get back into writing due to constant distractions around her so decides to hire a temporary home to write. Almost instantly Kate begins experiencing paranormal occurrences, has Julia come back? or is there something more sinister lurking in the house preying on a grieving mother?
It Came From The Desert – Directed By Marko Mäkilaakso
IT CAME FROM THE DESERT (movies) is independent sequel to legendary video game by Cinemaware. The film is set to modern time, 60-years after the original games happenings.
Last Weekend – Directed By Rad Brown
Sometimes you need to escape for the weekend..This time you need to escape "from" the weekend! Six youngsters decide to take a break from the rat race and their problems on a camping trip to the West Country. The relaxing time expected soon becomes an unexpected adrenaline rush.
Mother – Directed By Scott Vickers
An expecting Mother (Rachel) and husband (Matt) crash their car in the countryside and are offered shelter by a farmer and his wife. Rachel soon realises the farmer’s children are in fact stolen. Just as they attempt to leave the farm Rachel goes into labour......
Paper Angels - Directed By Ian Dangerfield
For the past sixteen years, police haven't solved a troubling case. There are no clues, no suspects and it's not much of a priority to them either. In mourning after the death of her young daughter, Leah Menas can't help but feel like she's lost her again when her daughter's body ends up on the list of missing children whose bodies have been exhumed. Edward Dandridge is a computer repairman who is resolved to caring for his bed-ridden aunt, Carla.
Having survived a tragic childhood, Edward, who is pretty much a loner, has given up any notion of finding happiness. That is until he meets Leah and is totally smitten. Leah however, isn't sure she's ready to get back to the "real world" after having been a recluse for so long. Especially now, while her daughter's body is still missing. Detective Sargeant Melissa Thomas is determined to find out who the grave robber is and return the children to their restful state. What she finds out in the process however, will shock everyone. Paper Angels is a psychological thriller about loss, grief, guilt and redemption - but not necessarily in that order.
Redcon-1 - Directed By Chee Keong Cheung
Eight Special Forces soldiers are sent on a suicide mission into the zombie-infested remains of the UK, to find a scientist who may hold the key to ending the viral outbreak that has turned the population into flesh-eating undead.
Rock Band Vs Vampires – Directed By Raed Abbas
Old-fashioned vampire Jeremiah Winterford set’s up home in London’s Camden. Can a rock band armed with just their instruments save their fans from him and a life of vampirism?
Six Hot Chicks In A Warehouse – Directed By Simon P. Edwards
A body conscious photographer, Adrian, concocts a scenario in which he attempts to project his insecurities onto those who mock him. Hired by Adrian, his professed muse Mira and five other girls begin to question who is using who when it becomes clear that the not so normal mind of the photographer himself isn't all the girls have to worry about. Six Hot Chicks In A Warehouse is Neon soaked Ultraviolent Grindhouse style horror movie.
Sunburn - Directed By Anthony Alleyne
Mike, a young American tourist goes looking for his missing friend in an isolated Spanish village. Here, he gets embroiled with an alluring local woman who becomes increasingly obsessed. Forced to escape, Mike finds that his life is in critical danger.
The House Of Screaming Death - Directed By Alex Bourne, Troy Dennison, Rebecca Harris-Smith, David Hastings & Kaushy Patel.
With its roots firmly in the world of classic HAMMER HORROR anthology films, THE HOUSE OF SCREAMING DEATH revolves around the sinister & mysterious storyteller, known as THE ARCHITECT (Ian McNeice), who on one eerie night, in an old Manor House, is preparing to share four CHILLING tales with a captive audience he has invited.
As each story unfolds in their own unique, bloody & frightening way, the finale will shock and terrify as THE ARCHITECT also has one last story of his own to share.The House of Screaming Death
The Rizen 2 – Directed By Matt Mitchell & Taliesyn Mitchell
In 1955, NATO and the Allied Forces unleashed something that could tear our world apart. Military scientists couldn't stop it and the Army couldn't kill it. Which is exactly why you never send men, to do a woman's job.
The Wrong Side Of Town – Directed By Craig Quinn
Sean Fielding a former psychiatric patient returns home after a 10-year sentence at a high security mental institution to start a new life. Upon his return strange going on's happen and he is questioned by police over a string of murdered prostitutes. During this aftermath Sean is visited by a demonic spirit being told he must return to his evil ways.
Torture – Directed By Jason Wright
1,000,000 + missing people in the world so where do they go?
UK18 - Directed By Andrew Tiernan
2018: neo-fascism has taken over. The Government implements a program to chip the population of the UK. Eloise (Shona McWilliams) a documentary film-maker suspects she is being brainwashed by a secret Government organisation.
"Even if you thought you knew the truth, you wouldn't be close."
It's official, MY FERAL HEART was the most successful Our Screen (cinema-on-demand) film of 2016. As a result there are even more cinema dates in 2017. While this is some feather in the film’s cap, there is every possibility that MY FERAL HEART will shortly leap-frog the brilliantly funny WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS to become the most successful people-powered-cinema title of all time in the UK.
In case you missed all the fuss in 2016 here’s what the critics thought about MY FERAL HEART:
‘A RICHLY REWARDING FILM... SEEK IT OUT’
BBC Film Critic Mark Kermode’
‘SWASH & RASTALL ARE FIRST RATE’ V
‘POETIC CINEMATOGRAPHY’ S
ight & Sound
‘WONDROUSLY NATURAL & INSIGHTFUL’
Please help spread the word and/or buy a ticket to ensure that this little Britflick with a big heart gets all the success it deserves.
These screening have just been added:
Jan 18 - Cinema & Co, Swansea (20:00)
Jan 29 - Genesis Cinema, East London (13:00)
Jan 30 - Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton (18:00)
Feb 4 - Crouch End Picturehouse (12:00)
Feb 5 - Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool (12:00)
Feb 6 - Hackney Picturehouse (18:00)
Feb 6 - AMC Manchester (19:30)
Feb 6 - Duke's at Komedia, Brighton (21:00)
Feb 8 - Greenwich Picturehouse (18:00)
Feb 8 - The Cameo, Edinburgh (21:00)
MY FERAL HEART Film Trailer
MY FERAL HEART is an original screenplay which blends social realism with an element of fantasy born out of innocence. Writer Duncan Paveling says: “My inspiration came from the similarities and experiences that we all share, regardless of needs. This story is about ‘ ability’ , not ‘ disability’ .”
Synopsis: “A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’ s syndrome, into a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise carer and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke verges dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.” Taken from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 programme for ‘Best of British’
For more about how the film faired in 2016 see http://myferalheart.co.uk/2016-our-feral-year-in-pictures/
For a list of Cinema screenings of MY FERAL HEART visit:
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Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen movies, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre. Make a weekend of it, Glasgow is a fantastic city to visit.
Kicking off with a special screening of A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING. and ending in sex and blood-drenched frenzy with the UK premiere of Roberto San Sebastián’s THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN, the 2017 line-up Is a shivering selection of the finest and wildest new fear-stokers the genre has to offer.
This year there are two films screening on the Thursday night. Following the 9pm showing of A CURE FOR WELLNESS is an exclusive unveiling of PHANTASM: REMASTERED, a new 4K restoration of the never forgotten fantasy horror masterpiece.
Friday’s line-up springs into high-octane action with the UK premiere of Matthias Hoene’s blockbusting $50 million fantasy epic THE WARRIOR’S GATE. This is followed by the UK Premiere of IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, a thrilling and unexpectedly heart-felt zombie road movie. Director Colin Minihan and lead actress Brittany Allen will be in attendance. Next up is THE TRANSFIGURATION, Michael O’Shea’s nihilistic meditation on millennial angst that took Cannes 2016 by storm. We’re pleased to say that Michael will be joining us to discuss the film.
Our 9pm presentation unleashes monster mash fury with the original Gangsta Lizard wreaking fabulous havoc in the UK Premiere of SHIN GODZILLA and rounding off the evening in visually stunning style is the first UK showing of Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson’s award-winning HAPPY HUNTING, a dark and dangerous unfolding of desert death games.
Getting the Saturday programme started with considerable bite is the UK premiere of CAGE DIVE, Gerald Rascionato’s well-received take on survivor reality TV. This is followed by the hotly anticipated UK premiere of FASHIONISTA, Simon Rumley’s shockingly hypnotic exploration of addiction, body image and transformation. Considered by US critics to be his best film to date, Simon will be in attendance to discuss the film.
Also in attendance is Steven Kastrissios, director of BLOODLANDS. the first ever collaboration between Australia and Albania and the Balkan country’s first foray into horror cinema. Kastrissios’ passion project invites you to explore the mind-set of modern Albania while embarking on a spellbinding journey into terror. This is the World Premiere and Steven will be joined on stage by the main cast.
Make sure you’re strapped in for the UK premiere of our next presentation - Christopher Smith’s twisted revenge road move DETOUR. We’re thrilled that Chris will be joining us.
Saturday evening unfolds in adrenaline-fueled style with the UK premiere of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s PATIENT ZERO, starring Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer battling super-fit, highly intelligent undead killers! This is followed by the UK premiere of Ben Young’s powerfully disturbing debut HOUNDS OF LOVE, a unique three-way study of a serial-killing couple and their latest female victim.
To end this year’s global feast of fear is the UK premiere of an extreme horror comedy pushing ALL the boundaries. Roberto San Sebastián’s THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN is disgusting, offensive, hilarious and totally brilliant!
In addition, there is a sneak preview of Dominic Brunt’s ADULT BABIES, with the popular actor / director in attendance and let’s not forget those great give-aways!
Alan Jones, co-director, said today: “What a privilege for Horror Channel FrightFest to return to the open arms of the Glasgow Film Festival. Each of our forensically assembled line-up has been chosen on the basis it has something new and unique to offer, something we feel worth championing to our discerning Scottish audiences. So join us as we step beyond the pale together into the safe darkness of sinister cinema where genre transcends all and unites us as one chilled community.”
FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon Jan 16, 2016. Passes cover all films on Fri 24 & Sat 25 Feb ONLY.
Tickets for ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and ‘Phantasm: Remastered’ ’ plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon Jan 23 from 10am. Price: £10.00. £8 concession.
To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 - email@example.com / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
THURS 23 FEB – GFT Screen 1
Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie. USA 2017. 18. 126 mins, Thanks to 20th Century Fox.
21:00 A CURE FOR WELLNESS (Special screening)
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
PHANTASM: REMASTERED (Scottish Premiere)
Director: Don Coscarelli. Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm. USA 1979. 84 mins. 18.
THURS 23 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 23:40
Thanks to Arrow Films.
Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic, meet horror icon Angus Scrimm as a malevolent mortician sending bizarre murder victims into another dimension where they become slave dwarves. A macabre funhouse of shock that weaves a powerful primal spell, the unforgettable silver sphere that drills out brains is back in a phantasmagorical fusion of surreal imagery, outlandish thrills and super scares.
THE WARRIOR’S GATE (UK Premiere)
Director: Matthias Hoene. Cast: David Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Uriah Shelton. France/China 2016. 90 mins. 15.
FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 13:30
Thanks to Europacorp.
Produced and written by Luc Besson and long-time collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (THE FIFTH ELEMENT) and directed by COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES maestro Matthias Hoene, the rip-roaring spectacular adventure finds hapless teenager Jack magically transported to ancient China where he must learn to convert his awesome video gaming skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior to bring peace to the warring kingdom. THE LAST STARFIGHTER goes CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON in an enthralling fable opening up a whole innovative East meets West universe of wonder and imagination.
IT STAINS THE SANDS RED (UK Premiere)
Director: Colin Minihan. Cast: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir. USA 2016. 92 mins. 18.
FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 16:00
Thanks to Digital Interference Productions and Grasswood Media.
First came the massive hit GRAVE ENCOUNTERS and the sci-fi shocker EXTRATERRESTRIAL and now director Colin Minihan and co-writer Stuart Ortiz, aka The Vicious Brothers have fashioned an unusual. ‘walking dead’ movie. After a horrendous flesh-eating apocalypse, Las Vegas wild child Molly finds herself stranded in the desert with a ravenously relentless zombie hot on her high heels. Forever trying to give it the ingenious slip, the lone stalker has no need of rest and soon it becomes her only physical contact in a world gone mad haunted by her dark past.
THE TRANSFIGURATION (UK Premiere)
Director: Michael O’Shea. Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Aaron Moten. USA 2016. 97 mins. 18.
FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 18:30
Thanks to Soda Pictures.
Orphaned African-American teen Milo thinks he’s undead in director Michael O’Shea’s fiercely independent first feature. To escape his depressing life, Milo has drenched himself in vampire lore gleaned from such horror classics as NOSFERATU, MARTIN, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, THE LOST BOYS and NEAR DARK and has taken to sublimating his morbid fantasies bloodsucking on strangers. It’s when he befriends the equally troubled Sophie that a clear course of action presents itself providing liberation and tragic redemption.
21:00 SHIN GODZILLA (European Premiere)
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi. Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara. Japan 2016. 120 mins. 18.
FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 21:00
Thanks to Altitude Films.
Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, is back for a record-breaking box-office reboot of Toho’s kaiju classic. Present-day Japan, and an unexplained seismic event has occurred off the coast of Shinagawa, causing ripple effects all the way to the capital. Ministers scramble to figure out what’s going on but only cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi knows what the audience already does. That Godzilla has majestically returned and has his fire-breathing, stomping sights on Tokyo once more.
23:15 HAPPY HUNTING (UK Premiere)
Directors: Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson. Cast: Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Kenny Wormald, Connor Willimas. USA 2016. 91 mins.18.Thanks to WTFilms
FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 23:15
Warren is a degenerate drifter. On his way down to Mexico he finds himself stranded in Bedford Flats a one-horse town deep in the American desert. Unfortunately for him the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. This most dangerous and deadly game and bloody fight for survival is about to begin!
CAGE DIVE (UK Premiere)
Director: Gerald Rascionato. Cast: Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Magan Peta Hill, Suzanne Dervish-Ali. Australia 2017. 80 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 10:00
Thanks to Lionsgate Films.
CAGE DIVE follows three friends from California who set out to film an audition tape for submission to an extreme reality game show. To ensure they stand out, they decide to travel to Australia where they will be documenting themselves taking part in a most extreme activity…Shark Cage Diving. While on the dive, a catastrophic turn of events leaves them in baited water full of hungry Great White Sharks and turns there audition tape into a survival diary.
FASHIONISTA (UK Premiere)
Director: Simon Rumley. Cast: Amanda Fuller, Ethan Embry, Eric Balfour. USA 2016. 110 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 11:45
Thanks to Simon Rumley.
After RED, WHITE AND BLUE and JOHNNY FRANK GARRET’S LAST WORD comes uber-eccentric director Simon Rumley’s third distinctive Austin, Texas, based shocker., this sleekly demented De Palma-esque nightmare is set in the vintage clothing world where hipster shop owners April and Eric find their marriage tested when she begins to suspect her husband of having an affair. Her suspicions confirmed, April seeks sexual validation with the very mysterious and kinky Randall setting off a chain reaction of stylish fever dream madness, vogue fantasy role-playing and chic ultra-shriek.
BLOODLANDS (World Premiere)
Director: Steven Kastrissios. Cast: Gëzim Rudi, Emiljano Palali, Suela Bako. Australia/Albania 2016. 82 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 14:20
Thanks to Steven Kastrissios.
Fear the Shtriga! Written and directed by Steven Kastrissios who made his intense debut with THE HORSEMAN comes Albania’s first ever break-out genre film. Rooted in the very real phenomenon of blood feuds still plaguing the land, a struggling Albanian family, wrestling with traditions and superstition, must unite against another mysterious mountain clan's aggressions. A surreal, remarkable and highly unusual voyage through the fantasy lens of whispered local mythologies,
DETOUR (UK Premiere)
Director : Christopher Smith. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, Stephen Moyer. UK 2016. 97 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 16:30
Thanks to Dan Films.
A tense, deftly constructed noir thriller from Christopher Smith, director of CREEP, SEVERANCE, BLACK DEATH and TRIANGLE. Law student Harper suspects his stepdad Vincent of causing the car crash that landed his mother in a coma. A chance meeting in a bar with a tough redneck and his girlfriend leads to a road trip of revenge and spiralling violence.
PATIENT ZERO (UK Premiere)
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Clive Standen, Agness Deyn. UK 2017. R/T TBA. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 18:55
Thanks to Sony Pictures
Humanity is battling intelligent creatures born from a viral super-strain. After being bitten human survivor Morgan (Matt Smith) realises he is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leading the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. From Stefan Ruzowitzky director of ANATOMY, ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN and THE COUNTERFEITERS.
HOUNDS OF LOVE (UK Premiere)
Director: Ben Young. Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter. Australia 2016. 108 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 21:10
Thanks to Arrow Films
In the mid 1980’s seventeen year old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed serial-killing couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. Inspired by real life crimes, A superbly acted and powerful debut feature.
THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN (UK Premiere)
Director: Roberto San Sebastián. Cast: Javier Bódalo, Miriam Martín, Víctor Amilibia. Spain 2016. 117 mins. 18.
SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 - 23:20
Thanks to Kevin I. Rodríguez/Platanobolígrafo.
At a New Year's Eve party, nerdy and naïve Nico sets out to lose his virginity. After striking out with drunken babes, his gaze crosses to Medea, an attractive if mature woman. Before he knows what’s happening he’s whisked to Medea’s filthy apartment where sinister Asian artefacts adorn the shelves, cockroaches crawl the floors and an ancient prophecy rears its head along with the rowdy gay neighbours and a very jealous ex-boyfriend.
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