Demonic possession spreads like a plague in a sinister, gothic road movie
From the disturbing opening scenes of a possessed mother giving birth, to the gruesome revelations in a grimy mental asylum, ASMODEXIAdraws from occult classics THE EXORCIST, ROSEMARY’S BABY and Spanish horror franchise REC, but brings a dramatic new twist to the exorcism sub-genre.
Travelling exorcists battle dark forces in a macabre tale of horrifying possession, religious extremism and paranoia that builds to a shocking finale. Released on UK DVD on 28 March 2016, ASMODEXIA is yet another distinctive horror movie to emerge from the vibrant Spanish genre scene.
Synopsis: An aging priest and his granddaughter Alba roam the darkest corners of Spain as travelling exorcists, violently exorcising children, mental patients and drug addicts of a malevolent infestation. They pass through desolate, sun-bleached landscapes and long-abandoned buildings, ridding the afflicted of this unholy epidemic while counting down the days to a mysterious resurrection.
Pursued by a shadowy cult with a sinister agenda, the duo discover that a mystery from Alba’s past may hold the key to salvation … or open the door to an unspeakable evil.
"... will chill you to the bone ..." Dread Central
"... wonderfully blasphemous ..." UK Horror Scene
About director Marc Carreté: Marc Carreté studied image and sound at the School of Audiovisual Media of Barcelona, before working for some of the leading advertising agencies in Spain. He has produced corporate spots and commercials for many international brands in the automotive, pharmaceutical, fashion, cosmetics and sports sectors.
In 2010, he created KRT MEDIA and wrote, produced and directed his first short film MAL CUERPO in 2011. The film was subsequently selected for the Official Competition of the 44th edition of the Sitges Film Festival. In 2012 he filmed CASTIDERMIA, his second short which was also selected for Sitges, as well as several international film festivals. Towards the end of 2012, he wrote what would become his first feature-length film, ASMODEXIA. Based on Carreté´s own original idea, the script was co-written with Mike Hostench and shot in Barcelona in September 2013.
Marc Carrete's influences lean towards the ‘fantastique’ in both cinema and literature, with Poe, Lovecraft, Stevenson, Flaubert, King, Dario, Maupassant among his favourite writers.
One of horror cinema’s oldest monsters becomes man’s newest miracle as FRANKENSTEIN is brought bang up to date and released on digital platforms from February 15th and on Blu-ray and DVD fromFebruary 22nd courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
Set in present day Los Angeles, FRANKENSTEIN tells its tale entirely from the point of view of The Monster (Xavier Samuel – The Twilight Saga, Fury) as he is artificially created by a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists (Danny Huston – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 30 Days Of Night and Carrie-Anne Moss – Pompeii, The Matrix Trilogy) and then left for dead. Confronted with nothing but aggression and violence as he attempts to make is way in the world, The Monster must get to grips with the horrific nature of humanity as he searches for his own.
Also starring horror stalwart Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet II) and Maya Erskine (TV’s Man Seeking Woman), FRANKENSTEIN is a full-blooded and unflinching reimagining of a timeless classic that terrifies as much as it casts a mirror over the nature of humanity and science.
To celebrate the launch of the film here is an exclusive clip that recreates that famous scene, from the classic Universal film.
A fascinating look at the legacy of one of America's most banned books
This intriguing documentary will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In the 1980s and 1990s in elementary libraries across the United States these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children’s book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 3-book anthology of folk tales and urban legends by Alvin Schwartz and originally illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The Scary Stories book series were steeped in mythology that has been handed down for many years. The detailed appendices and source materials listed in the books invite us into a fascinating exploration involving some of the foundations of cultural storytelling. Fear, death, the unknown. And it allows us to take a mindful look at the way we entertain children, pass down our heritage, and influence them through the stories we tell.
Along with the tales, the illustrations by Stephen Gammell have had an endearing impact, as well as an interesting history. Influencing artists for years, they have made an indelible impression on so many who grew up thumbing through the pages. The vivid and haunting images can be considered some of the most influential illustrations of modern children’s literature. Delving into their gothic and ancient influences as well as looking at their captivating impact on modern artwork can illuminate the deep impression illustrations can have on the stories we tell our children.
In addition, to tackle the books as a subject inevitably involves the topic of censorship amongst children’s literature. Using arguably the most censored modern example of this practice, this documentary intends to shine a light on the practice and explore the many facets and opinions involved with challenging children’s books in America.
Nine Ladies Film are preparing to shoot the second in a trilogy of horror short films ‘The Telephone’
If you heard the ringing, would you be prepared to answer what lies at the end of the phone?
The Telephone is the second part of a planned trilogy of short horror films made and produced by Nine Ladies Film, who are based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
The film stars Nigel Barber (Mission Impossible 5, Spectre (James Bond)) playing the role of Max and Bern Deegan (Hideaways, The Honeymooners), supported by Rachel Prince in the role of Jane.
When Richard arrives in a small town, following the receipt of a letter and glassfish sent to his newspaper office, he is unaware of what he is about to become embroiled in. Intrigued by the story of a mysterious disappearance of a young woman Jane. Richard takes a room in the pub, the last place Jane was known to be alive. Awakened one night by an old telephone that seems to ring endlessly and then a chance encounter with the spectral image of a young woman, Richard decides to question the owner. Max an abstract artist denies ever seeing or putting up the woman in question. Richard is told ‘The Telephone’ must be in his imagination. Richard’s instincts tell him there is more to the story. Is the ghostly figure seen late at night, that of Jane? Could the telephone ringing truly just be in his head? If you heard the ringing, would you be prepared to answer what lies at the end of the phone?
The film is written and directed by Stuart Wheeldon. He is joined by award winning videographer/photographer George Peck who takes on the role of Director of Photography and music for the film is composed by Jordan Frater.
The film is scheduled to start shooting on the 26th Feb 2016 on location in the town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK. The trailer to the film will be released on April the 1st 2016, this will be followed by general release on May 17th 2016.
“Most great horror is a serious investigation about the strangeness of the world.
Transylvania has been synonymous with horror since Bram Stoker penned his opus back in 1897.
Writers & Publishers International (WPI) offers writers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a novel or short story in Transylvania, the birthplace of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. Running from August 7th to 14th, the Horror Writer’s Workshop is the ultimate summer vacation for any writer of dark fiction, from extreme horror to paranormal romance and everything in between. Attendees will dramatically improve their writing skills while exploring the darkness lurking behind the beautiful castles and fairytale villages of Romania.
Between visits to some of the region’s most notorious sites, including the reputedly haunted Bran Castle—one of the inspirations for Stoker’s Dracula, writers will benefit from the experience and knowledge of instructor Brian Evenson. Evenson, a multi award-winning horror writer and professor, has published over a dozen novels and translated many others.
The professor of literary arts at Brown for over a decade, he is now inspiring students at the California Institute of the Arts.
“Brian has a way of making all the things that stifle writing disappear, including fear and self-doubt, leaving only stories to be written,” says K. Scott Forman, a former student of Evenson’s. “His teaching style is conducive to creativity, to experimentation, and most importantly, is focused on the individual writer finding his or her own voice.”
The weeklong retreat takes place at Mama Cozonacilor, a charming family-owned inn located in the stunning mountainous region of Bran, Transylvania. It’s impossible to remain uninspired while walking the cobblestone streets of Sighişoara, where Vlad the Impaler was born, or while exploring the eerie Râșnov Fortress, where two Turkish well diggers met their doom.
“The biggest misconception people have about horror is that it’s gratuitous. They hear horror and think SAW—the most visceral movie they’ve ever heard of,” says Evenson. “Most great horror is a serious investigation about the strangeness of the world. There’s a lot of really interesting, sophisticated writing going on in the world of horror right now.” Those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot with a deposit, as there is limited space available and the workshop will sell out quickly. During the month of February, WPI is offering a special two-for-one discount—those who book with a spouse, friend, or family member will get 50 percent off their registration fees. This deal ends on February 29th.
Albert and Rose Poe are approaching the one year anniversary of deaths of their two daughters. Rose continues to struggle to come to grips with the loss of her girls. Albert not so much. As the anniversary comes and goes things begin to get darker and darker in the Poe house......a house that once was filled with so much joy and hope. Rose discovers an old manuscript in the attic that reveals things about the previous owner of the house that wasn't revealed to the Poe's when they purchased the house. Addi and Jade never wanted to die that day so that begs to answer the question, 'Where do little girls go when they die?'
Hundreds of years ago, the mighty warrior Kaulder (Diesel) vanquished the all-powerful Witch Queen, thus defeating the witches who had wreaked bloodshed on the world for centuries once and for all. But in moments before her death the Witch Queen cursed Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved family.
Today, Kaulder is THE LAST WITCH HUNTER – the only one of his kind remaining and the only thing standing between humanity and the witches that secretly still live in our midst. When the Witch Queen is resurrected, Kaulder is drawn into an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
To mark the cinema release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on 07 Feb 2016, Ginger Nuts of Horror has been given exclusive access to some footage from the red carpet of the film's world wide premiere. I'm kind of looking forward to this, I have never read the book, but considering how much I loved World War Z, despite hating the book, this looks like it might be fun.
...all you have do as a director/actor is embrace the ridiculousness of it all.”
6:66 PM is a co-production from Full Auto Films and Code 3 Films. Shooting on their latest production has recently completed, with Jim Klock (“Scream Queens”) at the helm. A former narcotics detective and now actor, Klock has directed several horror films, including Murder Eleven (2013) and Massacre on Aisle 12 (2015). Klock is reteaming with actress and producer Autumn Federici (Circle) on this film, which blends a horrifying tone with comedy elements. Chad Ridgely and Alexis Kelley also star in this supernatural feature, with several stills from the film available now!
6:66 PMbegins with a hired television crew. They are in search of haunted locations and stories of the paranormal. Skeptics, they believe that their next location will house nothing unusual. But, they are wrong! An old home hosts the spirit of a serial killer and he is not finished killing. Now, these first-time paranormal investigators are at the mercy of a true dark heart.
Director Klock also stars in 6:66 PM as Daniel. Daniel’s terror can be seen in the film’s latest stills. And, Klock says of his experience on directing and starring in 6:66 PM: "the horror-comedy genre works well when you trust that the circumstances and characters are funny enough, all you have do as a director/actor is embrace the ridiculousness of it all.” Some of that ridiculousness can be seen now, with these comedic shots, from 6:66 PM!
6:66 PM proves evil has an hour to kill as a reality TV crew's staged investigation into the paranormal becomes terrifyingly real. When the house they’re exploring turns out to really be haunted by the ghost of a serial killer, each crew member fights to stay alive and more importantly make their reality show a hit at any cost.”
Director: Jim Klock. Writers: Tommy McLaughlin and Chad Ridgely.
Director of Photography: Darrell Martinelli. Cast: Jim Klock, Chad Ridgely and Autumn Federici.
David leaves home for a business trip. When aeroplanes start mysteriously falling out of the sky and cell towers fail, he finds himself trapped. With the Earth falling to an alien invasion, David fights to return to whatever is left of his home and marriage.
Blending the suspense of Monsters with the intelligent action assault of Independence Day, Alienate is a unique modern genre must-see that firmly places debut feature director Michael Shumway and his cast in the spotlight as ones to watch. Bringing together the very human themes of love, belonging and loyalty right at the centre of an alien invasion, Alienate continues in the footsteps of modern sci-fi action classics Monsters and Cloverfield to explore exciting new territory for the genre.
Blake Webb (The Divergent Series: Allegiant, American Horror Story) and Tatum Langton (Grey’s Anatomy) and Directed by Michael Shumway in his feature film debut, Alienate is stacked from start to finish with thrilling suspense that will have you dusting off your copies of The X-Files to ask yourself the all time important question, do you believe…?