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Calling All Scriptwriters! FrightFest 2017 craves New Blood

Are you a writer concocting fiendishly fantastic ideas in the witching hours? Have you hidden away your script in the deepest darkest catacombs but are now ready to unleash it onto the unsuspecting world?

Then Horror Channel FrightFest’s New Blood initiative should have you salivating.

This year the festival has teamed up with international production company MPI Media and their sister company Dark Sky Films to search for new genre writers, nurturing their projects from script to screen.

The brief is simple: New Blood wants exciting fresh ideas to develop into feature films budgeted below $1m for an international market.

Successful shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and scripts in a group setting under the mentorship of top industry professionals and...

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It Comes At Night

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Writer: Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Griffin Robert Faulkner

Cert: 15

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: A family, living in a house in the woods after a pandemic kills a large percentage of the population, must decide whether to trust another family seeking refuge with them.

What’s the verdict: Anyone looking to get their horror film produced should watch director Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore chiller chamber piece.

With a modest budget, he has taken the archetypal horror locale – the cabin in the woods – as the setting for a contamination survival horror in the vein of Right At Your Door, Carriers, The Road and Cabin Fever.

Largely confined to one l...

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Criterion Collection: Les Diaboliques (1955)

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi (screenplay), René Masson, Frédéric Grendel (collaboration), Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac (novel)

Cast: Vera Clouzot, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse

Cert: 12

Running time: 117 mins

Year: 1955


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What’s the story: Christina (Clouzot), the frail owner of a large French school, lives in fear of her husband, school director M. Delassalle (Meurisse). Together with Delassalle’s mistress Nicole (Signoret), Christina plots her husband’s murder. But, killing him could be the beginning of more trouble…

What’s the verdict: One of cinema’s great shockers, after more than sixty years Les Diaboliques (aka The Fiends or The Devils depending on which print you’re watching) is yet to creak.

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Eureka Blu-Ray Review: The Entity

Director: Sidney J. Furie

Writer: Frank De Felitta

Cast: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, Alex Rocco

Cert: 18

Running time: 125 mins

Year: 1982


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What’s the story: A young, single mother begins suffering sexual attacks from a malevolent unseen force. How can she convince others she is telling the truth?

What’s the verdict: Easy to see why The Entity has avoided remake treatment, despite its name-recognition title. The premise, a working class single mother is repeatedly raped by an invisible spirit, requires characters to question her story. Putting any remake in the difficult position of not believing a rape victim.

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Alien: Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: John Logan, Dante Harper (screenplay) Jack Paglen, Michael Green (story)

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Guy Pearce

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Crew members of a space vessel carrying colonists to a new world investigate a mysterious transmission emanating from an uncharted planet. The reception they receive is not friendly.

What’s the verdict: A long time since we’ve been loving the alien. But, Ridley Scott’s 1979 original and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel are sci-fi masterpieces, so hope remains the next Alien movie will facehug your affections.

2012’s Prometheus saw Scott back and calling the shots. The result was an incoherent mess...

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Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele

Writer: Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lil Rey Howery, Caleb Landry Jones

Cert: 15

Running time: 104mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Professional photographer Chris is a young African-American antsy about meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the weekend. She dismisses his concerns, but is the weird atmosphere at their country home just a product of his nervous imagination?

What’s the verdict: Jordan Peele, one half of so-good-it-hurts comedy duo Key & Peele, makes a killer directorial debut with Get Out. A comedy horror that is so good… and hurts.

Peele sets the tone from the off...

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A Cure for Wellness

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer: Justin Haythe (screenplay), Gore Verbinski & Justin Haythe (story)

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener

Cert: 18

Running time: 146 minutes

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: When the CEO of a major New York finance company flees to a mysterious Swiss health spa, upcoming employee Lockhart is sent to retrieve him. But, he soon realises unhealthy happenings are occurring.

What’s the verdict: Make time to spend a penny before watching Gore Verbinski’s wannabe horror epic. Water flows, drips, gushes and is gulped during the undisciplined 146-minute running time, meaning you are likely to be dashing for the porcelain throne come the closing credits.

Closing credits which arrive, if memory serves, after roughly thirty-nine false endings.

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The Best Films of 2016

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Oh 2016, you terrible year. What general miserableness was foisted upon us these past 12 months. Providing a light in the gloom were movies released this year; a great selection from which it was difficult to draw a top 10. But, we managed it and proudly present what we regard as the year’s best releases.

Before we get to that list, firstly a shout-out to those films that skirted the Top 10 but which didn’t make it in.  Ironically, we couldn’t find room for Room, Green Room, or The Keeping RoomCaptain America: Civil War was the only summer blockbuster worth bothering with, but again didn’t make the grade. Elvis & Nixon, The Nice Guys, Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight, Creed. We salute you, but there were still 10 movies we placed above them.

Here they are – in reverse order as is cus...

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Train to Busan

train-to-busan-posterDirector: Yeon Sang-ho

Writer: Yeon Sang-ho

Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-an, Ma Dong-seok, Jeong Yu-mi, Choi Woo-sik, Ahn So-hee, Kim Eui-sung

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: Seok-woo and his estranged daughter Soo-an take the KTX fast train from Seoul to Busan and soon discover they must fight for their lives during a zombie outbreak.

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What’s the verdict: It is not as scary as the British rail service when a single flake of snow falls from the sky. But, Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan joins such locomotive nailbiters as Runaway Train, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Horror Express as a first class example of how to keep excitement and tension on the right track.

A zombie film by way of a disaster movie, main characters are efficiently set up while the undead apo...

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Brimstone

brimstone-posterDirector: Martin Koolhoven

Writer: Martin Koolhoven

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Paul Anderson, Kit Harrington, Carice van Outen, William Houston, Emilia Jones

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 148mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: In the American Old West a young woman and her family are targeted by a dangerous, mysterious preacher.

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What’s the verdict: Hell on earth is a fitting description for the world writer/director Martin Koolhoven creates in Brimstone. A Job style tale of one woman’s nightmarish struggle against a demonic stalker, and a patriarchal world in general, it is one of the most unusual horror movies of recent memory.

The 19th century American frontier is the vast stage on which this savage thriller is played...

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