Ashtray Dirt the 11th

This years FrightFest is nearly fully underway with the announcement of the guests who’ll be at the festival in London in August. Don Mancini will be over for Curse Of Chucky (and maybe even the infamous doll itself…), Gareth Evans and Jason Eisener for V/H/S/2 and Bobcat Goldthwait for Willow Creek alongside a whole heap of others, the full list of which you can read here. The festival have also announced that they will honor writer and director Ben Wheatley with their Variety award…

Lars Von Trier has dropped another still from his forthcoming feature Nymphomaniac. The film, which will be released in both hardcore and softcore versions currently has no UK release date, but scheduled European releases for the end of the year…

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Fox are to open a new theme park in Malaysia featuring an attraction based on the Alien franchise. Better start saving for flights…

Greg Mclean’s Wolf Creek 2 has been selected to play at this years Venice Film Festival…

US Network NBC have announced that a 4 hour mini-series adaptation of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby is in the works…

Both a new International trailer and poster have dropped for James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2, promising scarier poltergeist activity and more scares then its predecessor…

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Channel 4 have acquired the UK rights to screen the second series of the French zombie drama The Returned (Les Revenants). The second series will be eight episodes long and should air in late 2014…

Lastly, an interesting little blog has cropped up, recalling actor Vincent Price’s European travels. Vincent Price Journal is the work of Peter Fuller, the owner of Price’s 1928 European travel journal, who has turned the diary into a real-time blog, posting on approximately the same days in which Price had written…

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Ashtray Dirt the 7th

First up, today see’s the release of Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England. Available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray and in cinemas, the film will also play tonight on Film4 at 10.45pm…

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Arrow have announced their latest Blu-ray releases for this month, The Car and Runaway Train…

The line up for this years Film4 FrightFest has been announced. Films playing include You’re Next, Curse of Chucky, V/H/S/2, Rewind This!, The Borderlands and We Are What We Are. The full line up and links to buy tickets can be found over at the official website

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You’re Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard have announced they are prepping their next project, The GuestDowntown Abbey star Dan Stevens has reportedly been cast in the lead role. The Guest follows an ex-marine who is taken in by another fallen comrade’s family until he becomes unwelcome in the new home. Shooting begins this summer…

For anyone concerned that Gareth Edwards would follow Roland Emmerich’s suit and not have his Godzilla breathe fire, these latest on-set pictures would hint otherwise…

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Universal Halloween Horror Nights have announced their first scare house for this year’s Orlando events – Cabin In The Woods…

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Enter The Dragon star Jim Kelly has sadly passed away after battling cancer. A skilled martial artist, Kelly went on to star in Black Belt Jones, Three The Hard Way and Black Samurai, but is best known for playing ‘Williams’ opposite Bruce Lee. Kelly was 67…

The latest trailer for James Wan’s The Conjuring has been released and features the real-life Perron family whose experiences inspired the film. Effectively creepy, it’s certainly a new way to market films ‘based on a true story’. The Conjuring is released August 2nd…

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Up first is the new trailer for Israeli release Big Bad Wolves, which was announced last week as the closing film for this years Film4 Frightfest festival. Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papusahdo, the revenge-thriller looks intriguing, brutal and brilliantly shot and will no doubt be a hit at the festival in August…

Arrow have announced their latest limited edition steelbook release, Lucio Fulci’s classic The Beyond, which is exclusive to Zavvi and available to pre-oder now…

Another psychedelic trailer has dropped for Ben Wheatley’s new picture A Field In England. The film is released across all platforms next Friday, July 5th…

Director David Lynch is reportedly collaborating with Trent Reznor on the next Nine Inch Nails release, Come Back Haunted. Lynch will apparently direct the music video for the new single, the first time the pair have worked together since the soundtrack to Lost Highway

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Actor James Gandolfini sadly passed away this week from a suspected heart attack. The star who was most notable for his lead role in television series The Sopranos, also played a string of supporting characters in films as diverse as True Romance, Zero Dark Thirty, Where The Wild Things Are and The Man Who Wasn’t There…

Birmingham’s Shock and Gore festival have announced their line up for this summers series of events. Running from the 19th to the 15th July, events include screenings of films both new and old from an Evil Dead double bill to recent offering John Dies At The End. The full lineup can be found on the website

More new pictures are emerging from the set of the new Godzilla remake. An underground bunker and a giant crater tease the presence of the titular creature in Gareth Edwards feature slated for release next year…

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Second Sight have revealed the sleeve artwork for their next Blu-ray release, Possession, which is released on July 29th…

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MGM have released an official press release this week confirming many of the rumours surrounding the new Poltergeist remake. The film will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), produced by Sam Raimi and Bob Tapert and will be adapted from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). According to the press release, the plot will revolve around ‘a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil’

A set of new images have been released for the next James Wan feature The Conjuring, a creepy tale of paranormal investigators helping out a family living in a haunted house…

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Lastly, author and screenwriter Richard Matheson passed away this week aged 87. Prolific in the horror and science-fiction genres, Matheson wrote the novels I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes and Hell House, the screenplays for The Devil Rides Out, The Legend of Hell House and The Incredible Shrinking Man and numerous teleplays…

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A collection of various news bits wafting past us…. 

A trailer has finally dropped for the new Ben Wheatley film A Field In England, alongside a stunning new quad poster. Shot in beautiful black and white, it promises some stellar performances from its cast and a trippy journey into their psyche as they dig up an unknown treasure trove. If Wheatley’s track record is anything to go by, this has brilliance written all over it and is a strong contender for one of the best British films of the year. The Civil War feature stars Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Down Terrace, Kill List), Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, Burke & Hare, Him Indoors) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley) and is released on July 5th simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on free television and on VoD…

V/H/S/2 (aka S/V/H/S), the sequel to last year’s anthology film VHS, has also seen its latest red band trailer released. Featuring aliens, suicides, exploding bodies and unforseen forces, if the pace of the trailer is anything to go by than it should be better than its predecessor. With so much featured in the trailer, it does beg the question how much of it really is spoiler free? With an impressive list of directors at the helm (The Raid’s Gareth Evans, Blair Witch Project‘s Eduardo Sanchez and You’re Next‘s Adam Wingard), it looks like one picture worth checking out…

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Japanese director Takashi Miike is returning to the horror genre with his next feature, set to focus on the Japanese ghost story and play Yotsuya Kaiden. Miike, who was in Cannes promoting new film Wara No Tate, has yet to title his new project but it sounds like it will blur the lines of reality and nightmare, having a couple play the fictional lovers at the heart of the Yotsuya Kaiden story and seeing the effect it has on their relationship…

Meanwhile, Rob Zombie has announced his possible retirement from the horror genre. Speaking to The Phoenix New Times, Zombie is quoted as saying, ‘No. I’m not really thinking of doing anything . . . Lords of Salem is my last sort of horror-genre related film for a really long time’. Depending on the truth of this statement, it might not be a bad thing…

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A new one sheet has debuted for the latest James Wan (Saw, Insidious) flick The Conjuring. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the tale of two paranormal investigators helping a family troubled by a dark presence. Starring Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Vera Farmiga, the feature is released August 2nd…

A second trailer has dropped for Edgar Wright’s next feature The World’s End. Reuniting with regulars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (also co-writing), the film see’s five childhood friends get together to finally do the epic pub crawl they never completed years ago, only to find their home town might not be all it seems. With robots and a touch of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers  about it, the trailer does feel a little spoilerific but we’ll have to wait until July 19th to find out…

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Finally, word on the street is that the new Poltergeist remake might also be a reboot/sequel, a la the recent Evil Dead film. With Gil Kenan (Monster House) on board to direct, Sam Raimi producing and shooting due to start this September, the feature will apparently be set in the ‘same universe’ with another family after help when their daughter is abducted by spirits. No release date yet but casting calls are underway…

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