Ashtray Dirt v.14

And we’re back! A brief week off for FrightFest (which was excellent by the way, you can read Josh’s overview here) has left lots of stuff to catch up on so here it goes…

Austin-based festival Fantastic Fest has announced its second wave of programming which includes Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano and Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell. The latest additions can be read here, along with the 16 projects selected for the new Fantastic Film Market that have also been announced. The festival runs from September 19th-26th…

Ti West’s new feature The Sacrament has had its first retro-looking poster dropped ahead of its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8th…

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The line up for Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams horror film festival has been revealed. Special guest Frank Henenlotter will introduce screenings of his films Basket Case and Frankenhooker, whilst films playing include Motivational Growth, The Battery, Big Bad Wolves and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears. The full schedule and tickets prices can be found on the website

The full directorial line-up for ABC’s of Death 2 has been revealed. Those involved include Rodney Ascher (Room 237), the Soska sisters (American Mary), Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills). A competition to find the 26th director is also happening…

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Director Ted Post passed away on August 20th. Mostly working in television, Post was known for directing the films Hang Em High, Magnum Force and Beneath The Planet Of The Apes…

Arrow have announced they are releasing Jack Hill’s Pit Stop in 2014…

Criterion have announced their Winter releases which include Richard Linklater’s Slacker, Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face and Lewis Allen’s The Uninvited

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights have announced all their scare attractions for this year’s events in Los Angeles and Orlando. Orlando will be getting An American Werewolf in London, Cabin In The Woods and Resident Evil themed mazes whilst Los Angeles will be getting Evil Dead, Insidious and The Walking Dead…

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Julie Harris, star of 1963’s The Haunting, passed away on August 24th…

Manchester’s Grimmfest have announced their full line-up for this year’s festival taking place between 2nd-6th October. Films playing include The Borderlands, Stalled, My Amityville Horror and Wither. Tickets can be bought on the official website here

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Afraid of the Dark, a new stage show, will play at the Charing Cross Theatre from 2nd September until the 26th October. Starring Charlie Anson, Rebecca Blackstone and Julian Forsyth, the play is described as ‘a new brand of theatrical terror that paralyzes the audience with fear. Everyone is afraid of something. What scares you when the lights go out? 50’s Hollywood, A failing B-movie producer and his team struggle to find the next terrifying blockbuster. A mysterious stranger appears – blurring the line between nightmare and reality while worming his way into their minds, exploiting their very worst fears’…

FrightFest will show footage from the in-production documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD before the screening of Odd Thomas on August 26th…

First images for Ti West’s The Sacrament have dropped. A rural utopian nightmare anyone…

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The first wave of programming for Fantastic Fest has been announced, including Keanu Reeve’s Man of Tai Chi, Katrin Gebbe’s Nothing Bad Can Happen and Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut…

Rumours are bounding around as to where the sequel to James Wan’s The Conjuring will go. Whilst there are ‘many’ options, the favourite at the moment will see the Warren’s travel to Enfield, England to deal with two possessed sisters…

Actress Karen Black has passed away following a battle with cancer. Black was notable for her roles in Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Nashville amongst others. She was 74…

Horror presenter and actress Emily Booth is producing and starring in her first short film Selkie, which has a kickstarter campaign to help raise budget funds. Inspired by a Celtic myth, the films promises to be an adult fairy tale…

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Another week, another festival. This time it’s Fantastic Fest and the announcement that this years opening film will be Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.

Leigh Whannell’s new horror effort Cooties is gaining a cast quick and fast. Co-written by and starring Whanell (Saw, Insidious), names attached to the project this week include Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim VS The World, Milk), Rainn Wilson (The Office, Super), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Elijah Wood who is also serving as producer. “The film begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against the monstrous pupils.Cooties is currently scheduled for an October 2014 release…

A small piece of concept art for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake has dropped this week. Edwards has hinted that a big announcement will be happening at this week’s San Diego Comic Con, where a part-ride-part-museum tribute to Godzilla called Godzilla Encounter is being held…

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It’s yet to be released in the UK, but rumours are that New Line have initiated a sequel to The Conjuring

Another Day Of The Dead reboot is in the works, with Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, two of the producers behind the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D, securing the rights…

Universal‘s Halloween Horror Nights have announced the 2013 remake of Evil Dead as the headling maze for this years event at both the LA and Orlando theme parks…

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Following on from last week‘s motion poster, a new still for the Carrie remake has been released. Continuing to tease us with the iconic prom scene, the latest picture see’s Chloe Moretz on her way to the fateful night being accompanied by Ansel Elgort playing Tommy Ross…

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London horror film festival FrightFest has announced that The Conjuring will be the Sleepy Queue free film for this year. The latest feature by director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) will be a free screening for people buying tickets in person from Empire Leicester Square…

Texas-based festival Fantastic Fest has announced that it will begin hosting an international co-production market for genre films called Fantastic Market|Mercado Fantastico. The market will run parallel with the festival and aims to connect projects with sales agents, production partners and distributors. Whilst being an international effort, there will be emphasis on films and filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and America…

A trailer has dropped for Insidious: Chapter 2 and see’s the cast of the first film come back for more as they continued to be haunted by a presence. The film will be released over here in September…

Finally, it seems that Paramount have gotten back the rights to the Friday The 13th franchise. Warner Bros. have apparently given up the rights to co-produce another feature in the iconic franchise to have a stake in Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar, which happens to be a Paramount property. Whilst no sequel to the 2009 Friday The 13th remake is on the cards at the moment, one wouldn’t be surprised if we did see another pop up in a few years time…