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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Ashtray Dirt Part 8

First up, the first theatrical poster for Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves has dropped. The film will be closing this years Film4 FrightFest in August…

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Hot on the poster news comes the first one sheet image for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. Not quite the poster I’m guessing many fans were expecting (it does look rather like a Robbie Williams album cover, no?), the image is apparently an actual shot from a film and not a composite image. This week also saw the first red band trailer for the film released which you can see below and judge for yourselves on whether you think it’ll stand up to the original film. Starring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olson, Oldboy is released in the UK in December…

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Eli Roth’s year round haunted house attraction Goretorium has filed for bankruptcy…

Manchester horror festival Grimmfest have announced this years festival dates and two of the films they are playing. The festival will run between 3rd and 6th October and playing so far will be Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (starring Lara Flynn Boyle and Yancy Butler) and Jugface (starring Sean Young and Larry Fessenden, exec produced by Lucky McKee). The festival’s full line up will be released soon…

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Arrow have announced they will be releasing Brian De Palma’s Dressed To Kill on Blu-ray on July 29th. Restored Blu-ray editions of Sisters, Phantom Of The Paradise and The Fury will follow later this year and early next year…

The Barbican have announced two Live Live Cinema events for October 20th this year. Herk Harvey’s zombie classic Carnival Of Souls and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13 will be screened with live music and sound effects courtesy of New Zealand musician Leon Radojkovic and his band of actors and musicians. Tickets are currently on sale and can be bought here

A trailer has dropped for documentary Birth Of The Living Dead. Directed by Robert Kuhns, the documentary will follow how director George A. Romero gathered together a bunch of people in Pittsburgh and made the legendary Night Of The Living Dead, drawing on ‘immersing audiences in the singular time in which Night was shot‘. No word yet as to when the film will be released…


The National Theatre of Scotland have adapted Swedish novel and film Let The Right One In into a stage play. The production will open at the Royal Court in December prior to a West End run. What will no doubt be an interesting experience, tickets can be ordered here

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