Ashtray Dirt V.12

Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams have announced the first films playing at this October’s horror festival. Taking place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th, Screams will play host to the UK premiere of Brian Netto’s Delivery, as well as screening Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Big Bad Wolves and a selection of work from claymation filmmaker Lee Hardcastle. Passes go on sale September 20th…

The line up for this years Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, with highlights including The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Lucky McKee’s All Cheerleaders Die and the world premiere of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. The full line up can be read on the official website

A poster and trailer have dropped for Marvel’ s Thor: The Dark World, which is released in the UK on October 30th…

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The line up for this year’s nationwide Scalarama month is now up over at the official website

Arrow have announced release dates for a Blu-ray version of Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce, out on September 30th, and a dual-format release of Squirm, out on September 16th…

Sam Rockwell is rumoured to be in talks to star opposite confirmed lead Rosemarie DeWitt in the Poltergeist remake…

A new international trailer has dropped for James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2, which hints at the troubled childhood of Patrick Wilson’s character Josh Lambert…


The live action remake of Akira is back on with director Jaume Collett-Serra (Taken) attached, a rumoured much lower budget and a shooting date of the end of 2014…

Paul Greengrass’ latest feature Captain Philips has been announced as the opening film for this year’s London Film Festival

Hot off the announcement of its world premiere at this years TIFF, a set of pictures have been released for Eli Roth’s latest directorial effort The Green Inferno. The film is described as ‘a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders’. The Green Inferno currently has no release date…

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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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A bit of a busy week this week thanks to a certain convention, but here we go! Cast additions have been announced for Adam Wingard’s new project The Guest which is currently in pre-production. Names attached include Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, Bad Blood), Brendan Meyer and Alex Knight who will star alongside Downtown Abbey‘s Dan Stevens…

Ti West’s latest offering The Sacrament will have its world premiere at this years Venice Film Festival

A new poster and short clip have dropped for James Wan’s Insidious Chapter 2. The very short, and sweet, footage (which you can watch over at IGN) looks like the film will continue to keep the creepy and jumpworthy tone of the original which is promising…

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Dario Argento is apparently preparing an operatic version of Guiseppe Verdi’s Macbeth for the stage. Opening night is currently set at October 4th at the Teatro Coccia in Northern Italy with plans for the opera to be toured at other Italian theaters…

Arrow have announced they are releasing Larry Stewart’s The Initiation on August 5th…

Big news to come out of this years San Diego Comic Con was the confirmation by Zack Snyder that the sequel to the latest Superman film Man Of Steel would indeed see Superman face off against Batman, in a move that feels very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s cult classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (an influence according to Snyder). Christopher Nolan will return as an executive producer alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, whilst Christian Bale has shot down any rumours of him appearing as Bruce Wayne (go here to watch the video of the panel crowd going nuts at the announcement). The film has a current release date of 2015…

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Synapse Films have announced they are restoring the original negatives of 1980 slasher Prom Night for a HD release…

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Director Robin Hardy has announced that he has found the missing The Wicker Man footage he had been searching for and a UK Blu-ray and theatrical release of a ‘final cut’ version of the film will happen this September (theatrical) and October (Blu-ray). Hardy announced that “StudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing. I’m very pleased to announce that StudioCanal have been able to find an actual print of The Wicker Man, which is based on my original cut working with Abraxas, the American distributors, all those years ago. They plan, and this is the exciting bit, to actually release it. This version has never been restored before, has never been shown in UK theatres before, has never been converted to Blu-ray before. This version will – optimistically – be known as the Final Cut.”…

Fans were lucky to grab a peek at a teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake at SDCC this week. Word is it looks amazing and Edwards and his team have done a great job so far but no footage has surfaced as of yet (or it has but has been taken down from YouTube). Shooting wrapped this week on the film which is released next year…

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Scream Factory announced their latest release plans at SDCC, with the biggest coup being Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut for 2014. Other releases include John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 for November this year, Saturn 3 and Darkman for December this year and the 1982 version of Cat People for 2014…

Horror festival FrightFest have announced their short film programme for this August’s Bank Holiday weekend. The nine films, all worldwide premieres, will play at certain times ahead of certain films, details of which can be found on the website

Joss Whedon confirmed at SDCC that the sequel to The Avengers would be called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon also dropped the news that the characters Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will also appear. The film will start shooting in London in March…

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Lastly, New Zealand has banned the 2012 remake of Maniac, which stars Elijah Wood, from theatrical and home format release. The Kiwi response is that the first person POV style in which the film is shot makes it too graphic. Under the ruling, this restricts viewings of the film to festivals only….

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First up this week comes some exciting news from the Film4 FrightFest camp. The poster for this years festival was unveiled this week with artwork by legendary artist Graham Humphreys, as were this years opening and closing films. Kicking off the festival will be The Dead 2: India (directed by Howard and Jon Ford) and closing the weekend festivities will be Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves (directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the team behind 2011 FrightFest favourite Rabies). The festivals full line up will be released on 28th June…

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Cineploit have announced their two latest Exploit releases for July. Exploit 03 is Thelema‘s ‘Ephemerol’, a tribute to David Cronenberg’s Scanners, and Exploit 04 will be Zoltan’s tribute to British cult film Psychomania

A new TV spot for the latest James Wan (Saw, Insidious) release The Conjuring has arrived. The film, based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, promises a scary jump or two…

The Toronto International Film Festival have announced their plans for a multi-platform project based on the works of director David Cronenberg. ‘The Cronenberg Project’ will see a collection of some of the most iconic props on display from across the celebrated director’s filmography in a dedicated exhibition entitled David Cronenberg: Evolution. The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art will also house an exhibition entitled David Cronenberg: Transformation. Whilst opening in Toronto, the exhibition should become the first TIFF curated piece to tour internationally, with dates apparently to be revealed at the end of the year…

The first poster for Insidious Chapter 2 has dropped, never before have baby walkers evoked such scares…

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The latest vinyl release from cult soundtrack label Death Waltz Recording Co. is on sale now. The terrific score by Rob for the 2012 remake of Maniac is currently available on 3 vinyl editions…

First on-site pictures of actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have emerged from the set of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) Godzilla remake. Rumours are circulating that the film will bring more than just the giant famed lizard in terms of creatures with the latest press release from Legendary Pictures stating; ‘Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty’. Production on the movie has now moved to Hawaii and is slated for a May 2014 release…

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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…