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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‚Äôs Hollywood, A failing B-movie producer and his team struggle to find the next terrifying blockbuster. A mysterious stranger appears ‚Äď 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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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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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¬†‚ÄúStudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing. I‚Äôm 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.‚ÄĚ…

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….

The Devils Hour – ‘The 3.07AM Project’

To celebrate the US release of James Wan’s The Conjuring, VICE magazine teamed up with the film to commission four shorts by four horror directors inspired by the time 3.07AM. The results are interesting and can be watched below. The best of the bunch are This One For The Lady by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, ABC’s Of Death segment A is for Apocalypse), an eerie teeth related horror that makes your molars ache, and One Last Dive by Jason Eisener (Treevenge, Hobo With A Shotgun), a claustrophobic thirty second clip that visualises my dislike of diving quite eloquently. Max Landis’ segment is one of the weaker of the last two, an interesting idea that needs more than thirty seconds to unravel itself, whilst Ti West’s short proves he hasn’t quite caught the hang of making shorts that are as effective as his features (cough M is for Miscarriage cough…). Either way its a good four minutes or so that certainly gets you hungry to see The Conjuring which opens here on August 2nd…