Man, the Stanley Film Festival really came out of the gate swinging. It’s the first year for the Fest, which will be held May 2-5 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Some of the films playing? Aftershock, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Frankenstein’s Army, Maniac, Tower Block and V/H/S/2. That’s not even the half of it.
The mission statement, “The Stanley Film Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase exhilarating voices in classic and contemporary horror within a haunted space chosen to amplify the experience beyond the terrors shown on screen. Armed with the goal of procuring the most imaginative tales of fright from around the globe, we will proudly present short and feature films that offer a vast spectrum of tantalizing thrills and ghastly delights throughout the weekend. Like the best spooky stories told in the dark, each will be wildly distinct, inventive and unexpected. The Stanley Hotel’s ghostly history as one of our eeriest landmarks, and its inspiration for some of cinema’s most unnerving spectacles, make this the perfect place to tempt the spirits and bring out your deepest fears in a way no other venue can. Enter if you dare, and let these films stay with you forever. And ever. And ever.”
Eli Roth will be on hand to receive the Inaugural Visionary Award and will do a Q&A after Aftershock, which closes the Fest. The Stanley Film Festival is curated by Programming Director Landon Zakheim and programmer Michael Lerman, who selected films from 13 different countries, 2 US premieres, and 13 Colorado premieres. Hit the link above to buy tickets – and head inside for the lineup!!! READ MORE
Home entertainment group Shout! Factory has picked up U.K. horror film Cockneys vs. Zombies (pictured) for the U.S. and Canada and the suspense thriller Tower Block for the U.S. from SC Films, says The Hollywood Reporter. Shout! plans to bow the two features via VOD, electronic-sell-through and on DVD in 2013. The company said it is also planning a platform theatrical release and has secured U.S. television rights for the films. In addition, Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Roberto Busó-García’s The Condemned (Los Condenados) and is in negotiations to license the U.S. TV rights to the film to HBO. Strand is planning a spring 2013 release for the thriller about a haunted mansion that was filmed in Puerto Rico.
The Condemned stars Cristina Rodlo as an heiress who plans to restore the mansion in her father’s memory only to discover that the mansion’s past is returning to haunt the surrounding town and its residents. The film also stars René Monclova, Daisy Granados, Marisé Álvarez and José Caro.
Directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys vs. Zombies stars Brit actors Harry Treadaway and Rasmus Hardiker as two clueless cockney brothers who plot to rob a bank in order to help save their grandfather’s old age home. But a strange virus is sweeping across East London, turning residents into zombies. The brothers band together to fight off the hordes of the undead and try and rescue the old folks.
Tower Block is a high-concept thriller directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson in which the residents of a London tower block, all silent witnesses to a murder, become the target of a sniper, who begins picking them off one by one. READ MORE
The 8th annual Fantastic Fest has passed the halfway point of its 8-day reign of chaos in Austin, Texas. The sci/fi, fantasy, martial arts, Asian fantastic, and horror film festival offers up a little something for all genre lovers.
It is my duty to bring you the most horror and/or horror-related film reviews possible. With less than 20 feature films considered to be true horror, I will occasionally spotlight other non-horror films that will, hopefully, appeal to our readers here at Bloody Disgusting.
Be sure to be on the lookout in Austin, Texas from October 25-27, 2013, for my very own Housecore Horror Film Festival. I will be joined by my partner, former Pantera lead singer and heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo. We will be bringing 100% horror and heavy metal to the Lone Star state!
Check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 for more Fantastic Fest reviews! READ MORE
Film4 FrightFest the 13th is delighted to unveil its most ambitious line-up in history. From the sensational Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, the Sam Raimi produced The Possession and Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s jaw-dropping Chained, to the Maniac remake, the surgical underground of American Mary and the V/H/S anthology everyone is talking about, this year’s event is definitely something to scream about.
From Thursday, August 23 to Monday, August 27 the UK’s leading event for horror fantasy fans will be back at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 48 films in three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery and the newly-created Re-Discovery strand will play in Empires 4 & 5. There are eleven countries represented, with a record-beating fifteen world premieres and twenty-three UK or European premieres. READ MORE
Paul Hyett’s claustrophobic, psychological horror, The Seasoning House is set to open this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth and Rosie Day, this hard-hitting exploration of war-time sexploitation, set in a Balkan brothel, marks special-effects guru Hyett’s directorial debut. Hyett and the cast will be attending the premiere on Thurs August 23.
Film4 FrightFest will close with the world premiere of Lionsgate’s Tower Block. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, this is a stunning suspense shocker. “Trapped on the top floor of their run down East End home, a disparate group of neighbours are being targeted by a mystery sniper.” This taut gripper stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell and Russell Tovey. The directors and the cast will attend this fabulous finale to FrightFest the 13th.
Film4 FrightFest is pleased to announce the line-up will also include the UK premiere of [REC]2 Genesis, in which the [REC] myth gets expanded by director Paco Plaza in this gruesome second sequel in the groundbreaking Spanish zombie franchise. Both Paco and his leading lady Leticia Dolera will be attending the screening.
Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday August 23 to Monday August 27 at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on June 29. Festival & day passes go on sale from 30 June. Tickets for Individual films are on sale from 28th July. READ MORE
bassist Paul D’Amour has returned to the hard rock scene with Feersum Ennjin
, whose self-titled debut album comes out Nov. 15th. Revolver Mag
scored the song premiere of Fishing Ground as well as a short interview with Paul about the album, what is was like to leave Tool, and more.
Check out the song after the jump and let me know what you think!