"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" in our second Horror Highlights, which includes details on The Shining returning to UK cinemas this Halloween, the home media release of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, the winners of the 2017 Screamfest, the new Screambox series Character with Christopher Nelson, the Nightmares Film Festival screening of Gags, and the DVD and VOD release of K-Shop.
The Shining Returning to Theaters in the UK: "Park Circus celebrate this coming Halloween with a release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Screening in over 100 cinemas – for one night only, on 31 October – audiences can enjoy this remarkable thriller on the big screen once again at cinemas throughout the UK, plus selected European and Latin American territories.
Accompanying the film on its release to cinemas is a bonus seven-minute documentary, Work & Play: A Short Film About The Shining (2017), directed by Matt Wells for Park Circus."
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Trailer & Home Media Release Details: Press Release: "Universal City, California, October 18, 2017 – The stakes are higher than ever in the intense action-adventure Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, arriving Unrated and Unhinged on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand January 30, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in association with Impact Pictures/Chestnut Productions. The wildly anticipated next installment of the popular Death Race franchise, this Universal 1440 Entertainment original production brings fans along for the deadliest competition on wheels, where brutal fights and explosive car races abound. An action-packed thrill ride, this all-new movie is the grittiest and bloodiest installment yet!
Franchise newcomers Zach McGowan (“Black Sails”) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) join returning Death Race fan favorites Danny Trejo (Machete) and Fred Koehler (“American Horror Story”). Death Race: Beyond Anarchy also features talented actors Christine Marzano (Rules Don’t Apply), Terence Maynard (Edge of Tomorrow) and Velislav Pavlov (The Expendables 2).
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital, includes exclusive bonus features that take viewers deeper into the intense world of Death Race, with special behind-the-scenes footage and filmmaker commentary. Additionally, Death Race: Complete 4-Movie Collection will also available on DVD on January 30, 2017. Now fans can experience the glory of all four movies in one complete must-own set including, Death Race, Death Race 2, Death Race 3: Inferno and the all-new movie Death Race: Beyond Anarchy.
BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL exclusive BONUS FEATURES:
Inside the Anarchy: Filmmakers and cast describe how this chapter of the Death Race franchise stands out from the rest. From new locations, to a fleet of new cars, to a new star in Zach McGowan, see why Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is the deadliest Death Race yet!
Time Served: Lists & Goldberg: Hear Death Race franchise veterans Fred Koehler and Danny Trejo discuss what it’s like to be back playing Lists and Goldberg, and how their characters have changed.
On the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy: Director Don Michael Paul and cast explain how the stunt work gave the production a uniquely energetic feel.
Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Don Michael Paul and Star Zach McGowan
DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY SYNOPSIS:
Danny Trejo returns as the ruthless bookie, Goldberg, in the wildest, bloodiest, Death Race ever. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (McGowan) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal - enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Glover) and Lists (Koehler), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Marzano). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear.
DEATH RACE: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION SYNOPSIS:
Strap yourself in for an insane thrill ride inside in the Death Race 4-Movie Collection featuring an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Danny Glover, Tyrese Gibson, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Zach McGowan. Death Race is the brutal racing sport, where hardened criminals and smoking-hot navigators drive to survive or die trying. Packed with incredible stunts and brutal fight scenes, get ready for the non-stop barrage of high-octane thrills that will leave you pinned to your seat! The collection includes Death Race, Death Race 2, Death 3: Inferno, and Death Race: Beyond Anarchy.
Screamfest 2017 Winners: Press Release: "HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2017 – America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers and actors Thursday during the fest’s closing night. Screamfest, which ran from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror film enthusiasts and general audiences.
As voted on by a jury panel, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID received the most awards of the night with five: Best Picture, Best Director - Issa López, Best Actor - Juan Ramón López, Best Actress - Paola Lara and Best Editing - Joaquim Marti.
THE LAPACE’S DEMON received four awards for Best Musical Score by Duccio Giulivi, Best Visual FX by Giordano Giulivi and Alessandro Zonfrilli, Best Special FX by Giordano Giulivi and Best Cinematography by Ferdinando D'Urbano.
The closing night’s ceremony also honored Marianne Maddalena with a Career Achievement Award. A film and television producer, she often collaborated with prolific genre filmmaker Wes Craven.
Comprehensive List of Screamfest 2017 Winners:
Best Picture – Tigers Are Not Afraid
Best Horror Comedy – Dead Ant
Best Director - Issa López – Tigers Are Not Afraid
Best Actor – Juan Ramón López – Tigers Are Not Afraid
Best Actress – Paola Lara – Tigers Are Not Afraid
Career Achievement Award – Marianne Maddalena
Best Musical Score – Duccio Giulivi - The Laplace’s Demon
Best Editing – Joaquim Marti - Tigers Are Not Afraid
Best Visual FX - Giordano Giulivi & Alessandro Zonfrilli - The Laplace’s Demon
Best Special FX Giordano Giulivi - The Laplace’s Demon
Best Cinematography – Ferdinando D'Urbano - The Laplace’s Demon
Best Makeup – Creature Effects - Tragedy Girls
Best Short – Holy Fatma - Please Love Me Forever
Best Unproduced Screenplay – U-666 by Jacqueline Perez
Get Social with Us: Screamfest Official Usernames and Hashtag:
- Facebook: /Screamfest
- Twitter: @Screamfest
- Instagram: @ScreamfestLA
- Youtube: /ScreamfestLA
- Official hashtag: #ScreamfestLA
Screamfest is sponsored by Shock Top, Birns & Sawyer, European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, Dapper Cadaver, Screenplay.com, InkTip, Elma, Horror Pack, SellAScript.com, Screen Queensland and Simple DCP. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.” For more information, visit www.ScreamfestLA.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Screambox's New Series Character with Christopher Nelson: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017) – Screambox, the leading streaming service for hardcore horror fans, is celebrating the Halloween season with a new original series, “Character with Christopher Nelson.” The three-part series will roll out in tandem with Screambox’s 13 Screams to Halloween movie promotion, which began on Oct. 13 and allows fans to stream 13 fan-favorite horror films for free until Oct. 31.
Academy Award-winning special effects makeup artist Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad) hosts a roundtable discussion with FX industry heavy-hitters Rick Baker, Bart Mixon, Margaret Prentice and Vincent Van Dyke that offers unprecedented insight into the world of horror and creature special FX. The conversations range from the recent, sensational remake of “It” to behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of movies like “The Fly,” “Men In Black,” “Star Trek” and more.
Part one, titled Halloween, Horror, and Jeff Goldblum’s Balls, of the initial three-show run, is available now at www.screambox.com/13 and on the Screambox app. Part two will be released this Saturday, Oct. 21, with the final installment launching on Oct. 28.
The show can be viewed on any connected laptop, tablet, or phone and streamed using XBOX, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung TV, Apple TV, iOS, LeEco or Android.
“Character with Christopher Nelson” is a co-production of Screambox and TV4 Entertainment and comes on the heels of a joint venture between the two entities in which Screambox joins TV4 Entertainment’s portfolio of OTT channels. The series was created by Christopher Nelson, and executive produced by Christopher Nelson, Stephanie Ford, and Nick Turner, with direction by Graham Denman.
"It's been a pleasure letting Screambox and TV4 Entertainment into our circle of FX makeup friends and peers. I'm excited to see what fun adventures we come up with next!" says Nelson of the partnership.
The roundtable participants all have storied careers in prosthetics and special FX with multiple Oscars, Oscar nominations and Emmy Awards between them:
“It is with open arms we welcome Screambox and its capable team into our growing family,” said Jon Cody, Founder & CEO of TV4 Entertainment, “and ‘Character with Christopher Nelson’ is the perfect place to leverage our original production capabilities to Screambox. Next year, we will commit to several scripted horror original productions for the Screambox platform and work as one under this new venture to bring fans the best horror experience on the planet.”
To learn more, visit Screambox online.
Gags to Screen at Nightmares Film Festival: Press Release: "Columbus, OH - It's clear Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 19 to 22) wasn't clowning around.
As the "Cannes of horror" prepares to open its 2017 edition, it has unmasked its Friday, 4 p.m. secret screening title to reveal the sure-to-create-a-frenzy "Gags," the feature based on the viral phenomenon short accused of creating the "clown roaming" craze that gripped the U.S. for much of 2016.
That year director Adam Krause used a few grainy pictures of a clown under and bridge in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a marketing stunt to promote his short, Gags, about a killer clown. Those photos became the epicenter of a clown madness that swept the United States, with clowns lurking on treelines, under streetlamps and in seemingly every small town.
The feature version of Gags, kept under tight wraps until now, stars Lauren Ashely Carter and intertwines four stories of people terrorized on the same night during the height of the Gags the Clown pandemonium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
"Horror hounds like me have been tracking Gags since the short last year," said NFF co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. "When (producer) Sarah (Sharp) and (co-writer/editor) John (Pata) and I realized we could make it work at Nightmares this year, we were all thrilled for the audience. I can't wait for them to experience the film."
Gags himself will attend the screening, and will be lurking around Gateway Film Festival, the host venue for Nightmares 17. Cast and crew will also attend. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their reactions to the film directly with the production team to help fine tune it for its eventual release.
Nightmares Film Festival runs Thursday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 22 at the film center in Columbus, Ohio. Other features in the lineup include Hatchet sequel Victor Crowley with Adam Green in attendance; the world premiere of Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night)'s newest, Rock Paper, Dead; one of 10 U.S. screenings of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside)'s new film Leatherface; and the theatrical premiere of Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass.
Tickets and schedule are online at gatewayfilmcenter.org/NFF."
K-Shop DVD & VOD Release Details: Press Release: "Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 2017--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer-director Dan Pringle’s cult horror thriller K-SHOP. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff, High Octane Pictures CEO Galen Christy and Devilworks CEO Matteo Rolleri. The film will have a DVD and digital release through iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, and Vudu, as well as through local cable and satellite providers on December 5.
K-SHOP held its world premiere at the Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival, and its US premiere at the NYC Horror Film Fest where it won Best Special Effects. The film went on to win numerous awards, including the Festival Prize at the London Independent Film Festival, and the Méliès d'argent Award at the Lund Fantastisk Film Festival. K-SHOP also played multiple festivals including MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Festival, Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival, and the Southside Film Festival.
Described as a “cult classic” and a “twisted tale” (HeyUGuys) where “a little shop of horrors emerges in a kebab takeaway” (Times UK) and “writer/director Dan Pringle has a gift for the gruesome” (Total Film), K-SHOP stars Ziad Abaza (‘Tyrant’, Sand Castle), Reece Noi (‘Game of Thrones’), Darren Morfitt (Dog Soldiers), and Ewen MacIntosh (The Lobster).
After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, Salah's world is plunged into darkness. Forced into running the family kebab shop alone, Salah struggles to manage the increasingly rowdy nightlife. When a fight with an angry customer goes fatally wrong, he finds himself with a dead body on his hands. Having no faith in the authorities, Salah disposes of the body in the one place he knows best: the kebabs. As the shop's gullible customers devour the new recipe, Salah develops a taste for the kill and seizes the opportunity to turn vigilante, seeking vengeance for the abusive drunkards plaguing the streets.
K-SHOP is the debut feature from British born writer/director Dan Pringle. In 2009, Dan relocated to Bournemouth on the South Coast of the UK to develop White Lantern Film with Producer Adam Merrifield as a vehicle for producing thematically engaging independent feature films. In August 2016, White Lantern announced the development of Pringle’s next feature Britannica, a futuristic thriller exploring themes of immigration and national identity.
“Writer-Director Pringle has created a dazzling mix of horror and satire, sprinkled in a touch of black humor, and combined it all with cannibalism in this well-crafted diatribe on the condescending treatment of immigrants”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Led by a chilling and commanding performance by Ziad Abaza, K-Shop is a terrifying look at a quiet man pushed way beyond his limit.”
"I'm looking forward to unleashing K-Shop on the US", said writer/director Dan Pringle. "Our film industry exports in the UK are leaning toward big period dramas and loose-mouthed London gangster movies, so I can't wait to share a story rooted in an authentically different area of British society with US audiences."
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