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When A Stranger Calls set on Blu-ray
With the pivotal line "Have you checked the children?" seminal slasher When A Stranger Calls, that sees a babysitter terrorised by a psychopathic killer, struck fear into the hearts of a generation of filmgoers. Now this terrifying movie, directed by Fred Walton (The Rosary Murders) and starring Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) and Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon), is set to get its first ever UK Blu-ray and on download and on-demand courtesy of Second Sight on 17 December 2018.
This hugely influential horror opens with the babysitter receiving the chilling phone call from a killer, which has often been copied, but rarely bettered and provided the inspiration for the first scene in Wes Craven’s hit Scream.
Now this genre-defining film gets the high def treatment as one Blu-ray disc / one CD set in stunning collector's packaging. When A Stranger Calls/ When A Stranger Calls Back: Limited Edition features a brand-new scan and restoration of the original film; the sequel When a Stranger Calls Back in HD; the original, rarely seen, short film The Sitter newly restored; brand new interviews; a 40-page perfect bound booklet; Original Soundtrack CD; reversible poster featuring new and original artwork; reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork.
From writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs, a film that brings together cast from Friday the 13th, Maniac Cop 1 & 2, George Romero's The Crazies, Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs, Sleepaway Camp, Critters 2 and more, on VOD January 8 from High Octane Pictures!
When Michael wakes up he is horrified to find that he is riding shotgun with a psychopath (Christopher Showerman, Supergirl) who reveals to him that his wife and daughter are held captive in the attached cargo trailer. The trailer is rigged to release a deadly toxin when triggered by a switch in the car. Thinking of his family's safety, he cooperates with everything the psychotic driver asks him to do even if it means breaking the law.
During this bizarre ride, the driver subjects Michael to three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry, Shivers) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s suicide. The next tale transpires in the '80s where a Detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer (Jonathan Tiersten, Sleepaway Camp) who is terrorizing a video store owner and his wife. In the final tale, an evil deity (Yan Birch, Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs) is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported.
With a burning desire for the truth behind his abduction and the safety of his family, will Michael have the will to survive the madness? Your sanity will be tried and tested in Terror Tales.
Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop), Jennifer Runyon (Ghostbusters), Ari Lehmann (Friday the 13th), Ashley Park (Rosewood), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), and Helen Udy (The Dead Zone) also star. The trailer's above.
Making its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival and garnering rave reviews at other major festivals, Iain Ross McNamee's gothic chiller Crucible of the Vampire is set to arrives in UK cinemas on 1 February 2019, followed by its home entertainment release on 4 February 2019 in dual format DVD and Blu-ray and on digital platforms courtesy of Screenbound Entertainment.
Starring British acting favourite Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Men Behaving Badly), alongside rising stars Katie Goldfinch and Florence Cady, this brooding vampire tale gives a strong nod to classic British horror greats and the genre defining Hammer Horror films.
A young museum curator Isabelle (Katie Goldfinch) is sent to look at an ancient artefact, discovered in the basement of a stately home in Shropshire. Welcomed into the sprawling manor house by a seemingly hospitable family; Karl (Larry Rew), his wife Evelyn (Babette Barat) and their beautiful daughter Scarlet (Florence Cady), but all is not what it seems, as a dark and terrifying secret hangs over them. Try the trailer at the link above.
[8 Dec 2018 at 12:28]
Submergence on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
From critically-acclaimed arthouse director WIM WENDERS comes SUBMERGENCE, a film about a Scottish spy and a progressive bio-mathematician torn apart by fate and fighting to reunite against immeasurable odds. With stunning lead performances from BAFTA Award-Winner JAMES McAVOY and Academy® Award-Winner ALICIA VIKANDER, this powerhouse film from Wim Wenders (Palme d'Or winner, BAFTA winner, and three-time Academy Award® nominee) will be available on Digital Download from 4 March and DVD and Blu-ray™ from 11 March.
In a remote hotel in Normandy bio-mathematician Danielle Flinders (Vikander) meets British Secret Service Operative James More (McAvoy). There to prepare for their respective missions Danielle and James fall madly in love - before being quickly torn apart.
Danielle embarks on a deep-sea diving mission to the deepest parts of the ocean to test her theory on the origin of life, while James treks to volatile Somalia to track down the source of suicide bombers infiltrating Europe.
When James is taken hostage by Jihadist fighters Danielle must push the boundaries of science and journey to the bottom of the ocean, not knowing whether James is dead or alive. Challenged by immeasurable obstacles, they face the greatest questions of life and love as they fight to find answers - and each other.
Adapted from the acclaimed novel by J.M. Ledgard, the visually stunning SUBMERGENCE is a complex study of love, vocation and upheaval.
[8 Dec 2018 at 12:25]
Snake Outta Compton on DVD and digital
Can it live up to that title?
Nerd scientist Vurkel is experimenting in his bedroom in south Los Angeles, testing an enlarging ray on a snake. Meanwhile his housemates are preparing for an audition to score a major record deal. When Vurkel's fast-changing test snake escapes, it's up to him and the rappers - and a pair of mismatched cops - to track it down and stop it before it grows completely out of control.
Produced by, and featuring a cameo by Big Ass Spider! director Mike Mendez, this is a schlocky, silly, and action-packed B-movie bonanza, that fans of the hit Sharknado films won't want to miss.
The Movie Partnership has announced that their new sci-fi thriller, Solis, has received its release date for digital download on 10th December. Solis is directed by Carl Strathie and stars Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead, Westworld, He Never Died) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Hot Fuzz, Sometimes Always Never).
Asteroid mining engineer Troy Holloway wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun. Faced with rapid oxygen depletion, Commander Roberts on Earth leads a rescue party to save him. As Holloway's hope runs low, Roberts, speaking to him through a weak radio transmission, is determined to save his life before time runs out.
London Short Film Festival (LSFF) has today announced its full 2019 programme, screening hundreds of UK and International short films from across music, culture and politics over ten days, from 11th-20th January.
Now in its sixteenth year, LSFF is a vital moment in the UK film calendar and retains its status as the UK’s premiere destination for the best in UK and international independent short film. This year, the festival will see a focus on alternative '80s culture, a moment bringing outsider art across to the mainstream.
LSFF is a beacon of inclusive and groundbreaking filmmaking from a diverse range of backgrounds; in 2019 the Festival will show a huge selection of UK and international short films across a series of strands, including music, politics, culture, LGBTQ+ and BAME.
Also just to let you know within this year's programme there is a feature film in the shape of the infamous video nasty, Basket Case, as part of Nasty Stuff curated by Prano Bailey-Bond in association with Cigarette Burns Cinema.