Here’s a selection of some of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week…
Goodnight Mommy Arrives In UK Cinemas March 4
Vertigo Releasing has set Austrian psychological horror film Goodnight Mommy for a UK cinema release from March 4, 2016. Directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Goodnight Mommy stars Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, and Elias Schwarz.
Here’s the official synopsis: In the heat of the summer, a lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields, lives nine-year-old twin brothers who are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust.
Refuge Released on VOD, iTunes and Amazon
Passerby Films has released post-apocalyptic thriller Refuge, for Video On Demand, Amazon, and iTunes. Here’s the official synopsis: Refuge chronicles the struggles of a family trying to survive in the wake of a deadly and mysterious catastrophic event that has brought America to its knees. Despite their efforts to remain hidden from the pervasive marauders and dangers that surround them, the family is ultimately discovered and forced to fight for survival. But, fighting back has its consequences. Refuge was directed by Andrew Robertson and stars stars Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg (Daredevil), and Eva Grace Kellner.
Click HERE to download the trailer.
Writers & Publishers International Offers Two for One Special for Transylvania Retreat
Running from August 7 to the 14, The Horror Writer’s Workshop are offering an opportunity to find inspiration, and instruction during a special writing retreat with professor of literary arts and writer Brian Evenson during an event taking place at Mama Cozonacilor, a family-owned inn located in the mountainous region of Bran, Transylvania. You can walk the cobblestone streets of Sighişoara, where Vlad the Impaler was born, and explore the Râșnov Fortress, where two Turkish well diggers met their doom. Vlad the Impaler was the basis for Bran Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
“The biggest misconception people have about horror is that it’s gratuitous. They hear horror and think Saw—the most visceral movie they’ve ever heard of,” says Evenson. “Most great horror is a serious investigation about the strangeness of the world. There’s a lot of really interesting, sophisticated writing going on in the world of horror right now.”
Those interested can reserve their spot with a deposit. There is limited space available and the workshop is expected to sell out quickly. During the month of February, WPI is offering a special two-for-one discount—those who book with a spouse, friend, or family member will get 50 percent off their registration fees. This deal ends on February 29.
Head over to The Horror Writer’s Workshop website for more information.
FrightFest Presents Unveils Six New Titles download from Monday 29 Feb. 2016
FrightFest Presents: The Lesson, Last Girl Standing, Landmine Goes Click, Curtain, The Unfolding, and Emelie available for download beginning Monday February 29. These selections showcase some of the very best genre films being made today by the most exciting filmmakers emerging onto the horror scene.
“Our initial slate set out the stall of what FrightFest Presents is all about and got the brand off to a flying start thanks to its diversity and ability to deliver the shocking goods for genre lovers. Now we are building on that strong foundation with six more unmissable titles that once more shines a light on our market uniqueness and ambition to build a catalogue of first class chillers that is second to none”, said Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest.
Here’s the lineup:
February 29, 2016.
The Lesson. Director: Ruth Platt. Cast: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Rory Coltart, Joshua Wedge.
Last Girl Standing. Director: Benjamin R. Moody. Cast: Akasha Villalobos, Danielle Evon Ploeger, Brian Villalobos, JD Carrera, Ryan Hamilton.
March 7, 2016.
Landmine Goes Click. Director: Levan Bakhia. Cast: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Kote Tolordava, Dean Geyer, Nana Kiknadze.
Curtain. Director: Jaron Henrie-McCrea. Cast: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Martin Monahan, Rick Zahn, Preston Lawrence.
March 14, 2016.
The Unfolding. Director: Eugene McGing. Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Robert Daws, Nick Julian, Kitty McGeever, Lisa Kerr.
Emelie. Director: Michael Thelin. Cast: Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair.
FrightFest Presents titles are available across key digital partners, including iTunes, Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Blinkbox, Google Play, Amazon, Xbox Video, Wuaki, Talk Talk, Horrorshow and Volta.
Click HERE for more information.
Titan Reveals Penny Dreadful #1 Covers
Just in time for season three of Showtime’s series, Penny Dreadful, Titan Entertainment will launch a tie-in comic written by some of the television show’s writers, including Chris King, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Andrew Hinderaker.
Featuring artwork from Louie De Martinis, “Penny Dreadful” #1 will arrive in stores on May 4, days after the launch of season three. The first issue is written by series writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and comes with a several variant covers by Guillem March, Ben Templesmith and series artist Louie De Martinis. The storyline is a prequel for the television, portraying the events that led Vanessa Ives to find her missing friend, Mina Harker. This is the first time the television series has been presented in comic form, so readers can expect some of the characters they’ve come to love from the series, as well as some new intriguing characters with this ongoing series.
“Penny Dreadful” #1 arrives in stores on May 4.
Comic Book Resources has published a sneak peek at the covers, which you can see right HERE.
Stream the First Single from John Carpenter’s Lost Themes II
‘Distant Dreams’, the first single from John Carpenter’s Lost Themes, is available for streaming over at YouTube and you can see it below! The album releases worldwide April 15, 2016 and is available for preorder on iTunes. Carpenter’s approach for this album is closer to way he records the soundtracks for his movies; on a tight budget, and an even tighter schedule. This time around, he reconvenes with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies, recording the songs in the same city instead of exchanging tracks online. The new album features eleven new tracks, ready to score the movies in our minds.
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