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Frightfest announce guests and new addition to line-up

With only four weeks till the start of the festival, Frightfest organisers have announced not only some of the guests set to appear over the August Bank Holiday weekend, but also the addition of another film to the line-up! The 150 plus guest-list this year is as vibrant and eclectic as ever, with nearly 40 of the films represented… New to the film line-up is Jackals, Kevin Greutert’s potent blend of horror thriller, home invasion terror and murder cult chiller, which stars Stephen Dorff and Deborah Kara Unger. The film is scheduled for Saturday 25th August, 4pm and 4.30pm in the main screens at the Cineworld Leicester Square.

Check out the new festival trailer and guest details below:

From the press release:

It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif raised the Empire roof with Curse Of Chucky and this year they are joined by the irrepressible Jennifer Tilly
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Frightfest Guest Line-up and Surprise Film Announced

Frightfest edges ever closer, in fact this time next month it’ll almost be over, but they’ll be much fun before then. The festival is renowned for hosting the best in genre cinema across a bum-numbing five days, but it’s not just films that make the event so special, the organisers also manage to secure a lot of the actual filmmakers. The talent then introduce the film, complete post screening Q and A’s and party the nights away with attendees. So just whose going this year? Check out the Frightfest announcement below and find out.

The 150 plus guest-list this year is as vibrant and eclectic as ever, with nearly 40 of the films represented. It is a year when fan favourites are reunited and the new wave of genre talent is firmly embraced within the FrightFest fold.

It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif
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Controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs wraps debut feature 'Fanged Up'

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Controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs wraps debut feature 'Fanged Up'
Exclusive: Screen can reveal a first-look image from the comedy-horror.

Daniel O’Reilly, aka controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs, has wrapped shooting on his debut feature film as an actor, the vampire comedy Fanged Up.

Directed by Christian James (Stalled), the film’s cast also features Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Lauren Socha (E4 series Misfits), Danielle Harold (Eastenders), former WWE wrestler Stu Bennett, and Joe Egan (Sherlock Holmes).

The film was shot entirely on location in Portsmouth. It follows a young rogue (O’Reilly) who is thrown into prison for the weekened, unaware that the guards are blood-sucking vampires and the inmates are their victims.

Fanged Up was produced by Terry Stone (Anuvahood) and Richard Turner (Nativity!), with Chris Howard (The Messenger) as executive producer. It was financed by film financer Investor Profit Portfolio and The Wealth Advisory.

O’Reilly co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Nevern (The Hooligan Factory) and Dan Palmer ([link
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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up

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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up
Genre festival reveals masterclasses and film programme.

Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29) has unveiled the line-up of events and movies for its 2016 edition, set to be held at the Vue cinema in London’s Shepherds Bush.

Screen will host a panel on the future of the UK horror film industry, followed by the first Screen International Horror Rising Star Award [click here for the shortlist].

There will also be a horror writing master class with writer-director James Moran; a women in horror symposium; a special effects demo from maestro Dan Martin; and a discussion by filmmaker Paul Davis – who made John Landis approved doc Beware The Moon - marking the 35th anniversary of An American Werewolf In London.

The festival is also set to screen H.G. Lewis’ 1963 gore classic Blood Feast, which is getting a 4K restoration from Arrow.

The FrightFest audience will be the first in the UK to see The Neighbor, directed by Marcus Dunstan (The Collection).

The festival will also
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Kate Shenton unveils her ‘Egomaniac’

Kate Shenton – director of the well received film On Tender Hooks, which screened at festivals such as Fright Fest, PiFan, Lsff, RazorReel, Ravenna Nightmare, Grossman, Fantaspoa Fest and But Festival – has announced that her latest film, Egomaniac, is currently seeking sales and distribution at this years European Film Market. The second feature film by writer-director Kate Shenton has also unveiled it’s new poster ready for Efm.

Egomaniac is a quirky dark comedy about a female horror filmmaker who is determined to make her zombie-horror-romantic-comedy. However everyone in the industry keeps telling her to put a talking dog in it. Desperate for funding, Catherine does whatever it takes to get her film made, but compromises can kill…

Staring Nic Lamont and Adam Rhys-Davies and featuring horror favourites Laurence Harvey (Human Centipede 2 & 3) and Dan Palmer (Stalled), Egomaniac is the second feature film from writer-director Kate Shenton and is a semi-autobiographical tale
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‘The Package’ Review (Short Film)

Stars: Dan Palmer, Tom Gordon | Written and Directed by Damon Rickard

To put it simply, The Package is a short film, written and directed by Damon Rickard, about how far a man is prepared to go to get something back that was stolen from him…

One of the great things about short films is that there is rarely time for establishing detailed characters or setting, so they jump straight into the meat of it. This is absolutely true with The Package, as no more than twenty seconds in, the main character (whose name we never learn) is knocked out and wakes up tied to a chair in an unknown location.

Who is he? We don’t know. Why is he there? We don’t know. What follows is a scene of uncomfortable torture where we are drip fed just enough information to keep us on the cusp of understanding, always wanting to know more.
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Round-Up: The Horror Network Release Details, Film4 FrightFest Halloween Event, Watch a Clip from 6:15

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The Horror Network anthology, directed by some of the horror genre's newest talents, will arrive on DVD and VOD on October 27th. Also in this round-up: details on the Film4 FrightFest Halloween event and a clip from the zombie film 6:15.

The Horror Network: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has set loose the latest entry in the horror anthology genre, The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see." The film will be available on DVD and VOD October 27th.

Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents
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Film4 FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2015 event

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Film4 FrightFest has announced their line-up for their big Halloween 2015 event with James Purefoy and Olga Kurylenko leading the guest line-up. The line-up includes a totally shocking threequel, a haunted house of horrors, demonic possession, claustrophobic tank terror, a head-spinning brutal thriller and a secret screening.

The Film4 FrightFest Halloween event is back at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 24 Oct with six brand new movies, including two World premieres, a European and two UK premieres. This year’s Shockathon kicks off at 11am with the surprise movies which guarantees a sci-fi cocktail of weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious action. Here is the press release:

Next up is the UK Premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Unspoken, a chill-orientated sinister ghost story with an insidious sting in its tale.
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Review – Banjo (2015)

Banjo, 2015

Written and directed by Liam Regan

Starring James Hamer-Morton, Damien Morter, Dani Thompson, Vito Trigo, Clay von Carlowitz, Serena Chloe Gardner, Laurence R. Harvey, Dan Palmer, David Curtis

Synopsis:

A young man becomes manipulated by his imaginary friend to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers.

Lifetime horror Liam Regan makes his directorial debut with the bloody and bonkers Banjo. A movie that kicks off with a couple having sex before the busty female of the duo pours a condom of semen all over her protesting partner. And it just gets bigger from there.

Working as though Troma made Drop Dead Fred, Banjo sees bullied office worker Peltzer (James Hamer-Morton) summon back his invisible friend from his childhood, Ronnie (Damien Morter, who was also the film’s Dp) to help him take care of his nasty co-workers (including Stalled‘s Dan Palmer and Return to Nuke ‘Em High‘s Clay Von Carolowitz). And,
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Frightfest 2015: ‘Banjo’ Review

Stars: James Hamer-Morton, Damian Morter, Laurence R. Harvey, Dan Palmer, Dani Thompson, Vito Trigo, David Curtis, Eloise Daye | Written and Directed by Liam Regan

It’s a credit to a film festival like Frightfest that so many of its attendees not only are wannabe filmmakers, but actually put their proverbial money where their mouth is and make movies – be they shorts that screen as part of the ever-popular Short Film Showcase and the fantastic Shortcuts to Hell competition the festival held last year or, as in the case of Banjo, full length features.

Based on the short film of the same name, Banjo tells the story of Peltzer Arbuckle, a bullied office employee, humiliated by his megalomaniac boss, teasing colleagues and cheating partner. Stuck in his mundane, nightmarish reality, once news about an embarrassing sexual accident circulates the workplace, Peltzer decides to put up with his misery no more, and
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Short Film Lineup Announced

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Giving UK horror fans yet another reason to attend their scare-packed festival, the fine folks at Film4 FrightFest have announced their short film lineup that features over thirty shorts, including the cannibalistic wrestling tale, El Gigante:

Press Release: "Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premieres and seven European Premieres. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.

Highlights include the London premiere of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut Coward, and the UK premiere of Shevenge, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in Ghosting, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new
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Frightfest 2015 – Guest line-up announced

What do Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose have in common? They’re all set to make an appearance at this years London Film4 Frightfest!

Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton (pictured above) is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30th August at 9.15pm.

Says the legend herself:

To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and
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‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Crampton to Reign at London’s FrightFest

‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Crampton to Reign at London’s FrightFest
London — “Scream Queen” Barbara Crampton, best known for cult horror movie “Re-Animator,” is the special guest at London genre film festival Film4 FrightFest, where she will appear in four films. The festival runs Aug. 27-31.

Crampton stars in the festival’s “We Are Still Here,” “Road Games” and “Sun Choke,” plus she makes a cameo appearance in “Tales of Halloween.” As well as introducing her films, she will talk about her career during an onstage interview. FrightFest also celebrates the work of artist Graham Humphreys, who will be talking about his career designing posters. The festival will also host Bernard Rose, the director of the cult horrors “Paperhouse” and “Candyman,” who returns to the fear front with his “Frankenstein” reboot.

There will be a stellar lineup for the opening and closing films. In attendance for “Cherry Tree” will be director David Keating, and leading cast members Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick,
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Back This! Special: ‘The Package’

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This edition we’re spotlighting the new campaign from Damon Rickard, one of the directors behind the fantastic short horror film, The Tour.

Damon Rickard, one of the directors of The Tour, is back with a new project due to shoot in a few weeks called The Package, another short horror film – which he is writing and directing – about how far someone will go to get something back.

Written and directed by Damon Rickard, The Package wants to challenge your perception from the first minute to the last as all is not necessarily what it seems. The film is set to walk through those blurred lines that can exist between good and evil actions that men do.
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Download the official App for cult zombie movie Stalled!

Cult zombie movie and Flickering Myth favourite Stalled is now a game – and it’s available to play on iOS devices!

See Also – Film4 FrightFest 2013 Review – Stalled

Help! There’s zombies in your toilet!

The official app of cult horror movie Stalled is here. Play as hapless handyman W.C., trapped in the ladies toilets when a zombie outbreak spoils the office Christmas party you weren’t even invited to.

Keep the undead from invading the stalls by throwing toilet rolls and plungers at them, and see how many points you can score. Will you Wipe out the ghouls before they jingle your bells?

Features:

Based on the cult British horror hit, Stalled!

Features the sensual vocal stylings of movie star Dan Palmer!

A delicious aural combination of festive music and gut-munching sound effects!

Galleries of gruesome movie stills and behind the scenes photos!

Bonus movie trailer!

Check out the Stalled movie,
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FrightFest 2014 – The Short and the Long Road Part 2: After’s Ryan Smith and Brandon Gregory

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Filmmaking is a process rife with uncertainty.

It devours a year or two of a filmmaker’s life, and is even capable of consuming an entire decade as Shockwave Darkside’s Jay Weismann testified to. For a multitude of filmmakers after the arduous challenge of achieving one’s vision, setting their tale into a coherent whole, the unfortunate fate or dance of making the rounds of festivals only to become one of the ghost films remembered by the minority is not outside of the realm of possibility.

The road to distribution is no set length. It can be either a short or long, with a propensity for ease of frustration.

To the case in point – Ryan Smith’s After, and Christian James and Dan Palmer’s Stalled. Two films separated by twelve months, graduates of FrightFest classes of 2012 and 2013, yet two films that both received a home entertainment release earlier this year.
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FrightFest 2014 – The Short and the Long Road Part 1: Stalled’s Christian James and Dan Palmer

  • HeyUGuys
Filmmaking is a process rife with uncertainty. It devours a year or two of a filmmaker’s life, and is even capable of consuming an entire decade as Shockwave Darkside’s Jay Weismann testified to.

For a multitude of filmmakers after the arduous challenge of achieving ones vision, setting their tale into a coherent whole, the unfortunate fate or dance of making the rounds of festivals only to become one of the ghost films remembered by the minority is not outside of the realm of possibility.

The road to distribution is no set length. It can be either a short or long, with a propensity for ease of frustration.

To the case in point – Ryan Smith’s After, and Christian James and Dan Palmer’s Stalled. Two films separated by twelve months, graduates of FrightFest classes of 2012 and 2013, yet two films that both received an home entertainment release earlier this year.
See full article at HeyUGuys »

‘Stalled’ DVD Review

Stars: Dan Palmer, Antonia Bernath, Tamaryn Payne | Written by Dan Palmer | Directed by Christian James

One of the films high on my “must-see” Frightfest list last year, unfortunately work got in the way and I missed it. However I didn’t miss the furore surrounding its screenings, which – if memory serves, sold out on more than one occasion? Our man Jack Kirby did see it though and unfortunately he wasn’t too impressed, but I think he may have been suffering from zombie-movie fatigue having sat through opening night snoozefest The Dead 2.

Yet another example of the British zombie comedy, Stalled takes a more puerile route in pursuit of its laughs, but then when you set your film in a toilet where else is there for you to go? Essentially a one-man performance, the film sees hapless caretaker Wc (writer/actor Dan Palmer) trapped in the restroom when a zombie
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Special Features - Harold Ramis (1944 - 2014)

Luke Owen remembers Harold Ramis...

You only have to listen to the Tinsel Town Stiffs section of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's Hollywood Babble On to know that not a week goes by where the entertainment industry doesn't lose one of its stars. This year alone we have seen tragic loses in James Avery and Philip Seymour Hoffman and yesterday we lost one of the true greats in comedy of the last few decades. On February 24th 2014, Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. We lost one entertainment's brightest stars.

When you look back at the great comedies of the 1980s, Ramis' name crops up again and again. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon's Vacation. Stripes. The list goes on. Whether he worked on the project as a writer, actor or director, his legacy of work is hard to deny as anything other than stellar. You never really appreciate
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The Flickering Myth Podcast #25 - Christian James and Dan Palmer talk Stalled on Blu-Ray and DVD

The Flickering Myth Podcast returns...

Since seeing the movie at last year's FrightFest, Stalled as become a firm favourite in the Flickering Myth offices. We've had a screening with them, sat down for various podcast discussions and, with the movie now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, we felt it was time to sit down with them again.

Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen chats with director Christian James and writer/star Dan Palmer to talk about the Blu-Ray and DVD including its special features and what it was like recording the director's commentary. The trio also discuss the passing of Harold Ramis who was influential in Dan's writing.

Check out our reviews of the movie here and here and you can read an interview with Tamaryn Payne about her work on the movie. You can also check out our previous podcasts with Christian and Dan here and here. And, if you fancy it,
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