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Double Date review

A British horror comedy penned by Danny Morgan, we take a look at Double Date...

British horror comedy is a broad church, and when it comes to the cinema, you could end up with anything from Shaun Of The Dead to Lesbian Vampire Killers. Happily, Double Date, a blokey thriller written by its star Danny Morgan (BBC Three's Ideal) is quite funny and has a certain amount of visual panache, so it lands comfortably in the better end of the spectrum.

Arriving in UK cinemas fresh off a crowd-pleasing premiere at FrightFest earlier this year, the film follows Jim (Morgan), a painfully shy young man who's on the verge of becoming a 30 year old virgin. His best mate Alex (Michael Socha) seems even more exasperated about this than he does. And so, neither of them can believe their luck when stunning sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome
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Double Date review – crude scare tactics fall flat

Even by ladling on the gore a mansion-set horror comedy struggles to cover up its failings

A pair of lairy lads looking to pull get more than they bargained for when gorgeous sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome) offer to take them home to their family mansion. Crude, unsophisticated but enthusiastically bloody, this British comedy horror feels a bit like The Inbetweeners Movie with multiple stab wounds and cranial trauma.

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Interview with Double Date Director Benjamin Barfoot

Interview with Double Date Director Benjamin Barfoot

We at The Hollywood News have been in love with the film Double Date since we caught it in Edinburgh. It tells the tale of 29-year-old virgin Jim (Danny Morgan) and his best pal Alex (Michael Socha) as they go out on a night on the town with sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lou Lou (Georgia Groome). The mission – to get Jim laid. Their plans take a very unexpected turn though, as the girls aren’t as innocent as they appear, and the quartet go on one Hell of a night. We can’t praise Double Date enough, going so far as to give it a mighty five stars when we reviewed it at Frightfest. The balance of horror and comedy is beautifully balanced and overall the movie is just a lot of fun.

After what seems like forever, Double Date is in cinemas across the UK.
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Double Date review – sisters having a laugh on a nasty killing spree

British horror-comedy about a pair of siblings who pick up blokes to murder them in an occult ritual is weirdly unpleasant – and unfunny

There are a couple of reasonable moments in this Brit horror-comedy, and Georgia Groome is always a likable presence. But it feels weirdly nasty, unfunny and lame – like a homegrown, humourless Baise-Moi for a 90s ladmag audience.

Groome and Kelly Wenham play Lulu and Kitty, two sisters who pick up clueless blokes for double dates, take them back to their palatial family home and kill them, for occult ritualistic motives. Kitty is supposed to be the more fanatical of the two, set up as a serious badass and a positive kickboxing ninja. (And yet towards the end the film is oddly reluctant to give Kitty the obvious easy victory in single combat over an untrained male: their fight goes on interminably.)

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Mayhem 2017: Festival Highlights

October is of course the month of the horror genre festival. Last week we brought you reviews for the films screening at Grimmfest, this week we’ll be bringing you all the best from Mayhem Film Festival. Held at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham, Mayhem will run from Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October. The festival is in its thirteenth rotation and will see a heap of films screen over three and a half days, as well as a quiz, several Q&A’s with filmmakers, a short film showcase, and a live reading of a lost Hammer film – Zeppelin V Pterodactyls. With so much going on we’re here to highlight the films that you should catch at all costs.

Double Date Mayhem Festival Highlights

Mayhem opens with a bang on Thursday with the stunning Double Date. Starring Nottingham native Georgia Groome, and Michael Socha whom is from
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Grimmfest 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ & ‘Double Date’ Review

Better Watch Out

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic | Written by Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover | Directed by Chris Peckover

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighbourhood’, Ashley has turned up to babysit 12-year-old Luke for the evening while his parents are out for a Christmas party night. Ashley is Luke’s favourite babysitter and he’s looking forward to spending time with her again. Suddenly a brick crashes through the window reading ‘U Leave, U Die’ and they hear someone sneaking around the house upstairs…

Where to begin with Better Watch Out? A film that starts as your typical, cliched seasonal slasher: two teens trapped in a house by a madman outside, who eventually breaks in to terrorise his victims. If the film had stuck with that story it would have been, judging by what we saw, an
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Screamfest 2017’s Special Screenings Include Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse and Tom Holland’s Child’S Play

  • DailyDead
Every October, horror fans in Los Angeles celebrate the Halloween season with diverse scares on the big screen at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, and this year, in addition to a slate of exciting new films, the festival will honor the late, great Tobe Hooper with a special screening of The Funhouse, and Child's Play fans can also look forward to a screening of the first Chucky movie followed by a Q&A with director Tom Holland.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – September 26, 2017 – Screamfest Horror Film Festival, America’s largest, and longest running horror movie festival, announces its 2017 official schedule and the second wave of its festival line up. The fest will run from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Over its seventeen-year run, the female-run festival has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.
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Danny Morgan interview: Double Date, horror, filmmaking

Nikki Baughan Aug 31, 2017

A big hit at Horror Channel FrightFest, we chat to Danny Morgan about the upcoming horror, Double Date...

London-born actor/writer Danny Morgan (Off The Hook, Ideal, On The Road) had a very good reason for turning to the horror genre when it came to writing his first screenplay. “I thought that was a genre I could do something in, because there are so many crap horror films. I thought ‘well, it’s not going to stand out horribly if it’s completely terrible’. So I went into it with a good frame of mind!”

It’s a characteristically self-deprecating remark from Morgan who, along with director Benjamin Barfoot, can rest assured that Double Date is one of the funniest and most entertaining British horror comedies of recent years. Following screenings at Karlovy Vary and Edinburgh, it brought the house down at this year’s London’s Horror Channel FrightFest,
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Horror Channel FrightFest Review – Double Date (2017)

Double Date, 2017

Directed by Benjamin Barfoot

Starring Danny Morgan, Michael Socha, Georgia Groome, Kelly Wenham, Dexter Fletcher

Synopsis:

Cripplingly shy Jim attempts to lose his virginity before the clock strikes midnight and he turns 30, sending he and his best-friend turned wingman into the path of a pair of murderous sisters.

Storming onto the British horror scene with both the wit and confidence of seasoned genre pros, writer/director duo Danny Morgan and Benjamin Barfoot seem like nothing short of a match made in heaven. For starters, their first feature Double Date is everything you wouldn’t expect from a low-rent British horror: warm, playful and willing to push the envelope just enough to be exciting, without ever falling on wrong side of the cult divide. It’s the sort of debut you can imagine showing to your parents without having to awkwardly fast-forward through the gory bits. Cleverly written, somewhat familiar,
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Frightfest 2017: Double Date Review: Dir. Benjamin Barfoot

Double Date Review: Two friends find themselves at the mercy of two deadly femme-fatales in the maddeningly fun Double Date. Double Date Review

Earlier this year, moviegoers were treated to Jordan Peele’s brilliant horror-comedy Get Out. Keeping up the trend, Benjamin Barfoot makes his directorial debut with horror-comedy Double Date and it’s a wild, rollicking thrill ride.

Danny Morgan – also behind the writing of the screenplay – stars as Jim, a 29-year-old virgin on the verge of turning 30 without any sexual luck. With his birthday nearing, Jim’s best friend Alex (Michael Socha) is adamant on helping is mate lose his virginity before he hits 30. When the pair end up bumping into two beautiful, mysterious girls – Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome), the night looks in favour of helping Jim on this conquest of his. However, what the two lads don’t realise is that they may have
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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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Eiff 2017: Double Date Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Richard Phippen

It’s hard not to like and admire a low-budget British genre flick when it’s written by a young English actor and directed by his friend, even if the writer has given himself the lead role. In this instance, it’s a rather brave move, as screenwriter Danny Morgan, probably best known for regular appearances in the Johnny Vegas vehicle Ideal, has cast himself as Jim, a nerdy virgin about to hit 30. It’s a successful collaboration with Benjamin Barfoot too, a visually impressive director with a distinctive vision for the project at hand.

Online dating hasn’t helped Jim’s sexual cause, and his chat-up technique is non-existent, so his best mate Alex (Michael Socha) decides he’s to be responsible for getting Jim’s cherry well and truly popped before his birthday is up. Unfortunately for the pair of them, they’re about to
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Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'

  • ScreenDaily
Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'
Exclusive: First look at feature starring Michael Socha, Georgia Groome; Matt Wilkinson, Maggie Monteith produce; Dexter Fletcher among cameos.

UK sales outfit Film Constellation has boarded international rights to recently wrapped UK comedy-horror Double Date, the directorial debut from UK filmmaker Benjamin Barfoot, written by UK actor Danny Morgan.

The co-production between Dignity Group and Stigma Films stars Michael Socha (This is England), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton), Danny Morgan (On The Road) and Kelly Wenham (Merlin).

The film follows the story of Jim, aided by his obnoxious but charming best friend Alex, on his quest to lose his virginity before he turns 30. The night before the big day they meet Kitty and Lulu, two beautiful sisters who seem determined to seduce them, but who secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice.

Cameos include Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Tom Sturridge (Far From The Madding Crowd), Olivia Poulet (Sherlock), [link
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - National Television Awards, Wolf Hall

The National Television Awards Live: ITV, 7.30pm

Dermot O'Leary hosts the awards live from The O2. Which of Britain's best loved shows and TV stars will be victorious?

TV juggernauts The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing go head to head, while Downton Abbey is once again up for Best Drama.

Wolf Hall: BBC Two, 9pm

Starring Damian Lewis as Henry VII, the much anticipated Wolf Hall is a lavish BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's well known novels.

This new historical drama chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor Courts.

Suspects: Channel Five, 10pm

Series three draws to a close in a dramatic finale.

After a teenage girl is found naked on a waste ground with serious head wounds, the team must find out what happened to her. But is the case connected to the disappearance of 16-year-old Mandy Granger?
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Kelly Brook to star in 'Bonnie and Clyde'-inspired 'Taking Stock'

Kelly Brook to star in 'Bonnie and Clyde'-inspired 'Taking Stock'
Kelly Brook will star in a new British comedy-drama film inspired by Bonnie and Clyde.

Taking Stock, written and directed by Maeve Murphy, will feature Brook as a fast-rising actress who falls on hard times when her boyfriend leaves her and the store she works in goes bankrupt. On the last day of trading, Brook's character hatches a plot to rob the store but faces trouble when her plans start to fall apart.

Brook said of her latest big screen role: "It is so important that we continue to support British filmmaking and Maeve has written one of the best scripts I've read in a long time.

"I can't wait to get back to doing what I love, which is being on set and working with a hugely talented cast and crew."

Her previous film credits include Keith Lemon: The Film, Piranha 3D and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.

Video: Keith Lemon
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Kelly Brook joins Taking Stock

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Swipe Films boards sales on comedy-drama which shoots July 1.

Kelly Brook is to star in comedy-drama Taking Stock, written and directed by Maeve Murphy.

The Bonnie and Clyde-inspired feature, set in London and Paris, begins shoot on July 1.

Swipe Films has boarded sales during Luff.

Scot Williams, Georgia Groome, Jay Brown, Xavier Alcan and Femi Oyeniran round out the cast. Gerry Vasbenter is DoP.

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Taking Stock

The film was developed by Northern Ireland Screen and is based on the short Sushi, also written and directed by Murphy, which won the Sub-Ti International Short Film Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

Co-financiers are Prime Focus and producers are Geoff Austin and Maeve Murphy, with Frank Mannion of Swipe Films as executive producer.

Brook said: “I am excited to start filming Taking Stock. It’s a hilarious film full of twists and turns. It is so important that we continue to support
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Contest: Win The Sweeney on DVD

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Contest: Win The Sweeney on DVD
Entertainment One is releasing the British crime thriller The Sweeney on Blu-ray and DVD April 2, director Nick Love's adaptation of the 1970s British TV series of the same name. Ray Winstone stars as Jack Regan, a detective who runs an unorthodox unit of the London police department, known for their old-school tactics that often get them into hot water with their boss (Damian Lewis). We have a contest running where fans can not only win the DVD, but also a desktop safe and British DVDs such as Cleanskin, The Big I Am, and London to Brighton. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

A desk-top safeThe Sweeney DVD Starring Damian Lewis, Ray Winstone (April 2, 2013)Cleanskin DVD Starring Sean Bean (Sep 11, 2012)The Big I Am DVD Starring Steven Berkoff, Michael Madsen, Leo Gregory, et al. (Mar 22, 2011)London to Brighton DVD Starring Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome,
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Giveaway – Win The Sweeney British DVD Prize Pack

Fan of British films? Have we got a giveaway for you, poppet!

In honor of the upcoming Entertainment One Blu-Ray/DVD release of the British action film The Sweeney on April 2, 2013, we invite you to enter to win a British DVD Prize Pack. The Sweeney is a stylish action thriller starring Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Ray Winstone (Hugo, The Departed) and based on the popular UK television series from the 70’s with the same name.

One winner will receive the following items and DVD titles:

A desk-top safe The Sweeney Starring Damian Lewis, Ray Winstone (April 2, 2013) Cleanskin Starring Sean Bean (Sep 11, 2012) The Big I Am Starring Steven Berkoff, Michael Madsen, Leo Gregory, et al. (Mar 22, 2011) London to Brighton Starring Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, et al. (Aug 11, 2009)

Prizepack value: $100

Answer the following:

The title of the movie “The Sweeney” derives from Sweeney Todd, the cockney rhyming
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The Great Ghost Rescue and Friendly Spirits?: A Movie Review

Director: Yann Samuell.

Writers: Eva Ibbotson (novel), and David Solomons (screenplay).

Cast: Kevin McKidd, Steven Mackintosh, Emma Fielding, Anthony Head, and Bill Ward.

DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011.

Humphrey was once an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Well, that is, until he died—quite by accident, really. But don't tell his best friend, Barnabas, that. His death quite literally sets in motion The Great Ghost Rescue, a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy from the UK about dislocated spirits looking for a new home.

This movie made a quiet release on this side of the pond with very little fanfare as a Halloween season DVD release. Also, this film is by no means a faithful adaptation of Eva Ibbotson’s original novel of the same name, published 1975; that is a shame. This film is easy to share with young ones before going out for trick or treat.

While children may not get all of the jokes,
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