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UK Release Details, DVD Art, and Exclusive Photos from Dennis Bartok’s Feature Nails

Just ahead of its Us bow (details forthcoming), we’ve received UK release details and exclusive photos from filmmaker Dennis Bartok’s supernatural feature Nails, releasing this October via Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment on DVD and VOD. Directed and co-written by Trapped Ashes… Continue Reading →

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Rob Zombie’s 31, Black Christmas (1974) & More Movies Coming to Shudder in December

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Gather your fright-loving family members, fill your cup to the brim with egg nog, and find a comfy spot around the TV (or computer) screen, because enough horror movies to fill Santa's sleigh are coming to the streaming service Shudder this December, including Rob Zombie's 31, Bob Clark's Black Christmas, and many more.

Press Release: This December, there’s oh so much under Shudder’s tree. But before you get unwrapping, let’s shake the boxes a bit… We have something special for everyone, inside.

Love clowns? Coming exclusively to Shudder is Rob Zombie’s latest, 31, a vicious and characteristically Zombie film. Which is to say it’s dirty, mean and, from the get, right up in your face.

Looking to stay in? We’ve got a very special Shudder exclusive in Shrew's Nest. Directed by Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel (and produced by Alex de la Iglesia), this elegant,
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Dennis Bartok's P.O.V. Wraps Production, Check Two Pieces Of Exclusive Concept Art Now!

Dennis Bartok - writer of horror anthology Trapped Ashes and former programmer at the American Cinematheque - has just wrapped principal photography on his debut directorial effort P.O.V. and we've got two pieces of exclusive concept art for you to take a look at!Shot entirely in Dublin, Ireland, P.O.V. stars Shauna Macdonald (The Descent) as Dana Milgrom, a sports coach, who is nearly killed and completely paralyzed in a hit and run accident while out jogging one morning. While recovering in hospital and imprisoned in her own body, Dana, struggling for her very existence, comes to realize that a malevolent and increasingly violent evil spirit is out to get her. Starring alongside Macdonald is British comedian and stand-up phenomenon Ross Noble (Stitches) in his first...

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Cannes: ‘Closet Monster’ and ‘P.O.V.’ Make Market Debuts at Fortissimo

Cannes: ‘Closet Monster’ and ‘P.O.V.’ Make Market Debuts at Fortissimo
Closet Monster,” the coming-of-age drama that marks the feature debut of Canadian director Stephen Dunn, and Dennis Bartok’s horror movie “P.O.V.,” will both make market debuts in Cannes. They will be handled by Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films.

“Closet” follows an imaginative teenager with dysfunctional parents who is unsure of his sexuality. He creates an unusual universe to help him confront his demons; Isabella Rossellini voices a talking hamster in the film.

The film is produced by Rhombus Media (“The Red Violin,” “Blindness”) and Best Boy Entertainment. Dunn is one of Canada’s most promising young filmmakers, winning more than a dozen prizes for his short films and causing a sensation at Sundance earlier this year with “Pop Up Porno.”

Casting is currently under way ahead of a third-quarter start of production in Ireland on Bartok’s directorial debut “P.O.V.” Having previously headed programming
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Bartok to Direct Hospital-bound Horror, P.O.V.

Dennis Bartok, who scripted 2006 anthology Trapped Ashes, will his make his feature debut with P.O.V., the story of a newly-paralyzed woman and the evil presence in her hospital room. Screen Daily reports production on P.O.V. will get underway later in 2015, with Fantastic FilmsBrendan McCarthy and John McDonell (producers on Wake Wood, The…

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Cannes: Fortissimo to sell Dennis Bartok horror 'P.O.V'

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Pre-sales to commence at Cannes.

Ahead of the Cannes Marche, Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Dutch-speaking Benelux) for Dennis Bartok’s English-language horror, P.O.V.

The film, currently in pre-production, is due to commence principal photography in Q3, 2015, for an early 2016 debut. Pre-sales will commence at Cannes.

Casting is currently underway for Bartok’s directorial debut, which will shoot in Ireland and various locations around the UK.

P.O.V follows the story of Dana Milgrom, a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body. While recovering, she becomes convinced that an evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her - and she may not be the only target.

Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell will produce through their Ireland-based, horror production outfit Fantastic Films along with Jan Doense and Herman Slagter of The Netherlands-based, genre-specific, House
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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers,
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Ken Russell: Sex, Hallucinogenics, Visual Flair Altered States, Crimes Of Passion

Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Crimes of Passion Provocative, Controversial Director Ken Russell Dead at 84: Women In Love, Tommy, The Devils Valentino (1977) was another much-talked about biopic. (Perhaps not too surprisingly, decades later Ken Russell would write a positive commentary on a horrendously sensationalistic Valentino biography.) Reviews for the film starring Rudolf Nureyev as silent-film idol Rudolph Valentino were mostly negative. Audiences, for their part, opted instead for Stars Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Three years later, Russell went Hollywood with Altered States, a bizarre, philosophical, hallucinogenic sci-fier starring William Hurt as a scientist who undergoes genetic regression. Written by Oscar winner Paddy Chayefsky, with whom Russell clashed on the set, the costly Warner Bros. release was a major box-office disappointment. Another Us-based effort, the Belle du Jour-like 1984 sex drama Crimes of Passion, earned Kathleen Turner a Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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Rest in Peace Director Ken Russell

It's a sad day indeed as we are truly sorry to have to report that the great British director Ken Russell is no longer with us. Read on for all the details about the man's legacy, life, and death.

Russell died in a hospital on Sunday, November 27, following a series of strokes. He was 84.

Ken touched our genre several times throughout his illustrious career including such memorable classics as 1971's The Devils, Altered States, Gothic, Lair of the White Worm, and finally an entry in 2006's anthology film Trapped Ashes. Along with those classics, he's best known for adapting The Who's rock opera Tommy along with a myriad of other films.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Ken's friends, family, and constituents. Rest easy, good sir. Your legacy will live on fruitfully!

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Ken Russell, noted director of 'Women In Love,' passes away at 84

Ken Russell, noted director of 'Women In Love,' passes away at 84
Ken Russell is dead. And while I consider Ken Russell a giant, a genuine force to be reckoned with, a man who left a giant shit-smeared mark across the face of cinema like a moustache added to the Mona Lisa, I confess I haven't seen one thing he made in the 20 years since his film "Whore" was released. That's crazy.  According to the IMDb, he's directed 19 things since then.  I knew he contributed to "Trapped Ashes," an anthology film that I still haven't seen, but I didn't see it.  And I've never heard of the other 18 projects.  He...
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R.I.P. Ken Russell (1927-2011)

Flamboyant British filmmaker Ken Russell has passed away in his sleep on Sunday evening, aged 84. Born in Southampton in 1927, Russell started his career in the industry as a photographer and independent documentary filmmaker after spells in the Merchant Navy and Royal Air Force. His attention turned to the small screen in 1959 when he secured a job at the BBC, where he produced a number of successful documentaries including Elgar (1962), Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1967) and Song of Summer (1968), which he later described as the best film of his career. He also began to try his hand at feature films, making his debut in 1963 with the comedy French Dressing and directing Billion Dollar Brain (1967) before his major breakthrough, the D.H. Lawrence adaptation Women in Love (1969). The film proved revolutionary due to a nude wrestling scene featuring stars Oliver Reed and Alan Bates, and it also earned a host of accolades,
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R.I.P. Ken Russell 1927-2011

Director Ken Russell has passed away at the age of 84. According to various sources, he died peacefully in a hospital on Sunday in the wake of a series of strokes. The filmmaker directed the controversial 1971 film The Devils and, later, Altered States (pictured), The Lair of the White Worm and Gothic . In 2006, the genre saw his return with the anthology film Trapped Ashes in which he helmed the segment "The Girl With the Golden Breasts." Click here for a full look at Russell's oeuvre.
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Blogomatic3000 Special: FEARnet Halloween Event

We at Blogomatic3000 love our horror movies, so it’s fitting that we get the chance to bring you the schedule for FEARnet’s exclusive Halloween horror movie extravaganza! So if you’re looking for a good scare in the month of October, read on to see just what FEARnet has planned for you!

On Sunday, October 30th at 9:00 p.m. Et, FEARnet will air a special Halloween episode of Psychoville, the award-winning British black-comedy thriller series written by and starring Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead) and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who). In the Halloween special, four tales of terror unfold as a film crew investigates the abandoned ruins of Ravenhill Psychiatric hospital.

On Halloween, FEARnet will air an all-day marathon of Trick ‘r Treat, starring Anna Paquin (True Blood), Brian Cox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Leslie Bibb (Zookeeper). Michael Dougherty
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Closer Look: Deep Thoughts for Sossamon in Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere

In Venice this year, there's the more "known" tale of rivalry between young females in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and then we have an additional, lesser-known girls "backstabbing one another" with Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere. Best known for Two-Lane Blacktop and he helped produce Venice head jury member Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, the 77 year-old Hellman has been inactive for some time (he did direct "Stanley's Girlfriend" - an episode for Trapped Ashes alongside folks such as Ken Russell and Joe Dante, but for the most part, it's been a job in teaching film in California that has kept the director occupied. How will this romantic film noir thriller play out in the Main Competition of a major film festival is anyone's guess. Written by Variety’s Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, this is about a young filmmaker who becomes enmeshed in a criminal scheme while making a movie on location.
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Remembering Horror Maestro Curtis Harrington

Filmmaker Curtis Harrington: 1926-2007.

Our Friend Curtis Harrington

by Jon Zelazny

Curtis Harrington was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He made short films as a teenager, graduated from USC, and began his Hollywood career in the 1950’s. By the end of the decade, he was directing: independent films, studio pictures, made-for-tv movies, and episodic TV. He completed his last short film in 2002, and died in 2007 at the age of 80.

I knew Curtis well in his final years, as did writer-producer Dennis Bartok, the former head programmer of L.A.’s famed American Cinematheque.

Dennis Bartok: I think the most interesting aspect of Curtis’s career is that he was really the only filmmaker to successfully transition from the avant-garde scene of the late 1940’s to directing Hollywood feature films. And when you see how distinctive his movies are, you wish he could’ve made more… but when you
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4Bia (Film Review)

While horror anthologies have fallen on hard times Stateside in last decade, with the very sporadic likes of Trapped Ashes relegated to the most limited big-screen play before heading to DVD, the format has flourished in Asia. The Three movies, Unholy Women and others bespeak Far East producers’ commitment to offering tasty samplers of different kinds of fear, and Thailand has now entered the fray with the cleverly monikered 4Bia, playing this week at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Like all its predecessors, this one’s a mixed bag, but its good far outweighs its bad, and more than any of its predecessors, it offers a genuine variety of stylistic approaches, revealing just how broad the genre’s possibilities are. At Montreal’s Fantasia fest, where the film had its international premiere, one of the quartet of filmmakers remarked that there had been some discussion about how to order the segments,
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Russell Goes From Screen to Stage with Mindgame

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Devils and Lair of the White Worm director Ken Russell, outside of his segment of Trapped Ashes (review). Seems the reason for that is he’s moved from film to stage and his latest directing gig has been for Mindgame, a play written by Anthony Horowitz.

Keith Caradine and Lee Godart star in Mindgame, Caradine playing the director of an insane asylum and the Godart a pulpy crime writer. It's up to the audience to decide which one of them is the serial killer at the heart of the play’s story.

Crime writer Mark Styler is hoping to get an interview with a famed cannibalistic serial killer who’s been locked up for years at Fairfields insane asylum. Dr. Farquhar refuses his request but as Styler tries to make his leave, he finds the doors are locked. He
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DVD Releases: Trapped in the Insanitarium Asylum

It’s all about the traps this week. Check out what horror flicks are hitting DVD on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008...

Asylum (2008)

Directed by David R. Ellis

It seems all the madness surrounding Ellis’ last effort, Snakes on a Plane, popped something in his head and he decided the only way to follow it up would be with the most generic, bland, impotent kind of horror film. Enter Asylum, the story of a group of new kids at college who find out their new dorm is adjacent to the former stomping grounds of a doctor who got off on conducting experiments on kids their age. Lameness follows. Be sure to read our Asylum DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (2007)

Directed by Kevin Wheatley & Jonny Gillette

How strange; I remember when this film first was getting festival play it was the talk of the
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Trapped Ashes

Trapped Ashes
TORONTO -- It would seem like a tantalizing proposition.

Take a quintet of filmmakers, including the presumed long-retired Ken Russell and Monte Hellman, and let them loose in a haunted mansion picture that owes a tip of the shroud to classic horror anthologies like Dead of Night and Tales From the Crypt.

Alas, what should have been a twisted romp proves to be only fitfully entertaining -- a messy hodgepodge of styles and tones forced to co-exist by a cheesy wraparound segment furnished by Joe Dante.

Currently in the market for a distributor, this U.S.-Japan-Canada co-production could find a suitable home based on fan expectations, but, aside from the midnight movie circuit, DVD looks to be the logical resting place.

Shot in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Tokyo, the production gets under way on the backlot of venerated Ultra Studios, where a group of six strangers board a tour tram. With Henry Gibson as their eccentric guide, they end up finding themselves imprisoned on the House of Horrors set of a notorious '60s thriller called Hysteria.

Just like in that movie, the captives will only get out alive if they relate their most terrifying, personal stories. Fortunately this bunch has got a couple of doozies.

The first, "The Girl With the Golden Breasts," promisingly sets the stage with signature Ken Russell kitsch involving an ingenue who has implant surgery with material that is neither silicon nor gel, but made from reprocessed human cadavers. While her new attributes prove to be a boon to her acting career they also happen to crave regular feedings of fresh human blood.

Next up, Friday the 13th director Sean Cunningham tries modern Japanese horror on for size -- it's an unsatisfactory fit -- with Jibaku (Evil Spirit), about an American architect and his wife on vacation in Japan who discover the hanged body of a Buddhist monk and come under his supernatural spell.

By far the most stylized of the bunch, but lacking sufficient creepiness, is Stanley's Girlfriend, contributed by Two-Lane Blacktop director Hellman. Set in Hollywood circa 1957, the noir-tinged black-and-white segment is narrated by a swell-looking John Saxon, who tells the story of a B-movie writer who befriends a budding director and, in short order, his insatiable girlfriend.

Rounding out the quartet is My Twin, the Worm, for which visual effects supervisor John Gaeta (the Matrix pictures) makes his directorial debut. It's an odd bit of business about a young woman who had shared her mother's womb with a six-foot-long tapeworm. While it was killed after her birth, it would definitely appear to be living on in spirit.

Unfortunately Dante's tongue-in-cheek connecting bits are neither moody nor campy enough for the requisite twist ending to create much of a jolt.

By the time the final story's told, even with a densely atmospheric score by composer Kenji (The Ring) Kawai, Trapped Ashes bears the stale scent of a failed pilot for a cable horror anthology series.

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