Unleash your inner Zombie this Halloween

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As if 2020 hasn’t been nightmare enough, this week sees us descend into the world of Halloween and being robbed by children of our comforting snacks (from a responsible distance).

The Actors Gym‘s motion capture and physical performance coach, Robin Berry, has come to the rescue though with a free tutorial of how to blend into the Zombie crowd which is available from free on the Actor’s Gym website from today.

Robin Berry has been in the business as an actor for 16 years. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Silent Witness (BBC) and Mowgli (Netflix). He is also an experienced motion capture performer, working with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium company. Robin has been mocap and physical performance coach with The Reel Scene for 3 years.

About The Actors Gym

The Actors Gym, an online acting school launched by agent and CEO of The Reel Scene, Alex Fidelski, has exploded in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Actors Gym, launched in February this year, is an online branch of Fidelski’s Fulham based acting school The Reel Scene.

The Actors Gym are masters at connecting and supporting members with their online community, offering self-tape feedback, Q&A sessions with special guests, exclusive training and zoom workshops with key industry experts from a variety of fields. 

Actors are encouraged to send off two self tapes a month, from which they receive a page of written feedback. Self-taping is the process of recording an audition for a film or television role from home and then sending the resulting video to an agent to be submitted for a role, rather than attending an audition in person.

Fidelski comments on the importance of practicing this new virtual way of auditioning, “The film and television industry cancelled most in-person auditions and moved to requiring self-tape auditions sent in by actors. Productions ground to a halt but acting is like any other profession. Actors need to keep training, to keep acting, to keep their skills sharp for when productions re-open.”

Director Debbie Howard and casting directors such as Sue Needleman and Andrea Clarke are available to give online feedback to help inspire and shape actor’s art. Celebrated names like Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners) are also involved in coaching on a regular basis.  Other talent includes Glen Wallace, Cristian Solimeno,  Bill Ward,  Shobu Kapoor and Ali Bastian. 

The Actors Gym has been a lifeline in lockdown for actors socially as well. Their supportive online community has flourished and they run regular quiz nights and film clubs. This month, mental health professional Chris Allan ran the film club and hosted a Q&A, encouraging actors to look deeper into the psyche of the characters they play. Cristian Solimeno will be hosting the film club in September, showing his film I Made This For You to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Asa Butterfield says about The Actors Gym and The Reel Scene, “They’re like a family. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve gotten to know them really well. When people come to The Reel Scene, whether it’s for a single session or just for a three-day workshop, you’re part of it, you’re in the family.”

Asa has been busy during lockdown developing his own projects and appearing in a public Instagram live stream Q&A session with The Actors Gym as well as a private session with gym members. He says, “That’s what I’ve been doing most of, especially in ‘Corona time’, pretty much all I’ve been able to do is read scripts and have conversations with directors. So, I haven’t been able to actually act or be a part of any sort of performance.” Asa is already looking forward to his next Masterclass and is working with The Reel Scene to schedule it around the shooting of Sex Education Season 3, which has just begun.

UK Halloween Release Schedule 2020

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Here’s the schedule for what’s going on this Halloween in the UK including theatrical releases, VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule. Happy Halloween.

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Sam (Stokoe) and Rose (Rundle) live a quiet life. Hunkered down in their remote woodland farmhouse, they spend their days far from the prying eyes of the outside world. Rose uses the peace and quiet to work on her novel, while Sam sets traps, hunts animals and goes to work fortifying the hidden cottage they call home. In another life, their world would seem idyllic; but Rose’s mystery illness has clouded any sense of normality that the couple may achieve.
                 
When a trip to collect supplies goes awry, Sam and Rose are thrown into a terrifying series of events that soon herald the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The little life that the couple have forged for themselves is now more fragile than ever.  

Screening at London Film Festival (both P&I & Premiere) on 13th October
Cert: TBC (For adults)
Starring Sydne Mikelle as young tech genius Max, Chad Michael Murray and Marina Sirtis, the plot follows five teens, who are invited to the home of an eccentric billionaire to compete in a game to win his mansion. The night takes a dark turn when they become trapped in the house and are forced to face off against each other and an evil AI entity who controls everything in the house, including their fate.

In UK Cinema from 23rd October
Cert: PG
Antrum, a feature film from the late 1970’s, is said to be cursed. In 1988, a movie theatre in Budapest that was screening the film burnt to the ground, killing the 56 people in attendance. This incident follows the inexplicable deaths of a number of film festival programmers that had received Antrum as a submission and died shortly after watching it. These events have created a belief that watching Antrum will kill you. 

In UK Cinemas from 23rd October & DVD + Digital from 26th October
Cert: 18
Two young women working the night shift at a secluded gas station unwittingly become the stars of a terrifying show streamed live on the dark web. Held captive by a sadistic ringmaster and his cohorts, their survival instincts are stretched to the limit as they are forced to play a game of life and death as an unseen audience decide their fate.  

In UK Cinemas from 27th November & DVD & Digital Download from 30th November
Cert: 18 (TBC)
Alien Addiction follows Riko (Jimi Jackson) who lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions. Alientologist Peter Mackintosh (Thomas Sainsbury) has tracked the aliens and Riko, and plans to capture them and reveal them to the world. 

Available on Digital Download from 12th October and ca be bought hereCert: TBC (For Adults)
After Sam (Drew Fonteiro “The Last Ship”) is murdered, his consciousness travels through the body of his best friend, Jay (Marc Menchaca “Ozark”), to protect him from his killer.

Available on Digital Download from 26th October
Cert: TBC (For Adults)
On the highways of Mississippi a psychotic priest is on a crusade to absolve sinners with his own brand of murder. 

Available on Digital Download from 2nd November
Cert: 18
After disappearing for five years, detective Charlie Vargas returns to Los Angeles to avenge the death of his former partner. Along with White Chocolate, a young detective with a chip on his shoulder, the two enter a world of Black Magic, Zombies and Mexican Wrestling, in search of the infamous drug trafficker and murderer, Jimmy Vanilla.

Available on Digital Download from 9th November and can be bought here
Cert: 15
When a sinister clown roams the streets terrorizing the population a news reporter scrambles to reveal his identity. As the police try to maintain order a vigilante vows to stop the clown whilst broadcasting his “hunt” live on social media. Based on a true-life incident and the viral hysteria that followed with clown sightings reported worldwide. 

Available on DVD & Digital Download from 9th November
Cert: 15
An awkward date leads a mismatched couple into a strange theatre where they are treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie. 

Available on DVD & Digital Download from 23rd November
Cert: 15
With her sister’s death still very recent, Elena, a young quadriplegic, has retired to a country house along with her father. There she has the help of Author, a Belgian Shepherd service dog. But the animal who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted a strange disease… and has turned into her worst enemy. 

Available in late November
Cert: TBC (For Adults)
Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven decent-looking millennials who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realise that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. Hence, they go on a killing spree, taking the lives of anyone they meet in their middle-of-nowhere town. The killer-instinct in each of them bubbles to the surface as the search for victims unravels into chaos. Will they turn on each other? 

Available in late November
Cert: TBC (For Adults)
On a stormy night Rod leads a radio show dedicated to horror. Listeners call the radio telling their own paranormal stories. Until suddenly the announcer begins to receive strange calls from a child who desperately asks for help. At first Rod thinks that it is a bad joke until he discovers that this is not the case. Not only that, but these calls hide a dark secret in which the announcer himself will be involved…  

Available in late November
Cert: TBC (For Adults)

UK VOD Release: Boo!

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boo.pngThe Movie Partnership have announced that their sinister new horror Boo! will be available on digital download from 17th June.

The film’s cast include Moonlight‘s Jaden Piner and Jill Marie Jones, best known from Ash Vs Evil Dead. The film also has a horror heavyweight behind the scenes, with the executive producer, Brian Kavanaugh, behind the production of the Sinister and Insidious series.

Married with two kids, James and Elyse are struggling to keep the family  together. Along with the couple’s own rifts, their daughter, Morgan, is hiding her own suicidal thoughts, while younger son, Caleb, channels his suppressed emotions through troublingly macabre artwork.

One night, their true test arrives: a strange Halloween game left on their  doorstep that, legend has it, leaves a curse on those who choose not to  play. Unfortunately, that’s the choice this family makes—and all kinds of evil spirits are ready to make them pay.

Boo! will be available on Digital Download from 17th June

Release Date: 17th June
Director: Luke Jaden
Cast: Jill Marie Jones, Rob Zabrecky, Aurora Perrineau & Jaden Piner
Credit: The Movie Partnership
Genre: Horror
Cert: TBC
Running Time: 90 mins
RRP: £7.99 SD, £9.99 HD
Release Platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sony & Sky Store

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from Creature Feature Corner!

I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did this year, here’s what was on our Halloween menu:

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BBQ Frankfurters Bun
BBQ Ribs
Potatoes
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Chocolate Muffin with Melted Chocolate Icing and decorated Shortbread Finger
Whipped Cream with Chocolate Drops

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How did you celebrate Halloween?