UK Festival Release: Father of Flies

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Psychological horror Father of Flies, is set for release in 2022 after its online premiere at Grimmfest from 14-17th October and UK Physical Premiere at Raindance on 6th November. Father of Flies will also have its US Premiere at ScreamFest LA, at the Chinese Theatre on 14th October.

Shot in Suffern – upstate New York, the film stars Camilla Rutherford (Gosford ParkPhantom Thread), Sandra Andreis (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Davi Santos (Tell Me a Story), Page Ruth (Shameless), and Nicholas Tucci, the star of cult horror film ‘You’re Next’ who unfortunately has since passed away. This was one of the final films Nicholas had completed on. 

The film is written and directed by Ben Charles Edwards who The British Film Institute said ‘has crafted distinctive, admirable work that seems to have emerged from the unseen margins of British cinema.’ He was also recently nominated for ‘The Discovery Award’ ‘Outstanding Achievement in Craft’ and ‘Newcomer Discovery Award’ at the British Independent Film Awards. 

Co-written by Edwards’ writing partner Nadia Doherty, the film is based on a story Edwards had written as a child, a haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her. 

Father of Flies will have its Online Premiere at Grimmfest, US Premiere at ScreamFest LA and its UK Premiere at Raindance Film Festival with a general UK release in 2022

UK VOD Release: Sacrilege

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 “A breath of fresh air in the Hollywood-dominated horror space” – Metro 
“Sacrilege is a revelation for independent film” – Horror Screams Video Vault 
Bad Blood Films have confirmed that their folk-horror Sacrilege will be heading to digital download from 27th September. 

The film stars a host of British talent, including Tamaryn Payne (Hollyoaks), Emily Wyatt (Rise of the Footsoldier), Sian Abrahams (Complete Strangers), Naomi Willow (A Guide To Second Date Sex), Ian Champion (Property), Rory Wilton (Fisherman’s Friends) & Emma Spurgin Hussey (Poldark). 

Four lifelong friends head to a remote lodge for a weekend of fun.What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a fight for their lives when a local Pagan cult offer them up to their Goddess as a sacrifice for the Solstice.
Sacrilege was produced and filmed in the South West of England where Producer Mark Kenna and Writer/ Director David Creed reside. Much of the film was shot in nearby  Forest of Dean, as well as Weston-Super-Mare.  

The film was scheduled for a UK wide release in March 2020 and premiered at Empire Cineworld in Leicester Square to a packed out screening. Unfortunately within days, the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country and many of the film’s screenings were curtailed. 

“We’re thrilled that UK audiences will finally be able to get the chance to watch Sacrilege. We’ve been blown away by its reception in the US and it’s great to see it finally come home after a tumultous eighteen months“, said producer Mark Kenna.

Bad Blood Films pushed the limits of the budget by using a drone for the opening credit scene, as well as making use of a robot camera dolly and a five-camera set-up for the Ritual scene, casting 60 local residents as extras. 

The company also tested what could be done within independnent filmmaking in terms of special effects, bringing in stunt man David Anders (Spectre, Wonder Woman) in order to set him on fire for a scene. This was a remarkable feat within the independent filmmaking industry, with most companies opting for the less realistic alternative of CGI. More information on the Burning Man stunt scene can be found here

This will be Bristol-based Bad Blood Films’ first feature length title, however they are already in different stages of production with five upcoming horror titles, starting with supernatural The Rippers Ghost and creature-feature horror Facility 31.

Sacrilege will be available on digital download from 27th September and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here and Apple TV here 

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UK VOD Release: Hall

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Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new claustrophobic horror feature, Hall

Following its world premiere at FrightFest last year, the film later played at Blood In The Snow film festival. 

Set within the confines of a dark hotel corridor, Hall stars Carolina Bartczak (X-Men: Apocalypse), Julian Richings (Anything for Jackson) and Bailey Thain (Pet Sematary). 

When a debilitating virus spreads across a hotel hallway, scattered victims must fight for survival. 

Hall will be released on UK digital download and On Demand from 13th September.
 Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “Hall is an impressive debut feature from filmmaker Francesco Giannini. It was written and shot before the pandemic outbreak and arguably, as a result, will now be viewed differently. It’s tense, suspenseful and Julian Richings plays the villain perfectly.

Hall will be released on UK Digital Download and On Demand from 13th September 

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UK Theatrical Release: Shepherd

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Remember, Remember the 5th November! Darkland Distribution have shared a brand new teaser trailer and poster for their upcoming British elevated horror, Shepherd. It has also been confirmed that the film will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 5th November.  Shepherd stars Tom Hughes (Red JoanVictoria), Kate Dickie (Game of ThronesThe Witch), Gaia Weiss (VikingsMedici) & Greta Scacchi (The Player). 

Running from grief after the mysterious death of his wife, Eric Black takes a job as a shepherd. Trapped alone on a majestic weather-beaten island with an ominous secret. One mans sudden, spiralling madness meets a vengeful supernatural force. What starts as the perfect wind-swept escape becomes a race to save his sanity and his life.
 Speaking about the film, Writer and Director, Russell Owen said; “Shepherd has been a labour of love and many years in the making. I’m extremely thrilled audiences will be able to experience it where it was designed for – The Big Screen.” 

Tom Stewart, Acquisitions Director at Darkland Distribution added; “Everyone at Darkland Distribution cannot wait to bring this hugely thrilling ride to Cinemas Nationwide in the UK & Ireland this November!” 

Shepherd will be in UK/ EIRE Cinemas from 5th November 

UK VOD Release: Butchers

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 Sharp Teeth Films is thrilled to release their latest horror, Butchers. Directed by Adrian Langley, the Canadian independent horror will be released in the UK across all major digital platforms from 22nd February and DVD on 8th March to coincide with National Butchers Week! 

After their car breaks down, four youths find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere. Little do they know they are being watched. They soon fall captive to a family of sadistic butchers who keep their ‘fresh meat’ tied up in a wooden outhouse. With hints of WRONG TURN, the four friends have little time to escape before it’s their turn to meet the chopping block. 
 Sharp Films’ director Joey Leung was delighted to share the news of the UK release. He says, “At Sharp Teeth Films, we love supporting independent directors. Adrian Langley is one to watch, having co-written and directed this refresh on a story that horror fans will be very familiar with. We are also proud to be releasing this in the UK, with a strong British and Irish cast starring in the film. This will definitely broaden the appeal over here, especially with Simon Phillips from the White Collar Hooligan franchise playing a menacing Canadian cannibal!” 

Coinciding with National Butchers Week, Butchers will be available on DVD from 8th March (& Digital Download from 22nd Feburary) 

UK VOD Release: Sator

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Lightbulb Film Distribution is delighted to share the official UK poster and trailer for Sator ahead of its digital download release on 15th February. This will be followed by a DVD release a week later on 22nd February.

This chilling and atmospheric slice of slow-burn horror is set in a desolate forest, where a broken family is being observed by Sator; a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.

Written, directed and produced over five years by first time director Jordan Graham, Sator enjoyed a successful worldwide premiere at Fantasia and UK premiere at Abertoir Horror Festival. 
Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this unnerving creature-feature to the UK. The film has terrified festival audiences around the world and writer/director Jordan Graham has created a must-see debut feature.”

Sator will be available on Digital Download from February 15th and on DVD from February 22nd. 

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UK VOD Release: A Night of Horror – Nightmare Radio

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Smart Dog Films is excited to announce that their hit horror anthology ‘A Night Of Horror – Nightmare Radio‘ will be coming to digital download from 21st December. This follows its worldwide premiere at Cannes’ Marché Du Film. 

The film encapsulates 8 terrifying short films directed by talented creatives from across the globe. These include Sergio Morcilo (Drops), Joshua Long (Post Mortem Mary), Jason Bognacki (Into The Dark Woods), Adam O’Brien (A Little Off The Top), Matt Richards (The Disappearance of Willie Bingham), A.J. Briones (The Smiling Man), Pablo S. Pastor (Into The Mud) and Oliver Park (Vicious). 

On a stormy night Rod leads a radio show dedicated to horror. Listeners call the radio telling their own paranormal stories. 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… 

Described as ‘Anthology of the year‘ by Terror Weekend and ‘creepy as hell‘ by HappyWax TV this film is sure to get your hair standing on end – check out the trailer below!
A Night Of Horror Nightmare Radio will be available on Amazon and Google from 21st December and iTunes from 30th December

UK VOD Release: Rent-A-Pal

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Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the official poster and trailer for upcoming retro horror,  Rent-A-Pal.

Following its launch at Grimmfest (where it won the “Best Screenplay” award) and Sitges last week, Rent-A-Pal arrives across all digital download platforms from November 16 and on DVD from January 11.
 
Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his ageing mother (Kathleen Brady). Whilst seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton – Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me), the tape offers him much-needed friendship. But it comes at a cost.
Commenting on the release, Peter Thompson, sales and acquisitions director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said:

We are thrilled to be bringing Rent-A-Pal to UK audiences. A traditional theatrical release was unfortunately not possible, so instead, the film will go direct to all major download platforms, allowing consumers the chance to watch it from the safety of their own home. The festival launch at Grimmfest, where it was one of the most talked-about films, has given it an ideal platform. This is Wil Wheaton as you’ve never seen him before!” 

Rent-A-Pal will be released on Digital Download from November 16 Pre-order here!

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UK VOD Release: Ropes

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Smart Dog Productions are delighted to announce that their latest Spanish horror thriller, Ropes, will be released on Digital Download from 19th November. 

Fresh from it’s screening at Manchester’s Grimmfest, where it won Best Feature Film and Best Actress, Ropes will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google from 19th November.

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.

Smart Dog’s Dom Williams was delighted with the news of the films release “There are some outstanding genre titles are coming from Spain right now. Horror is an international language and the themes in Ropes are universal – so we’re thrilled that this title will get the UK release it deserves.”.

Smart Dog Productions will also be distributing several other titles this year including Game of Death and Nightmare Radio: A Night of Horror.

 Ropes will be available on Digital Download from 19th November

Digital Download Release Date: 19th November
Short Synopsis: A girl paralyzed. A rabid dog. A duel to death for survival.
Director: Jose Luis Montesinos
Cast: Paula Del Rio, Miguel Angel Jenner, Jordi Aguilar
Distributor: Smart Dog Productions
Digital Platforms: iTunes, Amazon and Google.
Rating: TBC
Runtime: 87 Mins

UK Theatrical Release: The Ringmaster

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Danse Macabre are pleased to confirm their latest horror film, The Ringmaster, will be screened in UK Cinemas from 27th November, with a DVD & Digital release date on the 30th November.

The Ringmaster sees two young women (Anne Bergfeld & Karin Michelsen) 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.

The film is directed by Soren Juul Petersen and is based on “Finale” the best-selling Nordic noir novel by Steen Langstrup. The film has received 8 nominations and four awards including Best Feature – Horror Hound (USA), Best Feature – Moscow Horror Fest (Russia), Best Feature – Motor City Nightmares (USA).

The Ringmaster will be in UK Cinemas from 27th November and DVD & Digital Download from 30th November