UK VOD Release: Slumber Party Massacre

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 Starring: Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Alex McGregor 
Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new horror feature, Slumber Party Massacre. Featuring an all-female principle cast, this feminist reimagining of Roger Corman’s 1982 cult-classic is smashing the glass ceiling. Slumber Party Massacre will be released on Digital Download on 13th December and  DVD from 10th January. The film had its UK Premiere at Abertoir Horror Festival in November and has also been selected as the closing film of Soho Horror Festival. 

Written by Suzanne Keilly (Warrior Nun, Ash vs Evil Dead) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (The Banana Splits Movie), the film stars Hannah Gonera (Spell, Jamillah and Aladdin), Frances Sholto-Douglas (The Kissing Booth, Black Mirror), and Alex McGregor (Searchers, Blood Drive).  

A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a psychopath wielding a power-drill disrupts the fun. There really is no rest for the wicked at this slumber party… 

Commenting on the release, Peter Thompson, Sales & Acquisitions Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this iconic slasher remake to audiences in the UK and Ireland. Esterhazy manages to bring a fresh perspective to this horror sub-genre, whilst capturing the essence of the much-loved original. She is an exceptional filmmaker. Gore, jumps and laughs – Slumber Party Massacre has it all.”
Slumber Party Massacre will be released on Digital Download on 13th December and on DVD from 10th January 2022 

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UK VOD Release: Puppet Killer

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This Christmas, Playtime is over.
Listen out for slay-bells as Puppet Killer is coming to town. Central City Media have today confirmed that the yuletide horror comedy will be released on Digital Download this November. Pulling the strings of Puppet Killer is director Lisa Ovies and stars Aleks Paunovic (NumbWar For The Planet of the Apes), Lee Majdoub (Sonic The HedgehogDirk Gently) & Lisa Durupt (Love Guaranteed). Guaranteed to knock the stuffing out of you, Puppet Killer will be available on all major digital platforms from 29th November in all it’s puppetry glory. 

It’s the classic ‘cabin in the woods‘ tale of teenagers (who are 100% teenage actors despite what IMDb may tell you) being assailed by a menacing pink and fluffy plush toy – that old chestnut. 

For seven-year-old Jamie, watching horror movies with his loving parents and his fuzzy pink puppet, Simon, is a beloved Christmas tradition. Unfortunately, that all ends when his mother dies of cancer and his father marries a new woman who isn’t nearly as supportive of Jamie’s horror obsession, or his unhealthy friendship with Simon. After she mysteriously disappears from the family vacation home, Jamie starts to believe that Simon may have killed her. 

Ten years later, Jamie brings five of his high school friends to the family’s cabin for Christmas Break. All seems well until Simon is discovered in the cellar, resurrecting Jamie’s old fears, causing him and his friends to question his mental well-being.  

As the weekend unfolds, Jamie’s friends are slaughtered one by one in ways that would make Freddy, Jason, and Michael proud. Jamie must confront his childhood best friend in a bloody showdown that will push him to the brink of madness… if he isn’t already there. 

This Christmas – You better watch out, you better not die. 

Puppet Killer will be available on Digital Download from 29th November

UK Winter Release Schedule 2021

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

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule.

FRIGHT…
Shepherd 
Starring: Tom Hughes, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss & Greta Scacchi 
Eric Black is lost after the mysterious death of his adulterous wife. Running from his past to a new job as a Shepherd, he becomes trapped alone on a majestic, weather-beaten island with an ominous secret. One mans 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. 
Shepherd will be in UK Cinemas from 12th November 

Puppet Killer 
Starring: Aleks Paunovic, Lee Majdoub, Lisa Durupt  
While celebrating Christmas break at an isolated cabin in the woods, Jamie and his high school friends are stalked by a sadistic killer obsessed with horror movie icons.
Puppet Killer will be coming to Digital Download 29th November 

Father of Flies  
Starring: Camilla Rutherford, Sandra Andreis, Davi Santos, Page Ruth and Nicholas Tucci 
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 screened at Grimmfest and will have it’s UK Physical Premiere at Raindance Film Festival (6th Nov) with a general UK release in 2022 

Slumber Party Massacre  
Starring Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne 
Slumber Party Massacre is a reimagining of Roger Corman’s 1982 cult-classic, which was the first instalment in the SPM trilogy. The film is directed by Danishka Esterhazy (“The Banana Splits Movie”) and premiered at Fantastic Fest in September 2021. 
Slumber Party Massacre will be coming to Digital Download on Monday 13th December  

THRILL…
Disappearance at Lake Elrod  
Starring: Robyn Lively, Shanola Hampton, Bethany Anne Lind and Michael Trucco  
A year after her daughter’s disappearance, another girl from Elrod, Georgia, goes missing. Convinced there is a connection, Charlie (Robyn Lively) won’t stop searching until she discovers the truth. Recently released in North America under the original title ‘Through The Glass Darkly”. 
Disappearance at Lake Elrod will be available on DVD in the UK & EIRE from Nov 1st. Pre-order now on Amazon and AppleTV  

#LIKE 
Starring:Marc Menchaca, Sarah Rich & Jeff Wincott 
On the first anniversary of her younger sister’s death Woodstock teen, Rosie (Sarah Rich – Orange is the New Black, Law & Order), discovers the mysterious man (Marc Menchaca – Ozark, The Sinner, The Outsider) who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she finds a darker side she never knew she had, as she takes justice into her own hands. 
#Like will be available to Rent and Buy from 1st November 

HABIT 
Starring: Bella Thorne 
When a drug deal goes wrong, street smart party girl Mads (Bella Thorne) and her best friends find a possible way out by masquerading as nuns. 
HABIT will be coming to Digital Download on 22nd November 

Blonde. Purple 
Starring: Julian Moore-Cook, Joe Gallina & Jess Radomska 
An out-of-his depth inexperienced criminal is stuck in a bank, after a heist went wrong. How will he get out? 
Blonde. Purple will be coming to Digital Download on November 30th 

Pitbull – Exodus 
Starring: Jan Blachowicz, Przemysław Bluszcz & Dawid Czuprynski 
Patryk Vega returns with his latest film Pitbull – EXODUS is getting back on track with his favourite type of movies, a crime thriller. The story is told at the turn of several decades, showing the fight between the police and criminal groups from the Eastern Europe. Follow one criminals life during his childhood and adolescence to show us how he became a involved in the criminal underworld. The villains path soon crosses with a policeman who sacrifices a large part of his life just to catch him. With twists, turns, shocks and spectacular scenes Vega is back giving everyone what they want.
Pitbull – Exodus will be in UK & EIRE Cinemas from 19th November  
DRAMA…
A Bird Flew In 
Starring: Morgana Robinson, Jeff Fahey, Derek Jacobi, Sadie Frost & Camilla Rutherford
When Lockdown is imposed, the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together. A feature film composed of six interlinked narratives, ‘Alone’ explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves.
A Bird Flew In will have its UK Premiere at Raindance Film Festival on 5th November 
SMILE…
 Sideshow  
Starring: Les Dennis, Anthony Head & April Pearson
When two inept criminals break into the home of a washed-up psychic in search of hidden loot, they get a lot more than they bargained for. 
Sideshow will be in UK Cinemas from 19th November 

Christmas Thieves  
Starring: Michael Madsen, Tom Arnold & Lorenzo McGovern Zaini
After a robbery goes wrong, Frank and Vince break into a home when two kids mistake them for their babysitters. Hoping to make them fall asleep so they can make their getaway, Frank reads stories from a magic book that he stole during the robbery, taking them to the enchanted world of ARCTIC FRIENDS. The two thieves have to endure the kid’s hijinks as they make various absurd attempts to escape. 
Christmas Thieves will be available on Digital Download on 29th November 

 CBeebies Christmas Show – The Night Before Christmas 
Starring: All your CBeebies favourites!
Follow the adventures of Holly and her brother Jack on Christmas Eve, as they send their wishes to Father Christmas. But then they have to deal with the mischievous Wish Taker who steals those wishes, leading Holly to travel far and wide in search of them. Will she succeed and ensure Father Christmas has all the wishes in time for Christmas Day? Tune in to find out…
Cbeebies Christmas Show will be coming to cinemas this December 4th and 5th! 

LEARN…
 Eleven 
Filmed over a 5-year period, ELEVEN follows the stories of a diverse and dynamic group of kids (from the World Cup ‘14 in Brazil to the World Cup ‘18 in Russia) ending up in Switzerland at the Stade de Genève on 21st of April 2018, in front of 22.000 people (as part of the UEFA and United Nations event “Match for Solidarity” featuring football legends like Figo and Ronaldinho).
Eleven will be released in early 2022 

 Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr 
 Starring : J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph 
Homage of one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr
Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr will be available to rent and buy on 22nd November  
EVENTS…
 Lucca Comics & Games 2021 
This year Italy is honouring Dante Alighieri, the poet and philosopher, by celebrating the 700th anniversary of his death and Dante’s Divine Comedy sets the tone for the returning festival – a community event that not only produced culture but creates a place where people can share experiences by occupying and interacting with and within a unique and monumental city. Light is the synthesis of this new Lucca Comics & Games, which signals a passage from dark to light, and paves a road to a new kind of normal. Visitors will go back to meeting creators of universes that have been an integral part of the festival – comics, games, storytelling, modern mythologies and big and small industries represented in these worlds. 
Lucca Comics & Games will be happening in person, marking its 55th year, from 28th October to 1st November in Italy  

 The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! 
Created by and starring drag superstars BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but just can’t agree on how.

With the help of a chorus of dancers and DeLa’s deceased grandmother—whose spirit lives on in a glass of eggnog—DeLa tries her hardest to uphold the cheery Christmas traditions of her childhood. Meanwhile, Jinkx is much more interested in bawdy jokes, cute boys, and boozy libations. As they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. After some hilarious insight into the ghosts of their very different Christmas pasts, and with the help of a mysterious naked man with a surprising holiday secret, the two realize that tradition can be whatever we make of it, and family is whomever we choose.

This high camp, side-splitting romp is equal parts sacrilegious and sweet, with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold. “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is sure to be a new holiday tradition for all the lost toys who know that the best traditions are the ones we create ourselves.
 

Book your tickets at jinkxanddela.com and is on Digital Download now 

 Reel Cinemas presents: Movie Madness 
In celebration of the independent chain’s 20th birthday, Reel are excited to be extending their Movie Madness offer until 10th December. This will allow movie lovers to get tickets for their favourite upcoming blockbusters from as little as £2.50! Across the chain, Reel Cinemas offer state of the art screens, sound, leather seats and sofas, and are offering cinema-goers tickets from just £2.50 before 1 pm and £3.50 after, every day of the week – valid until 10th December, 2021. Reel Cinemas can be found in Blackburn, Borehamwood, Bridgnorth, Burnley, Chippenham, Chorley, Fareham, Hull, Ilkeston, Morecambe, Port Talbot, Quinton, Rochdale, Wakefield and Widnes with more cinemas opening in the next two years.  

Book your tickets at: www.reelcinemas.co.uk

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