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

‘Rose – A Love Story’ to premiere at BFI London Film Festival

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Mini Productions, Great Point Media, Bone Garden Films, Fields Park & The Development Partnership are excited to share the poster and trailer for new UK horror, Rose – A Love Story ahead of celebrating its World Premiere at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival on 13th October as part of the CULT strand. 

Starring Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack) & Matt Stokoe (Cursed, Jamestown), Rose – A Love Story follows a young couple living alone in the woods, who must contend with a life-altering illness that manifests itself in a violent and terrifying way.

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. 
The 2020 BFI London Film Festival will be the first ever edition of the Festival to be widely accessible across the UK, with 50 Virtual Festival Premieres to be enjoyed at home. In the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, film lovers will be given an opportunity to connect for a unique and innovative festival experience, enjoying both live and digital screenings across the 12 days of the Festival.

Rose – A Love Story is the feature directorial debut for multi-award winning shorts director Jennifer Sheridan who, for the last ten years has been honing her storyteller skills through her work as an editor on shows such as Cuckoo and League of Gentleman. 

Rose – A Love Story will be celebrating its World Premiere on 13th October at the 2020 London Film Festival, book your tickets here!

UK theatrical release: Antrum

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Danse Macabre have confirmed that the controversial horror Antrum will be released in UK Cinemas on 23rd October and on DVD & Digital from 26th October, over forty years after its original release.

Antrum, a feature length film shot in 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 who were 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.



Believed to have been lost, a sole copy of the film was tracked down and packaged for public release. After a short 10 minute documentary which examines the dark history of the film, viewers are given the opportunity to watch the original version of this cursed film at their own risk.

The film features a teenage girl and her young brother putting their dog to sleep for a violent act it committed. In an effort to save its soul, they enter a forest that contains “The Antrum”, the very spot that the devil landed when he was cast out of heaven. There they begin to dig towards hell, and the deeper they dig the more dangerous the forest becomes. It has been observed that at this point in the film more malevolent events start happening to the audience watching it.

As a journalist has observed, “ANTRUM’s reputation is partially due to additional real-world events that took place as the actual film was being shown. When ANTRUM screened at Fanta Fest in Rome, the organisers brought in a priest to bless the theatre.”

Antrum will be in UK Cinemas from 23rd October and DVD & Digital Download from 26th October.