UK VOD Release: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

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Lightbulb Film Distribution is pleased to share the poster for new horror film, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, which will be coming to Digital Download from June 28.

Following its world premiere at Tribeca last year, the film has played a string of genre festivals – including NightstreamSitges and São Paulo. The UK premiere took place at Celluloid Screams

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To is an elevated-genre feature directed by Jonathan Cuartas and starring Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, First Man), Ingrid Sophie Schram (Phantom Thread) and Owen Campbell (As You Are, The Miseducation of Cameron Post). 

The film follows siblings Dwight (Patrick Fugit) and Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram) who put all their energy into keeping their little brother Thomas (Owen Campbell) alive. But he craves human blood.
Following its world premiere at Tribeca, we are thrilled to be bringing My Heart Can’t Beat to UK audiences. Debut filmmaker, Jonathan Cuartas, has created something very special. It’s a film about family – about what we would all do to protect them. So it’s relatable. It’s just that your brother may or may not be a vampire. Patrick Fugit – best known for his role in Almost Famous – is mesmerising in the lead role” commented Sales & Acquisitions Director, Peter Thompson.

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To will be released on Digital Download from June 28. 
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UK VOD Release: The Winter Lake

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 Blue Finch Film Releasing have announced their latest release ‘The Winter Lake‘, which will be available on digital download from 15th March.

The film boasts an incredible cast including leading performances from two of Screen International’s  ‘Stars of Tomorrow’, Netflix hit Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Death on the Nile), and Anson Boon (Pistol, 1917). Mackey and Boon showcase incredible performances alongside Game of Thrones’ Michael McElhatton & Peaky Blinders’ Charlie Murphy.

‘The Winter Lake’ follows withdrawn teenager Tom (Boon) who after making a grim discovery in a seasonal lake, discovers the truth about his neighbours, a father (McElhatton) and daughter (Mackey) who are harbouring sinister secrets. 
 The Winter Lake will be available on Digital Download from 15th March

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: The Glass Man

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Tigermoth Moving Pictures and Central City Media are delighted to announce the UK digital release of the psychological horror thriller The Glass Man on December 7th.

The film includes a strong British cast of Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories) and James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), as well as horror icon Neve Campbell (Scream). The Glass Man originally screened at Frightfest in 2011 to critical acclaim and now has its long awaited UK release.

The Glass Man tells the story of Martin (Nyman) whose perfect life, with the perfect wife (Campbell) and the perfect house is shattered when a loan shark, Pecco (Cosmo), calls at their home in the dead of night to collect what he’s owed.  Pecco offers an ultimatum – lose everything or be his accomplice for the evening.  As they hurtle towards the terrible deed that Martin must perform, it starts to become clear that Pecco’s intentions are even darker than they appear. 

The film is directed by Cristian Solimeno, who earlier in the year released the heartfelt meditation on mental health, I Made This For You. The film followed a group of friends trying to stop suicide went viral when it was released on youtube for free during Mental Health Awareness month. It was shortly picked up by Channel 4 and praised by the BBC.

Cristian says “I’m incredibly excited to bring this film to a UK audience at last. The performances are extraordinary and the themes seem more important and pressing than ever. Just wait till you see what Andy Nyman does in this. It will blow you away.”

The Glass Man will be available to watch on digital download in the UK on December 7th. 

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 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.

Pop Up Screens Kicking off ‘Pop Up Peckham’ Event Series with The Forbidden Forest Cinema

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Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Bussey Building with a season of exciting and immersive events.
 
Taking place from 23 October to 20 December, the ‘Pop up Peckham Series’ will feature scary screenings in a forbidden forest, belly laughs at the first ever Peckham Comedy Festival, a half-term family film fest and the return of ‘Cinema in the Snow’  – a stunning cinematic Christmas experience set in a magical snow-filled wonderland.
 
The Forbidden Forest Cinema (23 Oct to 15 Nov)
 
Kicking off the schedule of events will be The Forbidden Forest Cinema, a collection of immersive fright night Halloween screenings.
 
Visitors must brave their way through a forbidden forest before discovering an eerie woodland cinema, the perfect setting for their favourite film. 
 
Films include Halloween horror favourites such as: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hereditary, It, Beetlejuice, Scream, The Shining and The Blair Witch Project as well as cult classics like Donnie Darko, Rocky Horror Picture Show, From Dusk Till Dawn, Labyrinth and The Craft (see full schedule below).
Half term screenings of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Onward, Moana, Minions and Toy Story 4 will also be part of the schedule, coupled with a family friendly magical adventure through the mysterious forest.
 
Adult tickets will be priced from £22 (incl. all fees), with concessions for family tickets and half term screenings. A limited amount of VIP tickets will also be made available at £27.50 (incl. all fees, premium seats, and a drink).
Other announced events that will follow later in the year include Peckham Comedy Festival (19 November – 22 November) and the return of Cinema in the Snow (27 November – 20 December 2020).
 
Tickets can be booked from www.popupscreens.co.uk

UK VOD Release: The Ascent

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ascentOn June 12, British indie title The Ascent (known as “Black Ops” in the US) will be available exclusively on BirdBox.Film on June 12th from 7pm.

Alongside the exclusive launch it will be the first film in history to have its premiere in virtual reality. This will be part of AltspaceVR‘s “The VR Film Festival”, with film fans being able to tune in at 7pm BST via the AltspaceVR app.

This groundbreaking premiere will include a Q&A with director Tom Paton, cinematographer George Burt and IndieWire’s executive editor Eric Kohn. To access the premiere on 12th, film lovers simply need to log into the AltspaceVR app and have access to an Oculus headset or similar.

The Ascent follows a group of mercenaries, who are sent to Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel. Shortly after the mission, the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off.

It blurs the lines of action and horror, creating a visually unique cinematic experience. Practical effects, bone crunching fight sequences and existential dread are combined with time travel and big questions about the repercussions of violence and consequence. This was Tom Paton’s third film to premiere at the prestigious FrightFest film festival in London in August 2019.

BirdBox.Film, the UK streaming platform of choice for the premiere, is a branch of Goldfinch and recently started life with three channels of curated content for TVOD. It works to support young filmmakers and talent and this exclusive digital screening of The Ascent will mark the beginning of their expansion into horror and Sci Fi.

The film, directed by Tom Paton, features an all British cast and marks the feature film debut of National Television Award Winning actor and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, alongside Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).

Never one to rest on his laurels, Paton has announced that his fifth film and third with Goldfinch, “G-LOC”, is in post-production. Little is known about the film but it is set to star Stephen Moyer (The Gifted, True Blood), Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of The Rings, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Aquaman). Ward, Osmond and Wallace will also return for the film.

Coventry based production company Mosley Studios and London production financiers Goldfinch have joined forces to bring this British Indie film to audiences in a groundbreaking yet safe way during the pandemic. With distributors and filmmakers seeking ways to keep their release schedules on track, and festivals such as We Are One are seeking to unite film lovers during this difficult time, VR may offer a new alternative. Despite the technology itself not being new, designing cinemas in virtual reality could allow those who aren’t able to walk the red carpet in person to share the experience as part of an online community. This will invite some of the 171 million active users of VR (February 2020 stats) to meet like-minded fans, chat freely and enjoy the social experience together.

UK Release date: 15th June
Director: Tom Paton
Cast: Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Sophie Austin, Alana Wallace, Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu.
Platforms: Birdbox.Film, Altspace VR (From June 15th – iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Sony, Xbox, Google Play)
Genre: Sci Fi/ Horror
Runtime: 108 minutes
Cert: TBC
Distributor: Goldfinch