DEAD BRIDE, is the new psychological horror, from the talented Francesco Picone (Anger of the Dead), and produced by Metrovideo, which is rich in classic elements of the genre with a plot full of twists and suspense, which should leave the viewer suitably terrified. This looks awesome.
Here’s the blurb:-
After her father’s death, Alyson, her partner Richard and their baby return to her childhood home.
Following a few shocking supernatural events, Alyson discovers that she and her family have been living with a terrible curse, unleashed in the past by a bride killed by Alyson’s grandfather.
Soon after Alyson’s child disappears and she has no choice but to embark on a frightening journey into the underworld, to free herself from the bride’s curse and to look for her daughter.
The film is currently in post production but we hope to see something very soon. For more info, follow the film at Facebook.
No soon as I report on Davide Meilin’s new short Lion, then I discover the trailer is live! Check this beast out!
One of Italy’s most exciting young directors has some fresh visuals for our senses. Davide Melini is back in the hot seat with his latest short film, Lion. “An isolated chalet in a snowy forest… A man blinded by alcohol… A woman unable to rebel… And an 8-year-old child troubled and dark… The silent night is broken with cries… the start of a terrible nightmare!”
Featuring a cast of three, Pedro Sánchez, Michael Segal (“Colour from the Dark”, “Anger of the Dead”), and Tania Mercader, this short looks to be exciting stuff and has all the key plot pieces to make this an intriguing film. Produced by some huge names in the industry, Luca Vannella (“Thor”, “Harry Potter”, “Apocalypto”, “Heart of the Sea”), Alexis Continente (“Thor”, “Penny Dreadful”), Vincenzo Mastrantonio (“Titanic”, “Moulin Rouge”, “The Passion of Christ”, “Romeo + Juliet”), Bobby Holland (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Game of Thrones”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “007 – Quantum of Solace”), Ferdinando Merolla (“Troy”, “Gangs of New York”, “Hannibal Rising”), Roberto Paglialunga.
Davide Melini has been busy lately working on everyone’s favourite horror show, Penny Dreadful, but i’m glad to see him back working on his own original work after the success of “The Sweet Hand of the White Rose” and “The Puzzle.” His directorial style is true Italian class, paired with his artistic eye for detail as DP, he certainly knows how to set up a shot and make the subject look glorious, but of cause, he was trained by the master – Dario Argento whilst working on Mother of Tears.
I asked Davide about the title, Lion and he gave me this insight – ‘The kid, Leon, loves animals and in particular lions. He has some lion posters in his room and some toys… And of course, his best friend: a stuffed lion!”
This really sounds exciting. A snowy, isolated chalet, an alcoholic and a child with a Lion – expect dark dreams and nightmares.
Lion is currently in post production but due for a Halloween release. I’m eagerly looking forward to this!
I am saddened by the news of Stephen Rumbelow’s passing. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Stephen whilst supporting and promoting his Zombie masterpiece, Autumn. Stephen was a gentleman, and a true industry professional with almost 200 productions under his belt. A very talented writer, director and producer across film, TV and Theatre. A great loss to the industry and to humanity. My thoughts are with his close friends and family. RIP Stephen.
The Unkindness of Ravens Set to Take Flight After Meeting Kickstarter Goal
The crowdfunding campaign for Scottish horror The Unkindness of Ravens has reached its funding goal, making it the most-funded UK horror film ever on Kickstarter!
Over 550 backers have pledged, taking the ongoing campaign past its original £40,000 target. The team have now announced a stretch goal of £45,000, which would see all backers receiving the ‘Raven Arcana’ Digital Book, filled with short stories, tales from the set, raven mythologies and tons of photos and illustrations.
Backers flocked to the project’s beautifully-designed rewards such as the Collector’s Edition 3-Disc Set and the awesome, limited edition Owlman action figure (the Owlman being the breakout star of the team’s last movie Lord of Tears).
Lawrie Brewster’s campaign also received significant Kickstarter pledges from film companies around the world, including US companies 3rd Monkey Productions and Lights Out Productions, UK distributor 88 Films and Scottish production company Zoghogg Studios, as well as filmmaker Shoogly Peg!
With an expected release date of July 2016, the funds raised will now go towards the film’s soundtrack, effects, mix, and marketing, ensuring that this ambitious indie has the best chance of being seen by the widest audience possible.
Director Lawrie Brewster is delighted at the success of the campaign, ‘The significance of our campaign cannot be understated. It reflects the enormous hunger out there for new, original ideas in the genre and proves that grassroots funding can now enable us to tell the stories that the mainstream would never touch.
We will use these funds not only to produce films but to distribute them in a manner that will see us build a sustainable model, focussed on producing high concept films and delivering them in unique physical media. Production companies can now sustain themselves with a direct and personal relationship with the people that count most, their audiences.’
The film certainly promises to be something different to the norm, with its brooding Scottish landscapes, unsettling, pagan vibe and brutal violence. A claustrophobic and intense tale of one man’s battle for survival in the remote highlands of Scotland, the film has echoes of The Wicker Man and Kill List with the central plot about a troubled veteran calling to mind films like Jacob’s Ladder and Apocalypse Now.
“Our film aims to be the most emotionally intense and disturbing pyschological horror of the year, with its unflinching portrayal of the true cost of war and the internal scars carried by our veterans. This film pays tribute to the courage that those who suffer from PTSD face in managing their condition. We do this in a narrative that pits such a soldier against an evil so terrifying and uncanny that no one will expect our hero to stand a chance. The Ravens are coming…”
The project garnered some serious praise along the way from industry figures like legendary horror director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play), and Alec Gillis, co-founder of Oscar-winning creature effects company ADI, and by the looks of things, we’ll be hearing lots more about the film very soon!
But, the campaign’s not over yet! With two days still to go, Lawrie Brewster hopes to reach the new £45,000 stretch goal! So, get pledging while you still can!
STILLS FROM THE FILM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3al79u91he5b8eh/Shots%20from%20the%20Film.zip?dl=0
Lawrie Brewster (director of the critically acclaimed Lord of Tears and the Owlman prank videos) is back with a fresh tale of terror: a homeless army veteran besieged by a horde of demonic ravens in the highlands of Scotland. It’s gritty, it’s weird and it’s deeply disturbing, brutal, gory and emotionally intense film that the film makers describe as ‘kinda crossing Apocalypse Now with The Evil Dead’. The film seeks to explore the effect of the horrors of war on the human mind through the media of beautiful poetry and brutal violence. How great does this sound?
Sarah Daly once again pens the screenplay to bring a poetic, and unique language to the script. This is her second feature screenplay and collaboration with Lawrie Brewster.
Jamie Scott-Gordon plays the films protagonist in the dual role of Andrew and his deranged doppelganger – a challenging and demanding requirement which i’m sure, Lawrie has pushed the fresh talent to the brink. He can also be see in US comedy Bonejangles and UK drama Good Intentions later this year.
Within the current industry, it is sometimes difficult for these independent studios and visionaries to get feature films off the ground. Lawrie Brewster and Hex Media/Dark Dunes Productions have excelled themselves on the back of the outstanding Lord of Tears, to follow up with this, their next offering, The Unkindness of Ravens, but further finance is required for post production, score and marketing. You can support this feature by clicking here and pledging towards the films Kickstarter campaign.
The Unkindness of Ravens has support from Brian O’Malley, director of ‘Let us Prey’. ‘What this guy can do with almost no money is quite astonishing…’ Also Alec Gillis of the Academy Award-winning special effects team ADI (Aliens, Predator, Starship Troopers) has endorsed the Kickstarter campaign.
I’ll personally be following The Unkindness of Ravens and will look forward to the final print and further productions from Lawrie Brewster and Hex. I’ll be posting updates and and when i hear from the teams progress, so be sure to check back, but you can follow all the action on their official Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. The Unkindness of Ravens should be complete and ready for release in the summer of 2016.
Very saddened to hear that today we have lost yet another horror legend. Gunnar Hansen, who made his impact on the world of cinema back in 1974 in his role as Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Originally from Reykjavik, Iceland, his family moved to the USA when he was just aged 5. The Hansen family settled in Maine before moving to Texas aged 11. Whilst in collage, he auditioned for the role of Leatherface and the rest is history. You can read all about my gushing thoughts on TCM here, which I believe is probably the most important film (both mainstream and genre) ever made.
Gunnar was a big character; friendly, creative, and a talented writer as well as having incredible screen presence. He will always be remembered for his role as Leatherface, the crazy, retarded, human face wearing, chainsaw wielding, maniac who was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein. Although he only played the role in the original 1974 version, and declined a revisit to the role in the (very good) reimagining of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003 due to feeling insulted that the original required a remake, he took up the chainsaw as a weapon in various other films throughout his career, notably Fred Olen Ray’s 1988’s Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.
2015 is turning out to be a sad year for the genre. First Wes Craven back in August and now Gunnar Hanson, aged on 68, died due to pancreatic cancer. Rest in Peace Gunnar, you’ll always be my number one horror monster legend.
My deepest condolences are with Gunnar’s close friends and family at this time.
A good friend of mine, cineaste and film maker, DW Mault just pointed me in the direction of this little gem – Fear Itself. Charlie Lyne has created an outstanding documentary which explores every aspect of the horror genre. An outstanding monologue, carefully narrated byAmy E Watson, carries the viewer through a history of horror along with a very well sourced collection of clips which all flow seamlessly. I loved it. I really need to watch this again on a much bigger screen. Check it out here, free on iPlayer.