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Stephen Rumbelow – RIP

by on Feb.29, 2016, under Other Musings

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.

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The Unkindness of Ravens – Update

by on Dec.10, 2015, under Other Musings

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!

RAVENS ARCANAWith 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!

PRESS KIT:

STILLS FROM THE FILM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3al79u91he5b8eh/Shots%20from%20the%20Film.zip?dl=0

GIFS: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1r9upqsvaj2x6tr/Ravens%20Gifs.zip?dl=0 

PHOTOS: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tgfsjh8up6cu060/Stills.zip?dl=0 

POSTERS: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wuixca6dri7g98n/The%20Unkindness%20of%20Ravens%20-%203%20POSTERS.zip?dl=0

PRESS KIT: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yomyy56v53wz2dg/The-Unkindness-of-Ravens-Press-Kit.doc?dl=0

SOCIAL MEDIA:

KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lawriebrewster/the-unkindness-of-ravens-feature-film-epic-horror

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdJCbjV9Zk0

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheUnkindnessofRavensMovie

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ravensarecoming

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The Unkindness of Ravens – Trailer & News

by on Nov.18, 2015, under Other Musings

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.

Raven Warriors 2Within 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.

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RIP Gunnar Hansen

by on Nov.08, 2015, under Other Musings

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, Gunnar HansenIceland, 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.

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Fear Itself – documentary.

by on Oct.19, 2015, under Other Musings

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.

 

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Night of the Living Dead – lost footage found!!

by on Oct.17, 2015, under Other Musings

This is the kinda ‘found footage’ horror story that really gets the blood pumping. George Romero has found the the holy grail of the genre! A 16mm work print of his 68 masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead, including a 9 min. scene previously unreleased.

The scene also includes, apparently, the largest zombie scene in the entire film. Just how do these things go missing??!! The NightoftheLivingDeaddiscovery was made whilst George was rummaging through his personal collection, for additional material for Martin Scorsese with an eye on remastering for a fresh release for what i’d suspect would be the 50th anniversary edition.

I don’t need to mention how amazing this is gonna be, but expect an ultimate release, theatrical, directors, extended and a whole host of extras. Take my money now George!

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First night in the new house – Short film

by on Oct.11, 2015, under Other Musings

WANT TO SEE MORE? Help us turn this short into a feature length film! Here.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Teaser

by on Oct.10, 2015, under Other Musings

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. We’ve been waiting for this for some time. Jane Austen’s celebrated Zombie romance. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy take on the zombie menace with full on martial arts and weaponry, in this blood soaked masterpiece and discover their true love for one another. I really don’t remember this version when studying in school.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES will be released by Lionsgate UK in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Friday 12th February 2016.

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