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Scottish Folk Horror Falls Far From the Apple Tree

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Our friends up in Scotland are working on an all new horror movie called Far From the Apple Tree, which stars Sorcha Groundsell and Victoria Liddelle. Grant McPhee directs.

From the Press Release:
Far From the Apple Tree stars Sorcha Groundsell (BBC’s Clique, Iona) as Judith, a struggling artist who lands her dream job of working for a renowned and sinister visual artist named Roberta Roslyn (Victoria Liddelle). Judith’s new job allows her the opportunity to view and catalogue Roberta’s work – archiving but learning her alchemical techniques as she delves deeper and deeper through her past. Through the work Judith discovers a secret left on the cutting room floor – a mysterious woman who looks very much like herself. The woman is revealed to be Roberta’s missing daughter Maddy, and who’s presence is still very much felt throughout each frame of the unraveling archive. Roberta informs her ‘That Maddy is coming home’.

As Judith becomes more engrossed in investigating the mystery of Maddy the more she starts to appear to take on a new persona, a persona which seems to be gaining her a new level of artistic inspiration. Judith is left with a difficult choice – should she stay and finally have her own art exhibition, promised to her by Roberta or should she leave and go back to her old life as a struggling nobody. A battle is being fought between her soul and the creative force which might destroy her but also lead her into the new life she has always dreamed about.

Following in the long tradition of folk-horror films such as The Wicker Man and Blood on Satan’s Claw, Far From The Apple Tree is the latest film to come from director Grant McPhee, the award winning creator of Punk-Music Feature Big Gold Dream (Sight and Sound best films of 2015), the visual art-house horror Night Kaleidoscope (2016) and Teenage Superstars (2017). Produced by Olivia Gifford (Outlander) and Steven Moore (Outlander) it is an effort to push micro budget filmmaking to it’s extremes. Made it in under two weeks in a remote Scottish country estate they pushed the boundaries of low budget filmmaking to make something that far exceeds it’s budget and schedule. Securing their dream cast they also set up their own home built film-lab in order to create the highly stylised visuals of the movie, shooting on a wide variety of formats including 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, home processing, betamax, Pixelvision and Red with no VFX being used.

Far From the Apple Tree is like no other movie – it’s a unique and terrifying horror tale told in an engrossing and nightmarish dreamscape. The cast provide fantastic performances which will keep the audience in suspense from the opening frame.

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Universal Acquires Riley Sager’s Final Girls for Film Adaptation

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The “final girl” has long been a staple of the horror film genre, and lately there have been several films with just about that very same title focusing on her and/or them. Well, guess what… there’s another one coming as Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle to option rights for Final Girls, the bestselling novel from Riley Sager that hit shelves this past July.

The movie adaptation will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens along with Sugar23’s Ashley Zalta and Michael Sugar as that stand-alone company continues to ramp up.

Sager’s book centers on Quincy Carpenter, who 10 years ago as a college student went on vacation to Pine Cottage with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, the press dubbed her a “Final Girl,” coined for the group of similar survivors.

We’ll have more for you on this as it comes.

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Trailer: Paul Solet’s Bullet Head Hits Blu-ray This January

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After checking out writer-director Paul Solet’s pregnancy gone awry flick Grace a few years back, the talented filmmaker made my list of directors to watch out for.

And it is with this in mind that we’d like to share the trailer and Blu-ray/DVD release info for his newest action-survival-crime flick Bullet Head.

The movie stars Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, and Rory Culkin (Scream 4) as a group of thieves trapped in an abandoned warehouse with a vicious man-eating dog…

And Antonio Banderas?

That’ll work!

The trailer reminds me of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, but as we all know, that is NOT a bad thing. Throw in some crime-movie good times and this could be a sleeper hit.

You can check out the trailer for yourself below – along with a full list of special features – and then let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film has been rated R by the MPAA for “violence, bloody images, language, some drug use, and nudity.”

Bullet Head hits theaters December 8th, and Blu-ray/DVD January 9th, 2018.

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Synopsis:

Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich deliver the action in this riveting crime story about three career criminals trapped in a warehouse after a heist.

Special Features:

Deleted Scenes

Filmmakers’ Commentary

A Canine Point of View: Writing and Directing BULLET HEAD

Career Criminals and Fighting Dogs: The Iconic Cast of BULLET HEAD

Preparation and Performance: The Animal Actors of BULLET HEAD

Hymns and Fanfare: The Score of BULLET HEAD

BULLET HEAD: Proof of Concept –Lionsgate

 

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January

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Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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