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Exclusive First Look at the Habit Trailer; New Poster, Stills, and More!

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We told you a few days ago that Habit, the new Manchester, UK-set horror from White Settlers director Simeon Halligan, is having its UK Premiere during the upcoming Grimmfest; and today we’re pleased to present the debut of the film’s trailer. In addition, we have some stills and artwork to share so read on!

From the Press Release:
White Settlers (starring Polly McIntosh, “The Walking Dead”) was a hit with genre fans back in 2015 when it played festivals like Sitges, FrightFest, and Screamfest LA and was subsequently released on Netflix in the UK and the US.

Now HABIT, written and directed by Simeon Halligan, is set for its own festival success as this bloodthirsty feature film announces its first tranche of festival screenings for later this year. HABIT has been selected for more than ten top genre film festivals including LUND FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Sweden), GRIMMFEST (Manchester, UK), MAYHEM (Nottingham, UK), DUBLIN HORRORTHON (Dublin, UK), RAZORREEL (Bruges, Belgium), NYC FILM FESTIVAL (New York, US), TERRORMOLINS (Barcelona, Spain), ABERTOIR FILM FESTIVAL (Cardiff, Wales), NIGHTVISIONS (Helsinki, Finland), and more to be announced shortly.

The film is set for release in early 2018.

HABIT stars Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul, Let’s be Evil), Jessica Barden (“Penny Dreadful,” The Lobster), William Ash (“The Tunnel,” Hush), Roxanne Pallett (Wrong Turn 6, “Emmerdale”), and Joanne Mitchell (Before Dawn, Attack of the Adult Babies) and is based on the brutal novel of the same name by Mancunian writer Stephen McGeagh. It was produced by Rachel Richardson Jones and Nick Leese.

HABIT benefits from a fresh and arresting soundtrack, utilising exciting new bands alongside known artists such as The Coral. These tracks accompany specially composed music from Claude Foisy, known for his work on a multitude of horror genre films.

Synopsis:
Manchester, the present. Michael (Langridge) divides his time between the job centre and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee (Barden), an introduction to her Uncle Ian (Ash), and a heavy night on the lash lead to a job working the door at a Northern Quarter massage parlour called Cloud 9. Lee introduces Michael to a bizarre subculture hidden behind locked doors and down shadow-filled alleyways.

After witnessing the violent death of one of the punters, Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn’t understand but is irresistibly drawn to. Lee, Ian, and the other girls at the massage parlour offer him excitement, intrigue, and a family of sorts; but slowly and surely without his realisation, Michael is being groomed. His new family have a dark secret, a shared addiction that they intend Michael to share with them.

When Michael finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, his life will never be the same again.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

Synopsis:
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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