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Terrifier Toplining UK’s FrightFest Shocktoberfest 2017




The films premiering at FrightFest’s annual Shocktoberfest have been announced, and they’re toplined by one of the most nightmare-fueled, balls-to-the-walls slasher-fests we’ve ever seen… Damien Leone’s Terrifier!

From the Press Release:
The ‘making of’ a low-budget slasher… an emotional zombie nightmare… a chiaroscuro Gothic horror… a comic strip creature feature… an outrageously strange mind cult… a sci-fi alien action extravaganza… and the last word in liller clowns.

Please give a – severed – hand to the seven choice shockers that make up the bumper pack of bump-in-the-nighters comprising FrightFest’s hugely anticipated annual Halloween chillorama.

Yes, the all-day, all-screaming, all-encompassing, all-stops-out FrightFest Shocktoberfest makes its way to the Empire Haymarket, a wonderfully appropriate stone’s throw away from The Phantom of the Opera musical, for their annual West End wits-end wallow in all things gruesome, gory and glorious.

After FrightFest’s successful return to central London in August for our biggest, best and most critically and audience acclaimed event yet, we are pleased to announce our equally ambitious, and extended, Halloween spooktacular that in keeping with our well-developed ethos comprises an eclectic and electric mix of the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres to haunt your nightmares until our Glasgow grindhouser next March.

We are currently in a post-IT golden period where the populist press tells us horror is back in the biggest way it has never been before. Funny that, FrightFesters have proved over the last 18 wonderful years of choice movies that it has never been away – only the blinkered mainstream film industry has.

So let’s show them once again we mean business, and have always meant business, with a demonstration of support for the kinds of quirky, unusual and extreme genre movies that will need it now more than ever. We can’t wait to see you at the Empire – and how great does it feel to say that again! – for what will be an epic horror love-in for the people who have never wavered in their devotion to the dark heart of cinema – you, the ardent FrightFester.

The Empire Cinema, 63-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL, is the location of this year’s extravaganza. Tickets will be available online through the ticket page on the FrightFest website HERE from noon on Sunday 1st October. With a seventh film added to the line-up for the first time, a day pass with an allocated seat this year will cost £45. Fantastic value. Plus, for the first time at one of our Halloween events, there will be single tickets available at £14.50 for each of the seven films. And in another first, walk-up tickets, subject to availability, will be available from the cinema on the day.



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




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



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.

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!



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.

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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