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Maritime Horror Short Bucking Hell Sails Onto Amazon Video



If you’re in the mood for some high seas horror, you might be interested in director James Kermack’s new short film Bucking Hell, which has sailed onto Amazon Video.

From the Press Release:

Ahead of the release of JAMES KERMACK’S debut feature, “HI-LO JOE” comes “BUCKING HELL”

Set on a sinking ship, a cast of four; DAVID SCHAAL (The Office, The Inbetweeners, Down Terrace), GEOFF BRETON (The Rotters Club, Secret Diary of A Call Girl), NICKY EVANS (Shameless, Before Dawn) and WARREN MAHON, play a deadly game to decide who gets the last lifejacket.

James Kermack on the origins of Bucking Hell: “My inspirations were simple. Since the age of 5, when I first saw Ben Gardeners eyeless socket bob beneath that boat, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) has stayed with me. Not just for the scares but for the human moments, like Brodie playing copycat with his son or in this instance, the moment our three protagonists drunkenly share stories, forgetting the deathly situation they finds themselves in momentarily, whilst Amity’s swim reaper waits outside.

The switch in Bucking Hell is that there is no killer shark outside; the greatest killer of them all is inside the room with them. Man. One of them is not who they say they are — a great white, hovering beneath the tension, waiting for the moment to slice the sea with his fin and show himself to his prey.”

James’s debut feature HI-LO JOE is released in UK cinemas on November 24th 2017. The psychological drama features Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones – HBO, Aquarius – NBC), Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express with Kenneth Branagh, Snatched with Amy Schumer), Thaila Zucchi (Shameless – Ch4), Joe Dixon (Rise of The Footsoldier, The Mummy Returns) and introduces breakout star Matthew Stathers as the title character Joe.

It was selected to be part of Film London Breakthrough, playing at the 2016 BFI Film Festival. It made its World Premiere at the prestigious 27th Dinard British Film Festival (2016) and has continued to be selected for festivals worldwide since.

His second feature KNUCKLEDUST is a UK/French/Estonian co-production. A dark action thriller produced by Featuristic Films and The Project. Shooting is set for early 2018, with Oscar nominated director Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, The Seventh Son) attached as Executive Producer.

In this clip, James Kermack discusses the casting of Bucking Hell:

Bucking Hell Teaser Trailer:

BUCKING HELL is released exclusively through 24 FOOT SQUARE – SHORT SUBJECTS via Amazon in the UK and US. The film hasn’t been submitted for festival screenings and this is the first and only way to see the film.

The film can be found here:
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You can view all of the current 24 Foot Square – Short Subject releases here:
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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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