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Two more films have been added to the 2011 Grimm Up North lineup – one old and one new – that really have us wishing we lived in the UK. Joining the previously announced Stalker are Lucky McKee’s controversial The Woman and David Cronenberg’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

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Grimm Up North is pleased to announce its second offering of blood and fear in this year’s gloriously gut-wrenching horrorfest as Lucky McKee’s The Woman. The must-see controversial film is co-written by award-winning horror novelist Jack Ketchum (Red, The Girl Next Door, The Lost) and stars Angela Bettis (Toolbox Murders, Carrie, May), Sean Bridgers (“Deadwood”) and Pollyanna McIntosh (Burke and Hare, Exam, Land Of The Lost).

The Woman delves deep into the darkness of human nature and earlier this year proved itself to be one of the most controversial films ever to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival, thanks to its realistic and unflinching depiction of the psychological and physical brutality visited by what appears to be a normal American family upon a seemingly disadvantaged and helpless woman.

With an awesome cast including Christopher Walken, Herbet Lom, and Martin Sheen, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone is a popular classic that we just couldn’t resist showing at Grimm Up North this year. Following a serious traffic accident, English teacher Johnny Smith (Walken) awakes from a five-year coma to discover he has acquired a unique ability: He is able to psychically “read” anyone he comes into contact with – past, present, and future. When the police discover his abilities, he finds himself enlisted to help in a murder case. Then he shakes the hand of a popular political candidate, hotly tipped to be the next president, and has a vision of a future that has to be stopped at all costs…

Here at Grimm Up North we are really excited to be showing this movie. Cronenberg, the cinematic master of body horror and physical transformation, might seem an unusual choice to adapt a writer whose horrors are more often emotional and psychological, but for our money this is one of the most interesting cinematic versions of King’s work. The narrative may be apocalyptic, but the approach is surprisingly low-key. Cronenberg’s customarily cold and clinical eye and controlled direction, coupled with Walken’s gaunt presence and the wintery Ontario locations, make for an icily intelligent study in alienation, loneliness, and escalating panic that’s well worth rediscovering. As an added bonus we get to hear Walken’s unique delivery of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” while West Wing fans will doubtless enjoy Martin Sheen’s startling performance as a very different kind of US President!

Don’t forget there’s a new venue this year: the awesome AMC Cinemas in the heart of the gruesome Great Northern Warehouse on the dark end of Deansgate. Tickets for Grimm Up North will go on sale soon from the AMC Cinema’s box office and on the AMC website.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest via the official Grimm Up North website, befriend them on Facebook, and of course, follow them on Twitter.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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