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Not content with dishing out just one of the premier events on every horror fan’s calendar year after year, the guys behind the Film4 FrightFest also run the Halloween All-Nighter – and we’ve got this year’s lineup right here for you, if you have the stamina to last it out!

From the Press Release:
The FrightFest Halloween All-nighter returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday, October 27 for another helping of choice shock-around-the-clock horror. And this year horror fans around the country can join in the fearful fun as, on Saturday, November 3, the event travels to the Picturehouse Cambridge, the Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle, and The Watershed Bristol.

Here’s the London line-up:

6.30pm – EXCISION (UK Premiere)
Alienated and mentally unhinged teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of high school, pleasing her demanding mother and losing her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline retreats into her fantasy world of becoming a great surgeon. Be prepared for a central performance by Annalynne McCord that will move, challenge and ultimately creep you out.

81 mins Director: Richard Bates USA 2012 Cast: Annalynne McCord – Pauline,
Traci Lords – Phyllis, Roger Bart – Bob, John Waters – William, Marlee Matlin – Amber, Malcolm McDowell – Mr. Cooper

9.00pm – SURPRISE FILM (UK Premiere)

11.45pm – THE TALL MAN (UK Premiere)
Director Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to his classic MARTYRS is another sensational thriller of astonishing depth. In the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, children are disappearing, Witnesses say they have seen a tall man at the scenes of the crimes, When this ‘tall man’ kidnaps the son of Julia Denning (Jessica Biel), the town nurse, Julia finds herself at the centre of an unraveling legend.

99 mins Director: Pascal Laugier USA 2012 Cast: Jessica Biel – Julia Denning, Jodelle Ferland – Jenny, Stephen McHattie – Lt. Dodd, Eve Harlow – Christine, Jakob Davies – David

2.15am – BAIT 3D (UK Premiere)
From CUT director Kimble Rendall comes a new dimension in deep sea terror as shoppers at an Australian underground Oceania supermarket are under attack by a crazed bandit. Suddenly, the unimaginable happens. A monster freak tsunami swallows up the town. Now trapped, with rushing waves threatening to entomb them in a watery grave, the survivors discover they are not alone…

90 mins Director: Kimble Rendall Australia 2012 Cast: Xavier Samuel – Josh, Julian McMahon – Doyle, Phoebe Tomkin – Jaimie, Sharni Vinson – Tina, Cariba Heine – Heather

4.00am – ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS (Retrospective Spotlight)
To celebrate the launch of the restored version by Arrow Films (the DVD features a commentary by FrightFest’s Alan Jones), see the Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci’s classic as you’ve never seen it before. It’s all here: the underwater shark vs. zombie face off, the splinter-in-the-eye sequence, the cannibalistic disemboweling and completely superfluous nudity. What more could anyone want?
89 mins Director Lucio Fulci Italy 1979 Cast: Richard Johnson – Dr. David Menard, Ian McCulloch – Peter West, Tisa Farrow – Anne Bowles, Al Cliver – Brian Hull, Olga Karlatos – Paola Menard

5.45am – THE HELPERS (UK Premiere)
Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down in the desert. They find help at a nearby motel, and it seems like they’ve lucked out with a group of good Samaritans. Yet, when they wake in their rooms the next day, they are bound up, tied down and posed in several different weird scenarios, each ending only one way – painful, gruesome death. Who is responsible for such fiendishly clever bloody terror?

82 mins Director: Christopher B. Stokes USA 2012 Cast: Kristen Quintrall – Claire, Christopher Jones – Ryan, JoJo Wright – Phil, Black Thomas – Jordan, Rachel Sterling – Anna

Film4 FrightFest Announces Halloween All-Nighter 2012 Lineup

Tickets for the London event cost £50 and are on sale now. To book, call 08712 240 240 or head online to the VUE Cinema website here. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the VUE box office.

For details on the films screening at the other regional events, check out the official Film4 FrightFest website in order to avoid disappointment, as not all titles screening in London will be making an appearance elsewhere.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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