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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Menu To Begin With ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ As Opening Film

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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Menu To Begin With ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ As Opening Film
Exclusive: The 2019 Screamfest Horror Film Festival has taken a bite out of Eat, Brains, Love, setting the Rodman Flender-directed zombie romantic comedy as its opening-night film. The annual genre fest will run October 8-17 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

Eat, Brains, Love, which world premiered last month at the UK’s Frighfest, is about Jake (Jake Cannavale) and his dream girl Amanda (Angelique Rivera). The good news is she finally knows his name — but the bad news is both contracted a mysterious sexually transmitted zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class. A teen psychic (Sarah Yarkin) sent by the government’s top-secret Necrotic Control Division is sent to track them down. Patrick Fabian also stars.

Mike Herro and David Strauss wrote the script based on the novel by Jeff Hart. The pic is produced by Tommy Coriale, Tony Disanto, Brian Hoff, Van Toffler and Cody Weig.
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September 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ma, Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, Scooby-doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series

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With Labor Day behind us, that only means one thing: summer is nearly over and it’s time to start getting ready for the Halloween season. And what better way to get you in the mood for all the macabre-filled madness to come than with some brand new horror Blu-rays and DVDs?

This Tuesday, Ma is coming home to party on both formats, and if you missed them during their limited theatrical runs, you can also catch up with both The Wind and Darlin’ this week as well. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is finally making its way to Blu, and for all you Scooby-Doo fans out there, Warner Bros. is celebrating the original series’ 50th anniversary this week with a stunning new box set that is a must-own for this writer.

Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for September 3rd include Nightmare Cinema, Men in Black: International, The Night Sitter,
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Frightfest 2019: ‘Kindred Spirits’ Review

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Stars: Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair, Sasha Frolova, Shonagh Smith, Isai Torres | Written by Chris Sivertson | Directed by Lucky McKee

Directed by Lucky McKee (The Woman) and co-written by Chris Sivertson, Kindred Spirits is an enjoyable throwback to the sort of Fill-in-the-blank From Hell thrillers that were all the rage in the 1990s – think The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (Nanny From Hell), Single White Female (Roommate From Hell) and Unlawful Entry (Cop From Hell).

Thora Birch makes a welcome return to the big screen as Chloe, a single mother whose teenage daughter Nicole (Sasha Frolova) has just started seeing her first boyfriend, Derek (Isai Torres). In turn, Chloe has decided not to tell Nicole that she’s secretly seeing Alex (Macon Blair), the father of Nicole’s best friend Shay (Shonagh Smith), who’s still hoping her separated parents will get back together.

However, their lives are all
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Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Darlin’

Darlin’, 2019.

Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh.

Starring Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone and Cooper Andrews.

Synopsis:

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she is to be tamed into a good girl. However, The Woman, who raised her and is equally fierce and feral, is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.

Some eight years after Lucky McKee took Frightfest by storm with his cult hit The Woman, lead actress Pollyanna McIntosh returns to the fest with a sequel which also happens to be her debut as writer-director.

And while Darlin’ isn’t quite a smooth continuation of McKee’s film, it bravely attempts to mount a thematic and tonal shift away from its predecessor, and despite some first-time filmmaking bumps, succeeds more than it doesn’t.
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Darlin’ Review – FrightFest 2019

Genre star Pollyanna McIntosh has been tied to Jack Ketchum’s feral ‘Woman’ for the best part of a decade by this point, first taking on the character all the way back in 2009. And whilst this third outing for the particularly likeable, if nameless cannibal sees her take something of a narrative backseat, this lean, mean, teen-focussed horror drama is actually all the better for it.

That isn’t to say that McIntosh’s many talents aren’t put to good use (Darlin’ marks her feature debut as a writer/director), but this is a particularly timely film that draws its dark laughs, shredding tension and just general all-round nastiness, from a very different well to its precursors.

Darlin’ instead focusses mostly on the eponymous daughter of the Cleek family (those chirpy suburbanites from McKee’s film), years-on from the massacre that’s left her following in the footsteps of McIntosh’s savage tribeswoman.
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Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits, 2019.

Directed by Lucky McKee.

Starring Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair and Sasha Frolova.

Synopsis:

Chloe is a single mother in a clandestine relationship with her neighbour Alex that even her daughter knows nothing about. But when her sister Sadie comes back home after a long unexplained absence, a grim incident from the past rears its horrific head once more.

Indie-horror vet Lucky McKee returns to Frightfest with his seventh theatrical feature, penned by his regular collaborator Chris Sivertson. And while few are likely to rank it among the director’s strongest works, committed performances go a long way to filling the void.

Chloe (Thora Birch) is a single mother raising her teenager daughter Nicole (Sasha Frolova), when out of the blue her estranged sister Sadie (Caitlin Stasey) returns home following a lengthy absence. What is at first a joyous reunion quickly brings past turmoil back to the surface,
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‘Kindred Spirits’ Review: Dir. Lucky McKee [Frightfest 2019]

Kindred Spirits review: Three female relatives find their lives changed forever after a family reunion takes an unexpectedly dark turn.

Kindred Spirits

Want to feel old? You remember when Thora Birch played little sister Dani in Hocus Pocus, aged about seven or eight? Well, now she’s starring in films where she plays the mother of a teenager. Said film is Lucky McKee’s Kindred Spirits, which sees Birch play Chloe, a single mother who reconnects with her younger sister Sadie (Caitlin Stasey). It doesn’t sound too horrific so far, but Sadie has, shall we say, a few issues, and turns Chloe and her daughter Nicole’s (Sasha Frolova) lives upside down after reappearing following several years of absence.

Kindred Spirits shifts the Single White Female setup to a family dynamic. Sadie you see is fixated on her niece and sister and will do whatever it takes to have their undivided attention.
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Darlin’, Pollyanna McIntosh’s Sequel to The Woman, Arrives on Blu-ray Next Month

Way back in 2011, Lucky McKee’s The Woman stirred up a boatload of controversy, even as it made many Best Horror Movies of the Year lists. More recently, Darlin’, a sequel to The Woman has been tearing up the film festival circuit worldwide. The film is written and directed by Pollyanna McIntosh who played the titular Woman in 2011; […]

The post Darlin’, Pollyanna McIntosh’s Sequel to The Woman, Arrives on Blu-ray Next Month appeared first on Dread Central.
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The 2019 edition of Germany’s Fantasy Filmfest includes many Asian titles

As September 2019 approaches, so does the 33rd edition of Fantasy Filmfest which will take place in the cities of Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich on specific dates during that month. Among its program including the newest film by American filmmaker Rob Zombie and a prequel to Lucky McKee’s cult classic “The Woman” titled “Darlin'”, the festival again also shows its dedication towards Asian genre cinema with many interesting titles, some of which will be screened in Germany for the first time.

Here is the list of Asian films included in this year’s program:

Diner” by Mina Ninagawa

Door Lock” by Lee Kwon

First Love” by Takashi Miike

“The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” by Lee Won-tae

It Comes” by Tetsuya Nakashima

Kingdom” by Shinsuke Sato

Shadow” by Zhang Yimou

White Snake” by Amp Wong and Ji Zhao

The Witness” by Jo Kyu-jang

In case you are
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Darlin’ is Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on September 3rd

Before she was Jadis (aka Anne) on AMC's The Walking Dead, Pollyanna McIntosh was The Woman in Lucky McKee's 2011 movie of the same name and also played the character in 2009's Offsping (also based on a novel of the same name by Ketchum). For her feature-length directorial debut, McIntosh continues the story of The Woman with Darlin'.

Dark Sky Films released Darlin' in select theaters and on VOD platforms on July 12th, and now we've learned that it's coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 3rd.

You can view the trailer below, and in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's SXSW review of Darlin', as well as her interview with the film's cast and crew!

"Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' (Lauryn Canny) is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to
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Poster & Teaser for horror anthology ‘Deathcember’

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Epic Pictures have acquired the worldwide sales rights for the upcoming Christmas horror anthology Deathcember, which features rising and celebrated directors and talent from around the world in an impressive advent calendar of terror and to accompany the announcement have also released the first teaser trailer and poster!

The anthology was created by Dominic Saxl, who produced alongside Ivo Scheloske, production manager with Anolis Entertainment, and Frank Vogt, COO of Magna Mana Production and made in part thanks to the German HessenFilm fund. Says Saxl:

We’re beyond proud of the film that Deathcember has become. With all the incredible and diverse talent involved, it holds something for every horror fan – and we‘re confident that our collaboration with Epic will give everyone the chance to see for themselves.

Notable directors include Pollyanna McIntosh (Darlin’), Isaac Ezban (Parallel), Lucky McKee, Lee Sang-woo (Barbie) and Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust). Segments from
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Epic Pictures releases first teaser, takes worldwide sales rights for holiday horror anthology Deathcember

Epic Pictures takes worldwide sales rights for holiday horror anthology Deathcember, releases first teaser Feat. segments directed by Pollyanna McIntosh, Isaac Ezban, Lucky McKee, Ruggero Deodato and more as part of international “24 Doors to Hell” feature Epic Pictures today announces the acquisition of worldwide sales rights for the upcoming Christmas horror anthology Deathcember, which …

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Fantasia 2019: ‘Darlin’ Review

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Stars: Lauren Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Pollyanna McIntosh, John Spud McConnell, Geraldine Singer, Maddie Nichols, Mackenzie Michelle Graham, Jeff Pope, Eugenie Bonderant, Sabrina Gennarino, Thomas Francis Murphy | Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh

When I first heard about Darlin’ I was immediately interested in seeing it. Why? Well… Pollyanna McIntosh is an actress I’ve been a fan of since her incredible performance in the Lucky McKee film The Woman back in 2011. Since then I’ve enjoyed her in numerous roles, from White Settlers to to Let Us Prey, and even her role as Jadis in The Walking Dead before I threw in the towel on that show. Seeing McIntosh go behind the camera for the first time here was something that intrigued me greatly.

Darlin’ is written and directed by McIntosh and based on characters by both Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. A stand-alone sequel to
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Deathcember Teaser: Epic Pictures is in The Holiday Spirit, Picks up Sales And Releases Teaser

News came our way that Epic Pictures have picked up world sales rights for the holiday horror anthlogy Deathcember. Here is the first teaser for the project. Featuring segments from noted filmmakers like Pollyanna McIntosh, Isaac Ezban, Lucky McKee and Cannibal Holocaust's Ruggero Deodato it's a cinematic horror version of an advent calendar. The complete anthology has twenty four segments with a bonus three added on for naughty boys and girls. Deathcember should premiere at an international genre festival some time this year. Epic Pictures takes worldwide sales rights for holiday horror anthology Deathcember, releases first teaser Feat. segments directed by Pollyanna McIntosh, Isaac Ezban, Lucky McKee, Ruggero Deodato and more as part of international “24 Doors to Hell” feature. Epic...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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First Look at Christmas Themed Horror Anthology Deathcember [Teaser]

Horror anthologies have become quite popular over the years and though the last one of note is now a few years old (Tales of Halloween), it looks like the concept is still alive and kicking.

Coming in time for Christmas is Deathcember: 24 Doors to Hell. The holiday themed horror anthology includes new short films from Pollyanna McIntosh (Darlin'), Isaac Ezban (Parallel), Lucky McKee, Lee Sang-woo (Barbie) and Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal HolocaustCannibal Holocaust.

Deathcember is comprised of 24 short films and 3 bonus segments, "each inspired by a unique take on holiday terror, with concepts ranging from giallo-inspired to stop-motion to Japanese ghost tales, and beyond every corner of the horror
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A woman's story by Jennie Kermode

Lauryn Canny in Darlin'

The story of a Christian community taking in a feral child and teaching her the values of civilisation is one that as often been told in cinema but never quite the way it is in Darlin’. This blistering sequel to Lucky McKee’s The Woman marks the feature début of Pollyanna McIntosh as a director. Whilst she reappears as the Woman onscreen, the main focus of the film is on a teenage girl who has been in her care for many years and is now completely feral. When Darlin’ seeks help from a hospital, she is taken into the care of a Catholic charity which sees her as a wonderful opportunity for spiritual and financial improvement, if it can just civilise her, convert her, teach her to behave as it has so many others. it’s a film with some rapid action sequences and subtle drama – a lot.
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Eiff 2019: ‘Darlin’ Review

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Stars: Lauren Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Pollyanna McIntosh, John Spud McConnell, Geraldine Singer, Maddie Nichols, Mackenzie Michelle Graham, Jeff Pope, Eugenie Bonderant, Sabrina Gennarino, Thomas Francis Murphy | Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh

The debut feature from actor-turned-writer-director Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), Darlin’ is a stand-alone sequel to Lucky McKee’s visceral 2011 horror The Woman, in which McIntosh starred as an imprisoned feral woman wreaking hell on her captors. McIntosh reprises the role here, but her film has both a different focus and a different sensibility, skilfully blending coming-of-age and horror tropes to entertaining effect.

The film begins with the still-feral, nature-dwelling Woman (McIntosh) bringing an equally feral young woman – Darlin’, played by Lauren Canny and so named for the bracelet around her wrist – to the door of a hospital and leaving her there, for reasons that will eventually become clear. Darlin’ can’t speak and behaves like a wild animal,
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Alexandre Aja, Lucky McKee and The Soska Sisters lead the pack in Arrow Video FrightFest’s killer 20th anniversary line-up

Arrow Video FrightFest’s “Twenty Bloody Years” August bank holiday celebration kicks off with the Elijah Wood starrer Come To Daddy, Alexandre Aja’s crocodile-thriller Crawl and Andre Øvredal and Guillermo del Toro’s freaky-faced team-up Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, before rounding out with Abner Pastoll’s highly-anticipated A Good Woman Is Hard To Find.

Returning to the heady heights of Leicester Square’s huge Cineworld and darling indie, the Prince Charles Cinema, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy, Greg Day and Ian Rattray have delivered another fierce line-up for a very special year for the fest. Having taken their first bow as London’s go-to genre film festival way back in 2000 in the very same square, Team FrightFest are promising big things for their 20th anniversary.

And not just with their always killer selection of movies either. Sure we’re looking forward to The Soska Sisters’ Rabid re-jig,
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UK horror event FrightFest to host 20 world premieres at 2019 edition

UK horror event FrightFest to host 20 world premieres at 2019 edition
This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary.

This year’s FrightFest, the annual UK genre festival, has unveiled a line-up that features 20 world premieres including films from the Soska Sisters (American Mary) and Tom Paton (Black Site).

The Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia, are screening their second feature Rabid, their re-imagining of David Cronenberg’s 1977 film. Paton’s Stairs is a sci-fi horror about a special ops squad that find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell.

Also screening are Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by André Øvredal’s, and Crawl,
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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces Massive film line-up!

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The UK’s biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival, Frightfest, is celebrating its 20th bloody year. This year Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from August 22 – August 26; and will be hosting a record-breaking Seventy-eight(!) films, embracing fourteen countries and spanning six continents, this year’s five-day fear-a-thon includes 20 World, 20 International / European and 28 UK Premieres.

From the press release:

As previously announced, this year’s festivities begin with the UK premiere of Ant Timpson’s deviously edgy stunner Come To Daddy, starring Elijah Wood and reaches its bloody conclusion with the World premiere of Abner Pastoll’s superbly crafted crime story, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find. Other main screen international attractions include producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja’s gruesome ‘gator yarn Crawl,
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