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Check out the chilling opening scene of THE GALLOWS?

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From Jason Blum, the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes a new found footage horror film written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. Starring Cassidy GiffordPfeifer BrownRyan ShoosReese Mishier and Alexis SchneiderTHE GALLOWS is set almost twenty years after an accident during a high school play results in death. As a misguided attempt to honour the anniversary of the tragedy, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production but ultimately find out that somethings are better left alone.

The FIRST OFFICIAL CLIP for THE GALLOWS – In UK cinemas July 17, 2015 – brings a terrifying new twist to edge of the seat horror. Are you ready for The Hangman? Witness the spine-chilling OPENING SCENE now…

The Hangman awaits.

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Hirsuit fare-dodgers hunt in HOWL trailer


Horror filmmaker Paul Hyett is famous for his make-up and special effects work on such films as The Descent (2005), Doomsday (2008) and Attack the Block (2011). For his latest project Hyett will take on the werewolf genre in HOWL.

Starring Ed Speleers, Shauna Macdonald and Rosie Day, Howl is the story of a group of people who find themselves in deep trouble when their train makes an unexpected stop due to trouble on the line. After the driver leaves to inspect the situation he never returns leaving ticket inspector Joe (Speleers) to lead the group of stranded passengers to safety. However, in the darkness of their rural surroundings something is lurking and begins to attack the train and the passengers forcing them to band together in order to survive until morning. The film also stars Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan and Sean Pertwee.

Empire Magazine had the exclusive on the trailer and we are delighted to share it with you here on We hope you share our enthusiasm for this film and you’re just as excited as we are to check it out hopefully in cinemas across the UK later this year.


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Check out the Latest Poltergeist Featurette



Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past year or so you will be well aware that POLTERGEIST, the terrifying tale from Tobe Hooper is being given a modern upgrade thanks to Producer Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) And writer David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole). The upcoming reboot will offer a fresh perspective of the classic chiller in 3D and will be released across the UK and Ireland from Friday 22nd May.

Poltergeist will Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). It may be only a few weeks before we all get to experience the film but in the meantime we here at Cinema Chords are excited to share with you the latest Poltergeist featurette:

POLTERGEIST will be released from 22nd May.


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Bughuul is back in the trailer for SINISTER 2


Back in 2012 director Scott Derrickson terrified audiences with his supernatural horror film SINISTER as it performed incredibly well on the world box office. Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone, Sinister told the story of Ellison, a true-crime writer who finds a stash of 8mm home movies each showing a series of ghastly murders. Delving deeper into the mystery he soon discovers that the films are the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. As with any well performing horror film comes with it the possibility to kick-start a new franchise so it came as no surprise when it was announced back in August 2014 that the sequel was going into production.

For the sequel Scott Derrickson has passed over his directorial duties. However, naysayers have no need to worry as SINISTER 2 is directed by Ciarán Foy who previously delivered the shocking horror Citadel. The upcoming sequel will see Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney, a single mother living in an isolated farm house that is marked for death. After one of her sons discovers a familiar stash of home movies, Courtney is thrust into a supernatural world where she must fight to save her own life and the lives of her sons. Sinister 2 will also see the return of James Ransone who reprises his role from the first film as Deputy So & So.

Not seven months after the initial announcement of the sequel the first trailer for SINISTER 2 has been released and we can’t wait to check it out. In the meantime, those lucky enough to have seen Citadel you know very well that Ciarán Foy knows what it takes to terrify his audiences so fans of the first film can rest well knowing that that the franchise has been left in good hands.

SINISTER 2 is scheduled for release in cinemas across the UK on 21st August, 2015.


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They’re here… new ‘Poltergeist’ pictures!


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Twentieth Century Fox are set to revive the terrifying classic tale Tobe Hooper with a fresh perspective in 3D. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), POLTERGEIST will be released in UK and Ireland cinemas on Friday 22nd May 2015.

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-ManThe Grudge) and director Gil Kenan contemporise the 1982 supernatural chiller to tell the story of a the Bowan family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces.  When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). But with Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), Roy Lee (The Woman in Black) and Rob Tapert (Drag Me to Hell) behind the filmmaking curtain we suspect that Poltergeist will terrify audiences to come.

Check out this new pics from the film (click to enlarge):







Be sure to check out Poltergeist when it is released in cinemas across the UK on 22nd May 2015.

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R.A.D.’s Friday 13th Event Report


Grimmfest is Manchester’s home of horror and cult films is entering its seventh year. The festival has hosted many World, UK and Regional premieres and over the years the guest list has included Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman), Steve Oram (Sightseers), Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn), Ross Noble (Stitches), James Moran and Alan Ford (Cockneys vs. Zombies). Over the past few months R.A.D. (Retro And Dangerous) Film Screenings, an extension of Grimmfest, has been hosting special screenings of cult classics that extend to include other genres.

Last Halloween they screened a genius double bill of Kenny Ortega‘s witching comedy Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton‘s gothically twisted hit Beetlejuice. Just before Christmas, R.A.D. Film Screenings held a special presentation of the Chevy Chase festive classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation before launching into Turbo Time with Jingle all the Way. I was invited along to represent Cinema Chords at R.A.D’s latest event, a double bill of two classic 1980 slasher films that have defined the horror genre, Sean S. Cunningham‘s Friday the 13th and Paul Lynch‘s high school horror Prom Night.

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The event was hosted by Gorilla, a trendy bar/restaurant/club complex found in the arches under the Oxford Road train station. The screenings were held in the darkened club area and and was supported by a large screen an incredible sound system which made the experience that much more enjoyable. There was a stall selling a cracking selection of DVD’s, Blu Rays and T-shirts which were all on sale at only £3.00 each. This said, my only gripe with the establishment is that the drink prices at Gorilla are incredibly steep. I paid £4.00 for a coke and beers started from the same price for bottles and cans.

Nonetheless, tickets for the event were priced at a reasonable £8.00 which is an incredible price considering those lucky enough to attend the packed screening were getting the opportunity to watch two amazing films on the big screen. I had a fantastic time and was impressed by the enthusiasm of the crowd and nothing beats watching both iconic slasher titles on the big screen. Personally, I give R.A.D. Film Screenings two massive thumbs up and will most certainly be attending more screenings as time goes on. I guess I’m even a bit jealous that the folks of Manchester have events like this right on their doorstep.

I would like to thank the event organiser Greg Walker and his team of volunteers for putting on a fantastic night. So if you would like to experience what it’s like to attend a R.A.D. Film Screening then you’re in luck as the team have some amazing screenings on their way. David Fincher‘s epic Fight Club will be shown Thursday 26th March at the Manchester Central Library. Following that on 2nd of April, Mary Harron‘s American Psycho will be shown and both screenings are only £5.00 each. Mark your diaries now.

FightClubFor more information about the screening of Fight Club click here.

American PsychoFor more information about the screening of American Psycho click here.

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Discover the secrets of The Marrow this June


Adam Green has been making horror films for over a decade and his fans are no stranger to his love for gore and prosthetic special effects. Considered a moder master of horror, Green has made hit after hit. His film Hatchet has on to form a trilogy and his icy cold chiller Frozen did for ski lifts what Psycho did for showers. So what is he up to next?

Adam Green’s latest project DIGGING UP THE MARROW is an ingenious genre mash-up of documentary and dark fantasy. We were there at the World Premiere at last years Film4 Frightfest and we are delighted to announce that Digging up the Marrow is finally burrowing its way on to DVD this June.

The plot of the film blurs the line between fact and fiction flawlessly. Adam Green receives a package in his fan mail from a mysterious man named William Dekker (Ray Wise). Dekker claims he can prove monsters do indeed exist and that these grotesque creatures are in fact forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids that inhabit a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to discover the truth, Green and his crew embark on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey deep into the shadows – where they dare to go Digging Up the Marrow!

We spoke with Adam when he was at Frightfest and he had the following to say about the film:

“It’s not a found footage movie, it’s not really a mockumentary” says Adam Green. “It started out as a documentary and then it went off the rails but it’s a movie for anyone who is really into monsters. If you wished monsters were real then it’s for you. There are no blood and guts, there are no killings but there may or may not be monsters.”

Arguably, Digging Up the Marrow is Green‘s best film to date. It’s fun, It’s scary and is a must see for any self respecting horror fan. But look no further for spoilers online, just seek out the film and enjoy every minute of it from the safety of your sofa (either on it or behind it).

Extras include: Behind The Scenes, Deleted Scenes.

DIGGING UP THE MARROW will be avialable to take home on DVD on 15th June, 2015.


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Watch the Canadian Scream Queens in the “Save Yourself” Teaser



Our favourite Canadian scream queens Tristan Risk (American Mary) and Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) join Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman) and Ry Barrett (The Demolisher) to lead the cast of Ryan M. Andrews‘ upcoming horror film SAVE YOURSELF.

Save Yourself tells the story of five female filmmakers en route to their big L.A. premiere. But when one of them goes missing at a rest stop, the women soon find themselves pitted against a deranged scientist hell-bent on using them for his mysterious research.

This thrilling, character driven horror is finishing post-production and looking forward to hitting the festival circuit this year. SAVE YOURSELF features strong, self-reliant characters while having fun with female stereotypes in the horror genre. Producer Jessica Cameron had this to say about the film; “The characters are not just sexy, women in modern horror well.”

Director Ryan M. Andrews (Sick Survive The Night) couldn’t be happier with how the film turned out. “SAVE YOURSELF lures you in with fun, bad-ass characters and a traditional horror setup. But then we turn things on its head, introducing all these thriller and dramatic elements that really make all the characters so unique and intelligent. It’s sexy, exciting and just like David Cronenberg says, ‘just because you’re making a horror film, doesn’t mean you can’t make an artful film’.”

SAVE YOURSELF is currently in post-production at this time, Andrews has plans to take the film to the festival circuit so if this has wet your whistle then check out the films official Facebook page here.

Also, here are a few images from the film to look over in the meantime:

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Ry Barrett takes no prisoners in THE DEMOLISHER trailer


Gabriel Carrer, the director of In The House of Files and If A Tree Falls is certainly no stranger to the Thriller genre. In his latest project, Carrer teams up with actor Ry Barrett for THE DEMOLISHER, a psychological revenge thriller and we are thrilled to share the first trailer with you courtesy of Latefox Pictures.

Ry Barrett in The Demolisher (2015)

The Demolisher is the story of Bruce (Ry Barrett), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his wife Samantha (Tianna Nori), the survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steer him down a dark path of vigilantism, and with his rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of doom. A character study and a psychological examination of trauma, The Demolisher is an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far.

It may echoe similar sentiments to The Punisher comic but from the looks of the trailer Carrer’s film has much more to offer than bloody vengeful violence at its heart. Dark, Gritty and grounded in realism, The Demolisher appears to be a film that is not only going to be visually striking but it will also make audience think on a much deeper level. We can’t wait to see more.


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Horror at Home: February 2015



We are officially over a month in to 2015. So now is the perfect time to take a look at the horror films that will be be unleashed on DVD and Bluray this February. Enjoy.

Kicking off this months horror releases is Peter Roberton‘s made for tv thriller ROAD KILL which is released on the 2nd. Starring Oliver James and Eliza Bennett, the film follows a group of friends decide to go on a road trip through scenic Ireland only to run down and kill an old gypsy woman. WIth her dying breath she places a curse upon the group that sends for a gigantic bird of prey known as a Simuroc to deliver their punishment: death, one at a time. From the look of the trailer the film doesn’t leave a great impression but then this is a made for tv.

Also released on the same date is Kevin Greutert‘s vodoo thriller JESSABELLE. Set deep within the swamps of Louisiana, Sarah Snook plays Jessabelle, a woman who returns to her childhood home to recuperate from a horrific car accident. As she begins her recovery she reconnects with a long-tormented spirit from her past that has no intention of letting her escape. Very reminiscent of The Skeleton Key this film has an incredibly strong trailer (see below). We have high hopes for this film which comes to us from the director of Saw VI and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter.

Released on the 9th February comes a lesson about gorilla filmmaking from down under with THROWBACK. Set deep within the remote Jungles of Far North Queensland, two modern-day treasure hunters played by Shawn Brack and Anthony Ring run into a ferocious monster known as a Yowie, Australia’s answer to Bigfoot. This one might not be as polished as other adventure thrillers out there but there’s denying the skilful direction of Travis Bain who does an incredible job to make the most of its minimal budget.

Hailed as one of the best horror films of 2014, Jennifer Kent‘s chilling thriller THE BABADOOK is an intriguing look at the intense relationship between a single mother and her socially difficult child. We caught this film when it played during last years Film4 Frightfest and although the incredibly creepy trailer does mislead its audience into thinking its a deeply disturbing supernatural horror, this does not stop the film from engaging audiences in some incredibly haunting ways. With an impeccable and in our opinion Oscar worthy performance from Essie Davis, this film certainly deserves your attention.

From John R. Leonetti, the cinematographer of 2013’s terrifying The Conjuring, comes the horror prequel ANNABELLE which comes to DVD and BluRay on 23rd February. Starring Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton as a married couple whose home is invade in the middle of the night by members of a satanic cult unaware that an evil spirit has possessed a doll that was purchased as a gift for their unborn child. In desperation to escape the supernatural occurrences the pair flee to an apartment complex only to have the spirit of the doll follow them. Certainly no where near as effective as The Conjuring this is a film to check out even if it’s only to say that you have seen it.

On the back end of such haunted house chillers as The Woman in Black, the classic English ghost story is revised by Director Adam Wimpenny. Starring Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles and Russel Tovey, BLACKWOOD is a chilling story about a family who relocates to the countryside in search of a fresh start. Plagued by spectral visions, Ben Marshall (Stoppard) becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth that appears to be putting the life of his family in danger. From the looks of the trailer this film appears to have lots of tension built on a foundation of dark empty corridors and strange noises, we’re interested and wouldn’t mind checking it out.

Also released on 23rd February and rounding up the months releases is the the black vampiric comedy SUMMER OF BLOOD will be released on DVD and BluRay from Monster Pictures. Directed by and starring Onur Turkel in the lead role the film follows Erick Sparrow, a negative guy who bumbles his way through life only to be bitten by a vampire in the process. Eric’s sex appeal rockets but there’s only one way he can rid himself of the excruciating pain in his stomach… to drink human blood. Full of quirky charm the film is described as ‘deprecating and rude and hilarious’. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into this one. Check out the trailer below.

Horror of the month: The Babadook


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GIVE IT UP for the SOSKAS and Women in Horror Recognition Month



February is Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) a  fantastic cause assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support.  WiHM is all about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry but no one does it better than our favourite twins.

Jen and Sylvia Soska aka ‘The Twisted Twins’ rocked us with their grindhouse thriller DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK and they seduced us into the world of body modification with AMERICAN MARY. Their latest effort VENDETTA, a WWE action flick may be a slight change in direction for the pair but we all know where their darkened hearts lie don’t we…

“Every February is Women In Horror Recognition Month and every February Jen and I host a Worldwide Massive Blood Drive” Says Sylvia Soska. “It’s easy to participate, book an appointment at your local blood bank and make a donation! You can’t think horror without thinking blood and this is a great way to help someone in need; there is no substitute for human blood and donors have been decreasing every year.”

This year in support of WiHM, the twins have teamed up with some red hot talent from across the globe including; Gigi Saul Guerrero, Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, Tamae Garateguy, Jimena Monteoliva, Jessica Cameron, Patricia Chica, Jill Sixx, and Chelsey Burdon.

This year’s theme was “Blood From Unexpected Places” paired with the tagline of “If There Were Other Ways to Get Blood, We Wouldn’t Need You”. Each directress was given full creative freedom and this is the end result, 12 minutes of quality entertainment promoting one single message. We fully support WiHM and urge those who can to donate to this worthy cause so GIVE IT up and donate blood today.

Please share and get involved on Twitter. Follow the Soskas (@twisted_twins) use the hashtags #WiHM666 #InYouToGive.


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It’s no laughing matter… CLOWN is on its way to Blu-Ray & DVD!


Famous on-screen clowns like Captain Spaulding, The Joker and Pennywise might play to the tropes of your everyday clown but are far more dangerous as they take great pride in adding elements of horror and dark humour in the mix. So if you are like me and can be turned into a shivering wreck at the very thought of being in the presence of clowns then we have some bad news for you (but something exciting for the rest of you).

Continuing in the tradition of films such as It and House of 1000 Corpses, Director John Watts CLOWN is further proof there’s nothing more terrifying than a killer clown.

CLOWN (2014)

When the entertainer hired for his son’s sixth birthday party is a no-show, doting father Kent dons a clown outfit himself. But after the festivities, he finds he can’t take it off – the bulbous nose is stuck to his face, the frizzy wig glued to his hair and the make-up permanently etched on his features. Too late he learns the costume is the skin of an ancient demon and his family must race to break the curse before the transformation into a homicidal killer with outsize shoes is complete.

Starring Peter Stormare (Fargo; Jurassic Park: The Lost World), CLOWN is utterly shameless in its love of splatter and gore and will be having its UK Premiere at Frightfest Glasgow 2015 before it is unleashed on DVD & Blu-Ray 2nd March 2015.

Pre-order from Amazon here or treat yourself to the exclusive Blu-Ray from Zavvi here.


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