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DEAD SHADOWS is coming to DVD 27th July 2015

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DEAD SHADOWS has been hailed as “One of the most inventive and atmospheric sci-fi horrors in recent years” Dead Shadows comes to DVD 27th July 2015.

Recalling everything from the early works of John Carpenter to George Romero and David Cronenberg, Dead Shadows is a classic unnerving sci-fi horror with a very modern twist. In his debut Director David Cholewa’s perfectly balances a high-energy pace with a creepy, atmospheric tone – no matter how much fun you have watching it, you know something horrific is lurking just around the corner…

Synopsis:
11 Years ago, Chris’s parents were murdered the same day the Halley’s Comet was passing in the sky. Now a new comet has appeared in the sky, and bemused locals gather to view this slightly unnatural phenomenon. As night falls, Chris discovers that people are starting to act strangely; becoming disoriented and violent, which seems to be linked to the comet. It doesn’t take long before people begin to mutate into something far beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris tries to escape from his building with the help of a gun-taunting neighbour – but will they make it out alive?

Dead Shadows’ brilliantly conceived creatures of the night truly are the stuff of nightmares, with influences taken from Resident EvilShivers and The Thing. These mutating monsters will keep you awake throughout the night, tightly clutching onto your baseball bat and on the verge of a panic attack at the slightest noise or flicker of light!

The film stars Fabian Wolfrom (Bis), Blandine Marmigère (Le Monde Moit M’Arriver?), John Fallon (Death Race) and Christophe Perez (TV’s Profilage).

Be sure to check out Dead Shadows on DVD from Monday 27th July 2015 from Bulldog Film Distribution.

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Dare you go backstage 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.

In the second clip for THE GALLOWS – In UK cinemas July 17, 2015 -Dare you go BACKSTAGE? View the bloodcurdling footage right now…

The Hangman awaits.

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Graham Humphrey’s stunning artwork for Film4 FrightFest 2015

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This years hotly anticipated Film4 Frightfest is on the horizon sending festival attendees into a frenzy. The event itself will be taking place the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square between Thursday 27th and Monday August 31st and will be using six screens at the VUE, West End (which is one more than last year).

Those lucky enough to attend can expect to see north of 80 films and events in the programme. A festival pass this year will cost £185. Day passes are priced at £30.00 for Thursday, £60.00 for Friday and Saturday and both Sunday and Monday will cost £50 each. Single tickets this year will be £13.25. Interestingly there will be no famous sleepy queue this year as all festival and day passes will be sold online on 4th July at 10am.

Meanwhile, Graham Humphrey‘s poster for this years festival has finally been revealed and we here at CINEMA CHORDS have fallen head over feet for it.

Graham explains: “While I was looking for a theme for this year’s poster, I ran with the idea of Magic. At a recent visit to the incredible Cinema Museum in Kennington (one of my favourite haunts) I was admiring their extensive collection, among which I noticed a number of Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’.

This formed the basis of my concept, the idea of magical projection through one of these exotic devices. Running with the theme, I took the application of Aleister Crowley’s ‘Magik’ rituals and placed our regular FrightFest monster posed in the distinctive manner of one of the best known photographs of ‘The Beast’.

Using the projection device, a legion of demons is unleashed, surround by magical symbols. They – just as we will – are enjoying the shared spectacle generated by the satanic lamp.”

We’re excited for what’s to come and you can bet that we will be there in August to share every bloody moment with our fans! For more information about the festival please visit the official website here.

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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

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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 CinemaChords.com. 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

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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

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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):

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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

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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

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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

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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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