Weekly Horror Round up – Saturday 11th July 2015

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From girl Ghostbusters to a demonic possession here’s Bradley Hadcroft with his latest horror round up…

  – Ghostbusters

Fanboy franchise fervour began to peak this week with the release of the above cast pic for the Ghostbusters reboot.Way back in March director Paul Feig(Spy,The Heat) was receiving constructive social media feedback like this :

You know what else would look cool…. if you used guys for Ghostbusters 3 you wanker.

Recent endorsements from manly Ghostbusters Bill Murray(Garfield 2) and Dan Aykroyd(Yogi Bear) have done little to dampen the female fueled fire and the DIY approach to the over all design aesthetic has further fanned the flames.

After previous outrage over the re design of the beloved Proton Pack here is the first shot of the re vamped Ecto – 1.

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 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

The first teaser clip arrived online this week for this anarchic comedy horror from Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director Christopher Landon.

Here is the official synopsis :

Three Scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.” 

The movie releases stateside on the 30th October 2015 meanwhile check out some cool zombie cats below:





 – Harbinger Down

More news from this highly anticipated practical monster picture this week as it’s Facebook page proudly announced that the film had achieved the fan pleasing rating it was looking for :

Been getting a lot of inbox messages regarding what rating will Harbinger Down get!?
Well I can gladly inform you now that the MPAA has given Harbinger Down RATED-R for language and creature violence!
In theaters August 7th!!



– C.U.J.O.

President of Sunn Classic Pictures and original founder of TriStar Pictures Lang Elliot has announced that he will direct the re-booting of the Steven King rabid dog picture Cujo.His version of the story appears to have randomly embraced the rather forced acronym of  Canine Unit Joint Operations.It’s much more likely that the plot will contain a militaristic angle rather than a crack squad of veterinarians performing hip replacements on arthritic dogs but with the director of cult Vietnamese vet potboiler Cage at the helm you never know.

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 – Chasing Banksy

Horror legend Frank Henenlotter(Basket Case,Frankenhooker,Bad Biology) has joined the current directorial trend to play against type and entered the heady world of the art heist thriller.Chasing Banksy is based on the true story of three friends who set out to steal a valuable piece of Banksy art in a post Katrina New Orleans.

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This is a major departure for the New York born king of cult movies and it will be fascinating to see how he handles such a wild change of tack and what the overall tone will be.

The film stars Will Cooper(Heavy Objects) who is also involved in the upcoming slam poetry pic Coco from director RZA(The Man with the Iron Fists) and features burlesque performer Hazel Honeysuckle(House of Cards).

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Frank Henenlotter had this to say to me when i asked about a release schedule:

Hi, Brad. I literally finished post-production on the film last Friday. Haven’t had time to try to sell it yet. So it’ll be a while before we find a distributor let alone have a release schedule. Wish it was a simple process but….

Massive thanks to the star of Bad Biology Anthony Sneed for providing the Chasing Banksy stills .


 -Trailer watch :


– Dwelling

Here is the official trailer for the latest entry in the ever expanding haunted mirror sub – genre Dwelling. Produced by BeWILdered Media Productions and NDstudios they describe it as”a mysterious and slow burn paranormal thriller which looks to honor the classic haunts from the genre.”

The film is directed by Kyle Mecca(The Adventures of Hero and Sidekick) and stars Erin Marie Hogan(Paranormal Entity) alongside Mu-Shaka Benson(Savage Christmas).

Here is the official synopsis :

A young couple deliberately moves into a haunted house to contact the other side. Until their conduit, a painted black mirror proves to contain a malevolent presence hell-bent on bringing harm to their new family.”




 – Antisocial 2

The Canadian horror sequel released it’s trailer this week with director Cody Calahan and star Michelle Mylett reprising their roles.

Here is the official synopsis :

Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, Sam searches a world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. After befriending a young girl named Bean, Sam is captured and locked in a facility dedicated to finding a cure for the Redroom Virus. Trapped and tortured, Sam tries to escape the facility before an impending update on the Redroom site hits 100% and unleashed its final phase of attack.

 – Trailer watch Frightfest special :

With the line-up done and dusted trailers for many of the selected films appeared online this week.The descriptions below are from the official Frightfest site :


– The Unfolding

It is 2016 and a fearful world seems to be on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. A researcher in psychical events and his girlfriend travel to deepest Dartmoor to investigate a centuries-old building. What they unlock and discover is way more than they could have ever bargained for.  An exciting first feature from newcomer Eugene McGing, who expertly takes familiar tropes and gives them a fresh spin in this genuinely terrifying haunted house tale.



 – The Lesson

Learning can be murder in writer/director Ruth Platt’s astonishingly bravura art-house horror, the no-holds-barred love child of Ben Wheatley, Harmony Korine, Ken Loach and Fritz Lang. Fin and Joel are two teenage wasters running wild in an arid rural landscape. But their bad education is about to take a turn for the intellectual best as someone at the end of their tether has decided to teach both schoolboys a lesson they will never forget. A dark, claustrophobic and bloody coming of age love story with a shock final destination, this morally challenging chiller will shake your well-ordered world.


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 – Last girl Standing

She survived a brutal massacre, but lost her life. What happens to the final girl once the credits have rolled? Five years ago, a masked killer brutally murdered a group of friends. Since then, Camryn, the lone survivor, has tried to make sense of the homicidal events and struggled to reclaim her shattered life. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, can Camryn ever have a normal existence again or is she destined to cope alone forever? Part slasher movie, part character study, take a penetrating and intimate look at what happens to the remaining true victim of every horror movie.



 – Landmine Goes Click 

Three American tourists are crossing the desolate mountains in the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man, so they stop to take a celebration photograph. Chris steps to the right, the step goes click and he finds himself standing on a landmine. From that moment on Chris cannot move or he’s dead. But then secrets are revealed, dark motives uncovered, an outside threat appears and the real nightmare unfolds. For what happens on that terrifying afternoon will become a harbinger of doom for all lost innocence.


DVD release of the week :


Micheal King is devastated when his wife suddenly dies and as a coping mechanism he decides to go the full atheist.He begins to document his experiences as he lays down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms to any potential demons that wish to use him as a willing domicile.But how far can he go with the red rag waving before his sanity becomes compromised or his soul becomes to tasty to resist ?

Easily one of the most underrated and little seen horror movies of 2014 this little gem of a bowel mover comes to DVD this week courtesy of High Fliers Films.The Possession of Micheal King performs a minor miracle of sorts by being both a found footage flick and a- The (insert supernatural incident here) of (insert random name here) film and still be terrific and terrifying.

The movie is particularly successful in terms of inventive jumps scares and in it’s depiction of the inevitable progression of a demonic infestation. Shane Johnson is superb as the titular protagonist bringing warmth and pathos to a role that could have been swamped by arrogance and self pity and really makes you feel the pain as he spirals down helplessly into the realms of utter despair.

You can buy the most accomplished and enjoyable possession film since the Exorcist here.

Bradley Hadcroft.