Thursday, 13 August 2020

Trailer and poster art revealed for Howard J Ford’s latest feature, THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS


Howard J Ford’s latest feature film is THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS, a supernatural serial killer movie. The award-winning director behind The Dead, The Dead 2 India, and Never Let Go, revealed that plans are underway to release the film, which was shot entirely in lockdown without a crew, exactly one year after the UK lockdown was called (March 16) which is the very same day the film’s story starts.


Synopsis: 
With the streets now empty, it isn’t just nature that is taking advantage of this unprecedented global disaster. Spirits are freer than ever before and the spirit of a notorious serial killer, AKA ‘The Locksmith’, is back from the dead and he has even more potential victims. Can self-isolating detective George Parker (Angela Dixon) with the guidance of paranormal expert Jordan Myers (Tony Todd), prevent more young women from becoming victims of The Lockdown Hauntings?

The film also stars Heather Peace, Jon Campling, Justin Hayward and a host of other established and upcoming talent.


Howard said today: 
“Having been sat in Lockdown for a couple of months and a project I should have been filming put on hold, I figured I could either sit around moaning about the lack of things going on or I could make something happen. I thought, what is out there right now; Fear, Isolation, Anxiety. Could I do something cinematic with that? Also, what is this 'Covid 19', I heard the virus is not even alive, yet it can kill us and be hidden anywhere. Then BOOM! It hit me, my killer needed to be the same. Not even alive, yet out there causing havoc and taking innocent lives. That's where the plot came from...I then posted on Facebook 'Actors, if I was doing a lockdown movie and I could film you as part of it in your own homes, would you do it?’ I was inundated! I was shooting less than a week later, writing as I went. Like a one-man tour round the UK to actor's houses and trying to do everything, sanitised and from 2 meters apart. Crazy I know, but fun! The cast were all brilliant and I’ve been super lucky to get the level of talent involved”.


First trailer for Two by Two: Overboard


Pack your bags and get ready to set sail on the ark with all creatures great and small, as families dive back into cinemas with the release of swashbuckling adventure, Two By Two: Overboard!

Noah’s ark drifts on the open seas, with best friends Finny and Leah on board. But, after weeks with no land in sight, food stocks are running low. The fragile peace between carnivores and herbivores could break any second.

After a series of unfortunate events, the kids find themselves inadvertently washed overboard – along with the last of the food supplies! Leah and fellow castaway, their new friend Jelly, are marooned on a remote island. While Finny wakes in a strange colony filled with oddly familiar creatures living in harmony – under the threat of a menacing volcano!

In a race against time, tide and terrifying tremors, Finny must rescue his friends, reunite with his family and save a whole colony from total destruction.

Two By Two: Overboard!, features a voice cast that includes Alan Stanford and comedian, Tara Flynn and is directed by Toby Genkel & Sean McCormack with a script written by Richie Conroy and Mark Hodkinson.


The Faceless Man - New Trailer - Award-winning Australian horror hit comes to digital August 28


From Freedom Cinema, and director James Di Martino, comes face to face with The Faceless Man this summer.

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Premiering on Demand August 28, the Australian horror film took home 6 major awards at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival including Best Director and Best Film.

Emily is a recovering cancer survivor of three years. Faced with her fear of getting sick again, her best friend Nina plans a weekend away. Six friends venture out to a country holiday house to party over a weekend. Cut off from the rest of the world they soon learn the inhabitants are unsettling red neck individuals who terrorize and humiliate travelers. At the same time a para-normal monster seen as the faceless man haunts the house pushing the friends to their limits.

From writer/director James Di Martino, and featuring Wolf Creek's Andy McPhee, Roger Ward (Mad Max), Lucas Pittaway (Snowtown) and Sophie Thurling ("Counter Play"), The Faceless Man haunts digital from August 28.

Widow's Point - New Trailer - Starring Craig Sheffer and KateLynn E. Newberry


Widow’s Point, Gregory Lamberson’s highly-anticipated, award-winning adaptation of the book of the same name, premieres on DVD and Digital in the USA and Canada September 1 via 101 Films.

Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It, Nightbreed) leads the cast of the film, alongside KateLynn E. Newberry (Homecoming Revenge).

Widow’s Point follows a writer who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse to help promote his next book, where he is targeted by Supernatural forces.

Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, authors of the original source novel, adapted Widow’s Point for the screen.

The film had a successful festival run, including Shawna Shea Film Festival, where it won awards for ‘Beast Feature’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Craig Sheffer, Crimson Scream Horror festival, where Craig also picked up ‘Best Actor’ award; LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic and Twin Tiers International, where the film picked up the ‘Audience Award’.

Widow’s Point was reviewed by Rue Morgue ‘’Sheffer contributes an outstanding display of on-screen insanity…an absolute thrill to witness.” Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, Shadowland and Mr. X commented ‘’Greg Lamberson’s WIDOW’S POINT offers what is very nearly a solo showcase to Craig Scheffer, who responds with bellows and rants, mutters and whispers, and otherwise by strutting his stuff through this lively horror cut-up.” and Delirium Magazine ‘’Lamberson unleashes what may be his finest work to date - at least, his most elegant and restrained.…embedded in a haunted-lighthouse yarn that creeps under the skin and stays there.”

Widow’s Point will be available 9/1 on DVD and Digital via 101 Films.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Good Things Devils Do - Bobby Pimpentel, Kelley Wilson Robinson , Mary Katherine O'Donnell and Veronika Stoykova star in a Jess Norvisgaard film, available TODAY On Demand


From writer/director Jess Norvisgaard, and featuring a who's who of horror, witness THE GOOD THINGS DEVILS DO this August from Gravitas Ventures.

Linnea Quigley (Silent Night, Deadly Night), Kane Hodder (Jason X) and Bill Oberst Jr (3 From hell) realize that breaking in was easy but breaking out is going to be hell.

Richard, a small-time gangster is retiring. Before he can, he must take one last job: to steal money from a rival gangster's house. Miles apart, Melvin is a reluctant family man who has dreams of becoming a famous curator for his Museum of the Macabre. His newest acquisition? The remains of the notorious Masquerade, a vampire born from the embers of hell, slain centuries ago. On Halloween Night, their paths will collide and they'll be forced to work together to fight centuries-old evil with everything on the line.

Bobby Pimpentel, Kelley Wilson Robinson , Mary Katherine O'Donnell and Veronika Stoykova star in a Jess Norvisgaard film, available TODAY On Demand and DVD.


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Waiting For The Barbarians - Trailer starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson


Featuring a star studded cast including Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance, Academy Award Nominee Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Gana Bayarsaikhan, the film will be released on early EST from 7th September and then on VOD from 14th September.

The Magistrate, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the 'barbarians' and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations. The treatment of the 'barbarians' at the hands of the Colonel and the torture of a young 'barbarian' woman combine to lead the Magistrate to a crisis of conscience and a quixotic act of rebellion.

Waiting For The Barbarians will be available on Digital Download from 7th September
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Clownface - Official Trailer - From director Alex Bourne


This August, come face-to-face with Clownface!

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From Wild Eye Releasing and director Alex Bourne comes a sideshow of slaughter, headed to DVD and Digital August 18.

A deranged young man, donned in a clown mask made of human flesh, terrorizes a small town with a series of abductions and murders. Neighbors Jenna and Owen search for their missing friend Zoe, who may be the latest victim of this local urban legend known as Clownface.

From writer/director Alex Bourne, and starring Thomas Loone (Wuthering Heights),  Philip Bailey (Dr. Who, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), and Hannah Dougles (U Want Me 2 Kill Him?), Clownface attacks this summer!

Monday, 10 August 2020

BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE - First 10 Minutes [4K]


Watch the first 10 minutes of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and a sneak peak of the most excellent brand new 4K restoration!

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Strange things are afoot at the Circle K in San Dimas, now most triumphantly restored in 4K.

Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winter), are in danger of flunking school most heinously if they fail their history exam, and if they do they’ll have to break up their totally bodacious band, WYLD STALLYNS. No way!

They meet Rufus (George Carlin) – an awesome dude in a phone booth that can travel through time, who informs them that the fate of the excellent future he comes from is in their hands and in the songs they will write together, so brace yourself amigos for a most unusual day! Bill & Ted crash from Ancient Greece to the Wild West to 19th Century Europe and the distant future, meeting famous figures and medieval babes along the way. The boys bag a bevy of historical heavyweights from each stop to take back for their presentation, but will they make it back in time to save not only their grades, but the fate of the world? History’s about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t even spell.

FLASH GORDON - First 10 Minutes [4K]


Pathetic Earthlings, who can save you now?

We're delighted to share with you the first 10 minutes of the newly restored Flash Gordon - shining in all its 4K glory!

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Get ready to kick some Flash, with an out-of-this world 4K restoration of the much loved, gloriously sparkly cult classic, FLASH GORDON directed by Mike Hodges.

In celebration of Flash Gordon's 40th anniversary, this collection is the ultimate Flash release. Featuring an all-star cast, including Sam J Jones (Flash Gordon) Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan) Timothy Dalton (Prince Barin) Max Von Sydow (Ming The Merciless) and Melody Anderson (Dale) and accompanied by a brilliant soundtrack by the inimitable Queen, this is the ultimate version of the '80s cult classic.


Saturday, 8 August 2020

Immortal – available On Demand this September.


Written, directed and produced by Rob Margolies, and featuring a star-studded cast headlined by Tony Todd (Candyman), Dylan Baker (“Hunters”), Robin Bartlett (Shutter Island), Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds), Vanessa Lengies (Waiting…), and Agnes Bruckner (The Woods), Immortal – available On Demand this September.

A chilling horror/thriller anthology film told in four chapters,  Immortal  boasts career-best performances from a cast that also includes Award-winning actor Mario Van Peebles (“Posse”, “New Jack City”), Lindsay Mushett (“Blue Bloods”), and Jason Stuart (The Infiltrators).

Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they've never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late, Gary and Vanessa, a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues, Ted, a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary, and Warren, a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

Immortal available on demand September 8 from Stonecutter/DifferentDuckFilms.


Friday, 7 August 2020

Watch List - New Trailer and Poster - Starring Arthur Acuña, Alessandra de Rossi, and Jake Macapagal


The powerful, timely thriller WATCH LIST, from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment, arrives in virtual theaters August 21 before an On Demand release September 1.

WATCH LIST is set against the drug wars in the Philippines. After her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Maria is left to fend for her three children in a police state. As she delves into Manila’s dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs to find answers, she realizes the truth is never black and white, and that she must explore her own darkness to keep her family safe.

An intense thriller set in the world of the Filipino police and their often-violent war against drug dealers and users, the true story played such festivals as Mill Valley IFF, Seattle IFF, Nashville IFF, Deauville American FF & more…

Ben Rekhi directs Arthur Acuña, Alessandra de Rossi, and Jake Macapagal in WATCH LIST, in virtual theaters 8/21.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

ruth weiss, the beat goddess Documentary Official Trailer


This week, celebrated poet and one of the most influential writers of the Beat Generation, ruth weiss sadly left us, aged 92.

Ruth Weiss : The Beat Goddess, a new film from multi-award winning filmmaker Melody C.Miller, celebrates the life and work of a wonderful talent and woman.

In a life that has spanned 92 creative years, ruth weiss is one of the most influential writers of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, as a 10-year-old refugee, she escaped to the United States. ruth became a Jazz troubadour exemplifying the zeitgeist of Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. In the 1950s, she opened up and organized the first poetry readings in North Beach cafes and bars, giving a platform to many poets.

The film further highlights ruth weiss' electrifying and intimate poetry with breathtaking images of exquisite modern dance, art, animation, and music to embody her oeuvre. This film documents not only Weiss' gift to humanity but archives significant historical moments in our world's social and literary movements. As a contemporary of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Kerouac, she innovated poetry to jazz. Legend Herb Caen dubbed Ruth Weiss as "The Goddess of the Beat Generation" because of her contribution to the culture of North Beach and the Bay Area poetry scene.

The film premiered at the Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy, won Best Documentary at the Peekskill Film Festival, won Visionary Women In Film Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and is nominated for Best Documentary at 10 other film festivals nationwide. Ruth Weiss was awarded the 2020 Maverick Spirit Award from the Cinequest Film Festival. This prestigious award is given to influential individuals who embody the independent and innovative mindset and has previously been awarded to Werner Herzog, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, and many more.

Ruth Weiss The Beat Goddess will have its UK premiere at the Romford Film Festival, August 18.

Says director Melody C.Miller, 
“it is up to us as ruth weiss’s friends and fans to make sure her poetry is read, heard, and experienced. We are honored to share the film with audiences in the UK. Before ruth passed, one of our last conversations was about the UK premiere and she was excited and will travel there in spirit.”

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Range Runners - New Trailer - On Demand and DVD this September.


Left for Dead. Back for Vengeance.

Highly-anticipated brutal survival thriller Range Runners, from director Philip S. Plowden , premieres On Demand and DVD this September.

A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, she has a choice: crawl back to her normal life in defeat, or push forward and take back what was stolen from her.

Celeste M Cooper, Sean Patrick Leonard, Michael B. Woods, and Tiffany Renee Johnson star in Range Runners, releasing September 8 from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment.


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Coming of age title 'Yes, God, Yes', starring Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things), Releasing Digitally on August 17


Yes, God, Yes (cert 15) will be released by The Movie Partnership on UK digital download platforms on August 17. This coming of age title, starring Stranger Things sensation Natalia Dyer and Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why), tackles important questions about religion, sexuality and the struggles of going through high school in Midwest America in the early 00s.

Sixteen-year-old Alice (Natalia Dyer) has always been a good Catholic but when an innocent AOL chat turns racy, she discovers masturbation and is overwhelmed with guilt. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges but it isn't easy, especially after a cute upperclassman (Wolfgang Novogratz) starts flirting with her.

This masterpiece from Karen Maine started life as a comic short in 2017 about the internet and masterbation. It has since been made into a full length feature following its monumental success and over 1.5 million views.

Yes, God, Yes will be released on August 17th on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store, Virgin Media, Rakuten and TalkTalk.

You can pre-order the film on iTunes here: https://apple.co/2DzxdzG
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Widow's Point - Available On Demand and DVD September 1


Widow’s Point, Gregory Lamberson’s highly-anticipated, award-winning adaptation of the book of the same name, premieres on DVD and Digital in the USA and Canada September 1 via 101 Films.
Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It, Nightbreed) leads the cast of the film, alongside KateLynn E. Newberry (Homecoming Revenge).

Widow’s Point follows a writer who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse to help promote his next book, where he is targeted by Supernatural forces.

Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, authors of the original source novel, adapted Widow’s Point for the screen.

The film had a successful festival run, including Shawna Shea Film Festival, where it won awards for ‘Beast Feature’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Craig Sheffer, Crimson Scream Horror festival, where Craig also picked up ‘Best Actor’ award; LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic and Twin Tiers International, where the film picked up the ‘Audience Award’.

Widow’s Point was reviewed by Rue Morgue ‘’Sheffer contributes an outstanding display of on-screen insanity…an absolute thrill to witness.” Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, Shadowland and Mr. X commented ‘’Greg Lamberson’s WIDOW’S POINT offers what is very nearly a solo showcase to Craig Scheffer, who responds with bellows and rants, mutters and whispers, and otherwise by strutting his stuff through this lively horror cut-up.” and Delirium Magazine ‘’Lamberson unleashes what may be his finest work to date - at least, his most elegant and restrained.…embedded in a haunted-lighthouse yarn that creeps under the skin and stays there.”

Widow’s Point will be available 9/1 on DVD and Digital via 101 Films.


Monday, 3 August 2020

Get Duked - New Trailer for Amazon Original Comedy


Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip — based on a real-life program — known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where foraging, teamwork and orienteering are the order of the day. Eager to cut loose and smoke weed in the Scottish Highlands, the trio finds themselves paired with straight-laced Ian, a fellow camper determined to play by the rules. After veering off-path into remote farmland that's worlds away from their urban comfort zone, the boys find themselves hunted down by a shadowy force hell-bent on extinguishing their futures.

From writer-director Ninian Doff — making his feature debut after a slew of award-winning music videos and short films for artists including Run the Jewels, Miike Snow, Migos, and Mykki Blanco — comes an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit droppings that pits the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday. Get Duked! stars Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickey, Georgie Glen, James Cosmo and a breakout young cast featuring Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, and Lewis Gribben.

Director: Ninian Doff

Cast: Samuel Bottomley, Rian Gordon, Lewis Gribben, Viraj Juneja, Kate Dickie, Kevin Guthrie, Jonathan Aris, Georgia Glen, Alice Lowe, Brian Pettifer, with James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Pinocchio - First Trailer - Starring Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi and Marine Vacth


Vertigo Releasing have released a UK trailer for Matteo Garrone’s PINOCCHIO and announced that the film will be released in UK cinemas on August 14th with previews from August 10th.

PINOCCHIO tells the tale of an old woodcarver named Gepetto (Roberto Benigni) who creates a puppet, which then magically comes to life. Gepetto names him Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi) and brings him up as his son. Pinocchio however finds it hard to be good and is easily led astray. He ends up stumbling from one misadventure to another – whether in the belly of a giant fish, in the Land of Toys or in the Field of Miracles. It is up to his loyal friend the Fairy (Marine Vacth) to help him see that his dream of becoming a real boy is only possible if he finally changes his ways.


Working with co-writer Massimo Ceccherini, Garrone offers a fresh perspective on the beloved classic, returning to the authentic roots of the Pinocchio story to create something never seen before. The film was produced by Garrone, Academy Award winner Jeremy Thomas, Jean and Anne-Laure Labadie and Paolo del Brocco, and stars Academy Award-winning actor Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) as Geppetto, Marine Vacth (L'Amant double) as the Fairy, and newcomer Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio.

Academy Award winner Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Iron Lady) brings the characters to life through visionary character design and prosthetic make-up, and the beautiful visual effects were created by the team at One Of Us (Aladdin, The Revenant, The Crown). The original score was written by Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Paddington 2, The Darkest Hour, Atonement).

PINOCCHIO screened at Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year to widespread acclaim.

The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge - Trailer - on digital platforms from 14th September


All hell is about to break loose as Shatner takes on Satan, when 4Digital unleashes The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge, on digital platforms from 14th September.

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The Descent meets The Exorcist, with a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in for good measure, in this suspenseful thrill-ride starring iconic Star Trek legend William Shatner, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Jason Brooks (Star Trek, 2009), Jackie Dallas (Stranger Things) and Michael Yahn (Daredevil). Featuring, according to Nerdly, “absolutely AMAZING creature designs”, buckets of blood, and, of course, Shatner on top form, The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge is B-movie mayhem that delivers demonic thrills and underground chills.

Synopsis: 
John Brock is a down-on-his-luck archaeologist who returns from an expedition to the caves of rural Kentucky, after unsuccessfully trying to locate a mysterious relic that his family has sought for generations. Upon his return, John starts to see dream-like visions of a ferocious bird-like creature from ancient folklore.

John soon learns that the cave he came into contact with on his last expedition was indeed the cave that contains the relic, and also a portal to Hell and a place of worship for the occult. John discovers that the only way to stop the increasingly realistic visions is to go back to the cave with his family, find the relic once and for all, and destroy it...

THE TOMB: DEVIL’S REVENGE WILL BE RELEASED ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON 14 SEPTEMBER

Interview with Paul Hyett on creative freedom, the lockdown and future projects.



Ahead of the Digital release on Aug 3 of his latest film PERIPHERAL, director Paul Hyett talks about the importance of creative freedom, the lockdown and future projects


Peripheral is your fourth feature as director. When you started on The Seasoning House back in 2011, did you ever imagine your career would be this successful?

Back when I decided I wanted to make my own movie I had my prosthetics company and was doing very well, but I really wanted to tell my own stories. I said to myself, get The Seasoning House made, see if it’s any good> If it’s a success then I would close my workshop and concentrate on directing. When it was selected as opening film for FrightFest 2012, I was elated and decided to go that path. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have directed four films and never would have thought that would happen.


What drew you to Peripheral, which at first sight, would appear to have very different dramatic challenges from your previous films, being set in one location and driven heavily by psychological narrative.

Peripheral really appealed to me. It was so well written, really layered. It had so much to say and was so relevant at the time and even more relevant today! Throughout my career as a prosthetics guy, I’ve had to turn my art to suit other people’s tastes, in a way selling out and just having to be a commercial artist. Even in my directing career I’ve had to bend to please exec producers and financiers. So, I could connect with Peripheral, which was about an artist being manipulated, wanting to be pure but having to sell to pay her bills. And then, on top, a really interesting comment on social media, celebrity obsessiveness, fall from grace, a futile fight against what you really believe in. It was such a draw for me.


Peripheral was written by renowned comic book writer / screenwriter Dan Shaffer. How did you come across the script and had you worked with Dan before?

Craig Touhy, the producer asked me to read it, thought I’d be perfect for it. The initiall pitch was, a girl, in one location, a flat and a computer. I originally thought, after doing the SFX laden movie Howl, that I wanted to continue down that path, bigger budgets, tons of prosthetics and VFX. But I’ll always read a script, just to make sure I’m doing the right thing turning it down. I read it and I LOVED it. It was my first reading of a Dan Shaffer script, he’s a brilliant writer.


For your previous films you’ve been heavily involved in the writing process. How was it primarily working with someone else’s script?

It was fine. I’m not at all precious. All I care about is getting the script in best shape possible for day one of shooting. If a script is perfect, and I don’t have to do anything then great. But more often or not you have to do quite a bit of work on a script. But with Peripheral, it was just tweaking for me. The film deals with some topical issues such as the insidious control tech can have in our lives, addiction and mental health. How tough was it to balance this with creating an entertaining, genre-driven thriller? I always think you can take any story, any experience and turn it into an interesting, entertaining movie. When I said to people the plot for The Seasoning House they would just look at me, how is this going to be entertaining? There’s always a way. If you care about a character, whatever they go through, the audience will go through with them. The most important thing was visually, set in one location, how do I make this always entertaining to the eye, to keep people visually interesting. That was a challenge.


What creative influences inspired you? Cronenberg and Bernard Rose have been mentioned in the press.

Cronenberg was a big influence. And people saying there’s shades of Videodrome (which I love) is extremely flattering. I love all Cronenberg’s films. Someone else mentioned Demon Seed, which I hadn’t even thought about.


Hannah Arterton is terrific as a writer dealing with ‘second-novel syndrome’. How did you make the decision to cast her?

We saw nearly a hundred girls for Peripheral. We had very little prep and very little time to shoot this. Hannah had been in the back of my mind as soon as I read the script. She’s a terrific actress and we had worked well together before. I was worried about having an actress that I didn’t know and with Hannah we have a great shorthand. We know what each other is thinking before we say it. And she nailed the screen test. She was so committed to the role, totally surpassed my expectations and was a delight to work with. Bobbi is such a complex character and Hannah and I would discuss at length her motivation, her instincts, Hannah was absolutely brilliant!


The film’s claustrophobic atmosphere feels like the kind of film that resonates with the lockdown. How has the past three months or so been for you personally? How creative have you managed to be?

Yes, it is the ultimate lockdown movie. I’m sort of used to a lockdown life. Most of my time is alone at home, writing, developing projects, Skype calls etc so life wasn’t so different in the last three months. I had just got back from Boston the week before lockdown from a recce, so it was a bit of a pain as my next movie was put on hold. The biggest shock was the supermarkets running out of food, it was proper zombie panic, and I may one day write a script about the toilet roll shortage of 2020!


Have you watched any good horror films whilst stuck indoors?

I’ve been catching up on tons of movies and box sets. Really good horror movies? Gerald’s Game was great, I enjoyed The Ritual, Hereditary was cool, Underwater (I love aquatic horror) and Eurovison with Will Ferrel! Horrific (in a good way)!


You have two productions in development. One is The Black Site with Grimmfest films and the other is Unnatural Selection with Washashore productions. What can you tell us about them?

The Black Site is a psychological horror. Imagine Zero Dark Thirty meets Jacob’s Ladder. Unnatural Selection is set in a sleepy Cape Cod town and is an atmospheric Carpenter-esque New England horror story.

PERIPHERAL is available digitally in the UK and Ireland from August 3 on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Sky and Virgin


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Cinema release confirmed for 13 August


Trafalgar Releasing have confirmed that Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, will be in cinemas in selected territories around the world* on the re-scheduled release date of 13 August 2020.

Tickets can be bought via https://www.elvisthatsthewayitis.com

To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas – remastered - with Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, an unmissable event for fans around the world.

On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Marc Allenby, CEO says: "Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to be able to celebrate 85 years of this musical legend in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Authentic Brand Group. It's been 50 years since this career changing documentary about The King of Rock 'n' Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture."

This feature-length documentary and concert film features performances including Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel and Suspicious Minds. Crossing the footlights, revealing the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback, the fans who travelled from all over the world for this history-making event.... and the electrifying live performance of the man who gave us rock 'n' roll.

You can also buy this from Amazon at
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Magical Adventures in the Forbidden City - out on digital platforms from 21st September.


Prepare for spells, sorcery and a brand new screen heroine, as 4Digital announces the release of the fantasy extravaganza Magical Adventures in the Forbidden City, on digital platforms from 21st September.

The story of a young woman discovering extraordinary powers, in an oppressive city where magic is forbidden, this is a beautifully filmed and lavishly produced spectacle, with some superbly exciting action sequences and dazzling special effects. The film stars Eddie Marsan (BIFA winner for Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky), and striking newcomer Tinatin Dalakishvili in the lead role.

Like Harry Potter and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the film conjures up a wonderfully involving magical world, and whisks the audience on a breathless, and sometimes scary, adventure that they won’t want to end.

Synopsis: 
In another world, not unlike our own, a young woman named Abigail lives in a city whose borders were closed many years ago because of a mysterious disease. Her beloved academic father was one of the sick and, like many, mysteriously taken away when she was six years old. Now grown, Abigail is determined to find her father and discover the real secrets lurking beneath the surface of her world.

When she unexpectedly encounters citizens playing with spells, she discovers her city is filled with forbidden sorcery, and she herself possesses extraordinary magical powers. Abigail takes us on an exciting magical adventure, rising against the forces in command, and shows how being brave and following your heart can show anything is possible, if you just believe it.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The Secret Dare to Dream starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas available on Premium Video on Demand from Friday, 7th August


Lionsgate UK will release hope-filled film The Secret: Dare to Dream on Premium Video on Demand from Friday, 7th August. The feel-good romantic drama starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, and Jerry O’Connell explores hope and gratitude in one’s darkest days, and reminds us that it’s never too late to believe again.

Based on the groundbreaking best-selling book about the law of attraction by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret: Dare to Dream follows Miranda (Katie Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (Jerry O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Josh Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything. With its timeless messages of hope, compassion, and gratitude, The Secret: Dare to Dream is an inspiring and heartwarming film that shows how positive thoughts can transform our lives.

The Secret: Dare to Dream will be available to rent for £13.99 through On Demand platforms such as Sky, Amazon, Apple, Google, Virgin, Talk Talk, Chili TV, XBOX, Sony PS, Rakuten and Showcase At Home starting Friday 7th August.


Friday, 24 July 2020

The Last Five Days - Trailer and Poster


Curiosity kills.

New from Wild Eye Releasing, The Last Five Days available now on digital and DVD.

Two college students find evidence connecting a story they are investigating for film class to a series of deaths. Things begin to spiral out of control when an unknown force watching them becomes more violent and bloodthirsty.

Directed by Clay Moffatt, and co-written by Moffatt and Joe Pacini, The Last Five Days stars Kayla Andrews, Adam Berardi, and Melaney Cook.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Chemical Hearts - New Poster

Written and Directed by Richard Tanne
Based on the book "Our Chemical Hearts" by Krystal Sutherland

Produced by Alex Saks, Richard Tanne
Executive Producer Lili Reinhart


Starring Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones, Adhir Kalyan, Kara Young, Coral Peña, C.J. Hoff

Seventeen-year-old Henry Page (Austin Abrams) has never been in love. He fancies himself a romantic, but the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he's been hoping for just hasn't happened yet. Then, on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) and it seems all that is about to change. When Grace and Henry are chosen to co-edit the school paper, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer. As he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.

93 Minutes | Certificate TBC



Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Bruce Willis & Jesse Metcalfe star in new action-thriller 'Hard Kill' coming to Digital Download 14th September


The film follows a team of fearless mercenaries, who led by security expert Derek Miller (Jesse Metcalfe), are considered the best fighters on Earth that money can buy. They are strategically hired by billionaire tech CEO Donovan Chalmers (Bruce Willis) to protect a piece of technology that, if exposed, could destroy the world.

Their mission becomes even higher risk when Chalmers' daughter is kidnapped by the extremely dangerous terrorist group The Pardoners, who will stop at nothing to obtain the tech. Miller and his team must now work together with Chalmers in order to save his family and protect the fate of the human race before it's too late.

Adapted from a story by Clayton Haugen and Nikolai From & co-written by writing duo Joe Russo and Chris LaMont (The Au Pair Nightmare), Hard Kill also stars WWE star Natalie Eva Marie, Sergio Rizzuto (Trauma Centre, Escape Plan 3) & Lala Kent (Vault, One Shot).

Hard Kill will be available for Digital Download from 14th September

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

COMPETITION: Win The Fanatic on DVD


The Fanatic is out NOW

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Screen legend John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Pulp Fiction) stars as Moose, a celebrity obsessed fan who feels slighted by his favourite movie star at an autograph convention. He quickly embarks on an unhinged quest to get a response, leading to a home invasion and a very long night that changes both men irreparably.

Written and directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst (The Education of Charlie Banks) and co-starring Devon Sawa (Final Destination) and Ana Golja (Degrassi: Next Class), The Fanatic is a tense and suspenseful thriller which boasts a commanding central performance from Travolta.


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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who is the writer and director of The Fanatic?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com

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1. Closing date 03-08-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

All Hail the Popcorn King - New Poster and Trailer


With Squee Projects’ All Hail the Popcorn King, filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer paints a vivid picture of award-winning author and screenwriter Joe R.Lansdale (“Bubba Ho-Tep”, “Cold in July”) in what’s been described as a “five star” film (GrimdarkMagazine). Chronicling the life and career of the Lone Star State's "writer of the purple rage” (The Austin Chronicle), the acclaimed documentary also features new interviews with the likes of Bruce Campbell, James Purefoy, Joe Hill, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Del Howison, Amber Benson, novelist David J. Schow and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone.

All Hail The Popcorn King has been touring the country and will be released wider over the coming months.

Official Synopsis : 
All Hail the Popcorn King trailer about writer Joe R. Lansdale who's written over 50 novels and 500 short stories including Bubba Ho-Tep. Cold in July, The Drive-in, the Hap & Leonard series. Joe is also a Master in Martial Arts and created his own technique. He's well known for his unique voice andhis generosity and support of other writers and filmmakers.


Monday, 20 July 2020

The Book of Vision - Official Trailer - A film by Carlo S. Hintermann


Carlo S. Hintermann directs an international cast including Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, The Borgias), well known in the world of the TV series, Sverrir Gudnason (Borg vs McEnroe), Isolda Dychauk (The Borgias, Faust, TwoGirls) and Italian actor Filippo Nigro.


"With this film I tried to capture and isolate the transcendent and immanent vision of nature, which swarms outside and inside the body, always changing like the soul. For a visual artist, telling timeless stories is at the same time a great challenge formal and honesty, but also a very rare opportunity. I can, therefore, only be grateful for being considered capable of presenting such a profound, complex and rich work" says LRNZ.


Synopsis 
Eva, a promising young doctor, leaves her brilliant career to study History of Medicine in a remote university. Now is the time for her to call everything into question: her nature, her body, her illness, and her sealed fate. Johan Anmuth is an 18th-century Prussian physician in perpetual conflict between the rise of rationalism and ancient forms of animism. The Book of Vision is a manuscript that sweeps these two existences up, blending them into a never-ending vortex. Far from a proper scientific text, the book contains the hopes, fears, and dreams of more than 1800 patients. Dr. Anmuth truly knew how to listen to his patients, whose spirits still wander through the pages, life and death, merging in a continuous flow. The story of Anmuth and his patients inspire Eva to live her life to the fullest. Nothing expires in its time. Only what you desire is real, not merely what happens.

Citrullo International from Citrullo International on Vimeo.

COMPETITION: Win The Assent on DVD


The Assent [DVD] is out on 27th July.

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Synopsis
In this fresh new horror, single father Joel (Robert Kazinsky, Pacific Rim, Captain Marvel) suspects his young son may be possessed. Struggling with his own mental health, he can’t be sure what’s real, and what exists in his imagination. He is aided by Father Lambert (Peter Jason, Deadwood, They Live) who seeks his own redemption after serving prison time for the death of a child during a failed exorcism. Lambert believes the boy has been marked by the Devil himself and, without intervention, Joel could lose his son forever.

From the executive producers of Texas Chainsaw and Day of the Dead, The Assent is a new tale of supernatural terror from multi award-winning writer and director Pearry Reginald Teo (The Evil Inside, The Gene Generation).

Dazzler Media presents The Assent on DVD & Digital Download from 27th July 2020



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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who plays Joel Clarke in The Assent?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com

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1. Closing date 03-08-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.


Saturday, 18 July 2020

COMA Official Trailer (2020) Sci-Fi Movie


A man awakens in a chaotic dystopian world filled with memories of comatose patients and nonexistent laws of physics.


Friday, 17 July 2020

The Tent - Poster, Trailer and new clip!


Now available On Demand, and coming soon to DVD (pre-order the DVD from Target), The Tent is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker Kyle Couch.


Winner of multiple awards, and featuring an applauded turn from actor Tim Kaiser, the end-of-days thriller fixes on an apocalyptic event that leaves a man isolated and alone on the edge of the wilderness. Soon enough, another survivor emerges who disrupts the fragile balance of power.

Lulu Dahl and Shelby Bradley co-star in The Tent, available from Gravitas Ventures.

Official Synopsis : 
An apocalyptic event known as The Crisis has devastated David's world leaving him to rely on survival tactics learned from childhood. Isolated and alone, David has taken refuge in a tent on the edge of the wilderness. Soon enough, another survivor emerges, Mary, who immediately begins questioning David's tactics and ultimately putting them in the crosshairs of "Those Who Walk In Darkness", unseen creatures that may or may not be responsible for The Crisis.



Luke Goss and Val Kilmer star in PAYDIRT all-action heist thriller gets UK Premiere 24th August


Hollywood heavyweights Luke Goss and Val Kilmer face off in a brand new rip-roaring, all-action heist thriller, PAYDIRT, which gets its UK Premiere this Summer courtesy of 101 Films and Octane Entertainment.

Set in the scorching Californian desert, the heat is on as career criminal Damien Brooks aka The Brit (Luke Goss), fresh from prison after a five-year stretch, is determined to find the buried stash of cash that landed him in a cell after a DEA bust gone wrong. He’s served his time…now he wants his pay.

As he rounds up his old crew of mismatched badasses, all with their own problems, a plan starts to form…but the word is out that a real-life treasure hunt is going down and other criminal firms want in on the act.

Then there’s retired Sheriff William Tucker (Val Kimer)…he’s on the warpath, obsessed with righting past wrongs and he’ll stop at nothing to find the perpetrators, whatever the cost.

A slick pulse-pounding thrill ride with guns galore and a body count to die for…but who will hit PAYDIRT?

Released on DVD and digital Monday 24th August 2020


Around the Sun, starring Cara Theobold and Gethin Anthony Released 4 Aug


Around The Sun is an indie romantic drama with a sci-fi twist.  It’s an intimate tale of love, reason and realising you’re not the centre of the universe. Bernard (Gethin Anthony), a film location scout, tours a repossessed and crumbling French château. Over the course of an afternoon, he falls for both the place and its owner’s flirtatious representative, Maggie (Cara Theobold), who recounts the story of an influential popular-science book written and set there. But is their present-tense connection for real, or just a projection of the book’s 17th-century characters?

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Inspired by Bernard de Fontenelle’s Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, Around The Sun is the feature debut for UK/ Greek director Oliver Krimpas and written by award-winning journalist Jonathan Kiefer. The film stars Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey, Absentia) and Gethin Anthony (Game Of Thrones, Manhunt: Unabomber). Set in the present day, the production was filmed entirely on location in and around a 17th century château in Normandy, France, where Fontenelle’s book was written and set.  The film has garnered critical acclaim and awards across international festivals.
Around the Sun Trailer from Oliver Krimpas on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Award Winning "Away" - New Trailer


Independent feature animation Away, which received the highly-regarded Contrechamp Award last year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland by Munro Films from August 28, 2020.

The stunning, dialogue-free fantasy adventure tells the story of a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, Away explores our common, universal need to find a connection.

This marks a full-length feature debut for Gints Zilbalodis and his Dream Well studio, whose distinctive real-time rendering animation technique has been applauded by critics. “In live action, even drones can’t achieve the same effect as “Away’s” gravity-defying virtual camera” said Variety’s Peter Debruge. Film Inquiry’s Matthew Singleton said, “Zilbalodis is an animator to keep your eye on.”

“I am delighted my feature is being shared with cinema audiences in the UK and Ireland, as watching on the big screen is the most immersive way to experience Away.” – said filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis.

Zilbalodis drew inspiration from films, games and books when creating Away. This includes the works of Haruki Murakami and Hayao Miyazaki, and classic films ranging from Bicycle Thieves and The General through to 2004 feature, Motorcycle Diaries and the more recent 2014 feature, It Follows. Musical influences for Zilbalodis, who also composed and recorded the film’s score, include Sigur Rós and Max Richter.

In addition to receiving Annecy’s Contrechamp Award in 2019, Away was awarded Best Feature Film at the Anima Mundi International Film Festival, Best Animated Feature Film at the Latvian National Film Festival and the Golden Stork Award (Stork d’Or) for Best Animated Feature at the Strasburg European Fantastic Film Festival.

Away opens in UK and Irish cinemas from August 28. The film is a U Cert, with a running time of 75 minutes. Audiences can sign up for updates at www.awayfilm.co.uk

All Hail the Popcorn King - New Sneak Peak


All Hail The Popcorn King has been touring the country and will be released wider over the coming months.

Official Synopsis : All Hail the Popcorn King trailer about writer Joe R. Lansdale who's written over 50 novels and 500 short stories including Bubba Ho-Tep. Cold in July, The Drive-in, the Hap & Leonard series. Joe is also a Master in Martial Arts and created his own technique. He's well known for his unique voice andhis generosity and support of other writers and filmmakers.


Two Ways to Go West - Official Trailer and Poster


After testing his sobriety at a bachelor party on the Vegas strip, Gavin, a recovered drug addict and former TV star and his childhood friends return to their hotel room. Gavin finds that his unresolved past with his friends and his "savior" girlfriend present much more of threat to his sobriety than the strip did. As the night escalates, Gavin and his friends are forced to face their demons within the walls of the hotel room…with or without each other's help.

From director Ryan Brookhart, and written and produced by James Liddell, Two Ways to Go West is a powerfully confronting drama featuring superlative performances from a top ensemble cast including James Liddell, Paul Gennaro, Drew Kenney, Levy Tran, Gino Cafarelli, and Kathrine Narducci.

Leading independent distributor Global Digital Releasing releases Two Ways to Go West on VOD July 17.

Monstrous - Official Trailer and Poster


Something is out there.

Sylvia, a lonely 20-something, goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY, an Adirondack town known for its Bigfoot sightings. She sets off with a mysterious, charming young woman, Alex, hellbent on getting to Whitehall for different reasons. Sylvia soon learns that hiding in the woods is an evil more sinister than she could ever imagine.

From director Bruce Wemple, and starring Anna Shields, Rachel Finninger, Grant Schumacher, Hannah McKechnie, Catharine Daddario, Dylan Grunn, Peter Stray, Rick Montgomery Jr., and Thomas Brazzle , Monstrous premieres On Demand and DVD August 11 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Summerland - Official Trailer - In Cinemas 31st July



Summerland - In Cinemas 31st July

Starring Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond and Dixie Egerickx

Written and Directed by Jessica Swale
Produced by Guy Heeley and Adrian Sturges


Summerland follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past.

When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps – magic really does exist.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Limbo - Official Trailer


This August, James Purefoy (“Pennyworth”) heads to hell!

A murderer finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney.

With an electrifying cast also including Scottie Thompson (“12 Monkeys”), Richard Riehle (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Veronica Cartwright (Alien), Lew Temple (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Mandela Van Peebles (Jigsaw) and Rebekah Kennedy (“Criminal Minds”),  feel the heat this summer with Limbo.

Limbo, from writer/director Mark Young, premieres August 4 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Invasion Earth - Official Trailer


Premiering in loungerooms this August, an exhilarating new science-fiction thriller that’ll have you “begging for more”*, Invasion Earth.

The story follows a group of addicts who attend therapy to avoid being sent to prison, while a TV journalist goes undercover and joins the group to try and expose this as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos by the beginning of an alien invasion.

Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw star in the critically acclaimed new film from James Twyman, only On Demand and DVD August 8 from Midnight Releasing.