From the depths of hell, horror icon Pinhead returns in the latest chilling chapters of the bloodcurdling Hellraiser franchise. With long-time series SFX artist Gary John Tunnicliffe at the helm, get ready for gore-soaked set-pieces and nightmare visuals that will tear your soul apart!
With explosive set-pieces and a horde of rampaging wild animals, former wildlife photographer MJ Basset delivers a killer slice of action cinema, with a shrewd critique of poaching and the black-market animal trade. To celebrate the release of Rogue, director MJ Basset tells us her top five action movie influences.
“There’s no point blowing stuff up if the characters around the explosion aren’t of consequence.”
If you are looking for a scary movie to watch All Hallows’ Eve, may I suggest The Dare? You may, however, want to look away during the inventive torture sequences that Director Giles Alderson and co-writer Jonny Grant have concocted! The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery.
“There’s a video… and I look frazzled! Proper done in. Nightmares for weeks. But it was worth it! Just.”
Megan Fox fights to the death against terrorists and a dangerous, rogue lion in this white-knuckle action thrill-ride from director M.J. Bassett. Battle-hardened mercenary Samantha O’Hara leads an elite squad of soldiers on a daring mission to rescue a hostage from a group of violent terrorists in the plains of Africa. But when the mission goes wrong, the team is stranded, Samantha’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with the ferocious gang of rebels, and a ravenous, enraged lioness that is baying for their blood after escaping from an illegal lion farm.
“When the hunter becomes the prey.”
The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery exploiting humanity’s most irrational fears; succeeding in its simplicity to leave you traumatised! Co-writing this blood-soaked horror, screenwriter Jonny Grant breathes new life into the art of splatter – The Dare is definitely not for the squeamish!
“I really didn’t want to go down the route of violence for violence sake. I wanted our villain to be conducting these acts because they resonated deeply with him; the violence was personal to him and his past.”
Directed and co-written by Giles Alderson, The Dare could easily be dismissed as a copycat of the movies that led to the mid-2000s resurgence of the splatter subgenre; unfortunately labelled “torture porn” by film critics and horror detractors. James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Saw (2004), and Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005) are both seen as the pinnacle of the subgenre; the first to be labelled “torture porn” due to their emphasis on extreme violence and sadism, and never surpassed by the countless thrillers that followed. But despite a certain familiarity, The Dare breathes new life into the art of splatter.
“Let the evil out.”
Unleashed in time for Halloween, The Dare is now available on Digital Download and DVD from Lionsgate UK, so what better time for Director Giles Alderson to give us a run-down of his top five horror movie influences.
“[Se7en] got so under my skin that the first time I attempted to watch it I had to walk out of the cinema I felt so sick!”
A twisted tale of torture and bloody revenge starring veteran horror actor Richard Brake, The Dare explodes onto screens this Halloween. A rare family night for Jay takes a brutal twist when he is kidnapped, waking up chained to the wall of a squalid basement with three other prisoners. When their sadistic captor emerges, his face hidden under a gruesome skin mask, Jay soon realises their time is quickly running out. Jay must engage in a twisted battle of survival to solve the puzzle of his imprisonment, unmask their tormentor and save the lives of his family.
“It’s all fun and games until somebody dies.”
The terrifying spectre of ‘The Hangman’ returns in this nightmarish sequel to smash-hit supernatural thriller The Gallows.
When Auna Rue, a teenage vlogger and aspiring actress, logs onto a sinister website, she’s soon trapped in the malevolent world of cursed stage play, The Gallows. After performing a passage from the play for her tiny online fan base, Auna instantly achieves the stardom she seeks – as well as a twisted challenge from the deadly spirit of The Hangman himself…
“Evil chooses you.”
There’s a problem with Rob Zombie. As a filmmaker he’s a conundrum. He’s a jigsaw puzzle, but with a few pieces missing and those missing pieces are what’s stopping him from connecting fully with fans of the horror genre.
Never has a director in the horror genre been as polarising. There are the people that see Zombie as an extremely creative talent and there are the ones that absolutely despise him
“The evil returns.”
First, there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil’s Rejects. Now, Rob Zombie presents the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in movie history: 3 from Hell. After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Winslow Foxworth Coltrane, the demented Firefly clan are back to unleash a whole new wave of death and depravity. A firestorm of murder, madness and mayhem will be released in this terror ride to Hell and back.
“Free the Three.”
Revenge is coming as ex-mobster Nicolas Cage takes to the streets in gritty action-thriller A Score to Settle; directed by Shawn Ku and written by John Stewart Newman.
After being paid-off to take a murder rap, Frank receives an unexpected life sentence and spends the next two decades locked behind bars. After receiving a terminal diagnosis, he walks out of prison to live his final days as a free man, but with a thirst for revenge against those who wronged him.