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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Sets 6 New Movies in Motion

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Sets 6 New Movies in Motion
J.J. Abrams may be busy directing Star Wars 9, but that doesn't mean he's too busy to add a ton of new projects to his producing slate. His company Bad Robot has officially lined up six new movie projects, which are being developed using a discretionary fund that Abrams has set up through his deal at Paramount. These projects are quite varied, including several new horror and sci-fi movies, as well as a movie from Grammy-nominated rapper Logic. Sadly, from the descriptions in place, none of them sound like possible Cloverfield sequels. Unless they are planning a pretty big twist to the franchise narrative.

First up is Everything Must Go, which comes from Bobby Hall, aka Logic, who is co-writing the movie with Lisa McQuillan (Black-Ish). The movie is being pitched as "Clerks for a new generation." Logic is also set to star in the movie. Also on Bad Robot's new slate is The Steps,
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Prepare to Lose a Lot of Sleep When Mara Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital November 6th

Prepare to lose a whole lot of sleep when Mara arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital November 6 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Based on famous folklore, the film’s expertly crafted story line tells the tale of criminal psychologist Kate Fuller, who starts to experience the same terrifying symptoms as the victims of an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep. The absolutely chilling Mara will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

From a producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this shock-filled descent into fear. After a man is seemingly strangled in his bed, criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) interviews the sole witness, the victim’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. When asked to identify the killer, Sophie says, “Mara.” As Kate digs into the case, she unearths a community of people who
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‘Population Zero’ Review

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Stars: Julian T. Pinder, Adam Levins | Written by Jeff Staranchuk | Directed by Julian T. Pinder, Adam Levins

In 2009 three young men were killed in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park. Authorities never found the murderer. He found them. Only hours after three young men were gunned down in cold blood, Dwayne Nelson walked into a ranger station miles away and confessed to the crime. Despite his detailed confession, Dwayne Nelson was allowed to go free because of a loophole in the American Constitution. Documentarian Julian T. Pinder travels to Yellowstone compelling chase for truth behind a crime that should have rocked the nation. How did the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America, let a guilty man go free?

Wow. That sounds intriguing right? A documentary on a crime that, because of legal loophole surrounding Yellowstone Park, went unpunished. Only it’s not. Unlike
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DVD Review – Estranged (2015)

Estranged, 2015.

Directed by Adam Levins.

Starring Amy Manson, Craig Conway, Simon Quarterman, James Cosmo, Bob Duff, James Lance, Eileen Nicholas, Nora-Jane Noone.


A woman with amnesia from a crash returns to her family home and tries to work out who she was before her accident and why her family are behaving so strangely towards her.

Touching on the subject of class and the insular nature of family in the upper classes, Estranged is a curious British thriller about January (Amy MansonPumpkinhead: Blood Feud), a vibrant young woman having the time of her life travelling through Brazil with her boyfriend Callum (Simon QuartermanThe Devil Inside) when she is flung from their scooter during a crash. Surviving but suffering from amnesia and needing a wheelchair until she regains the use of her legs, January returns to her isolated family mansion deep in the British countryside with Callum but the
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Estranged Blu-ray

“Blood is Thicker than Water, and Some Stains Never Come Out!”

Now you can own Estranged, the movie that Kat Hughes of The Hollywood News called:

“…a tense, claustrophobic thriller …”

and Dave Gammon at Horrornews.Net says is:

“…a powerful, emotional roller coaster ride into the evil that lurks within family secrets.”

From Well Go USA:

Estranged, the Terrifying Debut Feature Film from Director Adam Levins arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD February 12. Bonus Features Include a Making of Featurette. From the producers of Insidious and The Devil Inside comes Estranged, the modern Gothic tale of dark secrets and shocking motives debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD February 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A young woman is forced to return home after a near-fatal accident has left her temporarily wheelchair bound and depleted of her long-term memory. Not only has she forgotten her family, but her childhood as well.
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Strange relations by Jennie Kermode


Recently released on the new Frightfest Presents label, Estranged is the story of January (Amy Manson), a young woman who is seriously injured in a traffic accident and returns to her family home to recuperate – with no memory of her life before the accident happened. It’s a tense, claustrophobic drama that gradually takes on a more sinister aspect as, despite growing physically stronger, January comes to feel increasingly powerless and threatened. Adam Levins, the director, is better known as a cinematographer, and one of the first things one notices about Estranged is its striking beauty – it’s a very visual film. I asked him how much this owed to his past work.

“I can’t really take the credit for the cinematography because Gary [Shaw] is a really good cinematographer and he’s older than us too – he’s worked on stuff like Moon and Fortitude – I...
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VOD Review – Estranged (2015)

Estranged, 2015

Directed by Adam Levins

Starring Craig Conway, James Cosmo, Bob Duff, James Lance, Amy Manson, Faye McLoughlin, Eileen Nicholas, Simon Quarterman, Joy Sanders.


Due to a near-fatal accident that has left her incapacitated and depleted of her long-term memory, a temporarily wheelchair-bound woman returns home after being abroad for six years accompanied by her bohemian boyfriend, the apparent cause of the accident. Unable to remember her family or her own childhood, she sets out, with the help of her boyfriend, to find the reason for her leaving all those years ago and quickly discovers her relatives may not be as loving as she’d thought.

Estranged hides nothing from the off. As soon as January (Amy Manson) returns to her maternal home with her boyfriend Callum (Simon Quarterman), you’re instantly placed on edge as you’re greeted with an overly eccentric English family. January, who has recently
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Estranged Digital Review

Director: Adam Levins

Cast: Amy Manson, James Cosmo, Simon Quarterman, Nora-Jane Noone

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes

Estranged is one of the six films that launches the new digital film platform Frightfest Presents. The centre consists of films that all screened at this August’s Frightfest, the others on offer include Aaaaaaaah!, After Death, Night of the Living Deb, The Sand, and Some Kind of Hate. The label offers a horror movie for everyone, so what does Estranged have to offer?

Estranged is a tense, claustrophobic thriller with interesting ideas. During the opening minutes we meet January and Callum, a young and in love couple having a whale of a time on holiday. Sadly their fun is cut short after a moped accident leaves January unable to walk and with big gaps in her memory. Having no where else to go the pair head back to January’s family home, not
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Frightfest Presents: ‘Estranged’ Review

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Stars: Craig Conway, James Cosmo, Bob Duff, James Lance, Amy Manson, Faye McLoughlin, Eileen Nicholas, Nora-Jane Noone, Simon Quarterman, Joy Sanders | Written by William Borthwick, Simon Fantauzzo | Directed by Adam Levins

When January (Amy Manson) is almost killed in a traffic accident, she and her boyfriend Callum (Simon Quarterman) head to her family home. Suffering from amnesia she has no idea why she once left, never to return. Trying to remember her past she looks to her family and Callum for help. When he suddenly leaves though she’s left trapped with the family she doesn’t remember and a dark history that waits to be revealed.

For the first half of the film Estranged is a slow-paced movie with an ominous feel. There is an almost formulaic way that it fits into the same old structures of this type of story and when the past slowly starts to reveal
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Screamfest 2015 Film Lineup unvelied; 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' to premiere


The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.

Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest.
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‘Convenience’ Review

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Stars: Ray Panthaki, Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar, Anthony Head, James Bradshaw, Joe Marsh, John Norton, Velibor Topic, Verne Troyer | Written by Simon Fantauzzo | Directed by Keri Collins

What’s this? I hear you cry. Nerdly reviewing a new British comedy? Yes, given the fact we tend to avoid British productions – especially those featuring football hooligans and/or gangsters, two “genres” which tend to proliferate the shelves of DVD stores and supermarkets everywhere (and two genres I consider the nadir in filmmaking) – and focus on mainly horror output from these shores, seeing Convenience reviewed on these pages may come as a shock. However never let it be said we (well, mostly I) won’t step out of our comfort zones once in a while. And this case I’m glad we did.

The feature debut of director Keri Collins, Convenience was filmed way back in 2013 and has already scored Collins the
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FrightFest announces launch titles for FrightFest Presents

Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…

Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh,
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Icon, FrightFest confirm first films for new genre label

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Icon, FrightFest confirm first films for new genre label
Exclusive: The Sand and Aaaaaaaah! among first FrightFest Presents acquisitions.

UK distributor Icon Film Distribution and UK horror festival FrightFest have set the first films to be released under their FrightFest Presents banner.

An initial seven genre films have been selected by the distributor and festival for the new online label, with others to be added soon.

The films will premiere at FrightFest, which gets underway in London on Thursday (Aug 27), before unspooling online between October and February 2016.

Digital partners will include iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

First titles

Among the first batch of titles is Sightseers actor-writer Steve Oram’s surreal ‘monkey comedy’ Aaaaaaaah!, which Icon will release online this October.

Oram stars alongside Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) and Toyah Willcox (Quadrophenia) in the story of a tribe of warring ‘monkeys’.

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Frightfest 2015 Podcasts: #16 – Estranged

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January is forced to return home after six wild years abroad. A road accident has left her wheelchair-bound with amnesia. Not only has she forgotten her family, but also her childhood and is surprised to discover her home is a stately country manor. Trying to settle in with boyfriend Callum at her attentive side, she becomes even more distant from her family, who just want their old daughter back. The trouble is she cannot remember who that person was, or why she fled in the first place. Now she must learn all over again how terrible relatives can be.

In anticipation of Estranged‘s European Premiere at Frightfest, Berdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to the films director, Adam Levins.

Estranged has it European Premiere at Frightfest on Saturday 29th August at 3.30pm in Discovery Screen 1.
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Frightfest 2015 – Guest line-up announced

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What do Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose have in common? They’re all set to make an appearance at this years London Film4 Frightfest!

Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton (pictured above) is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30th August at 9.15pm.

Says the legend herself:

To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and
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Film 4 Frightfest – Awesome 2015 line-up announced

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After the announcement of the Fightfest’s opening and closing films a week ago, the UK’s premiere horror festival has announced its complete line-up… And they’re not making it easy for us to bring you reviews of the majority of the films screening this year!

Yes, not only is Frightfest taking over the Vue cinema on Leicester Square again this year but they’re also taking over an extra screen, Screen 1, at the old home of Frightfest, The Prince Charles Cinema – which will be the location of Another “Discovery” screen strand.

From the press release:

Bigger, bolder, bloodier…Film4 FrightFest 2015 marks its 16th year with its largest line-up ever. From Thurs 27 August to Mon 31 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will return to the Vue West End, Leicester Square to present seventy-six films across five screens, plus a host of special events. There are eighteen
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Full lineup for Film4 FrightFest 2015 announced

Film4 FrightFest has today announced its full line-up for its 16th edition, with a record 76 films – including 20 world and 42 UK and European premieres – set to screen between Thursday August 27th and Monday August 31st. Here’s the full press release:

FrightFest always takes great pride in platforming the brightest British and Irish talent and 2015 is an outstanding year. Apart from opening with David Keating’s Cherry Tree, there is the world premiere of Steve Oram’s hilarious and very disturbing Aaaaaaaah!, Dominic Brunt’s sharp-edged female revenge saga Bait, Ben and Chris Blaine’s sexually charged zom-rom-com Nina Forever, Mark Murphy’s tale of twisted minds, Awaiting, Paul Hyett’s much-anticipated Howl, Adam Levins’ sinister family drama Estranged, Howard J. Ford’s pulsating child-abduction thriller Never Let Go, Corin Hardy’s Sundance sensation The Hallow, Ruth Platt’s morally-challenging chiller The Lesson, Liam Regan’s gruesome revenge saga Banjo, Eugene McGing
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Lineup Includes The Nightmare, Bloodsucking Bastards, We Are Still Here

Shadow people, sharp-fanged co-workers, and insistent sinister spirits will just be a few of the monsters haunting the theaters at this year's Film4 FrightFest. The full lineup for the upcoming event is packed with 76 films aimed to unforgettably frighten audiences.

Press Release: "Film news (UK): Film4 FrightFest serves up a fearsome feast with a record 76 films, embracing 20 world and 42 UK & European premieres

Bigger, bolder, bloodier…Film4 FrightFest 2015 marks its 16th year with its largest line-up ever. From Thurs 27 August to Mon 31 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will return to the Vue West End, Leicester Square to present seventy-six films across five screens, plus a host of special events. There are eighteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking sixteen European premieres and twenty-six UK premieres. In addition, there is a further ‘Discovery’ strand at The Prince Charles Cinema, signalling a welcome return to FrightFest’s spiritual home.
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Family (Dys)Function: Trailer, Art, Premiere Details for Estranged

In director Adam LevinsEstranged, premiering this month at the Newport Beach Film Festival, a wheelchair-bound woman suffering from memory loss returns to the gothic manor and overbearing family she once fled. It seems she must learn all over again how terrible relatives can be. From producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), UK Horror Estranged will World Premiere…

The post Family (Dys)Function: Trailer, Art, Premiere Details for Estranged appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Afm 2013: New Genre Label Emerges with Steven Schneider's Estranged and Campbell Grobman Films' Day of the Dead Remake

And the award for wordiest headline of the day goes to... Yeah, you've read it, now read on for details from the madhouse that is Afm.

According to Deadline, Vicarious Entertainment is being hatched by 1821 Media’s Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas, who wrapped the Natalie Portman flick Jane Got A Gun and are developing The Odyssey at Warner Bros. The new label will develop, produce, and finance four to six thriller and horror feature films. They’ve already got four in post-production.

Vicarious teamed with Insidious producer and Paranormal Activity executive producer Steven Schneider for the Adam Levins-directed dark psychological thriller Estranged. The film is in post-production and is being sold at Afm by Good Universe, with Wme Global making the domestic deal. William Borthwick is producing and Schneider, Jessica Malik, and Jessica Parker are exec producers. The heroine has a near-fatal accident that leaves her in
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