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New Welsh-language cult revenge horror, The Feast was featured in a recent Moviehooker article on upcoming cult horror. Hey, it wasn’t a long list but The Feast was without a doubt my most anticipated film. I have read nothing but great reviews and I love the fact that it is filmed in the Welsh native language.

I am delighted to share with all the official press release from IFC Midnight. Horror fans! this is should be on your must-watch list!.


NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2021) – IFC Midnight announced today that they are acquiring North American rights to the Welsh-language supernatural revenge horror The Feast, directed by BAFTA-winning television director Lee Haven Jones in his feature debut. IFC Midnight will release the film Thanksgiving 2021.

Directed by Jones and written and produced by Roger Williams, The Feast stars Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, and Julian Lewis Jones alongside Sion Alun Davies, Steffan Cennydd, Rhodri Meilir, and Lisa Palfrey. The Feast was produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme and was funded by S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI (using funds from the National Lottery) and Fields Park.

The film was produced in association with Melville Media Limited with support from Great Point Media.

Rooted in the potent mythical fables of Wales, The Feast unfolds over the course of a single evening as a wealthy family gathers at their lavish home in the Welsh mountains for a dinner party, hosting a local businessman and neighbouring farmer to broker a business deal to mine the surrounding countryside. When a mysterious young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening, the family’s beliefs and values are challenged as her quiet yet disturbing presence begins to unravel their lives – slowly, deliberately, and with the most terrifying of consequences.

A slow-burn meditation on history and tradition, greed and responsibility, identity and difference, The Feast is a contemporary morality tale that questions who is truly meant to inherit the earth, permeated with a mounting sense of dread that leads to a horrifying, blood-soaked conclusion.

Filmed in the Welsh language, The Feast made its world premiere as a Midnighters entry at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, with Jones’ meticulous composition and Annes Elwy’s eerie central performance catching the attention of U.S. and international critics alike.

In a review for Screen International, Nikki Baughan praised her lead performance as “beguiling”, writing, “Annes Elwy is quietly mesmerizing…in a role which utilizes little dialogue, Elwy plums Cadi’s surprising depths with a quiet intensity”. Reviewing for Variety, Jessica Kiang wrote, “The chilly control of Jones’ filmmaking, enhanced by the pristine, deadened soundscape and Samuel Sim’s intriguing, atmospheric score, keeps our attention squirming on the hook,” adding, “the direction is so confident and the craft so impeccable that The Feast, though built from few ingredients, fills you up like a three-course meal”.

Arianna Bocco President of IFC Films, said, “It’s hard to shake the sense of fear and apprehension that you feel while watching The Feast, a terrifying and twisted fable that will keep you on the very edge of your seat until the shocking, grand guignol-worthy finale. We’re so excited to work with Lee on his feature debut and can’t wait to share The Feast with horror audiences everywhere.”

Writer and Producer Roger Williams added, “I’m thrilled IFC Midnight will be serving up The Feast in the USA and Canada. I’m certain audiences across North America will be entertained and horrified in equal measure by our unique Welsh film which thanks to IFC Midnight will now find the widest audience possible.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films President Arianna Bocco and Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with Bankside Films representing the filmmakers.

A release date has yet to be confirmed. I will up date the article when I receive the news. As always, thanks for reading

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Source: Official Press Release – IFC Midnight


Trailer For New Cult Folk Horror Luz: The Flower Of Evil

Witness the messiah in Luz: The Flower Of Evil. This looks like a treat for fans of cult/folk horror.

The trailer for Luz: The Flower Of Evil is the best trailer for a horror movie I have seen in some time. It offers a lot of “what the fuck?”, plenty of nudity, cults, and yes, we’ve some satanic goats because satan and goats seem like good friends in horror movies. At the same time, it is beautiful, vibrant & visually hypnotic. Luz: The Flower Of Evil seems like a perfect mix of recent cult horror. Blending likes of The VVitch with the draw-dropping scenery and cults of Midsommar.

Here is the official press-release. You can find the trailer at the bottom of the article. I hope you enjoy.


  • Written & Directed by Juan Diego Escobar Alzate
  • Language: English dub and Spanish/Original with English subtitles
  • Genre: Drama
  • Distributor: Dark Sky FilmsProduced by: Juan Diego Escobar AlzateCast: Yuri Vargas (Revenge Strategy, Playing with Fire), Conrado Osorio (Sniper: Ultimate Kill, La Reina del Sur), Andrea Esquivel (Afuera del Tiempo, The Hunters), Sharon Guzman (La Reina del Sur 2, Noobees Nickelodeon), Jim Munoz (TV’s One Way Out), Johan Camacho (Guelcom tu Colombia), Daniel Paez (Narcos)

Check out the amazing poster art below

Luz: The Flower Of Evil
Official Plot

El Señor, the leader of a small cult in the mountains, returns to his village with a child who is purported to be the new Messiah. But when only pain and destruction befall the community, El Señor finds himself under attack from his own followers, including his three daughters, whose burgeoning femininity has already caused them to question their faith. Equally mystical and terrifying

A fantasy folk horror film where tranquillity belies a simmering evil. 

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING… “A gorgeous act of provocation… For enthusiasts of the recent resurgence of Folk-Horror, from Eggers’ The Witch and The Lighthouse to Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and Lukas Feigelfeld’s HagazussaLuz is essential viewing.”  


An extraordinarily bold piece of filmmaking.” – EYE FOR FILM “A debut that impresses” – LA ZONA MUERTO “Like The Witch and Them That Follow there is a power in the primal themes and deeply felt performances.”

Dark Sky Films brings LUZ: THE FLOWER EVIL to Digital + VOD on September 15th.

Enjoy The Trailer

A Midsommary VVitch trailer

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Owner/Founder/BigCheese @Moviehooker


Have You Checked These Two New Netflix Horrors?

Two of the most talked about Netflix originals have just hit Netflix…on the same day. It’s binge-time. And they’re both new Netflix horror . Happy October!

Not only is October and amazing month for new releases on Netflix, we’re getting two new Netflix horror originals landing today, 12/10/18.


New Netflix horror Apostle Gareth Evans Netflix Poster

The wait is finally over, fans of Gareth Evans around the world will wake up with his new cult horror film available to stream.

Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid movies is back and this time he’s tackling the horror

If you’re a regular reader on here then you’ll know about Apostle already. If not, then you’re in for a treat .

The story follows a man who goes to save his sister from a satanic cult. Apostle stars, Dan Stevens and Micheal Sheen

Reviews just started to surface a day or two ago. They confirmed that Evans’ new film a solid and gruesome entry. I am looking forward to seeing what Evans brings to the horror genre. If it’s he can make


Netflix Horror

There has been a huge buzz around this 10-part horror series. This can mean two things, the buzz is just some advertising attempt to draw people in, or the hype is real rand we’re all about to get creeped out!!.

The new Netflix horror series, The Haunting Of Hill House is directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush).

The Haunting Of Hill House is based on a book of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The novel was first released in 1959.

Hope you all have a great weekend and binge watch these and enjoy the hell out of them.

Check back soon as we are working in a new article featuring ten new Netflix originals hitting the small-screen in the near future.

As always, thanks for reading.




Creepy New Poster, And Programmers Revealed For 6th Edition Of Australia’s MONSTER FEST

Australia’s MONSTER FEST Announces 2016 Poster and Programmers

Arcane Saints Ignite

Monster Fest, Australia’s premier festival of cult, horror and the fantastic, returns for its sixth edition November 24-27, 2016 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne, with support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria – and they’ve just unveiled a poster to die for.Illustrated by Canadian artist Matt Ryan Tobin, the 2016 poster ties in with this year’s theme of ‘ritual’; In particular, it points to our ritualistic relationship to screens of all sizes, which is especially relevant in a festival context. “We fell in love with Matt’s alternative posters for Suspiria, Halloween III, Nightcrawler and more,” says Festival Director Kier-La Janisse, “We knew he could do something witchy that also tied into notions of broadcasting, screen ubiquity and ‘infected’ channels that invoke audiences to join the Cult of Monster.”

Along with this year’s addition of Janisse as Festival Director (author of House of Psychotic Women, founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical Publications), Monster Fest 2016 boasts an impressive programming team that includes festival co-founder and head of Monster Pictures acquisitions Neil Foley, LA punk legend, author and longtime programmer for the American Cinematheque Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters, Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980), renowned genre film scholar and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape Revenge Films: A Critical History), crime writer and pulp fiction expertAndrew Nette (Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture from the 1950s to the 1980s), film scholar and archivist Dean Brandum (Technicolor Yawn), filmmaker and curator Hussein Khoder (ex-Melbourne Underground Film Festival), media researcher Catherine Seccombe (ABC) and the lovably shambolic ‘Trasharama’ programmer, Dick Dale. Their full bios follow below.

“I’m really excited about having someone of Chris D’s stature join the team this year,” says Janisse. “He’s got exquisite taste and brings a wealth of experience to the festival. Not to mention our returning shorts programmers and the dynamic duo of Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum, who are delving into the depths of cinema obscura to bring us the strongest repertory programming of any Monster Fest to date.”

Monster Fest 2016 will feature highly anticipated Australian premieres alongside festival favourites and repertory classics, with international special guests, industry panels and events, exhibitions, vendor booths, parties and more to be announced in the coming months. The festival was established in 2011 by Neil Foley and Grant Hardie as the exhibition arm of Monster Pictures, and since that time has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the finest new independent genre films in the world, giving Australian audiences an opportunity to experience them on the big screen, both at the annual festival in Melbourne and at satellite events throughout Australia year round.

Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 are open until August 12, 2016 for Features, Short Films and Expanded Cinema Projects. Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 can be processed via Film Freeway, Without a Box and Film Festival Life. Details and submission guidelines are available at www.monsterfest.com.au  


Kier-La Janisse
Festival Director and Head Programmer

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985 and a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter.

Neil Foley
Official Competition Programmer

Neil has worked in various roles within the entertainment industry since graduating from RMIT Media Arts in 1993, which ultimately resulted in him producing his first feature film in 1998  ‘BIGGER THAN TINA’ which was released theatrically by Palace Films. In the following years he has worked in various roles within the industry. In 2007 Neil and Grant Hardie began working for Melbourne based film distribution company Force Entertainment. In 2010 in partnership with Tony Romeo CEO of Force Entertainment – Neil and Grant Hardie established the label Monster Pictures. Since 2010, Neil and Grant Hardie have worked together to turn Monster Pictures into Australia’s foremost genre distribution company. In 2014 Neil and Grant Hardie took over as owners and directors of Monster Pictures. During this time they also launched Monster Fest which is now in its 6th year.

Chris D.
Official Competition ProgrammerChris D. (aka Chris Desjardins) received an MFA in Communication Arts (emphasis Screenwriting) from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1977 and became involved in the Los Angeles punk scene as a writer for Slash magazine later that same year. He was an A&R rep and in-house producer at Slash Records/Ruby Records from 1980-1984. He is also known as the singer/songwriter of the bands The Flesh Eaters, Divine Horsemen and Stone by Stone. He saw release of his first feature film as director, I PASS FOR HUMAN, in 2004 (and its DVD release in 2006), and worked as a programmer at The American Cinematheque in Hollywood, California from 1999-2009. His groundbreaking study on 1960s-1970s Japanese genre filmmakers, OUTLAW MASTERS OF JAPANESE FILM, was published by IB Tauris in 2005. Chris also taught film genre history courses, including Evolution of the Horror Film and Examining Film Noir, at Academy of Art University in San Francisco between 2009 – 2013. His anthology A MINUTE TO PRAY, A SECOND TO DIE, a 500 page collection of all of his poetry and song lyrics, plus dream journal entries was published in December, 2009. He wrote chapters on Joseph Losey and Otto Preminger in FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS, edited by Alain Silver & James Ursini, from Limelight Editions in 2012. Between 2010 – 2013, Chris D. published 5 novels and a short story collection, and April 2013 saw the release of his 800 page non-fiction GUN AND SWORD: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980, all from Poison Fang Books. He is also the author of a chapter (“Punk as a Young Adult”) in the UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN book by John Doe & Tom DeSavia, published in April, 2016 by DeCapo Press.
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Shorts ProgrammerAlexandra Heller-Nicholas is a writer and award-winning film critic. She is a co-host on the Triple R film criticism programme Plato’s Cave and a co-editor of the journal Senses of Cinema. Alex writes books on horror and cult film, including Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (2011), Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (2014), Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria (2015) and Cultographies: Ms. 45 (2017), and has written for Metro Magazine, Scream Magazine, Overland Literary Journal, Radio National, Bright Lights Film Journal, 4:3 and Kill Your Darlings.
Catherine Seccombe
Shorts ProgrammerCatherine has been in love with horror and genre film and TV since the age of 7, when a dodgy babysitter let her rent whatever she wanted from the video store and she proceeded to work her way through the shelves, cover by lurid cover. Since completing a Cinema Studies degree, Catherine has worked in film preservation and archival research at the National Film and Sound Archive, content acquisition and programming at SBS Television, theatrical distribution with Madman Entertainment and program research at ABC Television. She was the Monster Fest 2014 Shorts Director and head shorts programmer and is very excited to be involved again in 2016.
Hussein Khoder
Shorts ProgrammerHussein Khoder is a filmmaker and festival programmer from Melbourne, Australia. When he is not sucking in as much knowledge as possible from all the films he watches, he works on any film he can get on. While still in film school he joined the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, where he held the position of assistant director and short film curator from 2012-2014. Monster Fest 2016 is his second year as a short film curator for Monster Fest.
Andrew Nette
2016 Guest ProgrammerAndrew Nette is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, with an interest in film and Australian television. His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of print and on-line sites. He is the author of two crime novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, and Gunshine State, out in the second half of 2016.  He is co-editor of Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, from the 1950s – 1980s. His online home is www.pulpcurry.com. You can find him on Twitter at @Pulpcurry.
Dean Brandum
2016 Guest ProgrammerDean Brandum achieved his PhD in 2016, focusing on a new methodology for interpreting historical box office data. He has taught at a number of universities in Melbourne and has contributed to various books, magazines and journals. Although his interests cover the gamut of cinema – from sexploitation to classical Hollywood, his prime interest lies in the history of film exhibition. As a collector of memorabilia and ephemera, his website,www.technicolouryawn.com examines how films were exhibited in Melbourne. Currently he is working on the first issue of a spin-off magazine devoted to the topic.
Dick Dale
Trasharama ProgrammerDick Dale has been creating short award-winning filthy films since 1993.  In 1997 he founded Trasharama, the nastiest film program in Oz, sourcing the most sick and twisted, goriest, bad taste horror shorts on Earth. Spawned in a local rock dive followed by punk acts, it now premieres at Monster Fest annually and tours Australia as the ‘Roadkill Roadtrip tour’. Dick’s other activities include being Trasharama MC, punk rock vocalist, spoken word artist, film reviewer, roadie and worst barman. He is currently producing and directing Australia’s first Splatter Punk video nasty feature film, Ribspreader, which he wrote.


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