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fried barry is on his way to shudder

I remember seeing the short film Fred Barry is based on.

It was like a fucked up acid trip, full of beautiful colours, drenched in weirdness with some great sound design accompanied by an outer-worldly unique performance. I am delighted Fried Barry got the feature-film treatment and more so that it found its home with Shudder.

If you’re to watch one movie this year about a drug-addicted homeless man that gets his body hijacked and controlled by aliens and then send him on a path of mayhem through Cape Town, then it’s gotta be, Fried Barry.

Here’s the official press-release

Fried Barry follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.

The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger

Starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre-pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror has been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world.

The film, which is a feature adaptation of Kruger’s acclaimed experimental short by the same name, is produced by James C. Williamson and Kruger and executive produced by Nicolai Fuglsig (12 Strong). Williamson shares a story credit with Kruger who serves as both writer and director. The expansive cast is led by Green alongside Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, Blood Drive), Chanelle de Jager (The Widow, Outlander), Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator) and Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Roots).

Fried Barry world premiered at the 2020 Cinequest Film Festival and went on to screen at celebrated festivals such as the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Grimmfest, and Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Actor. 

Official Selection: Cinequest Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, L’Étrange Festival, MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Fantasy Filmfest, Grimmfest International Festival of Fantastic Film, Sitges Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival

Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 99 min
Year: 2021
Language: English, Afrikaans
Rated: NA

Fried Barry Streams May 7 Exclusively on Shudder

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Info from the official press release
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Trailer + Poster For Irish Vampire Comedy

We always need new vampire movies in our lives. Luckily for us, we have a new vampire comedy from Ireland – The Boys From County Hell.

I have been hearing great things about The Boys From County Hell. Being from Ireland myself, I should have had this covered a long time ago. I remember seeing it at festivals that I couldn’t commit to cover this year. That was a shame but hey, better late than never, right?

The title of the movie is also the name of a Shane MacGowan song he recorded with The Pogues. I bet ya when Macgowan wrote those lyrics, he didn’t think the title would be used for a vampire movie set in the futuristic year of 2021.

Chris Baugh directed and co-wrote with Brendan Mullin the brilliant Northern Irish film Bad Day For The Cut. If you haven’t checked out Bad Day For The Cut then please do!. It is great, and it is on Netflix.

Now, back to the vampires.

Shudder has acquired the rights to Chris Baugh’s Irish vampire comedy, The Boys From County Hell. Check out the press release, trailer and poster below

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Strange events unfold in Six Mile Hill – a sleepy Irish town that claims to have been travelled by the famed author Bram Stoker. When construction on a new road disrupts the alleged grave of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire said to have inspired Dracula. Deadly and sinister forces terrorize the work crew. Led by Francie Moffat and his son Eugene, a free-spirited young man who prefers pints to pickaxes, and they’re forced to fight to survive the night while exposing the true horror that resides in the town’s local myth. 

The Boys From County Hell poster

Starring Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders), Nigel O’Neill (The Bookshop), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Fra Fee (Animals, the upcoming Hawkeye series) and John Lynch (The Terror, The Banishing) and Michael Hough (the upcoming Chapelwaite series). It is written and directed by Chris Baugh (Bad Day for the Cut).

Trailer

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

Genre: Horror/Comedy
Country: UK | Ireland
Runtime: 90 min
Year: 2021
Rated: NA

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL will stream exclusively to Shudder on April 22nd in the US and Canada

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker 
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Shudder to release British supernatural horror film The Banishing –

Shudder will release The Banishing, a new British supernatural horror film based on true events from the director of Triangle, Creep (2004) & Black Death

Check out the official press release and trailer below.

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From acclaimed director Chris Smith comes THE BANISHING, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter.

Anya McKenna-Bruce as Adelaide – The Banishing – Photo Credit: Shudder

Starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible franchise), John Lynch (The Secret Garden, Black Death), and John Heffernan (Eye in the Sky) and directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle).

THE BANISHING is a WestEnd Films production.

THE BANISHING

Genre: Horror
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 97 min
Year: 2021
Rated: NA

THE BANISHING will stream exclusively to Shudder on April 15th in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle where available.

Check out the trailer below

The Banishing trailer – A Shudder Release

As always, thanks for reading. All the above information from the official press-release.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Queen Of Black Magic: Witchcraft horror from Headshot director Kimo Stamboel

PRESENTS
A NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL
Kimo Stamboel’s ‘THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC’ 

Chilling retelling of the cult classic Indonesian horror written by award-winning filmmaker Joko Anwar  

Coming exclusively to Shudder January 28th 

Official Selection: Celebration of Fantastic Fest, Lund Fantastic Film Festival, NIGHTSTREAM, Sitges Film Festival 

“Scary, skin-crawling fun… a gnarly supernatural chiller that will get under your skin”

Nerdist

The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this new film from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, director Kimo Stamboel (HEADSHOT) and writer Joko Anwar (SATAN’S SLAVES, IMPETIGORE).

 A family travels to the distant, rural orphanage where the father was raised to pay their respects to the facility’s gravely ill director. But his and his best friends’ homecoming turns into a terrifying supernatural ordeal that threatens their and their families’ lives: someone is using dark magic to avenge evil deeds, long-buried but not forgotten. Stamboel’s film is a reimagining of the 1981 Indonesian horror classic of the same name.

Watch the trailer: YOUTUBE

Streaming exclusively on Shudder January 28th
U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
(and via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle where available) 

The film marks the sophomore solo feature for Kimo Stamboel following his 2019 celebrated video game adaptation film DREADOUT, and follows his collaborated work with director Timo Tjahjanto — together known as the directing duo The Mo Brothers, and their breakout hits MACABRE and KILLERS. Drawn from a script penned by Joko Anwar, whose own most recent feature, the 2019 Sundance selection IMPETIGORE, has been named Indonesia’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

An exciting new addition to the ranks of modern Indonesian horror and a disturbingly dark reboot of the 1981 witchcraft film by the same name, THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC promises visceral body horror, tormented folklore, and an inescapable past.

THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC is directed by Kimo Stamboel and written by Joko Anwar. Starring Ario Bayu (IMPETIGORE), Hannah Al Rashid (V/H/S/2, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US), Adhisty Zara (TWO BLUE STRIPES), and Muzakki Ramdhan. 

THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC
  • Original Title: Ratu Ilmu Hitam
  • Genre: Horror
  • Country: Indonesia 
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Year: 2021

As always, thanks for reading.

All above information from official press-release.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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New Horror Anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Hitting Shudder Oct 15th

NEW TRAILER RELEASED FOR UPCOMING SHUDDER ORIGINAL – THE ACCLAIMED HORROR ANTHOLOGY “THE MORTUARY COLLECTION” 

THE PERFECT HALLOWEEN WATCH STARS CLANCY BROWN AND COMES TO SHUDDER OCTOBER 15TH!

Official Selection: Fantastic Fest, FrightFest Glasgow, Fantaspoa, Sitges, Fantasia International Film Festival, Winner of the Gold Audience Award for Feature Film @ Fantasia 2020

😱 Feast your eyes on the chilling new trailer here! 😱

COMING TO AMC NETWORKS’ HORROR STREAMING PLATFORM SHUDDER OCT. 15TH

Available in the following territories: U.S, Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand

“A twisted tapestry of grisly fun and endlessly inventive terror”

Sam Rami

“One of the best horror anthologies in years”

Rotten Tomatoes

A young drifter applies for a job at the local mortuary and meets an eccentric mortician (Clancy Brown) who chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last.

A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.

Five twisted tales of terror, THE MORTUARY COLLECTION transports you back to anthology films of the 70s with loving inspiration from EC horror comics, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and the power of storytelling, and is a Halloween classic in the making. 

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is the feature debut from writer/director Ryan Spindell, who also contributed to Quibi and Sam Raimi’s celebrated 50 States of Fright series. The film stars beloved character actor Clancy Brown, widely recognized as one of the most prolific and versatile performers in Hollywood, and best known for his roles in HIGHLANDER, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, STARSHIP TROOPERS as well as Brother Justin Crowe on HBO’s Carnivàle, Kelvin Inman on ABC’s Lost, and as the voice of Mr. Krabs in Sponge Bob Square Pants

The film also stars Caitlin Fisher (Teen Wolf), Jacob Elordi (Euphoria), Barak Hardley (SPELL), Sarah Hey (BRAID) and Christine Kilmer. THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is produced by Spindell, Allison Friedman and T. Justin Ross with special effects from the Academy Award Winning company Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., who worked on TREMORS, DEATH BECOMES HER, STARSHIP TROOPERS, and many more!

As always, thanks for reading.

All above information from official press-release
Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker 
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Perempuan Tanah Jahanam aka Impetigore Review: A little village full of creepy people who have a thing for puppets and satanic rituals

Joko Anwar has delivered some amazing films, like “Modus Anomali”, “The Forbidden Door” and “Satan’s Slaves”; obviously I was thrilled since I learned he was filming a new horror movie (after “Gundala”) and finally we got the release in this side of the world.

We have the amazing Tara Basro (Maya), as our lead actress and Marissa Anita (Dini) as the support one, both of them have previously worked with Anwar, in different films, “Gundala” being the last one.

Perempuan Tanah Jahanam aka Impetigore, tell us the story of two friends who are struggling with money, Maya finds out that probably her family was rich and there’s a huge house that both of them could use to live; she wants to claim the inheritance without knowing that probably this is the worst idea she could have had.

It starts like how Asian horror movies usually do (at least, ghostly ones)… a young woman working in the night shift as a cashier in a tollbooth in the middle of nowhere, talking nonsense with a friend, when a very creepy man keeps stalking her, subsequently attacking her; the guy is really really creepy, gives you an unease feeling, so kudos for that.

Obviously this odd person introduces us to what is gonna be the main storyline; family secrets and a world we know it’s out there but at the same time we don’t know it’s there.

Maya decides to go to the village where she was born, this is when we can see a change in the lighting and in the colour palette, from the previous extremely dark and gloomy… to a very alive but mysterious one.

In the beginning, the colour palette tells us how she and her friend, Dini, feel like they are trapped in a hole and that’s why they see this situation as a strong possibility to move on to a better life, with the only obstacle of being surrounded by secrets, mainly about Maya’s birth.

We keep getting changes in the lighting, the house and other houses, Anwar presents it to us all dark with only warm light, but instead of pure yellow, we have more red in it, telling us something bad is about to happen or that evil is close.

With the game of lights (that it really helps to set the mood), we have gorgeous cinematography from the hand of the amazing Ical Tanjung; every time we feel a bit of hope, a yellow ray of light is smartly set in the middle of the frame, then the scenery quickly changes, giving us fog and with this, despair.

Not only we are visually rewarded, but the incidental music is enchanting, it helps to create a very atmospheric movie.

This slow-burn builds up nicely, but unfortunately, the climax doesn’t have the impact we are waiting for.

Feels more like a “family secret drama”, with a few curses and ghosts here and there, but nothing that can make you shudder.

What you are expecting to happen with Maya, it doesn’t, it goes to “Hollywood cliche land” and that broke my heart.

In a way, I feel a little disappointed, but overall it’s entertaining, it has some good visual impacts with a mix of practical effects and cgi.

I liked the ending and the whole little-village-full-of-beliefs-secrets-and-curses vibe; but, I was hoping, at least, for some more killings or something that screamed to me “this is a terrible curse”.

Hopefully, Anwar will surprise us more with his next project.

Impetigore will premiere July 23 on Shudder (U.S., Canada and the UK).

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Cosplay Reaches New Serial Killer Levels In Random Acts Of Violence

Get ready for some killer cosplay in Random Acts Of Violence. Arriving soon…only on Shudder

A cult-hit in the making, Jay Baruchel’s long-anticipated RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, adapted from the popular 2010 horror graphic novel by the same name, is a force to reckon with. The Canadian filmmaker and actor, best known for his comedic bow in THIS IS THE END and as the voice of Hiccup in the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series, has long been committed to bringing Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s vicious pages to the big screen, and wrote, directed, produced and stars in the upcoming film. 

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE explores ideas of legitimizing cruelty, the responsibility of the artist, and what makes a monster in society.

Masterfully lensed by award-winning cinematographer Karim Hussain (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESOR), the film holds a ferocious mirror up to art, society, and violence.

Featuring a knock-out cast, iconic kills, and a pulsating score from celebrated punk all-star Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Black Lungs) and composer Andrew Gordon Macpherson (Vice’s Dark Side of The Ring) RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE makes for a truly subversive sophomore feature from Baruchel, and the slasher film of the Summer.

Synopsis: What are the real consequences when life begins to imitate art? Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), his wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Baruchel), embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con and bad things start to happen. People start getting killed.

It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

Genre: Horror Country: Canada Runtime: 80 min Language: English Rated: Not Rated Director: Jay Baruchel Writers: Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot Producers: Jay Baruchel, Randy Manis, Noah Segal Starring: Jesse Willimas, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson Music: Wade MacNeil and Andrew Gordon Macpherson

Follow RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE on…

TWITTER: @RandomActsMovie INSTAGRAM:@RandomActsMovie
FACEBOOK: @Randomactsmovie

You can enjoy the Redband trailer for Random Acts Of Violence below. It already featured on the Moviehooker Facebook page, so I am glad to be able to share more information with you. I was delighted to receive the official press-release.

Random Acts Of Violence Redband Trailer

I have been doing a little bit of reading on the film. It was first announced in 2011, so it has been quite the wait for it to get the big-screen. Now, with the COVID, films are robbed of a theatrical release. So the “small-screen” and home viewing is where it’s at. It is more important now than ever that we support the genre and filmmakers we love.

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Trailer For New Shudder Sci-Fi Cosmic Horror, The Beach House

Coming out in the US, Canada, UK & Ireland on AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder 

After you watch The Beach House, use the code below to enjoy 30-days free streaming. There is so much quality content horror available on Shudder so a free 30-day trial is more than enough to get you started.

*Users can sign-up for a 30-day free trial for new members with promo code SHUTIN on Shudder.com*

The feature directorial debut from Jeffrey A. Brown, THE BEACH HOUSE is a striking and timely eco-horror that offers up an alluring mix of claustrophobic isolation, mysterious contagion, and dreamy seaside setting with a show-stealing lead performance from Liana Liberato. A hit on the festival circuit, and coming soon to streaming!

“An atmospheric triumph from newcomer director Jeffrey A. Brown… A slick tale of invasion and destruction that’s both intimate and cosmically grand. The Beach House is both a loving throwback to monster pictures from yesteryear, but at the same time, it helps the genre evolve to new places.” – Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting

A romantic getaway turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests – and eventually the environment – exhibit signs of a mysterious infection

Synopsis: Escaping to his family’s beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane Turner, an older couple acquainted with Randall’s estranged father. Unexpected bonds form as the couples let loose and enjoy the isolation, but it all takes an ominous turn as increasingly strange environmental phenomena begin to warp their peaceful evening. As the effects of an infection become evident, Emily struggles to make sense of the contagion before it’s too late.

  • Director/writer: Jeffrey A. Brown
  • Producers: Andrew Corkin, Tyler Davidson and Sophia Lin
  • Music by: Roly Porter
  • Starring: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber and Maryann Nagel

All the above information from official press-release. As always, thanks for reading.

Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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Katanas, Chainsaws & Zombies: Blood Quantum Review

Blood Quantum pays homage to the greats while also delivering a large social message

Blood Quantum opens with a fisherman gutting some salmon. The thing is when all guts have been removed, these fishies just won’t stay dead. We really don’t get to see what caused or started this infection but in true zombie movie manner, it really doesn’t matter. The infection is here, the zombies are coming, protect yourself at all costs. Fast forward 6-months and the world as we know has fallen to shit. An ingenious tribe seem to be the only ones that are immune to the infection and they have set up camp in their new fallen and broken Mad Max-esque world

The message, I guess seems that it stems from the hatred and racism aimed at the ingenious people of Canada…or anyone for that matter with one white survivor making his way to the camp with an infected person but being frustrated and screaming “speak fucking English”

There are plenty of great practical effects that pay homage to the greats that created the genre. Not only that but of course we get treated to some chainsaws and katanas…if that ain’t enough for you to wanna watch Blood Quantum, I don’t know what is.

A beautiful soundtrack that mixes atmospheric tension with some old-school blues is the perfect setting for this end of the world zombie movie

I did think there were a few pacing issues that some may not like. But, bottom-line, if you’re a die-hard fan (like myself) of the zombie genre then there’s loads about Blood Quantum to enjoy

One of the strongest Canadian horror movies I have seen. I sure hope you enjoy.

You can check out Blood Quantum on the horror streaming platform SHUDDER…and guess what? you can also check it out for free by using this exclusive code SHUTIN. This code will grant you access to Blood Quantum and 100’s of other amazing horrors. You will have 30-days of unlimited streaming and binging…c’mon, what else are you going to be doing?

From writer & director Jeff Barnaby (RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)

Starring: Michael Greyeyes (True Detective, Fear the Walking Dead)
Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST)
Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga)
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN)
Olivia Scriven (Degrassi: Next Class & The Next Generation)
Revered MMA trainer Stonehorse Lone Goeman
Brandon Oakes (RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)
William Belleau (Frontier, SCALPED)
Devery Jacobs (American Gods, The Order, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)
Gary Farmer (DEAD MAN, JIMMY P)

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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TIFF Zombie Hit Blood Quantum Hits Shudder – Start Your Free Trial today

Need more viral outbreak movies? New indigenous zombie film Blood Quantum bites its way to Shudder

Blood Quantum is a new retro Canadian zombie horror that premiered @ last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now the world can get to witness the dead ripping people to shreds on horror streaming platform Shudder

Folks, you’ll be happy to know that I have the official press-release to share with you all…here it is!

WHEN THE DEAD RISE ONLY THE IMMUNE SURVIVE

It’s 1981 and a virus infects earth and turns its inhabitants into undead hordes with only one community spared and left to fight in this distinctive and relevant spin on the zombie siege horror. AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder unleashes Barnaby’s gory chiller NOW!

BLOOD QUANTUM will roll-out on all Shudder platforms as of Midnight EST on April 28th and is expected to fully propagate by midday 

New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at Shudder.com 

In light of widespread cinema closures, Shudder has rerouted from their planned Spring release for BLOOD QUANTUM and is excited to spontaneously launch it at a moment in history where it could not be more significant. “We knew the film was important and timely when we acquired it last year, but given recent events, Blood Quantum’s themes of isolation, fear of contagion, and humanity struggling with the ramifications of a global virus have only grown more relevant,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “When a theatrical release became untenable due to the real-world pandemic, we decided to accelerate the launch of Barnaby’s film so it would reach the biggest audience possible.”

So why not just pop that code into Shudder and enjoy Blood Quantum and 100’s of other great horror movies.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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