In Review: Pain and Gain

by Mairéad Roche 23 August 2013

Arguably not one to allow a textured, nuanced script to get in the way of a dynamic visual, director Michael Bay moves into film making at a tenth of the price range of his usual Transformers blockbusters with Pain and Gain.

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FrightFest 2013 Interview: Josh Riedford, Producer, Co-star of Daylight

by Martyn Conterio 23 August 2013

Daylight will receive its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2013 on 23rd August. The film is an eerie and inventive mystery that explores a very real concern – child protection – with a well done otherworldly twist. In preparation for its screening at FrightFest, we spoke to co-director, star and producer, Josh Riedford, about the […]

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In Review: Winter of Discontent

by Ben Nicholson 22 August 2013

Ibrahim El-Batout could hardly have been more on-the-ball than when he rushed out to Tahrir square to shoot an impromptu scene amidst the protests of January, 2011. The resulting feature, the measured Winter of Discontent, paints a portrait of the conditions in Egypt during the latter years of Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive rule.

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FrightFest Review 2013: Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Horror (1922)

by Martyn Conterio 22 August 2013

If Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau had directed only one film – and that film was Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) – he would have a confirmed place in the history books. That he also turned in such master works as The Last Laugh, Faust, Sunrise, City Girl and Tabu is nothing short of remarkable. He […]

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Win A Copy of Phantom on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 21 August 2013

To celebrate the release of the suspenseful submarine thriller ‘Phantom’ – out on DVD and Blu-ray 19th August 2013 – we have a copy to give away to one lucky winner!

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In Review: The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 21 August 2013

Roger Corman’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is a strikingly Freudian horror film. The legendary merchant of trash might have a reputation as a pedestrian director, but his canny (or is that ‘uncanny’) use of psychological angst and nightmare, derived from the subtext of Poe’s short story and […]

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Win A Lovelace Poster Signed By Amanda Seyfried

by Martyn Conterio 20 August 2013

To celebrate this Friday’s release of LOVELACE, we’ve got a poster signed by the film’s star, AMANDA SEYFRIED, and a copy of Linda Lovelace’s memoir Ordeal to give away as a runner-up prize!

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FrightFest 2013 Interview: Kate Shenton, Director of On Tender Hooks

by Martyn Conterio 20 August 2013

Filmmaker Kate Shenton’s documentary feature, On Tender Hooks, peers into subculture and world of body suspension and body modification. It is an intense work with a bold, non-judgemental slant. New Empress met up with the director in central London very recently to discuss her film. On Tender Hooks screens at Film4 FrightFest on Saturday 24th […]

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In Interview: Alan Jones on Film4 FrightFest 2013

by Helen Cox 19 August 2013

The Film4 FrightFest kicks off at the end of this week and consequently we caught up with the co-founder and director of FrightFest, Alan Jones. Organising and coordinating such an event is no easy task and in our latest video blog, Jones talks openly about how he has worked hard to make this the strongest […]

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Classics and New Titles Premiere on Horror Channel in September

by Martyn Conterio 19 August 2013

Horror Channel often mix the old with the new. In the month of September, there are several movies that we urge you to check out! Although maligned upon release (even the director isn’t fond of it due to interference from producers) is Ti West’s very underrated Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. A compromised work, sure, […]

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In Review: Lovelace

by Daniel Goodwin 16 August 2013

Unfairly compared with Boogie Nights (1997), directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s foray into the life of Linda Lovelace does share similarities in that it is set in the same era and industry but this is an entirely different beast altogether. Lovelace (the movie) is a more tightly focused study, following Linda on her path […]

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