Labelled With Love

Saturday, October 17 2015
Labelled With Love

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the launch of the FrightFest Presents imprint, a boutique label bearing the horror film festival’s trusted name, is not that it’s happening, but more a case of why did it take so long? The FrightFest brand, expanded from an annual film festival through to more regular events not just […]

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Turbo Charged

Saturday, October 17 2015
Turbo Charged

The annual horrorthon (and genrethon, if you’re going to be pedantic) that is Film4 FrightFest offers up a taste not just of the best in forthcoming titles taking in the entire spectrum of the field, but it’s also a way of seeing what’s coming down the line to DVD and home entertainment formats in the […]

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Let Me Be Your Fantasia

Wednesday, August 12 2015
Let Me Be Your Fantasia

After conquering the UK with its own distinctive brand of horror and genre fare, Arrow Video has set its sights on territories further afield. And, as reported in our newsletter, the imprint, part of the ambitious Arrow Films operation, has set its sights firmly on North America. Unlike previous UK distributors who thought they could […]

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Frighten Up

Sunday, September 7 2014
Frighten Up

Film4 FrightFest is not only the country’s first and foremost horror and genre film festival, pulling together fans from around the UK, but it’s a great industry event too. Marketeers, acquisitions executives, journalists, retailers, producers, label bosses, PR types and, er, The Raygun, turn out in force for the five day event. Rather than The […]

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Fested Interests

Thursday, July 4 2013
Fested Interests

It’s some five days since Film 4 FrightFest announced its line-up for its main 2013 event when we chat to one of its founding fathers, Paul McEvoy and four days since tickets went on sale and went like the proverbial hot cakes when he chats to The Raygun. McEvoy could probably afford to relax after […]

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Possess This

Friday, June 21 2013
Possess This

Possession is, to put it mildly, one of the most bonkers films you’re ever likely to see. Long notorious in video circles, thanks partly to the somewhat mystifying reputation it gained during the video nasty era, the film has come back to the fore in recent years. First there was Second Sight’s DVD bow for […]

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The Horror Show Top 10

Friday, June 14 2013
The Horror Show Top 10

The streaming market is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace, but one new entrant, which has just officially gone live after testing its services, is The Horror Show. Its title illustrates exactly what its USP is, and the streaming service is aimed fairly and squarely at horror fans. The Horror Show targets the kind of people […]

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Chain Reaction

Tuesday, May 28 2013
Chain Reaction

A seemingly abandoned warehouse. Long, dark corridors and stairways. Blood on the floor. Severed body parts. A victim screaming. A chainsaw exploding in to life. A masked maniac, clad in a butcher’s apron… It’s all the ingredients for a horror film, right? Well, yes. It sounds like something from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And for those […]

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Make Way For The Originals

Saturday, May 25 2013
Make Way For The Originals

Newly-created artwork… Gorgeous packaging. Specially-produced value added material, much of it made just for the UK. Hefty, information-packed booklets with essays commissioned… The aforementioned elements, either in full or a selection of them, all add up to an extensive package for a release, one that deserves a premium price. It’s long been a mainstay of […]

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Tales Of The Tape

Friday, January 11 2013
Tales Of The Tape

As Momentum prepares for the launch of horror anthology V/H/S, on all formats, including VHS, The Raygun looks at its limited edition tape release, look at other VHS memorabilia, its launch for the film and, talking to collectors, the irresistible lure of the VHS… The advent of DVD should, by all rights, have signalled the […]

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Red Lights Spells Danger

Wednesday, September 19 2012
Red Lights Spells Danger

Remember when Halloween meant John Carpenter, The Exorcist (the film was given a theatrical release on that day in 1998, ahead of its first post-Video Recordings Act home entertainment release), all-nighters at London’s Scala and other venues? Recent years has seen a boom in the Halloween business, but much of it has been at the […]

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(Out)post Of The Day

Wednesday, August 15 2012
(Out)post Of The Day

Flippant as it may sound, Nazis have made something of a comeback recently. But this is not real-life fascists or Hitler worshipping far right nutters in eastern Europe and beyond we’re talking about here, rather a direct to video craze that has seen Nazis move from their usual terrain – war movies –into other areas. […]

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Do You Remember The First Time Part III

Friday, May 25 2012
Do You Remember The First Time Part III

And there’s more, to mirror the words of the late, great Frank Carson… We’ve been asking the trade for their first scary film experiences to tie in with the release of Momentum’s The Woman In Black, remembering, after all, that the 12 certificate film will be, for many pre- and early teens, the first film […]

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Do You Remember The First Time? Part II

Monday, May 21 2012
Do You Remember The First Time? Part II

It’s the kind of question that’s set a lot of people thinking – what was your first scary film experience? Momentum is using it as one of the hooks for its PR campaign for the June release of the year’s most successful horror film (and the most successful British horror flick ever) The Woman In Black. We’ve […]

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Do You Remember The First Time?

Monday, May 14 2012
Do You Remember The First Time?

What was your first scary film experience? It’s a teasing question, the kind that would provoke lively office or, more pertinently these days, office debate. Given its 12 certificate – one element that helped it towards its record-breaking £21 million plus haul at UK cinemas – Momentum’s The Woman In Black will, for many teenagers, […]

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