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Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Dark Encounter' from Carl Strathie

"Mom... the stars are moving." 4Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for an eerie, scary sci-fi thriller titled Dark Encounter, the latest film from UK filmmaker Carl Strathie (his feature debut was the high concept space thriller Solis from last year). Written & directed by Strathie, Dark Encounter is about a family who starts to notice strange things - lights, sounds, weird things in the woods. All of this begins a year after their young daughter went missing, and might answer the question of where she went. The film stars Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan, and Spike White. This looks a bit like most other aliens-in-the-woods thrillers, but there is a quality that makes it stand out. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Carl Strathie's Dark Encounter, direct from 4Digital's YouTube: A year after Maisie Anderson mysteriously vanished, her family returns
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ZdfE, Fuji TV Assemble Team for Soccer Drama ‘The Window’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Cannes – Germany’s Zdf Enterprises and Japan’s Fuji TV have picked their team for soccer drama “The Window.”

Mel Raido (“Deep State”), Tommy Bastow (“Agatha Raisin”), stage actor Samuel Jordan, Lynn Van Royen (“Tabula Rasa”), Jodie Tyack (“The Feed”), and Carole Weyers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will all star in the show. It heads into production in the U.K. next week, before moving to Belgium and Malta.

Co-production is commonplace in the international drama market, but not among European and Asian partners. Having pacted, Zdf Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster Zdf, and Japanese broadcaster Fuji will share international sales duties.

The pair first worked up the idea of teaming on drama at Mipcom three years ago. They unveiled the cast and full team on the show at the 2019 edition of the TV market. Berlin-based production company Boogie Entertainment developed “The Window,” and will make it with Belgium-based Velvet Films.
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Frightfest 2019: ‘Dark Encounter’ Review

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Stars: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Vincent Regan, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Spike White, Nicholas Pinnock | Written and Directed by Carl Strathie

“Something’s happenin’. Something unnatural. Something evil”.

Written and directed by Carl Strathie (Solis), Dark Encounter is the story of a family in grief after the strange disappearance of their young eight year old daughter. We check in with them one year after their little girl vanished and witness unusual things beginning to happen, from unusual flashing lights in the woods and other obscure phenomenon. The now fractured and cracked family are soon left bewildered by it all, and what follows is an invasive series of events involving life from another world amidst a backdrop of family issues, a marriage falling apart and uncomfortable interactions between individuals with their own unique concerns and demons.

There are definite elements of horror to be found in Dark Encounter. The
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Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Dark Encounter

Dark Encounter, 2019.

Directed by Carl Strathie.

Starring Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Vincent Regan, and Alice Lowe.

Synopsis:

A year after the mysterious disappearance of an 8 year-old girl, we meet her grieving family as they return home from her memorial service in their small town. Later that evening, strange lights appear in the nearby forest and the family is exposed to an inexplicably strange phenomenon that rattles them to the core.

The second feature from writer-director Carl Strathie (Solis) is, somewhat paradoxically, a film that at once feels like it’s trying too hard and yet not quite enough. Though solidly performed and visually appealing for the most part, this collision of missing person drama and fringe sci-fi proves more clunky and unsatisfying than it does agreeably gender-bending.

In 1983 Pennsylvania, Olivia (Laura Fraser) and Ray (Mel Raido) are marking a year since the disappearance of their eight-year-old daughter, which coincides with
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Alien abduction thriller Dark Encounter gets a trailer

Ahead of its UK premiere next month at FrightFest, a trailer has been released for writer-director Carl Strathie’s alien abduction thriller Dark Encounter which stars Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Vincent Regan, and Alice Lowe; watch it here…

A year after the mysterious disappearance of their 8 year-old daughter, grieving Olivia and Ray return home with friends and family from her memorial service in their small town. Suddenly strange lights appear in the nearby forest and everyone is exposed to inexplicable phenomena shaking them all to the core. The origin of these weird incidents seems to be visitors from another world intent on terrorising the family. But what they don’t realise is that these visitors will eventually lead them to an unexpectedly dark and disturbing truth – one destined to impact on their lives forever.

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Jason Isaacs joins the cast of Danny Boyle’s Alan McGee bio-pic ‘Creation Stories’

Alongside the first look images from the Alan McGee bio-pic ‘Creation Stories’ being released comes the rounding out the cast including Jason Isaacs.

Other actors joining the cast include comedian Ed Byrne as well as Paul Kaye (It’s All Gone Pete Tong), Perry Benson (You Rang M’Lord?), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Steven Berkoff (Octopussy), Rufus Jones (W1A) and Mel Raido (Legend). They join previously confirmed castmates Ewen Bremner and Suki Waterhouse. Leo Flanagan has been confirmed to play young Alan McGee in his feature film debut.

Directed by Nick Moran and written by Irvine Welsh and exec produced by Danny Boyle, the feature film of the life of Alan McGee – the adaptation of his highly acclaimed autobiography ‘Creation Stories – Riots, Raves and Running a Record Label’.

Also in news – Josh Brolin and Miles Teller jump onboard Sean Penn’s ‘Flag Day

The beginning, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills,
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First Look At Ewen Bremner As Alan McGee In ‘Creation Stories’

Here’s your very first look at actor Ewen Bremner as Alan McGee in the upcoming biopic Creation Stories. The film is written by Irvine Welsh, exec produced by Danny Boyle, and directed by Nick Moran. In addition to the new images, we can also reveal that Jason Isaacs, Ed Byrne, Paul Kaye, Thomas Turgoose, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Jones, Perry Benson and Mel Raido have also joined the cast.

Creation Stories is the feature film of the life of Alan McGee – the adaptation of his highly acclaimed autobiography ‘Creation Stories – Riots, Raves and Running a Record Label‘.

The beginning, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, prats, success, excess and breakdowns. From leaving school at sixteen to setting up the Living Room club in London, showcasing emerging indie bands, from managing The Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation at 23. He brought us My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course,
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Danny Boyle-Produced ‘Creation Stories’ Adds Jason Isaacs, Steven Berkoff

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Danny Boyle-Produced ‘Creation Stories’ Adds Jason Isaacs, Steven Berkoff
Jason Isaacs, Steven Berkoff and a host of other new names have signed on for “Creation Stories,” the film being exec-produced by Danny Boyle about Creation Records co-founder Alan McGee. The producers also unveiled the first shots of Ewen Bremner (“Trainspotting”) as the music mogul.

Production is underway on the Irvine Welsh-penned project, with “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” star Nick Moran (“Telstar: The Story of Joe Meek”) helming. Well-known British actors and comics including Ed Byrne, Paul Kaye, Thomas Turgoose, Rufus Jones, Perry Benson and Mel Raido appear in the film.

The new names join the previously announced Suki Waterhouse and Bremner in the feature. Leo Flanagan (“Hanna”) will play a younger version of the label boss, in his feature film debut.

Welsh adapted McGee’s autobiography, “Creation Stories – Riots, Raves and Running a Record Label,” for the screen with his writing partner, Dean Cavanagh.

The movie will
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Alan McGee Biopic ‘Creation Stories’ Adds Cast Including Jason Isaacs, Thomas Turgoose & Comedian Ed Byrne

  • Deadline
Alan McGee Biopic ‘Creation Stories’ Adds Cast Including Jason Isaacs, Thomas Turgoose & Comedian Ed Byrne
Alan McGee biopic Creation Stories has added cast including Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), comedian Ed Byrne, Paul Kaye (It’s All Gone Pete Tong), Perry Benson (You Rang M’Lord?), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Steven Berkoff (Octopussy), Rufus Jones (W1A) and Mel Raido (Legend).

Already set to star in the music film executive-produced by Danny Boyle are Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) as McGee (the first image from production is above) and Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation). Newcomer Leo Flanagan (Hanna), in his feature debut, has been confirmed to play young McGee.

Creation Stories, which has been long in the works, is based on UK music industry exec Alan McGee’s autobiography, The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves And Running A Label, about the highs and lows of running label Creation Records, famous for putting out hits by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis.

Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire
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Cmg acquires 'The Encounter' with Alice Lowe (exclusive)

Cmg acquires 'The Encounter' with Alice Lowe (exclusive)
Alice Lowe among cast on sci-fi The Encounter.

Beverly Hills and Paris-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has acquired worldwide rights to The Encounter starring Alice Lowe from the UK’s Goldfinch Studios, building on a relationship that began earlier this year with the sci-fi thriller Solis.

The Encounter is a 1980s-set sci-fi drama that like Solis is directed by Carl Strathie, and takes place in a small rural town in Philadelphia, where a struggling family discovers the truth about their missing daughter through a series of frightening encounters with otherworldly beings.

The project is currently in production and stars Laura Fraser,
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Cmg to sell second title from Goldfinch Studios slate (exclusive)

Cmg to sell second title from Goldfinch Studios slate (exclusive)
Alice Lowe among cast on sci-fi The Encounter.

Beverly Hills and Paris-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has acquired worldwide rights to The Encounter starring Alice Lowe from the UK’s Goldfinch Studios, building on a relationship that began earlier this year with the sci-fi thriller Solis.

The Encounter is a 1980s-set sci-fi drama that like Solis is directed by Carl Strathie, and takes place in a small rural town in Philadelphia, where a struggling family discovers the truth about their missing daughter through a series of frightening encounters with otherworldly beings.

The project is currently in production and stars Laura Fraser,
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Morgan Freeman in Full Trailer for Action Comedy 'Just Getting Started'

"I've got a big secret, wanna hear?" Broad Green Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for the new old-timers action comedy Just Getting Started, formerly titled Villa Capri until this official trailer arrived. From director Ron Shelton (of Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup) the film is about an ex-fbi agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program who have to get over their petty old folks' home rivalry in order to save themselves from a mob hit. Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star, with a cast including Glenne Headly, Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano, Elizabeth Ashley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Graham Beckel, and Mel Raido. This seems to be another one of those super cheesy "old people can still be funny" comedies we see all the time that really aren't that funny. This is definitely not for me. Here's the first official trailer for Ron Shelton's Just Getting Started,
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‘Broken’ DVD Review

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Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido, Craig Conway, Patrick Toomey, Stephanie Thomas, Natalie Louise Garcia | Written by Craig Conway, Shaun Robert Smith | Directed by Shaun Robert Smith

Evie (Morjana Alaoui) has started a new life England, to escape her past. She finds herself caring for John (Mel Raido), a former rock star and tetraplegic. When he’s not making her life a complete misery with his insults, he’s still his usual drinking, drug taking partying self. He even gets regular “treatment” from his former nurse – Molly (Stephanie Thomas) from time to time. What is already a complicated situation becomes even worse for Evie when John’s scumbag friend Dougie (Craig Conway), tries to assault her. With all of this going on and all the built up stress, not to mention the lack of support she receives from the agency that hired her, Evie’s past is seemingly coming back to
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Movie Review – Broken (2016)

Broken, 2016.

Directed by Shaun Robert Smith.

Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido, and Craig Conway.

Synopsis:

Evie, full-time live-in carer to crippled rock star Jonathan, finds the darkness of her past returning to haunt her as the pressures of her new job begin to take control…

Following several short films and a career as a make-up artist, Shaun Robert Smith ventures into debut feature territory with Broken, produced by supporting star Craig Conway, and which has been dubbed by some–including Alan Jones at FrightFest – as comparable to pictures such as Taxi Driver or Repulsion. Errr… hang on, were we watching the same film? Because I don’t remember either of those classic horror pictures by acclaimed directors boring me half to death. Broken takes a premise which should have been a white knuckle, thumbscrew tight psychological ride into the dark depths of a woman’s psyche and instead delivers a bland,
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'Deepwater Horizon' and 'The Birth of a Nation,' Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Sully (Clint Eastwood-directed biographical drama; Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney; rated PG-13) Storks (animated; voices: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer; available on cable Mod on the same day as Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD; rated PG) Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (faith-based documentary; Joel Houston, Brian Houston; rated PG) A Tale of Love and Darkness (drama; Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana; rated PG-13) The Disappointments Room (horror; Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido; rated...

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The Disappointments Room: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip Explores the Film’s Eerie Estate

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"There's a ghost in the greenhouse that four or five different crew members claim to have seen." Kate Beckinsale's character Dana encounters a supernatural presence within an old home in The Disappointments Room, but the movie's real-life filming location was potentially haunted, too, as director D.J. Caruso discusses in our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD release of the horror film.

The Disappointments Room is now available on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Below, we have official details and an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

The Disappointments Room DVD: "The door to heart-pounding terror swings wide open in this gripping psychological thriller based on true events! Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido) and their five-year-old son move from the big city to a rural Southern mansion in need of restoration. But the young family’s dream home quickly becomes a
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December 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, Rob Zombie’s 31

  • DailyDead
December 20th doesn’t boast a lot of home entertainment releases for horror and sci-fi fans, but what we are getting is an eclectic assortment of Blu-rays and DVDs all the same.

If you missed Rob Zombie’s latest film during its brief theatrical and VOD runs, 31 arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday for you to catch up on all the murderous mayhem just in time for the holidays.

Arrow Video is releasing their limited edition Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box trilogy, which is a must-own set for any Clive Barker fan out there, and also coming home December 20th is The Disappointments Room with Kate Beckinsale and Doctor Who: Series Eight, Part Two.

31 (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)

From the visionary mind of Rob Zombie comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors,
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December 2016 VOD Releases Include Beyond The Gates, The Eyes Of My Mother, Train To Busan

  • DailyDead
Even though the holidays are upon us, that doesn’t mean the horror and sci-fi genres are slowing down, especially on the VOD side of things. For December, we have 21 different titles arriving on digital platforms, including two films I absolutely adored this year: The Eyes of My Mother (hits VOD on December 2nd) and Beyond the Gates (arrives on December 9th). Several other indie films will be coming home to VOD over the next few weeks, too, including Pet, Abattoir, The Possession Experiment, and Blood Brothers, and for those of you who may have missed it in theaters, Train to Busan hits VOD on December 13th, and it is not to be missed.

Other VOD releases for December include Solace, Morgan, Good Tidings, It Watches, The Disappointments Room, and the V/H/S-based SiREN.

Killjoy's Psycho Circus (Full Moon Features) – December 1st

Killjoy, the demon clown and his gruesome crew - Batty Boop,
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Morgan and The Disappointments Room Home Media Release Details & Cover Art

Whatever you do, don't let these out... but via home media release is okay. The Ridley Scott-produced Morgan and the Kate Beckinsale-starring The Disappointments Room are both coming out on home media this December, and we have a look at the cover art and lists of special features.

Press Release: From Producer Ridley Scott, The Intense Sci-fi Thriller Arrives On Digital HD December 2 And On 4K Ultra HD Disc, Blu-ray And DVD December 13

Morgan

From Oscar®-Nominated producer Ridley Scott* and director Luke Scott comes this visceral, edge-of-your-seat thriller with an all-star cast starring Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rose Leslie. Inside a remote, top-secret lab, a group of scientists are working on an experiment that is leading the way for the next steps in human evolution. But when the experiment’s subject – a genetically designed “human”

(Anya Taylor-Joy) – triggers a terrifying event,
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Movie Review: The Disappointments Room lives up to its name

Based on its ad campaign, the primary reason The Disappointments Room was withheld from press screenings was to preserve the illusion that it might be a haunted house or demonic possession movie in the vein of recent James Wan and/or Jason Blum productions. The movie does open with a family—Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido), and their young son Lucas (Duncan Joiner)—moving into an old house out in the country. But it ditches the creaking dread of recent ghost horror, checking off boxes too quickly to generate rudimentary tension: an overhead shot of an ominously dizzying spiral staircase; a woman wandering through dark, purportedly empty rooms; implications of a dead child.

The only sustained suspense comes from wondering what kind of horror movie it will turn into, and the realization that it will not feature a clown doll or skittering little-girl ghosts is one of its chief
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