THE world’s first studio for producing solely horror films is to be based in Scotland.Hex Studios will create at least 20 full-time jobs as they develop and distribute the scary flicks from a former Gothic churchThe £500,000 project based in Kirkcaldy, Fife, will also offer up 100 positions on shoots with a key focus on “original storytelling” and nurturing emerging new acting talents.The facility will include a green-screen studio, sound recording facilities, a special-effects workshop and will also serve as a hub for screenings.The studio is being funded by an international consortium including Hex Media, 7 Toes Productions, 3rd Monkey Productions and private investors.Hex Studios plans to produce three films a year funded through private equity, Enterprise Investment Scheme tax projects and public funds.They also wants to acquire and distribute horror content in the UK and internationally.Founder Lawrie Brewster said: “This will be the first dedicated … [Read more...] about World’s first horror film studio in former Gothic church to create 20 full-time jobs in Fife
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ELIZABETH Hurley sent pulses racing in an eye-popping gown at the Cairo International Film Festival last night.The Bedazzled actress was guest of honour at the event and she turned heads in a plunging black gown.The 52-year-old looked stunning as she attended the festival in Egypt on Tuesday.She made sure all eyes were on her by stepping out in an elegant black gown with a low-cut neckline, accessorised with a silver necklace and matching hoop earrings.Her make-up was kept natural with just a touch of blush on her cheeks and a slick of nude lipstick.Liz is clearly enjoying being back at work after posting glamorous shots from her latest holiday earlier this month.Liz recently headed to India for a sun-soaked break and she shared a snap of herself lying beside the pool wearing a see-through pink kaftan.She posted the glamorous holiday snap to Instagram and it racked up more than 30,000 likes in the first 24 hours.The trip was her latest luxury holiday this year after a series of … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Hurley turns heads in a plunging dress on the red carpet at the Cairo Film Festival
IF you ever find yourself a little too spooked out while watching a horror flick, you can normally calm yourself down with the knowledge that it's not real.But these chilling horror films are more than fiction, having been inspired by haunting real-life events which are dark beyond any director's wildest imagination.A fair few films have drawn inspiration from the same macabre murderer, while others are based on unbelievable newspaper stories which were circulating at the time of them being made.Even The Blob, an outrageous 50s film about a ravenous alien, is among the horror flicks inspired by events more real than you'd have guessed.A much-loved thriller, Hitchcock's Psycho tells the story of a woman who ends up at a secluded motel, where she meets her sticky end at the hands of the manager.The killer in the film, Norman Bates, is a mum-obsessed weirdo, but the character has hauntingly real roots.While the novel which inspired the film was being written, author Robert Bloch heard of … [Read more...] about The chilling real-life stories which inspired horror films… from Nightmare on Elm Street to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
FOR one night a year, there are no laws and citizens are free to butcher their neighbours during brutal killing sprees.It's a terrifying concept, but the idea behind horror film The Purge didn't come from nowhere.The 2013 film, which has spawned two sequels with a third coming next year, depicts a future version of America where, once a year, all crime is ignored for a 12-hour time period.During "The Purge", friends and neighbours turn on each other, killing for sport and venting all their criminal instincts so they can be model citizens for the rest of the year.But as horrific as the concept may sound, it turns out that the The Purge has some similarities to real-life events.Looper reports that the dark premise behind the film comes from a warped reading of the ancient festival of Saturnalia, an eagerly-awaited, week-long holiday celebrated by ancient Romans.During the Pagan festivities, which took place from the 17th to the 25th December, people were encouraged to get drunk and … [Read more...] about The sinister real-life events which inspired horror film The Purge where rape and murder are legal for one night a year
RED-HOT premiere, check. The Cannes Film Festival, check. Royal Ascot, check.Wherever there’s a lightning storm of camera flashes, you can bet that Kimberley Garner will be in the midst of them.But there are no Hollywood blockbusters, pop hits or TV boxsets with her in the starring role.In fact, you could be forgiven for wondering who on earth this willowy blonde regular on the red carpet really is.For the privileged posh girl somehow manages to outshine some of the most famous stars on the planet — most recently in her skin-tight PVC trousers that diverted attention from Margot Robbie at the premiere of Goodbye Christopher Robin in London on Wednesday.Yet her biggest claim to fame is having spent eight months on cable channel reality show Made in Chelsea five years ago. But while Kimberley is not exactly A-list material, every major party planner, doorman and event manager has her name on their guest list.The self-proclaimed … [Read more...] about Kimberley Garner isn’t just the hot blonde on every red carpet from Made In Chelsea, she is getting her own big-screen debut in upcoming horror film Sweetheart
JENNIFER Lawrence changed three times in a matter of hours at the Venice Film Festival yesterday - and looked stunning in all three looks.The star went from casual to fully glammed up in a dramatic Dior gown as she promoted her new film Mother! The star arrived at the picturesque Italian city by boat yesterday afternoon, looking chic in a pair of grey trousers, black sleeveless top and towering black heels.For the film's photocall, she later swapped to a plunging Giambattista Valli charcoal lacy dress with peep-tour heels.But just hours later, JLaw ramped up the glam with a dramatic Dior Haute Couture gown featuring a full skirt and adorned with flowers.This time, her blonde hair was swept into a chic updo while delicate necklace and earrings completed the look.However, the notoriously clumsy star, 26, had an assistant on hand to prevent her tripping on the red carpet.The actress famously fell on her way up to collect her Best Actress Oscar back in 2013 while the following … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lawrence goes from casual to full-on glamour as she changes outfit three times at the star-studded Venice Film Festival
The spooky season is finally here and like many of you, we’re gearing up for this ghastly occasion. It’s time to show off your epic pumpkin carving skills, outdo your mates with the most gory costume, and turn off the lights and stick on your favourite horror film.We’re so terrifyingly excited for Halloween that The Sun Travel has courageously decided to make a list of famous Halloween horror film locations followed with some amazing deals in the UK and the USA for whoever dares to visit. New York City, USA – Rosemary’s BabyAn oldie but a goodie. The haunting tale of Rosemary and her unborn, but strangely powerful child, is critically acclaimed for its eerie nature and accurate portrayal of real life. It’s not blood and guts that puts this location on the map but the creepy realism of the demon within. Shot in the Dakota Apartments on 1 West 72nd Street, in Central Park West, the property that played host to the satanic events is … [Read more...] about Top 5 horror film locations
THE Cannes Film Festival is in full swing in the glamorous South of France and is as politically charged as ever this year.A total of 19 films will battle it out in the hope of being awarded the festival's most prestigious award, the Palme D'Or.The Cannes Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, runs from May 17 to 28.It is an annual invitation-only film festival held in Cannes which previewers new films from a variety of genres from around the world.The event was founded in 1946 and is held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.The Palme d'Or is the biggest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and was first introduced in 1955.Last year director Ken Loach won the prestigious award for his film I, Daniel Blake.There is also the chance to win a non-competitive Honorary Palme d'Or. This is awarded to directors (and, very occasionally, actors) who have never won a competitive Palme d'Or but have achieved a notable body of work.Here is the … [Read more...] about Cannes Film Festival 2017 – when does this year’s edition end and which films are in the running for the Palme d’Or?
It was a small sensation that the premiere of a documentary film - "From Caligari to Hitler" - took place at one of the world's most significant film festivals. The film was screened as part of the Venice Classics series, alongside restored historical cinematic masterpieces like "Mouchette" by Robert Bresson and "Stolen Kisses" by Francois Truffauts. "From Caligari to Hitler" is film critic Rüdiger Suchsland's directorial debut. The title is a reference to the 1920 silent film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," largely regarded as the first horror film. Suchsland's documentary focuses on the 1920s and 30s - the heyday of German cinema - and examines journalist and film theorist Sigfried Kracauer's famous thesis that German filmmakers supposedly predicted the rise of National Socialism in their works. DW: Mr. Suchsland, were you surprised to receive an invitation to the Venice Film Festival? Rüdiger Suchsland: Yes, I was very surprised. It's my first film. It's hard to say … [Read more...] about Venice Film Festival premiere: Did cinema predict Hitler’s rise to power?
"Freiheit" (Freedom) is the title of German director Jan Speckenbach's second feature film - which landed in the competition at the Locarno Festival, which runs from August 2-12. The protagonist Nora, played by Johanna Wokalek, is a mother of two who yearns for freedom. She leaves her children and husband in Germany and embarks on a journey that takes her all the way to Slovakia (pictured above). Her radical search for liberation leaves many questions unanswered. In memory of Jeanne Moreau The character of a mother who leaves her own children in order to find herself is reminiscent of French diva Jeanne Moreau, who passed away this week and who played a similar role in Louis Malle's "The Lovers." The 1958 drama caused a scandal at the time. Read more: French 'femme fatale' actress Jeanne Moreau dies, aged 89 Moreau presented her films in Locarno many times and will be remembered at this year's festival. In fact, looking at the past is prominent on the program in Locarno this … [Read more...] about Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival promises self-discovery – and a mummy