The Hammer Horror Blu-Ray Campaign

Friday, April 11, 2014

Diabolique Magazine Spearheads Campaign to Convince Warner Bros to Restore and Release their Classic Hammer Horror Films on Blu-Ray

Diabolique Magazine Spearheads Campaign to Restore and Release the seven Warner Bros Classic Hammer Horror Films on Blu-Ray


 Boston, MA, April 10, 2014 - Diabolique, the premiere horror genre magazine is spearheading a signature campaign to ask Warner Bros to restore and release their classic Hammer Horror titles on blu-ray. Warner Bros owns the most important titles from Hammer Studios, the company that was singlehandedly responsible for reigniting the horror genre in 1957 with their groundbreaking The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. Major film studios are mostly releasing titles they consider big moneymakers, thus disregarding over 80% of their classic catalog titles. Diabolique is trying to demonstrate that there is great demand for classic titles in the home video marketplace. Every signature is important, to ensure that classic horror and other classic titles get restored and released in the HD video format.

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

Diabolique Magazine, has launched a signature campaign to get Warner Bros to restore and release their classic Hammer Horror titles on blu-ray. Still active as a production company today, Hammer Film Productions was singlehandedly responsible for launching and rejuvinating the worldwide horror craze in 1957 with their groundbreaking films, The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. Hammer’s classic horror films from the 1950s - 1970s represent the very fabric of British film history, and Warner Bros holds the rights to their best and most important titles! 

Since Warner Bros is watching the campaign, every signature is extremely important, to ensure that classic horror and other classic titles get restored and released in the HD video format.


   WHY IS HAMMER HORROR IMPORTANT?                             

In 1957, Hammer Film Productions, a tiny film studio on the banks of the Thames River in England changed the horror genre forever. The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer’s first Gothic horror film featuring their classic team - stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, director Terence Fisher, composer James Bernard and art director Bernard Robinson, was officially released in the United States by Warner Bros to spectacular box office results. It was the first Frankenstein film in color, and the first to feature Hammer’s signature style: lavish Gothic period detail, a bold sexual element and far more gore than audiences were accustomed to at that time. Hammer quickly became a household name around the world and the company still thrives today; their 2012 theatrical release The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, became the most successful British horror film in more than twenty years!

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

THIS IS A PROVEN FACT! 
Hammer Horror Films are a vital part of, not only the horror entertainment genre, but of Britain’s cinematic legacy. Currently, Warner Bros owns the rights to 7 of the best and most important titles in Hammer’s significant output. Like the recent restoration of The Godfather by Paramount Pictures, Diabolique Magazine feels these 7 Hammer titles should be scanned, restored in HD, and released on blu-ray without delay, since the film elements continue to degrade.


The 7 titles that Warner Bros owns rights to are:



 British actor Shane Briant was quoted saying on Diabolique’s campaign page ... "As you will most probably know, I starred in 4 Hammer Movies. I get hundreds of requests from people who are craving blu ray editions. I'm not saying this for my personal gain as I don't earn a penny from the new blu rays but I know there's a huge market out there."


 Bruce G. Hallenbeck, a Rondo Award-winning author stated... “All seven films cry out to be restored on blu-ray so that a new generation of fans (as well as the older generation) can appreciate the thrills, color and style of Hammer horror at its best. They are not only a huge part of the history of Hammer Film Productions, they are an important part of the history of Warner Bros as well.”

To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/



With this signature campaign, Diabolique also seeks to draw attention to the fact that big studios are reluctant to release more than 80% of their catalog titles on BD due to the expense of scanning and restoration, as well as limited shelf space at stores. Instead, they release a limited group of films that they consider big moneymakers, over and over again. Diabolique wants to demonstrate to the studios that there is demand for culture out there that goes beyond blockbusters, and thus help create a greater diversity in the home video marketplace.


DID YOU KNOW THAT Celebrities like...
Guillermo del Toro, Bob Burns, Douglas McKeown, Mark Verheiden, Exene Cervenka, Shane Briant, Svengoolie, and Chad Crawford Kinkle have already signed the campaign! 

Diabolique’s goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by April 30th, 2014.


To sign Diabolique’s campaign, just click on this link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/


About Diabolique Magazine

Diabolique is a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror in film, literature, and art. The magazine brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic – from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributions from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller.


DIABOLIQUE   -  The Premiere Horror Genre Magazine

About DIABOLIQUE
   Engage your heart, your mind and your taste for terror within the pages of Diabolique magazine... a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror film, literature and art. The magazine's focus on critical perspectives brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic - from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributors from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller among others!
 
Quotes: 

   "DIABOLIQUE takes its horror seriously, and the content reflects it...A heady, well-written excursion into the horror world...One of the best produced horror film mags introduced in recent years... A top 'Best Of' contender." - Monster Magazine World

   "Horror Happenings highly recommends DIABOLIQUE. A great horror magazine." - Examiner.com

   "I love DIABOLIQUE. Elegant magazine... Beautiful." - Chris Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria

  "DIABOLIQUE brings back the feeling of joy and awe you experienced when you cracked open your first horror magazine... Truly the cream of the crop!"
 - Fatally Yours Horror Reviews

    "Quite insightful. An intriguing look into the history of horror while also keeping readers abreast of current events." - Flamesrising.com

    "Still a relatively new kid on the block, DIABOLIQUE is already cementing its reputation as a horror mag with class... I would urge anyone to pick up an issue of DIABOLIQUE and give their brain a workout." 
- Cyberschizoid.com

    "Thought provoking writing on venerable horror classics, side-by-side with pieces on lesser known works... Meaty, detailed pieces on horror writers old and new... Think of DIABOLIQUE as the 'Vogue' of the horror genre. (Maybe even the 'Vogue Paris')." - Kyle Marffin, author of Gothique, Waiting for the 400 and Carmilla: The Return

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Coming October 23-26 2014 Hosted By Actress Tamara Glynn

   
    In 2014, you can experience the Theater of Horror, a haunted attraction made of movie sets, efx and monsters. An interactive scare built by hollywood set designers and haunted attraction scareologist John Burton. Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute is a non profit Institute. 
Enter your film here

Ticket Prices Coming Soon! Purchase here
  • Full Day pass  at the door good for entry to all films (1 Day) on that day. 
  • Full Festival pass at the door good for entry to all films (4 days) during festival hours. 
  • Filmmaker Pass (free to filmmakers whose film screens) entry to all (4 days) films during festival
  • Festival VIP Pass at the door good for entry to all (4 days) filmmaker reception, films, workshops and the VIP seating and lounge areas during regular festival hours
  • Studio Executive Pass for Sponsors all inclusive

Saturday, April 5, 2014

'Gilgamesh' New Horror Movie From Richard Chandler Coming Winter 2015 Promises To Show Humanity At Its Worse In This Grim And Bloody Tale!



     NEWS UPDATE! April 5, 2014 - New England-based Independent filmmaker Richard Chandler officially announced today that principal photography for his latest feature Gilgamesh, has ended. Post-production is expected to take at least seven months to complete because of footage that was shot by the director as well as the incredible CGI that will be utilized by visual effects supervisor Simon Hannon.

   Gilgamesh has been shot in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The movie is expected to have its world premiere either at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.

Friday, April 4, 2014

REUNION New Horror Movie Coming In 2014 Starring Maria Olsen


   An amazing makeup look created for Maria Olsen by the awesome Cris Alex. This was not the look that will be used in the film, though...you'll have to wait for that one!

A sneak peak at our good looking background 
talent getting ready for camera!!

The perfect couple.. or are they..?




Director Shawn Chou and Maria Olsen reviewing the footage!


 The stunning trailer for the upcoming horror-thriller 
REUNION, a MOnsterworks66 co-production.
Ruth Reynolds as "Young Mia"
Ruth says... "Young Mia is a dream role for any actress"

   April 9th 2014 - Almost to lunchtime on Day 3 of REUNION! We're right on schedule and everything is going wonderfully well! Here's a lovely candid photo of captivating Ruth Reynolds getting into character while waiting to be called to set.


  Producer Thelonius Alexander and Director Shawn Chou meld their brilliant minds together discussing a certain shot.

Cara Santana as Tamryn Gellar


Maria Olsen as Mia

Jack Turner


 Cinematographer (DOP) Derrick Simshad this to say... "This must have been day 1 in the tub. About 90 minutes after this photo, our faces were much different. 72 hours after this photo, neither of us had a face. We'd ripped them off in agony..."


  IMPORTANT LINKS                                        
  • "Like" REUNION on facebook
  • Actress Marie Olsen on Internet Movie Database imdb
  • Production Company Monsterworks66 on imdb
  • Silver Dreams Studio website
REUNION
- Genres: Action | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
- Filming Location: Los Angeles, California
- Production Companies: ACH Reunion, Monsterworks66
- Country Of Origin: USA
- Year Produced: 2014

Directed by 
Shawn Chou

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Bert Havird

Cast  

...
Brad
...
Carly
Maria Olsen...
Mia
Cara Santana...
Tamryn
Reign Morton...
Grant
Other cast:
Ruth Reynolds...
Young Mia
Arielle Brachfeld...
Nurse Sandra
Christopher Wolfe...
Harold
Leif Gantvoort...
Orderly Dan
William Leon...
Teenage Brad
Kelci C. Magel...
Nurse
Matthew Jaeger...
Kent
Marcus Bradford...
Mental Patient
Jennifer Maimone...
Mental Patient
Lucas Barker...
Alan
Precious Hilton...
Realtor Precious Hilton
Karen Brown Cronin...
Mental Patient
Mark M. Rosier...
Mental Patient

Produced by 


Thelonius Alexander...producer
Shawn Chou...producer
Ash Hasen...executive producer
Precious Hilton...executive producer
Danny Le Boyer...associate producer (as Danny Boyer)
Maria Olsen...co-producer
Roxy Shih...line producer

Cinematography by 

Derrick Sims

Film Editing by 


John Babinec
Shawn Chou

Casting By 

Maria Olsen

Production Design by 

Reed Johns

Art Direction by 

Jackie Chen

Set Decoration by 

Naoko Inada...(special sequences)
Chloe Zak

Makeup Department 

Cris Alex...key makeup artist / special makeup effects artist
Veronica Rodarte...hair stylist

Production Management 

Precious Hilton...production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Kevin Huie...first assistant director
Kelly Mills...second assistant director (partial hospital sequence)
James J. Yi...first assistant director

Art Department 

Marcus Bradford...set dresser

Sound Department 

Michael Archacki...dialogue editor / sound re-recording mixer
Brent McClain...sound mixer
Peter Mullen...sound designer / supervising sound editor
Zoltan Reisz...boom operator

Stunts 

Steve Kim...stunt coordinator
Lin Oeding...supervising stunt coordinator
Sean Wyn...fight choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department 

Brent Bailey...gaffer
Greg Cheng...second assistant camera
Gary Harvill...best boy electric
Case Norton...first assistant camera
Jonas Odenheimer...key grip
Jake Simmons...electrician
Allan Zuniga...data management technician

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Marchelle Hall...wardrobe: special sequences
Veronica Rodarte...wardrobe

Editorial Department 

Ash Hasen...additional editor
Luisa Muxi...assistant editor
Enrique Sanchez...associate editor

Other crew 

Marcus Bradford...production assistant
Mary Shellogg...script supervisor
Jennie Swardh...production assistant

Thanks 

Carlito Castellanos...special thanks

DIABOLIQUE   -  The Premiere Horror Genre Magazine

About DIABOLIQUE
   Engage your heart, your mind and your taste for terror within the pages of Diabolique magazine... a lavishly illustrated, bimonthly print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror film, literature and art. The magazine's focus on critical perspectives brings fresh analyses to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic - from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Each issue brims with insightful commentary, criticism and engrossing information complemented by photos, illustrations and handsome, full-color design. Past issues have included contributors from such horror luminaries as Jonathan Rigby, David Del Valle, David Huckvale, Paul Murray, and Elizabeth Miller among others!
 
Quotes: 

   "DIABOLIQUE takes its horror seriously, and the content reflects it...A heady, well-written excursion into the horror world...One of the best produced horror film mags introduced in recent years... A top 'Best Of' contender." - Monster Magazine World

   "Horror Happenings highly recommends DIABOLIQUE. A great horror magazine." - Examiner.com

   "I love DIABOLIQUE. Elegant magazine... Beautiful." - Chris Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria

  "DIABOLIQUE brings back the feeling of joy and awe you experienced when you cracked open your first horror magazine... Truly the cream of the crop!"
 - Fatally Yours Horror Reviews

    "Quite insightful. An intriguing look into the history of horror while also keeping readers abreast of current events." - Flamesrising.com

    "Still a relatively new kid on the block, DIABOLIQUE is already cementing its reputation as a horror mag with class... I would urge anyone to pick up an issue of DIABOLIQUE and give their brain a workout." 
- Cyberschizoid.com

    "Thought provoking writing on venerable horror classics, side-by-side with pieces on lesser known works... Meaty, detailed pieces on horror writers old and new... Think of DIABOLIQUE as the 'Vogue' of the horror genre. (Maybe even the 'Vogue Paris')." - Kyle Marffin, author of Gothique, Waiting for the 400 and Carmilla: The Return

The Hammer Horror Blu-Ray Campaign



Sign the petition to ask Warner Bros to issue their Classic Hammer Horror titles on Blu-Ray, fully restored and mastered in 1080p for maximum picture quality!

Sign here: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

Why is this important? WB’s Hammer titles represent the British company’s very best output, and for many reasons, including cultural and historical, we believe these films should be restored and released in the new digital medium without delay.

Major studios are reluctant to release most of their catalog titles on BD due to the expense of scanning and restoration, as well as limited shelf space in stores. Instead, they focus on a limited group of films that they consider big moneymakers. Our goal is to show them that there is a robust market out there that goes beyond blockbusters. Supporting this campaign is a vote for classic films in general, and for greater diversity of titles in the home video marketplace.

The importance of this campaign to cinefiles can not be overstated. That’s why Guillermo del Toro, Bob Burns, Douglas McKeown, Mark Verheiden, Shane Briant, Svengoolie, and Chad Crawford Kinkle have all signed!

Warner Bros is listening! Make your voice heard NOW!

Sign the petition here: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/