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Hellbender

Fresh, raw and bewitching indie folk horror Hellbender will grip fans with a story that has real bite, promising one hell of a ride. As unnerving and gruesome as it is beautiful and enticing, this captivating, unsettling and hellish feature will push audiences to the brink. Written and directed by genre trailblazers, the Adams Family (The Deeper you Dig), the film is certified fresh with a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. This bold and bloody Shudder Original is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 5 September 2022 courtesy of Acorn Media International.

The sixth feature from the family collective who write, direct, produce, score, edit and act in all of their films, Hellbender had its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival 2021, where it garnered two wins and a nomination for Best Actress, Best Motion Picture Score and Best Film, respectively.

16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) lives in isolation with her mother (Zelda's real-life mum, Toby Poser) in the quietly eerie mountains of New York State. Cut off from the outside world, Izzy is home-schooled and prohibited from leaving the house because she suffers with a rare auto-immune disease which prohibits her from being around other people. Or so she's been told...

After befriending Amber (sister Lulu Adams), Izzy questions the reality of her disease. And, when she eats a live worm as part of a teenage game, she develops an insatiable hunger for living things...

The first taste of blood awakens Izzy's powers, and she soon learns that she and her mother are the latest in a line of Hellbenders, a hybrid of witches, demons, and predatory animals. While Izzy's mother is convinced that she has her powers under control, when Izzy learns of her new abilities, a dark and dangerous mother-daughter power struggle collides with a battle of bloodlust.

What ensues is an inventive and exhilarating occult coming-of-age story imbued with a uniquely female narrative. With breath-taking cinematography and astounding performances, the film is a product of the Adams Family's home-grown aesthetic and ushers something spellbinding, shocking and refreshingly unexpected into the horror genre.

Dark, disturbing, and full of depth, Hellbender is a must-watch for all genre fans.



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Acorn TV September Highlights

Monday 5 September - Recipes For Love and Murder Series One

World Premiere

Acorn TV Original

Award-winning actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (Outlander, Orphan Black, The Tudors, Kin) takes the lead in this dangerously delicious Acorn TV Original mystery drama, based on Sally Andrew's best-selling novels about a newspaper cookery columnist - Tannie Maria (Auntie Maria) - in a small, vibrant town in the beautiful region of the Karoo in South Africa. The series gets its world premiere on Monday, 5th September on Acorn TV.

When the newspaper decides to cut her recipes column, Maria (Kennedy) lobbies to take on over the advice column instead, but things soon take an unexpected turn when a correspondent - who had written to Maria about her abusive husband - is found dead and Maria starts to investigate what happened, as well as trying to make sense of her own mysterious past.

Joining forces with Jessie September (newcomer Kylie Fisher), a rookie, risk-taking journalist, and sometimes rival, they take it upon themselves to try and catch the killer... before the local police find more victims. But will they make too many enemies and risk the perpetrator catching them first? Meanwhile, Maria comforts her readers by blending experiential advice with soothing recipes. This wonderful series is truly chicken soup for the soul.

Two new episodes will premiere weekly every Monday through 3 October.

Monday 5 September - Liar Series One

Monday 26 September - Liar Series Two

Joanna Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd star in Harry and Jack Williams' hit TV drama that had everyone talking. Teacher Laura Nielson (Froggat, Downton Abbey) is recently out of a relationship and when she is set up with Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd, Fantastic Four), a handsome widowed surgeon and father of one of her students, she's happy to give it a shot. On the surface their first date appears to go well, but is everything is as it seems? The next day, rumours and accusations begin to circulate and the two find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and confusion. Who can you trust in this deadly and disturbing psychological thriller?

Monday 12 September - The Deceived

When Cambridge fresher Ophelia (Emily Reid, Belgravia) falls for her married charismatic lecturer, Michael (Emmett J Scanlan, Kin), their affair abruptly comes to a halt with Michael's disappearance. Tracking him down to his sprawling, remote family home, Ophelia discovers his famous author wife, Roisin (Catherine Walker, Versailles), has died.

As things start to spiral, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind in this thrilling, critically acclaimed psychological drama written by Tobias Beer and Lisa McGee (Derry Girls) and starring Paul Mescal ahead of his seminal role in the hit show Normal People.

Monday 19 September - Backstrom Series Two

Master detective Evert Backstrom (Kjell Bergqvist, A Summer Tale) is back for series two of this gripping Swedish crime drama. He's in peak form and still making tabloid headlines with his ability to solve murders quickly and efficiently - and arrogantly. But when his rival, celebrity lawyer Tomas Eriksson, is murdered, it proves difficult not to let emotions interfere in the investigation. The evidence points in multiple directions, and before long, more dead bodies are found. The motive connecting the murders seems to be an old music box from Russia, depicting the storybook character Pinocchio, worth 300 million kronor.

Backstrom himself wants to solve the crime and claim Pinocchio for himself and lies abound so it doesn't take long before he's hiding things from his colleagues in the police department.



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BURIAL

Set for its World Premiere at the esteemed FrightFest 2022 festival this August comes the highly anticipated thriller BURIAL, the new feature from writer/director Ben Parker (The Chamber), which will receive its digital release in September, from 101 Films.

Featuring an all-star cast including Dame Harriet Walter (Succession, The Last Duel), Tom Felton (Harry Potter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Charlotte Vega (Wrong Turn, Warrior Nun), Barry Ward (The Capture, Des) and Bill Milner (X-Men, Son of Rambow), this action-packed, battle-filled, blood-soaked saga sees a group of Russian soldiers tasked with trafficking the discovered remains of Adolf Hitler back to Stalin in Moscow.

London, Christmas Day. The home of an old woman (Harriet Walter), who watches the news of the collapse of The Soviet Union, is broken into by a violent neo-Nazi (David Alexander), hunting for evidence from WWII. But he gets a little more than he bargained for...

Flashback to May 1945, the last days of World War II, and the tale of the woman's younger self. In this gripping, thrill-packed feature, we follow a small band of Soviet soldiers, led by intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva (Charlotte Vega), who must find Hitler's corpse and deliver it back to Moscow and Stalin, as proof of his death. En route, the unit is attacked by German 'Wehrwolf' partisans, who stalk the fighters with the ultimate mission to pick them off one-by-one.

Brana leads her determined surviving comrades in a last stand to ensure their 'cargo' doesn't fall into the hands of those who would see it buried, to hide the truth forever. What ensues is a thrilling high-stakes mission.

This bloody, brutal but poignant thriller is rife with tension and action in a race to stop this important piece of history from being buried forever.



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Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell: Limited Edition

The final Hammer horror from acclaimed director Terrence Fisher, and the last in the series of eight Frankenstein films for the company, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell was originally released in 1974, and now the chilling pivotal horror gets its Limited Edition box set release, complete with a slew of special features on 29 August 2022 courtesy of Second Sight Films.

The iconic Peter Cushing returns as the legendary Baron in his seventh outing, alongside Patrick Troughton ahead of his incarnation as the second Doctor Who, as well as a host of stellar British acting talent including the mighty Dave Prowse (Star Wars) as Frankenstein's creation, who also happens to be the only man who played this role twice for Hammer, in two very different manifestations.

When a young doctor, Simon Helder (Shane Briant - Time Traveller) is committed to an insane asylum where the legendary Baron Frankenstein supposedly perished after being found experimenting on stolen corpses, he is quickly taken under the wing of mysterious Doctor Victor (Peter Cushing).

But Simon quickly realises that there's more than meets the eye with Doctor Victor, and that Frankenstein is alive and well and is continuing his macabre experiments...

This grisly, gothic Hammer production is a thought-provoking and stylish closure to the Frankenstein anthology, featuring another superb turn from Peter Cushing and boasting oodles of bloodshed, and spectacularly frightful moments.



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The Mummy: Limited Edition

Terrance Fisher's acclaimed, seminal horror The Mummy (1958) starring screen icon Peter Cushing (Star Wars, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Hound of The Baskervilles) has been unearthed from its tomb, and now the spellbinding horror cult classic is set for the Limited Edition treatment on Blu-ray, with a vast array of special features courtesy of Second Sight Films on 29 August 2022.

Cushing gives a haunting turn as an Egyptologist who discovers an ancient tomb and inadvertently unleashes the vengeful mummy of an Egyptian priest played by horror legend, Christopher Lee (Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Lord of The Rings).

In 1890s Egypt, a team of British archaeologists, John Banning (Cushing), his father Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) and Uncle Joseph Whemple (Raymond Huntley) discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka (Yvonne Furneaux). Inside the tomb, Peter discovers The Scroll of Life and, when he reads it aloud, he unknowingly brings the mummified body of the high priest Kharis (Lee) back to life...

Three years later and the group have returned to England, unawares of the nefarious consequences of their actions. A follower off the same Egyptian religion unleashes The Mummy to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past. As it edges nearer to exact its revenge, can anything save them from its relentlessly vicious and vengeful mission?



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Dog Soldiers Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray & 4K UHD/Blu-ray Standard Releases

ATTENTION! A brand-new restoration of Neil Marshall's wickedly wild werewolf feature Dog Soldiers is marching on to Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray as well as Standard Edition 4K UHD and Blu-ray single releases courtesy of Second Sight Films this Summer. This humorous gorefest and bonafide cult classic now gets a must-have collector's edition.

The highly anticipated box set arrives on 22 August 2022 and includes a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative approved by the director himself and Sam McCurdy the director of photography. The Limited Edition comes in a rigid slipcase with brand-new artwork by Chris Malbon and a 108-page book with new essays. It's packed full of special features including brand new and archive commentaries, a new 40-minute interview with Neil Marshall, Werewolves vs Soldiers: The Making of, A History of Lycanthropy from author Gavin Baddeley, Werewolves, Folklore and Cinema: a video essay by author Mikel J. Koven, Combat: a short film by Neil Marshall, deleted scenes and gag reel plus much more, please see full details below.

During a routine training mission in the Scottish Highlands, a small squad of happy-go-lucky British soldiers, including Cooper (Kevin McKidd - Trainspotting), led by Sergeant Wells (Sean Pertwee - Event Horizon, Gotham), plan to join a Special Operations unit... but when they arrive all they find is bloody remains - and only one survivor, C.O. Ryan (Liam Cunningham - Hunger, Game of Thrones).

When the vicious perpetrators return, the group find themselves in mortal danger, but a mysterious zoologist, (Emma Cleasby - Doomsday, Lewis) miraculously saves them. Taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse, with no means of escape, it's only a matter of time before the attackers return...

When night falls and the full moon appears, carnage descends, and it's werewolves versus soldiers in a battle for survival, as they face the unflinching terror of the Dog Soldiers. This unapologetically brutal and darkly funny horror will drive you barking mad with demented delight.

Special Features

A new 4K restoration from the original camera negative approved by director Neil Marshall and director of photography Sam McCurdy

Features 4K UHD and Blu-ray with bonus features on both formats

4K UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR

Archive audio commentary by Director Neil Marshall

Archive audio commentary by Producers David E. Allen and Brian O'Toole

New audio commentary by writer and Associate Professor of Film Alison Peirse

Werewolves, Crawlers, Cannibals and More: a new 40-minute interview with Neil Marshall

A History of Lycanthropy: author Gavin Baddeley on Werewolf Cinema

Werewolves, Folklore and Cinema: a video essay by author Mikel J. Koven

Werewolves vs Soldiers: The Making of Dog Soldiers with Neil Marshall, Producers Christopher Figg and Keith Bell, Actors Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson and Emma Cleasby, Special Effects Artist Bob Keen and more!

A Cottage in the Woods: an interview with Production Designer Simon Bowles

Combat: a short film by Neil Marshall

Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel with optional commentary by Neil Marshall

Trailers and Photo Gallery

Optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

Limited Edition Contents

Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Chris Malbon

108-page book with new essays by Craig Ian Mann, Alison Peirse, Zoe Rose Smith, Anya Stanley, exclusive interview with Neil Marshall by Matthew Thrift, plus behind the scenes photos

Six collectors' art cards



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Monster: Limited Edition

Charlize Theron gives a tour-de-force performance as America's first female serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), from director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), that earned her accolades galore, including the prestigious best actress Oscar® in 2004. Now almost 20 years on from its original, lauded theatrical release, the film is set for the Limited Edition treatment from Second Sight Films.

Based on true events, this darkly chilling, gripping drama will be released on Blu-ray in a stunning Limited Edition Box set, presented in a rigid slipcase, with new artwork by Daniel Benneworth-Gray. It comes with a soft-cover book, featuring brand new essays and a host of special features; from brand new interviews to archive commentaries that take you behind the scenes and into the mind of a real-life Monster. The set is released on 15 August 2022 and available to pre-order now.

Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron - Mad Max Fury Road, Bomb Shell) has had it tough, but when the down-on-her-luck sex worker moves to Florida she unexpectedly finds love and is determined to get her life back on track.

Befriending Selby Wall (Christina Ricci - Buffalo '66, Yellow Jackets), a sweet but reserved young woman, a romance soon blossoms. But things take a dark turn when a john tries to assault Aileen. She fights back and kills him and decides it's time to give up the game.

But Aileen quickly discovers going straight isn't that easy and is sucked back into a world of violent crime that escalates from petty theft to serial murder. As more and more men turn up dead, Selby starts to suspect the woman closest to her is responsible.



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Raw: Standard Edition

Get ready for a second helping of Raw, as the deliciously dark tale of a strict vegetarian who discovers a taste for human flesh after heading to a brutal veterinary college where initiation ceremonies are the norm, gets a Standard Edition Blu-ray release thanks to Second Sight Films. This horror hit will be dished up on 8 August 2022.

BAFTA nominated and Palme d'Or winner Julia Ducournau's (Titane) shocking feature film debut was acclaimed by critics after a barnstorming debut at Toronto International Film Festival, where paramedics had to be called after audience members fainted at the film's premiere. Now, after wowing audiences on its initial release and its hugely successful Limited Edition, Second Sight has once again pulled the Raw ingredients together for the brilliant Raw Standard Edition release, that has a full menu of extras.

Shy student Justine (Garance Marillier - Warning, Titane), heads to a veterinary school and is subjected a tough series of hazing rituals from fellow students. And it's even tougher for vegetarian Justine as she is covered in blood and forced to eat raw meat. But after tasting the flesh, Justine finds herself craving even more meat - and it doesn't matter if it's animal or human as her uncontrollable desires lead to a horrific outcome.

Second Sight has produced a sumptuous buffet for your delectation, with features including interviews with star Garance Marilier and producer Jean des Forets, commentary from critic Alexandra West, as well as interviews and commentaries from Julia Ducournau and plenty more, this is a dish that tastes as good as it looks.



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