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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Trailer Drop

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return to star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, under the direction of Michael Chaves (“The Curse of La Llorona”). The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor (Starz’ “The Spanish Princess”), Sarah Catherine Hook (Hulu’s “Monsterland”) and Julian Hilliard (the series “Penny Dreadful: city of Angels” and “The Haunting of Hill House”).

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” Universe films. Chaves directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2,” “Aquaman”), story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, based on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes. Serving as executive producers were Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott and Michelle Morrissey.

The behind-the-scenes creative team reunited “Conjuring” Universe contributors, including director of photography Michael Burgess, production designer Jennifer Spence, costume designer Leah Butler and composer Joseph Bishara, along with the director’s editor from “The Curse of La Llorona,” Peter Gvozdas, and editor Christian Wagner (“Furious 7”).

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is the seventh film in the “Conjuring” Universe, the largest horror franchise in history, which has grossed more than $1.8 billion worldwide. It includes the first two “Conjuring” films, as well as “Annabelle” and “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun,” and “Annabelle Comes Home.”

New Line Cinema presents An Atomic Monster/A Peter Safran Production, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

Featured & promotional images: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures UK

Cult masterpiece MANDY starring Nicolas Cage coming to Limited Edition Blu-ray 24th May

Dazzler Media proudly presents the psychedelic, cult horror masterpiece, Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, coming to Limited Edition Blu-ray from 24th May.

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Mandy is written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) and stars iconic Academy Award® winner, Nicolas Cage (Adaptation, Kick-Ass, Ghost Rider) in his most visceral role to date, alongside the stellar supporting cast of Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Battle Of The Sexes) and Linus Roache (Batman Begins, Non-Stop). Co-produced by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings franchise) it is also one of the final films scored by Academy Award®-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, The Theory of Everything).

“An exhilarating ride through the fiery gates of hell” - Sight and Sound 

★★★★★ - The Daily Telegraph 

★★★★★ - Total Film

★★★★★ - The Upcoming

★★★★ - The Guardian

Dazzler Media presents Mandy on Limited Edition Blu-ray from 24th May

Pre-order on Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Mandy-Blu-ray/dp/B08WKGTDT5

Blu-ray special features
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Mandy Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • Mandy One shots
Limited Edition contents
  • Rigid slipcase featuring classic artwork
  • Poster featuring classic artwork
  • 40-page soft cover book with new essays by Tim Murray (The Raygun)

Featured & promotional images: Mandy, courtesy of Dazzler Media, The Warrior Agency 

Gina Carano and Richard Dreyfuss star in DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF on DVD & Digital 3rd May

Dazzler Media presents Gina Carano (The Mandalorian, Fast & Furious 6, Haywire) and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss (RED, Jaws) in action-thriller Daughter of the Wolf, coming to DVD & Digital from 3rd May. 

Clair Hamilton, an ex-military specialist, comes home when her father passes away. But after getting news that she has inherited a large sum of money, her son is kidnapped. Instead of seeking help, she captures one of the kidnappers, using him to track down her son.

Starring Gina Carano (The Mandalorian, Fast & Furious 6, Haywire), Brendan Fehr (The Night Shift, Final Destination) and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss (RED, Jaws), Daughter of the Wolf is a powerful, action-packed thriller not to be missed.

Dazzler Media presents Daughter of the Wolf on DVD and Digital from 3rd May.

Featured & promotional images: Daughter of the Wolf, courtesy of Dazzler Media, The Warrior Agency 

Icon Film Distribution presents Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 19 April

Yeah, Baby! Mike Myers’ hilarious cult comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, returns on special edition Blu-ray and DVD this April.

In 1967, fashion photographer by day and super-agent by night Austin Powers (Mike Myers, Wayne’s World) is on the verge of catching his arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil (also Myers), when the latter has himself cryogenically frozen. Following suit, Powers unthaws thirty years later in the '90s to find Evil threatening the world once more. Can Powers recover from his culture shock in time to battle his old foe? With the help of sexy sidekick Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley), he just might.

Featuring a huge ensemble cast including Will Ferrell, Seth Green, Carrie Fisher, Christian Slater, Priscilla Presley and Burt Bacharach, this hilarious and iconic spy movie parody, written by and starring Mike Myers, is undeniably groovy, baby!

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is on collector's edition Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 19 April from Icon Film Distribution. Pre-order: https://amzn.to/3989Lqi

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Austin & Vanessa Character Featurette
  • B-Roll
  • TV Spots and Clips
  • Character Soundbites
  • Ming Tea “BBC” Music Video

Featured & promotional images: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Icon Film Distribution, Witchfinder PR

Kaleidoscope Entertainment presents Jean-Claude Van Damme in Wake of Death on Special Edition Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 5 April

REVENGE WAS ALL HE HAD LEFT

Martial arts legend Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) takes on a deadly gang of Triad gangsters with explosive results in the action-packed, hard-hitting Wake of Death!


Ex-mob enforcer Ben Archer (Van Damme) is ready to give up his life of crime and settle down to family life. But when his wife, Cynthia, attempts to help a Chinese refugee girl and brings her into their home, a new war is inadvertently triggered.

Discovering his wife brutally murdered and their son missing without a trace, Ben joins forces with his old underworld friends once again, embarking on a bloody vendetta to punish the Chinese Triad gang responsible…

A pulse-pounding, gritty revenge thriller packed with explosive action and starring action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme, Simon Yam (Ip Man) and Philip Tan (Showdown in Little Tokyo), Wake of Death is essential, must-see JCVD!

Kaleidoscope Entertainment presents Wake of Death on Special Edition Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 5 April. Amazon pre-order: https://amzn.to/31bCPbW
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Limited run – 3,000 copies
  • Exclusive A3 Poster
  • Original Making Of Featurette
  • HD 1080 Colour
  • 5.1 DTS-HD MA Soundtrack

Feature & promotional images: Wake of Death (2004) courtesy of UK Kaleidoscope, Witchfinder PR

What to Watch on Disney+ Star this Weekend

Disney+ Star launched this week for international subscribers and dropped a tonne of sweet films; from high adventure, classics 80's action, beloved comedies and cult classics, it's one of the best content drops of the streaming era. Here are 10 films we're looking forward to watching over the coming days.

1. Commando (1985) 

Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter.

Directed by Mark L. Lester. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Vernon Wells, Bill Duke, David Patrick Kelly, Alyssa Milano, Dan Hedaya. 

2. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Orphaned boy Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is enslaved after his village is destroyed by the forces of vicious necromancer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), and is compelled to push "The Wheel of Pain" for many years. Once he reaches adulthood, Conan sets off across the prehistoric landscape of the Hyborian Age in search of the man who killed his family and stole his father's sword. With beautiful warrior Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and archer Subotai (Gerry Lopez), he faces a supernatural evil.

Directed by John Milius. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Mako, Sandahl Bergman, Max Von Sydow, Gerry Lopez.

3. Crimson Tide (1995)

After the Cold War, a breakaway Russian republic with nuclear warheads becomes a possible worldwide threat. U.S. submarine Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) signs on a relatively green but highly recommended Lt. Cmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington) to the USS Alabama, which may be the only ship able to stop a possible Armageddon. When Ramsay insists that the Alabama must act aggressively, Hunter, fearing they will start rather than stop a disaster, leads a potential mutiny to stop him.

Directed by Tony Scott. Starring Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Vigo Mortensen, Steve Zahn, Matt Craven, James Gandolfini.

4. Con Air (1997)

Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" with some of the worst criminals living. Along with Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom's plan.

Directed by Simon West. Starring Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Dave Chappelle, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Colm Meaney.

5. Encino/California Man (1992)

California teen Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is digging a pit for a pool in his backyard when he happens upon a caveman frozen in a block of ice. Aided by his goofy friend Stoney (Pauly Shore), Dave transports their discovery to his garage, where the Neanderthal thaws and is revived. When Dave and Stoney find the living and thoroughly bewildered caveman, they attempt to pass him off as a foreign exchange student named Link (Brendan Fraser), resulting in many misadventures.

Directed by Les Mayfield. Starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward.

6. Starship Troopers (1997)

In the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war... A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Jake Busey, Dina Meyer, Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown.

7. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though they're a couple for an entire month. As the days pass, however, Cindy grows fond of Ronald, making him popular. But when Ronald's former best friend gets left behind, he realizes that social success isn't everything.

Directed by Steve Rash. Starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary, Seth Green.

8. Ed Wood (1994)

Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films.

Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray. 

9. Grosse Point Blank (1997)

After assassin Martin Blank (John Cusack) has trouble focusing on his work, resulting in a failed assignment, he returns to his hometown, Grosse Point, Mich., for his 10-year high school reunion. There he meets Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), an old girlfriend that he stood up for the prom. Martin's secretary (Joan Cusack) sets up a hit for him while he is in town, but Martin starts to reconsider his life. Meanwhile, he is hounded by an unstable rival hit man, Grocer (Dan Aykroyd).

Directed by George Armitage. Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven.

10. Ladyhawke (1985)

Upon breaking out of a dungeon, youthful thief Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) befriends Capt. Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a man with a strange secret. Navarre and his lover Lady Isabeau d'Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer) were cursed by the wicked Bishop of Aquila (John Wood), who desires Lady Isabeau for himself. His dark magic prevents the pair from ever being in each other's presence except at twilight, so they enlist Gaston in a dangerous plot to overthrow the Bishop and break his evil enchantment.

Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Alex Serra, Alfred Molina, Giancarlo Prete, John Wood, Ken Hutchison, Leo McKern, Loris Loddi, Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer.

Deep Dive to Survive: Torpedo: U-235 on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from 8th March

Dazzler Media presents the epic, action-packed and suspenseful new war film Torpedo: U-235 on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from 8th March.

In this epic cinematic adventure, resistance fighters accept a suicide mission to deliver uranium from the Belgian Congo in a stolen Nazi submarine to the United States. Hunted by Hitler’s army, the crew must outwit the German navy to bring the cargo safely to America.

Filled with exhilarating action, suspense and a great ensemble cast headlined by Koen De Bouw (The Last Tycoon), Thure Riefenstein (12 Monkeys) and Ella-June Henrard (Admiral), Torpedo: U-235 is one of the most exciting war films of the year, from new writer-director Sven Huybrechts.

Dazzler Media presents Torpedo: U-235 on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from 8th March.

Pre-order on Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Torpedo-U-235-Blu-Ray/dp/B08WJN2SL9

Pre-order on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/torpedo-u-235/id1552715356

Featured image  promo art: Torpedo: U-235, Dazzler Media, The Warrior Agency

Monsters of Man “Rambo meets Predator meets Terminator”

Monsters of Man is an action packed, suspenseful sci-fi thriller that reveals the terrifying dangers of sophisticated AI robotics used for military applications when a corrupt CIA agent (Neal McDonough – Minority Report, Captain America, Netflix's 1922 and Altered Carbon) conspires with a robotics company to field test highly advanced prototype robots with the aim of winning a lucrative military contract.   Their plan is to drop the robots into the infamous Golden Triangle to test their battle skills on unsuspecting armed drug cartels that no one will miss. The illegal mission is a disaster; haywire robots slaughter an entire village of innocent people. The brutal massacre is witnessed by a group of volunteer doctors on a goodwill mission. 

Everyone is considered collateral damage when you need to hide the truth!

Self-funded Director Mark Toia’s sci-fi action film ‘Monsters of Man’ is a ground-breaking result in independent film making – some called him mad at the start – but after seeing the film, the term “Maverick” was used in Australian news Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age.  The critics agree, he’s done a Hollywood film on an indie budget! How?!

Not only did Toia self-fund, direct, produce and do VFX for his highly ambitious sci-fi extravaganza, but he’s distributing it himself as well, rejecting all the big Hollywood offers that were made and to go it alone.  In the industry, these ideas are unheard of, is he actually crazy… or genius?  Time will tell. 

Crazy or not, he considers it as a commercial creative experiment as well as a calling card to Hollywood.  And with the many large scripts coming from around the world, the movie is already achieving the latter. 

Originating from a very successful career as an advertising photographer, Mark Toia was encouraged into directing TV commercials by his clients.  They implored him to bring his exceptional eye to the screen.  20 years on, Mark has become one of the world's most sought-after international directors and is now receiving scripts from Hollywood's finest.  Toia’s ability to deliver a stunningly artistic story full of drama through to shooting a fast and furious action piece is only a glimpse into what he can deliver.

Toia's legendary cinematography skills, vast post-production VFX knowledge, joined with his ever-evolving mind and machine-like work ethics make him the perfect choice for any film production.  His passion is to capture incredible performances within an image that emotionally compels. This combination puts him squarely at the forefront of today’s film & TV industry, and he’s touted as being the next hot property.

Featured image  promo art: Monsters of Man

Michael Jai White stars in Welcome to Sudden Death, available to own on DVD from 22nd February

Dazzler Media presents international action star Michael Jai White (Arrow, The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite) in Welcome to Sudden Death, available to own on DVD from 22nd February.

    Get ready for a fight-filled re-imagining of the Jean-Claude Van Damme 90’s action classic!

    Jesse Freeman (Michael Jai White, Arrow, The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite) is a former special forces officer and explosives expert now working a regular job as a security guard in a state-of-the-art sports arena.

    Trouble erupts when a tech-savvy cadre of terrorists kidnap the team’s owner and Jesse’s daughter during opening night. Facing a ticking clock and impossible odds, it’s up to Jesse to not only save them, but also a full house of fans in this highly charged action thriller.

    Welcome to Sudden Death co-stars Michael Eklund (The Call, Wynonna Earp) and Gary Owen (Ride Along, Think Like a Man).

    Dazzler Media presents Welcome to Sudden Death on DVD from 22nd February

    Featured image  promo art: Welcome to Sudden Death, Dazzler Media, The Warrior Agency

    10 Things About The Last Starfighter (1984)

    Released in 1984, ‘The Last Starfighter’, the story of a regular teenager (Alex Rogan) living on a trailer park who thinks he's just playing an arcade game and ends up saving the galaxy from the Kodan Empire, has gone on to become a firm cult favourite for sci-fi fans and children of the 80’s. So, here are 10 Things About The Last Starfighter.

    1. A failure to launch 

    Although the film is now praised for being ahead of its time and a firm cult classic, it didn’t have a stellar theatrical run. With an estimated production budget of $15m (which allowing for inflation would probably put it on par with the original ‘Star Wars’) the film failed to become the next global sci-fi phenomenon and only grossed $28,733,290 in the US. However, purely from experience and word of mouth, the film appeared to have a solid post big screen life on home video. It was one of the first VHS tapes my Dad rented for me from the local video store and it scared the hell out of me – the creature designs were exceptional for the time.

    2. Guest star

    Lance Guest (Alex Rogan) played the titular ‘The Last Starfighter’. Lance still has a love for the film and can be found meeting fans at sci-fi and comic conventions around the world. You might also recognise Lance from ‘Halloween II’, but most people will know him as ‘Michael Brody’ from the appalling, so bad it’s just plain bad, ‘Jaws: The Revenge’.

    3. Weekend at Centauri's

    Who likes ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’? The film is the butt of a joke in the TV show ‘Friends’, but it has a cult following - I rate it as one of my favourite films ever, something I am probably alone in doing so. Anyway, Catherine Mary Stewart, who plays ‘Maggie’ in ‘The Last Starfighter’, also played ‘Gwen’ in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’. She also starred in the excellent cult sci-fi horror 'Night of the Comet', one of the coolest cult films of the '80s.

    4. Classic score

    Another part of ‘The Last Starfighter’ that stands out is the score. The film has a stunning soundtrack, one of the best of the 80’s. Although composer Craig Safan didn’t go from small sci-fi films to blockbusters, like James Horner who’s work on ‘Battle Beyond the Stars’ propelled his career as the composer went on to dominate the 80’s, Craig Safan did go on to compose the score for ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master’ and you can see by the prices on eBay that ‘The Last Starfighter’ score is highly coveted.

    5. If you're gonna make a Star Car do it with some style

    The "Star Car", that ‘Centauri’ drives, was based on a DeLorean, including its gullwing doors, and its stainless-steel construction. This would mean the DeLorean would be the key inspiration for two sci-fi films in back-to-back years, with ‘Back to the Future’ releasing a year later in 1985.

    6. No return of the Starfighter

    The Sequel. Unfortunately, ‘The Last Starfighter’ never managed to get a sequel even though it left the story open at the end. However, over the years there has been a growing interest in producing a follow-up, either on the big screen or for TV. Names such as Seth Rogan and Steven Spielberg have been attached to rumours of a second adventure, but nothing has come of it yet. There is hope for fans though, as screenwriter Gary Whitta took to Twitter to share concept art for a sequel and said he was looking at making “a combination of reboot and sequel that we both think honors the legacy of the original film while passing the torch to a new generation.”, the 'we' part suggested the original writer, Jonathan R. Betuel, would be on board with the film.

    7. Underrated director

    ‘The Last Starfighter’ was directed by Nick Castle and this wasn’t the only cult film he was involved with, Nick was also the writer on ‘Escape From New York (a top 100 films ever candidate - personally). Plus, two years after his sci-fi epic, the director went on the helm ‘The Boy Who Could Fly’. A film that has been largely forgotten but was a mainstay of weekend television alongside ‘Flight of the Navigator’ and ‘D.A.R.Y.L.’ back in the day.

    8. No game, so just over

    The most disappointing aspect of the film was Atari letting fans down. The arcade giant promised that kids would get to the chance to defend the frontier against the ‘Kodan Empire’ and hope that it was secretly a test sent down by Centauri, so they too could join the ranks of the ‘Rylan Star League’ and become a Starfighter! But, alas, the game never made it to arcades as Atari was not confident the film would be a box office hit – they were kind of right but still probably could have made decent money from a quality space game.

    9. CGI innovations 

    ’The Last Starfighter’ is one of the earliest films to make extensive use of computer graphics for its special effects. In place of physical models, 3D rendered models were used to depict spaceships and many other objects. ‘The Gunstar’ (the now iconic Starfighter ship) and other spaceships were the design of artist Ron Cobb, who also worked on Alien, Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian.”
    This method for producing the VFX gave the film its unique look, but since it was the embryonic days of CGI, it didn’t look as awesome as the model work used in ‘Star Wars’. Really, it wasn’t until ‘T2: Judgement Day’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ that CGI began to work well alongside practical VFX. But there’s no denying that ‘The Last Starfighter’ was a trailblazer.

    10. The shape of it all

    The coolest fact was that the director, Nick Castle, was ‘The Shape’ in John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’.

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