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Trailer Drops for Dark Fantasy Epic DRAGON KNIGHT

Posted by Josh Millican on June 15, 2021 Dragon Knight Banner - Trailer Drops for Dark Fantasy Epic DRAGON KNIGHT

Best-known for gothic horror offerings such as Lord of Tears and The Devil’s Machine, Scottish genre house Hex Studios today announced a move into horror-fantasy with their latest project Dragon Knight!

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Check out the trailer for Dragon Knight and read more about the studio’s most ambitious film to date below. The retro illustrated poster at the bottom of the article comes from artist Neil Fraser.

Synopsis:
Based on an original concept by Hex Studios’ Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly, Dragon Knight is a gritty fantasy epic, set in the dystopian lands of Agonos, where a lone knight must embark on a perilous quest to save the world from a great and growing evil.

According to director/producer Lawrie Brewster: “Dragon Knight takes inspiration from the fantasy films of the 70s and 80s, and classic fantasy literature, like the Conan the Barbarian series of books, and John Boorman’s Excalibur. We want to capture the sense of wonder and awe that fantasy can bring, with a story that is totally original but feels timeless. And, like all our projects, the film will have a dark edge, so we’re not straying too far from our horror roots!”

Writer Sarah Daly says of the project: “Fantasy, like horror, offers a great opportunity to mirror the world we live in. Through the prism of genre, you can explore real-world issues with a degree of separation that can let us see them more objectively. Dragon Knight will have everything you expect from a fantasy film: dragons, heroes, epic battles, but it also has something to say, and should feel relevant to the strange times we live in.”

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The Hex Studios team has just launched a crowdfunder to help finance the film’s post-production by making a host of exclusive rewards available to backers, including Special Editions of the movie, Kickstarter-exclusive T-Shirts, and 28mm miniatures of the film’s cast and creatures.

Dragon Knight is scheduled for release later this year.

Are you already a fan of the films produced by Hex Studios? What do you think of the trailer and synopsis for Dragon Knight? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central on Google News!

The Owlman Returns in Gothic Noir – The Black Gloves

Posted by Kieran Fisher on April 25, 2017

In 2013, Scotland’s Hex Media unleashed a new 21st century horror icon with their Owlman creature in gothic chiller, Lord of Tears.  Inspired by a myriad of world folklore, the creature terrified audiences as the film garnered acclaim and put the company’s name on the map.  However, in addition to being a scary bugger, the Owlman is quite the hoot.  Shortly after Lord of Tears, he became a viral sensation after a series of online prank videos where he sprung out on unsuspecting punters on the street.  See it for yourself below.

Whether it’s scaring horror fans in indie horror gems or giving them a good laugh on his days off, the Owlman is always worth celebrating – and now he’s back.  The Black Gloves will see the feathery fearmongerer return to our screens later this year for some good old-fashioned scare fare, and from the looks of this trailer, it would seem that it’s going to be another impressive outing for Scotland’s burgeoning fright masters at Hex Media.

From the Press Release:
Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly are back with Gothic noir The Black Gloves, a 1940s-set chiller featuring the Owlman, the iconic villain and viral sensation from their acclaimed debut feature Lord of Tears.
The Black Gloves tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity.
In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality.

The film stars Spanish horror icon Macarena Gomez, best known for her role as the iconic sea priestess in Stuart Gordon’s Dagon and her recent powerhouse performance inMusarañas (Shrew’s Nest). Also starring are genre legend Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) and Jamie Scott-Gordon, who won much praise for his performance in Brewster’s gritty folk horror The Unkindness of Ravens. Alexandra Nicole Hulme (Girls, Smash, Glee), an acclaimed dancer and choreographer, who also appeared in Lord of Tears, stars as the troubled ballerina

The film continues the trend for black and white horror alongside recent titles such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Eyes of My Mother and A Field in England, but for inspiration for the film, and its style, Brewster and Daly looked to cinema history.

According to Daly “I’ve always been a huge fan of Gothic romantic horror films and literature, and for The Black Gloves, we looked to films like Hitchcock’s Rebecca, The Innocents and Cat People for our visual style and mood. The noir look seemed a natural fit for The Owlman, who is this shadowy entity, always lurking in dark corners, watching.”

Hex Media, the fiercely independent Scottish horror house behind Lord of Tears, The Unkindness of Ravens and The Black Gloves, is the passion project of Brewster and Daly, who have been quietly blazing a trail in the genre since the company’s inception five years ago.

Brewster tell us: “We’re passionate about telling original stories and maintaining our independence to do so. We’ve focused heavily on building our connection with our audience, and working with them to create the kind of films we want to make, and that they want to see. The support of our fans allows us to tell these strange, dark stories that the mainstream isn’t willing to take a risk on.”

The film is a co-production between Hex Media and long-time partners Dark Dunes Productions in association with 3rd Monkey Entertainment and Lights Out Productions,and is set for release in Autumn 2017.

To support the film, head on over to the Kickstarter page and check out the various perks, which include films, t-shirts, action figures, posters and more.

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New Director’s Cut Edition of Lord of Tears is Available to Watch for Free for a Limited Time Only

Posted by Kieran Fisher on April 19, 2017

Along with many other horror outlets, we’ve been championing Scotland’s Hex Media for quite some time now.  The production company, founded by creative duo Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly, has been responsible for some of the most interesting genre cinema to emerge from any region in recent years – and we can’t get enough of it.  With acclaimed powerhouse efforts, Lord of Tears (2013) and The Unkindness of Ravens (2016), having garnered heaps of critical acclaim, they’ve become a force to be reckoned with and the future is looking bright (despite the gloomy nature of their film’s and their homeland).  It’s a good time to be alive.

But even though giving fans quality scare fare is good enough for us, the fine folks at Hex are also giving it to us for FREE!  That’s right – for a limited time only you can watch the brand new director’s cut edition of Lord of Tears without having to pay a shilling.  Of course, you should still pick up a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray set as Hex’s releases are a collector’s dream, but if you want to see what they’re all about first then this is your chance.

You owe it to yourself to check this movie out.  If you need more convincing, then you can read our review. here.

 

From the Press Release:

The good people at Scotland’s horror house Hex Media must be feeling generous, because for a limited time only, they’re making the brand new Special Edition of their award-winning chiller Lord of Tears available to watch and download for free!

Lord of Tears
 tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher tortured by childhood memories of a strange and unsettling entity – a long-limbed figure in a Victorian tail suit… with the head of an owl.

As James faces a descent into madness, his only hope to fight his tormentor and banish the evil that haunts him, is to return to his childhood home. He travels to the lonely mansion in the Scottish Highlands, a place notorious for its tragic and disturbing history. There, he must uncover, once and for all, the chilling truth behind the immortal stalker.

On its original release in 2013, 
Lord of Tears quickly earned cult classic status, with fans and critics alike enjoying the film’s creeping dread, as well as the complex twists and turns of the story. The film won the audience award at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and screened at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival and many more.  

Director Lawrie Brewster has just released a brand new Special Edition of the film, boasting a complete re-edit and brand new sound design.

According to Lawrie, “
We’ve produced a couple more films now since the original Lord of Tears, and we wanted to apply the lessons we’ve learned to our debut feature. I felt that Lord of Tears deserved a revisit, and I believe that with this new Special Edition, we’ve created the best possible version of the film. Now we’re just eager to share it with fans of the genre.”

If you want to watch the film, then follow this link and find out what all of the fuss is about for yourself.  Also, be sure to sign up for the newsletter for future announcements, including one pertaining to a special project that will be announced very soon.

Furthermore, tell your friends and spread the word about one of the most exciting companies in the game right now.

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Unkindness of Ravens, The (DVD/Blu-ray)

Posted by Gareth Jones on January 9, 2017

The Unkindness of RavensStarring Jamie Scott Gordon, Amanda Gilliland, Daniel Casey, Dougie Clark

Directed by Lawrie Brewster

Distributed by Hex Media


Derelict on the streets of Scotland, Iraq war veteran and budding poet Andrew (Gordon) struggles daily with a PTSD-induced fear of, and obsession with, ravens. In an effort to get him off the streets and help him overcome his mental struggle, Andrew’s social worker, Angela (Gilliland), sorts him out with the keys to her friend’s cottage in the remote Highlands.

She promises that after a few days out there, she’ll have found him a permanent home. The only thing he has to do in the meantime is unwind, continue writing his poetry and keep a daily journal of his thoughts and feelings.

If only it were that easy…

Very soon after arriving, the crippling nature of Andrew’s malady becomes apparent as his serene traipses across the countryside are regularly interrupted by sudden and aggressive hallucinations that recall his experiences on the blood-soaked sands of Iraq – and usually, they involve the ominous presence of ravens.

But these aren’t just the usual kind of ravens one can spy occasionally, but a set of humanoid raven warriors, decked out in armour, shrouds and masks that recall a mixture of medieval battlefield and plague doctor garb.

Tormented by the vicious, weapon-wielding warriors and another, more militaristically-minded (and manic) version of himself, Andrew’s battle moves from the internal to viscerally external realms – and this fight may just be one that holds his very soul in the balance.

A wonderful piece of home-grown horror artistry, The Unkindness of Ravens is as sombre as it is unsettling and ambitious. Obviously not made on a huge budget, the film nonetheless makes excellent use of its locations (both internal and external), and even manages to pull off its low-key battle scenes with enough gusto to ensure its success never once feels beholden to the amount of money pumped in.

Simply put, this one punches above its weight and lands the swings.

That’s a noteworthy achievement in independent cinema, and testament to the strength of the writing and performances found within. Scenes that may otherwise demand a greater element of visual authenticity are handled in just the right way so that they truly serve the story – adding revelations regarding Andrew’s fragile mental state rather than merely existing to deliver action.

And Andrew’s fragile state feels oh so authentic thanks to the efforts of leading man Jamie Scott Gordon, who pulls off every measure of confusion, anger, horror and despair with a layer of vulnerability that makes him eminently sympathetic – a gentle soul who has been through hell, and never truly returned. Throughout the picture, he feels like a sacrifice just waiting to happen – an underlying tension that rings of classic horror themes.

Speaking of classic horror, piling on top of the writing and performances is director Brewster’s cinematic language. Perturbing in his rhythm, Brewster knows just when to make that sudden smash cut, echoing classic horror stylistics with a discombobulating bent as he suddenly dips into complete chaos, and abruptly ceases the same with unpredictable cadence.

It’s confrontational, even confusing at times – but never uncalculated, and makes for a convincing rendition of the fractured mind of his protagonist and a disquieting experience for the audience.

In this microcosmic world where peace and chaos reign as one, The Unkindness of Ravens’ score fits ably amidst the proceedings, with a number of original pieces and songs that swing suitably between soothing and malevolent (though there’s perhaps a little too much repetition of traditional English ballad “The Three Ravens”).

It starts off slow, but The Unkindness of Ravens has more than enough horror to go around once the wheels start turning and the (superbly costumed) raven warriors move in for the kill – including the transportation of Andrew to their very own realm of the damned, full of the screaming, eyeless forms of their many other victims.

There’s a great mythology to these beings, whether or not you choose to believe they actually exist at all outside of Andrew’s psyche, and they’re fleshed out with as much impressive efficiency as Andrew himself.

And that’s what makes The Unkindness of Ravens such a success – everything comes together to create a cracking story through and through. One of anguish, rage, regret and redemption that’s impossible not to become absorbed in on a distinctly human level.

No melodrama, no over-the-top discoveries, bombastic revelations or amped-up action sequences… just an intelligent tale of a broken man facing one of the hardest battles imaginable – and a bunch of monstrous enemies you really wouldn’t want to meet in a darkened alley.

Hex Media bring The Unkindness of Ravens home in a fan-friggin’-tastic looking collector’s box, which folds out to reveal some stunning artwork and houses the film on DVD and Blu-ray along with the full soundtrack on CD.

In terms of on-disc extras, both the DVD and Blu-ray mirror the same materials. There’s a feature length behind the scenes documentary packed to the gills with content. There’s something called “Mythos” which sees a low-lit Brewster present fabricated tape recordings and writings which expand on the mythology of the film’s raven warriors and their penchant for torturing and consuming souls. It feels like an old campfire tale, and it’s great.

Besides that, there’s over an hour of interviews with cast and crew – all of which offer a real sense of personality that keep them consistently engaging (these folks aren’t afraid to have a laugh, no matter whether they’re in front of our behind the camera!), a couple of trailers and around 20 minutes of deleted scenes and abandoned/unused concepts.

And then we have a series of short stories – which are more like poems than narrative tales, much in the vibe of the film – entitled “When the Light Goes Out”, “The Fallen Man”, “Scavengers”, “Wilderness” and “The Unkindness of Ravens”. All of these are written by the film’s writer, Sarah Daly, and read by Brewster and Gordon. Backing those up, the Hex Media team serve up a number of pranks they performed on members of the public, confronting them with armed raven warriors at a few inopportune moments. Funny stuff.

Finally, we have a feature commentary with director Brewster and star Gordon, which – as with the interviews – is brimming with character.

With the added benefit of being produced region free, this is an astounding package for a remarkable film. My only gripe? No chapter breaks! Come on, guys!

Still, don’t let that put you off. Make sure you grab this one… before the ravens get their sharp black beaks in your soft, white eyes…

Special Features:

  • Soundtrack Audio CD
  • Behind the Scenes documentary
  • Mythos
  • Interviews
  • Trailers
  • Short Stories
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary
  • Pranks

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The Owlman Strikes Again in New Lord of Tears Prank Video

Posted by Steve Barton on May 27, 2014

Massive Lord of Tears UpdateLawrie Brewster has been scaring the ever loving shit out of people with his macabre creation "The Owlman" from his film Lord of Tears (review), and right now we have yet another prank video for you guys to dig on! Do yourself a favor! Get a copy of this flick NOW!

The film was written by Sarah Daly and directed by Lawrie Brewster. Lord of Tears stars David Schofield, Euan Douglas, Lexy Hume, and Jamie Jack Gordon.

For more info and to purchase the film on either DVD or Blu-ray, check out the official Lord of Tears website, "like" Lord of Tears on Facebook, and follow @LordOfTears on Twitter.

Blu-ray / DVD Special Features

  • Sumptuous package with 8 panels of Gothic Art
  • Choose between DVD or Blu-ray Editions
  • Includes Official Soundtrack CD with 65+ mins music
  • 60+ mins of Extras (inc. interviews, deleted scenes)
  • Includes Full Director's Commentary
  • Bonus Short Films!
  • 22-page Print Booklet of Owlman Incantations!
  • 440-page Arcana Book with over 200 photographs and illustrations and over 50,000 words of LOT stories!
  • SIGNED by director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly (also known as the music artist Metaphorest)
  • Limited Edition Serial Numbers
  • Comes hand-wrapped in black tissue and feathers!
  • Includes Digital Art Pack, with desktop backgrounds, 3x printable posters and high res Owlman photos!

    Synopsis
    Lord of Tears is a Scottish-produced Gothic romance with a kind of slendermanesque feel. Bits of the Wicker Man and The Shining are there along with a lot of offbeat 70's horror movies and a dash of Hammer! The story concerns a man cursed to be stalked by an immortal owl-headed stalker. Yes, there is a lady, too (she's intelligent and more than eye-candy!) and a host of perverse twists (you have to love the moments in a movie that make you go, "Oh god, wtf - noooo noo NOO!")




    Lord of Tears

    Lord of Tears

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  • Massive Lord of Tears Update

    Posted by Uncle Creepy on February 7, 2014

    Massive Lord of Tears UpdateLawrie Brewster just wrote in with a major update on his film Lord of Tears. Let's just say that a lot has happened since we first told you about this flick way back in March of 2013. All good. All spooky. Dig it!

    The film was written by Sarah Daly and directed by Lawrie Brewster. Lord of Tears stars David Schofield, Euan Douglas, Lexy Hume, and Jamie Jack Gordon.

    For more info and to purchase the film on either DVD or Blu-ray, check out the official Lord of Tears website and "like" Lord of Tears on Facebook.

    Updates

  • Accepted into the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (for screening in April)
  • To screen at Monsterpalooza in LA at the end of March
  • Was screened at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in the UK (won Audience Award and Best Actress)
  • Owlman has started to become an underground online phenomenon like Slender Man with numerous custom drawings and theories about him
  • Owlman has a Twitter account - @LordOfTears - where we share new prank videos/sketches

    Blu-ray / DVD Special Features

  • Sumptuous package with 8 panels of Gothic Art
  • Choose between DVD or Blu-ray Editions
  • Includes Official Soundtrack CD with 65+ mins music
  • 60+ mins of Extras (inc. interviews, deleted scenes)
  • Includes Full Director's Commentary
  • Bonus Short Films!
  • 22-page Print Booklet of Owlman Incantations!
  • 440-page Arcana Book with over 200 photographs and illustrations and over 50,000 words of LOT stories!
  • SIGNED by director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly (also known as the music artist Metaphorest)
  • Limited Edition Serial Numbers
  • Comes hand-wrapped in black tissue and feathers!
  • Includes Digital Art Pack, with desktop backgrounds, 3x printable posters and high res Owlman photos!

    Synopsis
    Lord of Tears is a Scottish-produced Gothic romance with a kind of slendermanesque feel. Bits of the Wicker Man and The Shining are there along with a lot of offbeat 70's horror movies and a dash of Hammer! The story concerns a man cursed to be stalked by an immortal owl-headed stalker. Yes, there is a lady, too (she's intelligent and more than eye-candy!) and a host of perverse twists (you have to love the moments in a movie that make you go, "Oh god, wtf - noooo noo NOO!")




    Lord of Tears

    Lord of Tears

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  • Don’t Get Weepy Over These Stills, Trailer and Artwork for Lord of Tears

    Posted by Doctor Gash on March 2, 2013

    There's a new film coming out of Scotland that just dropped a pretty interesting trailer. We also have a few stills and some artwork for the flick. Take your first look at Lord of Tears, and let us know what you think.

    The film was written by Sarah Daly and directed by Lawrie Brewster. Lord of Tears stars David Schofield, Euan Douglas, Lexy Hume and Jamie Jack Gordon. For more info check out the official Lord of Tears website and "like" Lord of Tears on Facebook.

    Lord of Tears Official Trailer from Lawrie Brewster on Vimeo.

    Synopsis
    Lord of Tears is a Scottish-produced Gothic romance with a kind of slendermanesque feel. Bits of the Wicker Man and The Shining are there along with a lot of offbeat 70's horror movies and a dash of Hammer! The story concerns a man cursed to be stalked by an immortal owl-headed stalker. Yes, there is a lady, too (she's intelligent and more than eye-candy!) and a host of perverse twists (you have to love the moments in a movie that make you go, "Oh god, wtf - noooo noo NOO!")

    Don't Get Weepy Over These Stills, Trailer and Artwork for Lord of Tears

    Don't Get Weepy Over These Stills, Trailer and Artwork for Lord of Tears

    Don't Get Weepy Over These Stills, Trailer and Artwork for Lord of Tears

    Don't Get Weepy Over These Stills, Trailer and Artwork for Lord of Tears

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