The Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, which is on in Manhattan, New York, tonight and tomorrow (Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6), has selected Ashley Thorpe’s Scayrecrow and The Screaming Skull in a back-to-back screening in its film room.
The animated horror films from the Exeter filmmaker are fresh from their trip to Cannes, and puts Ashley in the same field as other guests, including directors Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, and Guillermo del Toro, who has been working with Devon’s Oscar winner Alan Lee for the forthcoming Hobbit film.
Fangoria’s own Marla Newborn, said of Ashley’s films: ‘Quite literally moving art. I have never seen anything like them truly original.’
Director Ashley said on his site: ‘I am absolutely thrilled by the selection. It really is a dream come true I have to say. I’ve read Fangoria since I was about 15 years old -I used to hide them in my English folders, ha ha, so to have these films screened at such an event is truly amazing.
The winner of the Media Innovations Independent Filmmaker award, said: “These are British independent films after all; films with no distribution, no major stars or advertising, it’s all been word of mouth so far. Incredible. Perhaps the British horror revival really has begun.’
This will be the official premiere of the films in the United States and is the first time to two animations will be screened as a double bill.
Both films are also in the running for the forthcoming online film festival the Fright Fan Film Fest later in the year.
At the moment Ashley’s working on the latest instalment, of his Penny Dreadful series, The Hairy Hands, based on the chilling Dartmoor myth.
â€¢ Catch experts of the Weekend of Horrors streamed live on the Fangoria site
posted by Cptn
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