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As reported on DreadCentral, PANIC BUTTON makes its VOD debut in the USA this month. If you live in the U.S. of A. and fancy watching four strangers being terrorised by their mysterious captor aboard a private jet plane, then read on…
Make sure to watch Panic Button on VOD this month!
Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York City. On board the private jet, they are invited to take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet, they are forced to play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their mysterious captor.
This (USA) Premiere can be found exclusively on Comcast, Cablevision, Cox and Insight
Use the following mapping to find Panic Button:
Top Picks > Movie Collections > World Premieres
Movies > Movie Collections > World Premieres
Movies on Demand > Early Screening > World Premieres
Movies on Demand > New Releases
Movies > World Premieres
Enjoy the movie and as always, love to hear your comments!
With thanks to all at Movie Mogul Films and the inimitable Chris Jones, check out the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass Q&A, which details the creation of indie horror/thriller ‘Panic Button’ from script to screen…and beyond. Hit the link below for the full video.
And a reminder that the Official Movie Novelization is FREE for your Kindle for 5 days!
Paul Mount reviews PANIC BUTTON: the Official Movie Novelization for Starburst Magazine.
“this is an intelligent and propulsive book, pressing all the right buttons – panic or otherwise – as a standalone piece of fiction even if you’ve not seen the movie version” (click to read full review)
Read PANIC BUTTON on ebook & paperback:
I was interviewed by fellow Samhain author Brian Moreland about all things horror; film & fiction. Check it out!
I always write to music. Almost certainly my weapon of choice will be a film soundtrack or lush instrumental soundscape. Rarely music with lyrics as they’re oftentimes too distracting. I have a number of playlists that allow me to key into the emotional feeling and atmosphere of a particular project, which can be very useful when working on novel edits or screenplay rewrites for the umpteenth time. I guess it’s like using music as a form of self-hypnosis, fast-tracking the subconscious mind into a certain place, a particular narrative universe.
No surprise then that when I was commissioned by the film’s producers to write the Panic Button movie novel, I reached for the rough mixes of the movie’s soundtrack kindly sent to me by composer Mark Rutherford. The music has everything I needed to put myself back on Deppart Airlines Flight D-665 and into the heads of Jo, Max, Dave, Gwen and the Alligator himself (a very scary place to be, I assure you!)
I urge you to download the official soundtrack, available now on iTunes. It is (as it was for me during writing) the perfect accompaniment to the movie novel, currently flying high at #1 on Amazon’s horror and thriller charts.
For a limited time only (’til Witching Hour Feb 29th), get your copy of The Lamplighters at 30% off from the Samhain Horror Store. Enter code FIRSTBOOK at checkout.
Hope you enjoy reading them – and please give The Lamplighters and Panic Button a Rating / Review at Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you post about books. Help spread the word! Thanks!
The horror web is buzzing with the news about the Bram Stoker Award nominations. It is a great honor to be included in the list with so many fine authors and works. Check out the full list of nominees here. Yahoo! News, and others, ran a piece on Samhain’s 2012 line-up with quotes from editor Don D’Auria and a focus on the Stoker Awards / World Horror Convention.
Samhain Publishing unveiled its first Times Square Jumbotron ad this week including, i’m delighted to say, the cover of The Lamplighters! For those who don’t know what a ‘Jumbotron’ is, it’s a massive screen at One Times Square in New York that reaches a potential half a million pairs of eyeballs every day. Click here for the full story and get a sneak peek at the ad itself on Youtube:
Digital Journal says The Lamplighters and Panic Button are ‘mind-frightening horror releases of 2012′. Click here to find out why.
Last but not least, don’t forget to vote for your Samhain favorites in the Sammies. The categories requiring reader votes are:
- Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art eBooks 2011
- Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art Print Books 2011
- Reader’s Choice Best eBook 2011
- Reader’s Choice Best Print Book 2012
The Sammie Awards ceremony will take place at the Samhain Publishing Cafe, March 24th. Click here for instructions on how to vote and the voting form link.
Cheers for reading!
Received my author copy of the ‘Panic Button’ paperback today (thanks to all at All2gethr HQ!). This is, of course, my movie novelization based upon the screenplay for the film (out now on UK DVD/Blu-ray). The Panic Button book is out now (from the film’s producers via their imprint ‘All2gethr Industries’) & available at both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. My thanks to John Shackleton, David Shillitoe and Gareth Davies for their help & support.
So, I got to thinking about all those ‘books of the film’ I devoured as a kid. Movie novelizations have always been a bit of a guilty pleasure, but in recent years there has been a bit of a resurgence in interest with tentpole genre movie adaptations from cool writers such as Ramsey Campbell and Tim Lebbon, among others. Is that me trying to justify indluging such a guilty pleasure, by saying they’re cool? Truth is, I’ve always enjoyed them!
Showing my age here, but this was back in the day when home video was yet to arrive and change things forever. The closest a kid could get to the cinema experience was the old Universal/Hammer tellybox double bills on the BBC over the weekend, or a special screening of six minutes (WOW, SIX MINUTES!) of silent Super 8 footage from “Star Wars” (as it was then known, none of this “Episode IV” malarkey) at a wealthier friend’s house. Sigh, those were the days when the only spoilers for a movie were contained within the shiny panels of a fold-out collectable poster magazine, of which I had dozens as a child – everything ranging from E.T., through the Star Trek movies, to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers (“ee-gee-bee-gee-bee-gee, what’s up Buck?”). Which brings me neatly back to ‘the book of the film’.
I often read (well, devoured, is probably a truer term) these ahead of the film in question’s release, spending long hours poring over the ’8 pages of color photographs!’ sandwiched between the already-yellowing pages of high octane movie-based narrative and snappy dialogue. Part of the fun was seeing how the events in the book matched up with the film when I finally got to see it, kind of an act of adaptation in reverse, if you will. Some of my favorites still grace my shelves, Arthur Byron Cover’s ‘Flash Gordon’ being an all-time fave of mine. I loved the lurid, 30s, pulp fiction style of Cover’s adaptation and still do – especially the chapter subtitles, which YELL at the reader, for example: ‘CHAPTER SEVEN: FLASH BITES THE BIG ONE!’ I had no idea, at the tender age of ten years old, what ‘biting the big one’ actually meant. But it made quite an impression on me, especially in the context of the ’8 pages of color photos!’ which featured the lovely Ornella Muti as Princess Aura about to fall victim to the dubious attentions of the ‘bore worms’. “Underling, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?” says Ming the Merciless. Quite.
Other cherished movie reads of mine included ‘Star Wars’ and its pre-’Empire Strikes Back’ “sequel”; ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye’ (both from movie novel legend Alan Dean Foster), ‘TRON’, ‘The Last Starfighter’, ‘The Black Hole’, ‘Krull’, ‘Outland’ and, of course, the grandaddy of them all, William Kotzwinkle’s (LOVE that name) ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’. And it wasn’t all science fiction, oh no, take for instance the beautiful ‘Nosferatu’ novelization (pictured above) with its red-tinted page edges and gorgeous black and white photo gallery (I particularly enjoy how the impossibly beautiful Isabelle Adjani is credited as ‘Isabelle ADJANI’ in each of her photos – quite RIGHT, too).
As you can probably tell, during the process of developing the Panic Button novelization, I got a bit misty eyed about the cinematic cookbooks of yesteryear and did some research around the subject. There are movie novels based on movies based on already existing novels (phew!), pseudo-sequels and spin-offs based on film franchises desperate to keep the ball rolling (and the cash registers ringing) while the property is still ‘hot’, and books that feature fonts so large you could read them from the moon – all for a sturdier page count and thicker, more consumer-friendly spine.
If, having read this far, you’re feeling a bit nostalgic too for these oh-so-guilty pleasures then I urge you to check out these links, which are filled with wonders:
- Revenge of the Novelizations (amusing reviews of classics and some “not-so-classic-classics” of the form): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- Cult Film Freak interview with the mighty novelizer Alan Dean Foster.
- Joe Queenan ponders terrors including Hannah Montana adaptations at The Guardian.
Now, I’m gonna pop my author copy of ‘Panic Button’ on the shelf in pride-of-place next to Arthur Byron Cover’s ‘Flash Gordon’ and, if just for a few moments, feel like that 10 year-old kid again.
Some context – that’s higher global ranking than the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Captain America: The First Avenger (dig: those: colons!).
That is a big deal for everyone involved, well done to the entire team!
A request – if you liked the movie, please take a moment to click thru & give the film a quick rating/review. It will make a big difference to a little indie picture, thank you. (if you hated the movie please go and have a nice cup of tea and a sit down instead…)
Wow, what a week it’s been for The Lamplighters!
The ebook held the #1 spot in Samhain Publishing’s Horror Bestsellers for 10 days since its release on November 1st.
The first review of The Lamplighters came in and it’s a goody!
I did a guest blog about all things Lamplighters at The Top Shelf, my thanks to Misty Rayburn:
Then, my publisher Samhain got in touch and informed me I was “voted a close 2nd to Ramsey Campbell in their favorite horror author election.” I had no idea! Thanks to all the kind readers who voted, and am looking forward to cosying up in my Samhain Horror hoodie while working on my next book
And hey, if you’d like to win a Samhain Book Voucher worth $5 to spend on The Lamplighters or any other title, just ‘like’ this Facebook page. Go there now and do it folks. The winner will be drawn at random on November 13th.
Last but not least, a 2-page ad for the Samhain Horror line appeared in HorrorHound #32, go here to see a snapshot in all its glory.
What’s next? Well, the movie novelization of ‘Panic Button‘ (out now on UK DVD/Blu-ray to tons of great reviews) is coming soon, and I am working on book #3 along with new feature film projects. Yup, as the freezing English fog draws in, that hoodie is gonna be very handy!
‘Til next slime, take scare my f(r)iends.
Here’s wishing the Panic Button production team lots of sales ops at the American Film Market where the movie screens today.
Check out the movie’s official site for this and other screening details, and a new poster created especially for the AFM:
Still on topic, the folks over at the Panic Button’s Facebook just posted this photo, which made me smile:
Yes folks, the proof copy of the Panic Button movie novelization has arrived at their offices! More about the book soon, meantime I urge you to check out viral site All2gethr.com for some social networking satire and a few treats and surprises. All2gethr.com could well become your alternative to that other well-known social networking site, which is allegedly under threat from hacking group ‘Anonymous’. Hmmm, wonder who ‘Anonymous’ might be? And are they on Google+….?
For more info about Panic Button, check out my new page dedicated to the movie and forthcoming novel.