My thanks to the organisers of Shockfest 2021 for selecting my award winning folk horror film The Stay to screen in Las Vegas in Official Selection.
You can join haunted host Bill Oberst Jr. on December 10th live from Las Vegas for this year’s Ghost Ship themed event. Online event tickets are available here and the frightening fun begins at 18:30 (PST).
It’s great to be rounding off this year’s festival screenings at Shockfest. My thanks again to everyone involved in making it happen, and congrats to all the other filmmakers and creators!
Great news from Catalonia!
#TheStayMovie — Official Selection — Terror Shorts category Galacticat (June 7-9, 2019) Thanks to the Festival Programmers from the Cast & Crew of The Stay! http://www.galacticat.cat
Official Selection — Haunted House FearFest
‘Independent Horror Short Films Monthly Screening’
@ The Castle, Friedrichshain Berlin, June 9th 2019 💀 This is a walk-in screening at The Castlethat has 50+ draft beers on tap.
The cover charge is 3 Euros on the door (no exceptions), this includes being part of the draw for a Haunted House T-shirt worth (20 euros), and you get to vote on your favourite films on the night. Check out the Facebook event page for further details.
Don’t um Panic, but on October 23, 2017 (today!) – “Ground-breaking, hard-edged psycho-cyber horror thriller” PANIC BUTTON gets a remastered re-release on DVD & Download (from Trinity Films).
And you can WIN a copy thanks to the fine people over at Masters of Horror. Click here to enter, and hurry! The closing date for entries is October 30.
The Remaster includes all-new extras including audio commentary from yours truly, and a host of other cool features.
You can see the new trailer that PromoteHorror is calling “Hard-Core” here:
Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website – All2gethr.com. On board the private jet, their mysterious host invites 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. They are about to learn that putting your life online can have deadly offline consequences and that there no ESC key…
Panic Button, made in 2011, was one of the first British horror films to explore the dark side of social networking and the perils of sharing too much information online. Played out in a claustrophobic, almost real-time situation, the film taps into pertinent social issues that now have a universal significance in the digital age. Themes such as social media crime, identity theft, cyber bullying, voyeurism, peer pressure, child safety and terrorism all come into play, at a time when iPads and smart phone apps were in their infancy.
• Audio Commentary with writers Frazer Lee, John Shackleton & David Shillitoe
• Trailer Galler
• Gag reel
• Outtake/deleted scenes
• Making of, Gallery
• Guerrilla Filmmakers Masterclass
• Flight School – How to get a film off the ground
PANIC BUTTON is a MOVIE MOGUL PRODUCTION,
starring SCARLETT ALICE JOHNSON JACK GORDON MICHAEL JIBSON ELEN RHYS and JOSHUA RICHARDS.
Costume Designer: SIAN JENKINS, Hair and make up by VICTORIA NORTHBROOKE Production Designer: TIM DICKEL, Director of Photography: SIMON POULTER, Edited by JOHN GILLANDERS, music by MARK RUTHERFORD, Line Producer: GARETH I DAVIES, co-producer: DAVID SHILLITOE
Written by FRAZER LEE, JOHN SHACKLETON, DAVID SHILLITOE & CHRIS CROW
Produced by JOHN SHACKLETON & directed by CHRIS CROW
Read PANIC BUTTON the official movie novelisation by FRAZER LEE on Kindle
“The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Alan Jones, Film4 Frightfest) “British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)
“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)
“Just excellent” ☆☆☆☆ (Screenjabber)
“Totally terrifying!” (Billy Chainsaw, Shock Horror)
Starburst Magazine says, “The Stay (Directed by Frazer Lee who wrote the screenplay for Panic Button), shows us a nightmarish holiday for one lone female. Broodingly creepy, this short is very much in the tradition of classic TV show Tales of the Unexpected.”
High praise indeed! And being selected by this festival has an extra buzz for me. Starburst was my first ever magazine subscription when I was a young monster kid, dreaming of making my own movies while poring over its full colour behind-the-scenes photo spreads.
The Starburst International Film Festival takes place in Manchester, UK across the Bank Holiday weekend August 25th-27th. Tickets are on sale now, and further details about the fantastic line-up are at the festival’s official site.
Check out a trailer for ‘The Stay’ starring Daniela Finley, below.
Not so long ago, in a little cottage in the Cotswolds, I worked with some amazing people on my latest short film, The Stay. Our mission statement was to keep it simple, to keep it ‘do-able’. And so, our tale was about a character, a location, and a spooky “what if?” scenario.
With the support of our producers and crowdfunders (and many other supporters who gave of their time, skills and enthusiasm to help bring the project to the screen) The Stay had its World Premiere at the 25th Anniversary World Horror Con, in Atlanta USA. And the movie has been playing at film festivals ever since, picking up the Best Atmosphere Award at last year’s Independent Horror Movie Awards, along with nominations for Best Music and Best Original Concept.
Now (drum roll please…) I’m delighted to announce that The Stay has won another award!
My thanks to Festival Director Dionne Jackson and all at the Things2Fear Film Fest for including The Stay in Official Selection, and for awarding the film the brilliant accolade of ‘Best Story’. And I’d like to congratulate all the selected filmmakers, awards nominees and winners on their work – you can see the full list of 2016 award winners, and learn more about the festival here.
The results of this year’s Book Pipeline Competition, for writers with material suitable for Film/TV adaptation, have been announced and (insert fanfare here) I’m thrilled to announce that my novelThe Lamplighters is a Finalist!
It’s a real thrill to have The Lamplighters make the selection from over 900 entries.
Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Zach Fortier with I Am Raymond Washington. It sounds like a fascinating book and I am looking forward to reading (and seeing!) it.
Here’s the complete list of Book Pipeline 2015 Finalists and Semifinalists. Congrats to all who were selected:
Executive Outcomes by Nick Bicanic A Fistful of Clones by Seaton Kay-Smith The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee Stranded by Douglas Wentworth The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans The Wet Woman by Alejandra Mattoni
Do Not Resuscitate by Nicholas Ponticello Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan Just a Theory by Annie Wood Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash The Virus by Janelle Diller
What does this exciting news mean for The Lamplighters?
Well, in the coming weeks I will be consulting with the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline development team to discuss the screen adaptation potential of my work.
I’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Thanks for reading,
Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Best First Novel, The Lamplighters is available in ebook and paperback from:
“A chilling commentary on the modern phenomenon of social media…I highly recommend reading this book, after which you really should go and see the film as well” (Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror)
“More than competes with anything the creators of the original Saw could dream up” (Hellnotes)
“Frazer Lee explores the real dangers of putting our lives online and, through his characters, shows the real-life consequences of cyber-bullying, privacy, identity theft and the dangers of hiding behind the internet” (Malysa Stratton Louk, Digital Journal)
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” (Paul Mount, Starburst Magazine)
Praise for Panic Button: The Movie
“The best British horror in years” ☆☆☆☆ (Adam Stephen Kelly, Ain’t It Cool News)
“The Social Network of Shocks” ☆☆☆☆ (Alan Jones, Film4 Frightfest)
“This is British horror at its bloody best” ☆☆☆☆ (Sky Movies)
“Nail-bitingly terrifying” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Abertoir Film Festival)
Please watch, rate, review and share – thank you for supporting independent filmmaking!
About The Stay
A young woman checks into a secluded cottage and discovers that some vacations stay with you…forever.
The Stay is a supernatural suspense chiller from Bram Stoker Award finalist Frazer Lee (Panic Button, On Edge, Red Lines, Simone), starring Daniela Finley with cinematography by BAFTA Award Nominee Alan Stewart (Sherlock Holmes, Into The Woods, SPECTRE, King Arthur).
Winner Best Atmosphere, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Original Concept, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Music, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015