Thursday, 14 December 2017

Film Review: MONSTER X (2017)


MONSTER X ** U.S.A. 2017 Dir: Daniel B.Iske, Patrick Rea, Sean Von Leijenhorst & Jaysen P. Buterin 70 mins

MONSTER X is an anthology movie containing 4 shorts and a wraparound feature that was part of a TV series. This particular episode, taken from the American TV series THE DEAD HOUR (2010-2014)  directed by Daniel B. Iske is called FRIGHT FEST. It follows a horror fan on a first date with his new lady at the local cinema theatre to watch a horror movie marathon. This starts off fairly bland and normal but as the other shorts come and go this gets a little weirder every time cramming in werewolves, serial killers and zombies to chase after the hapless couple.

Book Review: GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY VOLUME 2 - A GRAPHIC COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY M.R. JAMES


Book Review: GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY VOLUME 2 - A GRAPHIC COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY M.R. JAMES

Those who have read the first volume (review here) of Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary by M.R. James, will be pleased to know that the second volume is just as good if not better then the first. This second volume much like the first has stories adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion to bring to life the stories of M.R. James if in a more condensed format. There is four stories contained in this volume and they range from ghostly apparitions, tales of ill-advised exploration and things that are best left buried. Each story has been illustrated by a different artist as well to add a brilliant variation to the stories.

MONARCH HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE THRILLER 'ONE OF US'


ONE OF US is a thriller involving a lost friend and reclusive cult. When journalist Melanie Roberts goes to the Ascension Family Commune, she finds herself in too deep and Haley nowhere to be found. ONE OF US was directed by Blake Reigle (Beneath the Surface, 2007). As well, the film stars: Christa B. Allen (Youth in Revolt), Derek Smith (Euogilia), Carly Schroeder, Chasty Ballesteros and Ashley Wood.

This shocking title will show at online DVD retailers, this December, through Monarch Home Entertainment.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Film Review: CANNIBAL CLAUS (2016)


CANNIBAL CLAUS ** U.S.A. 2016 Dir: Sean Donohue 66 mins

This Santa doesn't want your cookies and milk, he just wants your lungs and tongue.....and anything the CANNIBAL CLAUS can get his teeth into. Bob Glazier stars as Nick Cringle a mall Santa Claus who mere days before Christmas day gets fired which doesn't sit well with him. Compiling a list of those who are naughty or nice...but mostly naughty...Nick goes out of his way to enjoy Christmas his way, by gutting those who are bad boys and girls.

TERRIFYING TRUE STORY OF TEEN VIOLENCE IN 'THE PLAYGROUND'


A provincial town in Poland. The final day of school. A seemingly normal day in life of three ordinary elementary school students. This day however eventually culminates in shocking and terrifying events.

Film Review: CUTE LITTLE BUGGERS (2017)


CUTE LITTLE BUGGERS * U.K. 2017 Dir: Tony Jopia 108 mins

Despite a hunch that it’s a shit-hole, a bunch of aliens in a far-away galaxy set their sights on Planet Earth to ensure the survival of their species, figuring that the females are easy and that Earth rabbits are an ideal vessel due to their frisky fucking abilities. This results in bunny-based carnage at a typical English summer fete in Deddington, Oxfordshire.

Film Review: DAWNING OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. Apocalypse) (2017)


DAWNING OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. Apocalypse) *** U.K. 2017 Dir: Tony Jopia 104 mins

A virus is released simultaneously across the globe that reanimates the dead and turns the living into flesh eating zombies. The scientist responsible for developing this  has a change of heart (after the damage has happened) and goes to a TV Network to confess. Ex War correspondent Katya, is entrusted to pass on these findings to the general public by live broadcast, however a special agent is in the building trying to hunt her down and stop the broadcast but the dead are taking over, not just in that building or city but the entire world at an alarming rate. Whether or not the truth is revealed....  does it really matter when there is so much carnage?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Film Review: VAMPIRA (a.k.a. Old Dracula) (1974)


VAMPIRA (a.k.a. Old Dracula) ** U.K. 1974 Dir: Clive Donner 85 mins

Suave David Niven plays Count Dracula in this early 1970's horror comedy which lacks in both departments. Count Dracula aims to bring his wife Vampira who has been sleeping for 50 years back to the world of the living dead. His only hope of this is finding the right blood that can bring her back. When a group of young women come to visit his castle in Transylvania he finds the blood he requires. Unfortunately during the blood transfusion the blood required gets mixed up and his once white wife wakes up black.

Film Review: THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972)


THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER *** Italy 1972 Dir: Umberto Lenzi. 93 mins

A trend-setting movie in the Italian cannibal cycle and a career-making picture for Lenzi, this operates as both a cash-in on the American hit A MAN CALLED HORSE and a fictionalised extension of the earlier “Mondo” movies. A title card at the start sets the tone for movies to come, highlighting the authenticity of what we’re about to see while announcing “only the story is imaginary” (!). The location filming is one of its strongest suits, with a marvellous sense of time and place as handsome ex-pat Brit photographer Ivan Rassimov has his casual J & B drinking session ruined by an altercation in a bar on the Thailand / Burma border, and ends up kidnapped by a tribe, captured in a net and forced to watch their tongue-slicing rituals before undergoing initiation.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

APOCALYPTIC THRILLER TO BE RELEASED BY WILD EYE RELEASING






















Wild Eye Releasing runs rings around MAD MAX this December with director Brett Bentman’s post-apocalyptic thriller APOCALYPSE ROAD.

Fuel up on a powerful mix of THE ROAD and FURY ROAD as APOCALYPSE ROAD chronicles the tense journey of two sisters separated during a post-apocalyptic depression. A sweat-inducing story about the instinct of human survival and unbreakable bonds, the film stars Katie Kohler (Subterranea), Ashlyn McEvers (22 Jump Street), Billy Blair (Machete, Machete Kills) and Nellie Sciutto (Shutter Island).

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Film Review: LOU SIMON'S 3 (2017)


LOU SIMON’S 3 * U.S.A. 2017 Dir: Lou Simon 82 mins

Give indie writer-producer-director Lou Simon credit for not only being an all-too rare female filmmaker in the genre, but also for making her fifth feature in five years, following the likes of HAZ MAT and AGORAPHOBIA. Sadly, 3 is a twist-laden torture movie at least 10 years too late to be relevant and too poorly written to be anything other than an unintentional comedy. The one-location, three-character set-up is heavily derivative of much earlier films, from the rubbish (THE TORTURED) to the smart (DEATH AND THE MAIDEN) and the outstanding (BIG BAD WOLVES).

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRYN CURT JAMES HAMMOND & NICK STEAD


I (Ric Wellington) had a brief break from my mundane Monday to Saturday box labelling job at a well known packaging company for HorrorScreams VideoVault, to have a intimate chit, chat with Bryn Curt James Hammond, Ex-model, Ex-GZ Magazine Editor and best-selling author of A Case for Murder: Brittany Murphy Files to find out what is happening in his life, why GZ Magazine crumbled and when will The Complete History of The Howling be released!

During the chat I also spoke with Nick Stead (Hybrid series) about his involvement in the Franchise companion’s original story arc.

Here’s what Bryn and Nick had to say.

IDW PUBLISHING UNLEASHING THE SPIDER KING IN 2018


Earth’s Last Line of Defense: Vikings!


In the year 956 AD an unlikely group of Viking warriors in northern Europe face an even more unlikely adversary in the form of… Aliens! The debut graphic novel from Australian author Josh Vann and Italian illustrator Simone D’Armini, 'The Spider King', introduces a vicious and violent world of survival to an extra terrestrial threat unlike any mankind has faced before.

Film Review: THE FORLORNED (2017)


THE FORLORNED *** U.S.A. 2017 Dir: Andrew Wiest 86 mins

Tom Doherty (Colton Christensen) takes on a job on a remote Canadian island as the caretaker of a lighthouse. Shown around his new abode by mainland local Murphy (Cory Dangerfield), the owner of Murphy's Bar, a friendly chap who welcomes Tom to the island by telling him of the numerous deaths and weird goings on that have befallen previous caretakers of the lighthouse. Strange tales of madness, ghosts, suicide and wild beasts certainly make Tom uneasy but Murphy manages to convince him that these are nothing but tall stories and the strange occurrences do have explanations. However, it isn't long before Tom does start seeing ghosts, hearing screams, pleas for help and warnings coming from an unplugged radio.

MIDNIGHT RELEASING CALL IN 'THE SPIRITUALIST'


This December Midnight Releasing will aim to free this place of spirits when they release THE SPRITUALIST.

Written and directed by Carl Medland, this British supernatural film stars Julie T. Wallace (The Living Daylights), Ian Reddington (Highlander) and Jane Merrow (Hands Of the Ripper, Night Of the Big Heat).

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

SUPERNATURAL THRILLER 'SOMEBODY'S DARLING' OUT DECEMBER


UFOClub Creative has announced the VOD release of Sharad Patel's SOMEBODY'S DARLING.

Putting a supernatural twist on the ever-relevant topics of campus safety, rape culture and privilege, Sharad Patel's directorial feature debut took home the Jury prize for Best Feature at Comicpalooza, Best Horror Feature Film at the Subversive Film Awards and Best International Film at the Feratum Film Festival.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

SCREAM QUEEN DANIELLE HARRIS STARS IN 'INOPERABLE'


Zorya Films and Millman Productions are putting scream queen Danielle Harris under the knife with the December 1st theatrical release of Christopher Lawrence Chapman's INOPERABLE.

Harris (HALLOWEEN 4 & 5, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, the HATCHET franchise) stars as Amy, a hospital patient who must battle nature and the supernatural before she ends up trapped for eternity. Chapman directed from a script he co-wrote with producer Jeff Miller.

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ARTHOUSE HORROR SHORT STREAMING NOW























Following an exciting festival run for their first feature Flesh of the Void, Sodom & Chimera has unveiled The Temple of Lilith, a new short for an unsuspecting public. The latest from experimental filmmaker James Quinn, The Temple of Lilith stars Hex Suicide from the Suicide Girls, and was shot on 16mm film.

ARROW VIDEO DECEMBER 2017 RELEASE SCHEDULE


Arrow Video have released their schedule for December and it will be another month of DVD, Blu-ray and dual format releases. Below you will find the December 2017 release schedule for U.K., U.S.A. and Canada releases.

If you missed what Arrow Video released in November 2017 you can find all the details HERE.

HOUSE

Release Date: 11th December 2017 (U.K. Release)

12th December 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray and DVD

Directed by: Steve Miner

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Book Review: THE PERENNIAL MIGRATION by D.M. Kirtaime


Book Review: THE PERENNIAL MIGRATION by D.M. Kirtaime

Plot:

The year is 3010, the human race divided; the new breed living inside the World Administration dome network and outside the older breed. A pandemic, broken out throughout the dome network by a corrosion in the citizens' wrist chips, is causing the planet to die. Whether the outbreak was accidental or intentional, either way the reptilian race stood to gain from such an apocalypse. With most metal resources now the property of the World Administration, survival of man, beast and plant will depend on such life forms working together; and the leniency of our galaxy controllers.