Monday, 17 December 2018

Film Review: BRIDE OF SCARECROW (2018)


BRIDE OF SCARECROW *** U.K. 2018 Dir: Louisa Warren 90 mins

You were warned not to walk on the farmers land, now you have even more reason to listen to the warning. Failed radio host May Sealey (Claire-Maria Fox), finds out she has inherited a farm house and its grounds in Wales. Although she never knew the family she inherited it from she visits the property with her friends and her boyfriend. Signing the agreement she now officially owns the property, unfortunately she also inherits the curse that is on the land. For every 20 years a scarecrow comes to life and he is seeking out a new bride. The curse only lasts 48 hours but will that be enough time to stop the scarecrow once and for all or will the curse forever go on?

Film Review: GLAM (2019) (Short Film)


GLAM *** U.S.A. 2019 Dir: Sam Hodge 14 mins 

This short movie follows two young female friends after a night out, on their way home they are abducted by a masked assailant and awake in a cellar where they are tortured by a mad man obsessed with perfection.

Film Review: WITCHING HOUR (2014)


WITCHING HOUR ** U.S.A. 2014 Dir: Ken Comito, Melanie Comito, Victoria King and Josh Spiegel 90 mins 

WITCHING HOUR is an anthology based around an ancient religious relic which was made into a clock in the 1940's to disguise what it really is and the power it holds. It chooses its victims and subjects them to mental torture driving them to commit acts of murder for its own amusement and then moves on to the next unsuspecting person. The clock is purchased by two female housemates and as it slowly takes over one of the girls it tells and shows other stories of its power unfolding within 6 short stories.

ACCLAIMED ADULT FAIRY TALE 'SNOWFLAKE' OUT NOW


Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation have released Adolfo Kolmerer's SNOWFLAKE.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

FRIGHTENING TRAILER & POSTER RELEASED FOR 'SCARECROWS'


Teenagers are kidnapped and made into living scarecrows who are left to die in crop fields in an exceedingly frightening stoner-horror throwback in the vein of Jeepers Creepers and Scream.

SCARECROWS, from director Stu Stone, rises from the cornfields this December from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Film Review: MOLLY (2017)


MOLLY **** Netherlands 2017 Dir: Colinda Bongers, Thijs Meuwese. 91 mins

Setting its scene (and style) with a superb pre / post-apocalyptic beach-set jump cut followed by a bravura one-take fight scene, this is a remarkably assured low-budget dystopian action picture. The eponymous Molly (Julia Batelaan) is the stuff of legend, a lone warrior roaming the barren landscape, robbing corpses to stay alive and in possession of mad fighting skills. Accompanied by an intelligent bird of prey and a rescued young orphan, she strives to evade the top-hat-sporting leader of a band of marauders intent on capturing her and pitting her super-human powers against the feral survivors they keep for ghoulish entertainment in front of a crowd of paying customers.

Film Review: CULT OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. Isle Of The Snake People) (1971)


CULT OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. Isle Of The Snake People) ** Mexico / U.S.A. 1971 Dir: Jack Hill, Juan Ibáñez 71 mins

This version on the Boris Karloff Collection DVD I watched is the heavily edited home video release from 1987. The original film ran for nearly 90 minutes so my review is solely based on the version I seen on this DVD collection. On a small remote island the locals worship a priest known as Damballah. Through his religious rites involving voodoo he has control of the locals through fear of him. Belly dancing is provided by Yolanda Montes a.k.a. Tongolele, adding a bit of eroticism to the ceremony scenes. The island also has a bit of a problem with zombies but you won't see them eating brains.

SECOND SIGHT SET TO BRING 'WHEN A STRANGER CALLS' TO U.K. BLU-RAY


Have you checked the children?

'Who could ever forget this iconic line? — it terrified, traumatised a whole generation of moviegoers’ - Diary Of A Movie Maniac

This year the genre-defining WHEN A STRANGER CALLS gets its first UK Blu-ray release in December alongside sequel WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK.

The seminal slasher WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, that sees a babysitter terrorised by a psychopathic killer, struck fear into the hearts of a generation of filmgoers. Now this terrifying movie, directed by Fred Walton (The Rosary Murders) and starring Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) and Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon), is set to get its first ever UK Blu-ray courtesy of Second Sight in December 2018.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Film Review: AXEMAS (2017) (Short Film)


AXEMAS *** USA 2017 Dir: John Ward. 25 mins

Writer-director John Ward here offers another addition to the Santa suit slasher sub-genre while aping the lo-fi look and feel of its early 1980’s inspiration.

GARAGEHOUSE PICTURES RELEASE 'MONSTROSITY' & 'THE WEIRDO' ON BLU-RAY


Garagehouse Pictures have released two films by legendary grindhouse auteur Andy Milligan on Blu-ray this December.

For many years, much of the work of Andy Milligan has been unavailable, out-of-print or lost, but lately there's been a resurgence of interest, thanks in large part to Jimmy McDonough's exemplary biography, The Ghastly One.