Monday, 29 August 2016

The Taint - Vinyl Soundtrack Kickstarter

Inspired by Troma films, Evil Dead, and John Waters, The Taint is a 2010 no-budget award-winning horror comedy with an over-the-top 80's-style synthesizer soundtrack. It was distributed by Troma Entertainment and was a big hit on the independent film festival circuit.


The original score was composed by Drew Bolduc and features the music of Philip Heesen III, Robert King, Brian Beck, and Chris Bolduc.

Due to many fan requests, there are plans to release the soundtrack as a vinyl record, but to do it they need your help, so they have launched a Kickstarter campaign.

If you have seen the film and would love to get involved with the soundtrack release, visit the Kickstarter Page

The album features amazing artwork by Barf Comics.

Friday, 26 August 2016

HEIR - short film review.

Richard Powell’s unsettling short film “Heir”, which is currently playing at festivals, is a film I had featured on this site once before, albeit rather briefly, as it was screened at last years Mayhem Festival during their scary shorts section. But I was recently contacted by producer Zach Green, who asked if I’d like to give it a rewatch, so I dutifully obliged. 

Gordon (as played by Canadian TV actor Robert Nolan) is taking his young teenage son on a trip to meet an old friend of his, Denis (played by genre regular Bill Oberst Jr – Zombie World). But, as we have seen from their internet chat messages during the intro, we know that this is no regular father-son road trip. 

Meeting in a diner, where the son seems unawhere of the sinister undertones of the conversation, they soon end up back at the Denis’s place, where the young lad is subsequently drugged and bound up. 

But whilst their intentions are sinister, the film then takes a very bizarre sci-fi twist, as we discover that these men are “monsters” in a very literal sense and their intentions towards the boy are not exactly what we had imagined (think Brian Yuzna’s “Society”). 

Clocking in at around 11 mins, the director manages to cram in a lot of storytelling in that time and boasts strong performances from both Nolan and Oberst. However, the subject of child abuse and grooming still makes for very uncomfortable viewing, even when dressed up in a sci-fi setting. 

The film is doing the rounds on the festival circuit at the moment. If you get chance to see this, do so. 


You can find out more about this, and other films from the production team at http://www.fatalpictures.com

Checkout the film's Facebook page.

View the trailer on YouTube


Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter first screening announced

Neil Johnson’s highly anticipated sci-fi actioner ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER has been named as the Opening Night Film at this year's Action On Film Festival, which takes place in Monrovia, California, which is becoming one of the worlds top festivals to be in.

The screening also marks the World Premiere of the film, which has been nominated for eight major awards at the festival including Female Action Performer of the Year (star Tracey Birdsall) and Best Science Fiction Film. 

Director Johnson will be in attendance at the red carpet event, along with the full cast led by star Tracey Birdsall (Who's Jenna...?, Dawn of the Crescent Moon).

ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. 

Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (The Hobbit), Daz Crawford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Stephen Manley (Star Trek III), Marilyn Ghiggliotti (Clerks), Livvy Stubenrauch (Disney's Frozen), Tim McGrath, Ashley Park, Aaron Jacques, Marc Hawes, Tony Gibbons, Michael Scott Martin, and Charles Beck.

ROGUE WARRIOR : ROBOT FIGHTER, nominated for eight awards at Action On Film Festival, including:

 FEMALE ACTION PERFORMER OF THE YEAR - FEATURE (for Birdsall);
 BREAKOUT ACTION STAR- FEMALE - FEATURE (for Birdsall);
 BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - FEATURE (for Johnson);
 BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS - FEATURE (for Johnson);
 BEST SOUND DESIGN - FEATURE (for Johnson);
 BEST SCIENCE FICTION;
 BEST YOUNG PERFORMER - FEATURE (for Livvy Stubenrauch); and
 BEST SOUNDTRACK - FEATURE (for Alex Starpoli).

Ticket's to the premiere are now available HERE

The event is expected to SELL OUT, so it is recommended to pre-book tickets online ASAP. 

View the trailer on YouTube

Follow the event on Facebook.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

OBSERVANCE - on UK DVD Oct 10

Coming to UK DVD this October. In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker (Lindsay Farris - Primal) reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator.

Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker witnesses bizarre and terrifying happenings surrounding her, oblivious to the dark presence threatening to consume him.

The second feature from Australian filmmaker Joseph Sims-Dennett (Bad Behaviour), OBSERVANCE is a terrifying and suspenseful film critics are hailing as the very definition of psychological horror.

Special features on the disc include a Making-of featurette and a Trailer.

OBSERVANCE is released to UK DVD October 10 from Soda Pictures.

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

'The Killing of America' makes its FrightFest premiere this weekend!

The film they didn’t want us to see The Killing of America makes its FrightFest premiere this weekend and UK Blu-ray debut in October 2016.

Described as "among the most controversial documentaries in the history of cinema", Sheldon Renan and Academy Award nominee Leonard Schrader’s (Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Mishima, Blue Collar) The Killing of America is a graphic and provocative examination of America’s history, complete with senseless violence, mass shootings and cold-blooded murder.

Never distributed, televised or made available for sale in the United States, this provocative documentary now arrives in the UK, courtesy of Severin Films, in a fully restored edition and makes its FrightFest premiere on 29 August 2016.

A limited theatrical release will follow and, on 24 October, the first ever UK Blu-ray release of the infamous ‘shock doc’ arrives loaded with exclusive special features – including the even more unnerving Japanese version known as Violence U.S.A. – which remains one of the most profoundly disturbing and still chillingly relevant documentary experiences of our time. A DVD version will also be available.

For more info on this screening and other films at the festival visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk

The new UK BD and DVD will be available to pre-order shortly.

 

 

Mayhem Film Festival to host UK Premiere of HEADSHOT

Mayhem Film Festival to host UK Premiere of HEADSHOT and live performance from THE DUKE ST WORKSHOP feat. Laurence R. Harvey

With its 12th edition fast approaching, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce it will screen the UK Premiere of Headshot from Indonesian duo, Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, aka the Mo Brothers (Macabre, V/H/S/2), at Broadway, Nottingham.

 
 Starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais as Ishmael, Headshot, follows an amnesiac whose violent past comes back to haunt him. After the young doctor who nursed him gets kidnapped, Ishmael finds himself battling gangs of highly-skilled fighters he may have once worked with in the Indonesian underground, sparking fragments of his identity to resurface. 

Taking place on 13 – 16 October, this year’s festival will open with a live performance from The Duke St Workshop, featuring cult horror actor Laurence R Harvey (Human Centipede II & III, The Editor), and presented in collaboration with Nottingham-based film club Kino Klubb. The Duke St Workshop will be performing and expanding from their LP, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, consisting of two Lovecraft stories – ‘From Beyond’ and ‘The Hound’ – told over an hour-long set through meditative tinkles, sputtering howls of eerie electronica and nightmarish narrations. This haunting audio/visual feast is absolutely not to be missed.


"This year the range of films and genres on offer has expanded, explains Mayhem Co-Director Chris Cooke. So it's great that the hyper action and kinetic violence of the Mo Brothers’ latest film, Headshot, as well as the mind-bending horror of H.P. Lovecraft are represented and exist side by side at our festival. Lovecraft really is a crucial architect of the horror genre and this unique event, organised with the ever excellent Kino Klubb is something we're very excited about." 

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 13-16 October. Early Bird Passes for the festival are still available at the discounted price of £60 for a limited time only. 

For more information and to book your passes, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com



HALLOWEEN PARTY - Monster Invite Sept 2nd.

Coming to US VOD outlets this September From Leomark Studios, Halloween Party!


 Erin - hot, smart and single, is desperately trying to find a normal guy. She reluctantly agrees to come to her friends’ party. Dressed as a “stud finder” she is trying to find the love of her life at this crazy swinging Halloween Party. 

The prowling pirate, the sexy nurse, the hairy wolf man, the down to earth cave girl, the dueling strippers, the cops and S&M types, and even a half naked Sarah Palin are all trying to find some quick steamy action. The only guy that seems normal to Erin is someone dressed as a homeless man that smells like sh*t!

Hidden cameras everywhere will catch the guests off guard in the most kinky situations in this Halloween’s wildest time!

Enter the Halloween Party if you dare and leave all inhibitions on the doorstep.

From director Linda Palmer, Halloween Party premieres just in time for Halloween on US VOD 2nd September.

View the trailer of YouTube