What happens when your zombie film is over run by REAL zombies? This is the problem faced by a New Zealand director in the upcoming feature "I Survived a Zombie Holocaust", which is currently in production.
Indie film maker Christopher Witherspoon recently got in touch about his film "Rage", which has been playing the festival circuits to much critical acclaim, and very kindly sent me a screener copy of his film to take a look at.
The film is set in Portland, Oregon, and revolves around a chap named Dennis (Rick Crawford), who’s just broken things off with his mistress, as he’s decided he doesn’t want to ruin his marriage, and besides she has a psycho boyfriend who’s just got out of jail.
Unfortunately, his routine trip into town is subsequently marred by an encounter with a less than friendly motorcyclist, who clearly has some sort of problem with him. As he proceeds to hold him up at subsequent sets of traffic lights, then starts following him round town.
With no idea who this person is, or why he's trying to intimidate him, he initially shrugs it off and just tries to go about his buisiness. But what started as a routine day, quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, as he finds this guy is actively stalking him round town, with each subsequent encounter becoming progressively more confrontational and violent.
For the most part, the story seems to be largely inspired by the old 1974 film "Duel" (which even gets a mention in the film), but also seemed to have a few nods to the old 80s slasher films at the end.
Overall I enjoyed this, director Christopher Witherspoon has worked in the film industry for many years, in various roles, and has obviously put his experience to good use in this. It's well shot, well filmed and the actors can actually act, which made a nice change from some of the indie films I've had to review in the past, and there is a neat twist in the end (which I won't spoil for you) that I certainly didn't see coming.
The only minor negative thing I would perhaps say is that I personally prefer films that are a bit faster paced, whereas this film takes the time to build things up slowly. But that's not really a criticism, rather just a statement about my own personal tastes. But in any case, you should certainly like the end confrontation, when everything finally comes to a head.
To summarise, "Rage" is an effective little thriller, that is reminiscent of the 70's and 80s thrillers it owes its inspiration to and given the chance, you should check this one out.
One for all you fans of George Romero's classic "Living Dead" films, TriCoast Publishing is pleased to present a multimedia experience in horror with the "Day of The Dead Fan Bible" (Enhanced Edition). The TriBook Fan Bible is a must have for anyone who appreciates the sinister genius that is Romero.
TriBooks (enhanced video eBooks) allows Day of the Dead fans to read the original never before published screenplay deemed "too horrific to bring to life", including every gory detail oozing out of the screen.
Read George A. Romero's original script, watch clips from the film examined, exposed and explained by the director himself. Listen as Special Effects Pioneer Tom Savini reveals for the first time ever, the method behind the madness. Travel underground with Production Designer Cletus Anderson as he walks you through the cold, dark, legendary bunker they called home for the four month production of Day of the Dead.
The TriBook, or video enhanced eBook format, is a compelling blend of mixed media components designed to captivate your senses, making this an exciting new way to go behind the scenes. It includes the original screenplay, storyboard illustrations, clips from the movie, and interviews and commentary with the director, special effects artists, producers, and cast and crew.
Due to the disturbing and explicit nature of this content, Day of the Dead Fan Bible is not recommended for anyone other than true fans.
Daniel Radcliffe, the star of upcoming ghost story chiller, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, invites YouTube users to vote for their favourite ghost story from the ten shortlisted final entries of THE WOMAN IN BLACK ghost story competition.
Launched on Halloween (31st October 2011) the competition challenged budding writers to submit their own original short story to the official YouTube channel for a chance to win a trip to attend the Worldwide Premiere of THE WOMAN IN BLACK on 24th January 2012.
In addition, the winning entry will be read out by Daniel Radcliffe and included in the bonus features of THE WOMAN IN BLACK DVD.
The competition was a resounding success with a 177 harrowing, haunting tales submitted that have now been whittled down to ten finalists. The stories shortlisted for the final ten were selected on the following judging criteria: creativity, originality and writing style.
Daniel Radcliffe announced the competition closing with a message for all those who took part in the ghost stories initiative. He was particularly impressed with the standard of entries for the competition, adding “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has submitted their ghost stories over the last few weeks. The quality of the entries has been absolutely amazing.”
The destiny of the winning video will be decided by whichever generates the most votes across YouTube. Daniel encouraged users to vote for their favourite video, asking “This is where I hand it over to you. Take a look at the top ten videos in the voting section and vote for your favourite story.”
Votes for the best video commences from 21st December, with voting closing at 23:59 on January 5th, 2012. The winner will be announced on 6th of January, 2012.
A full set of terms and conditions are available on the YouTube channel
The old Video Nasty title "Terror Eyes" has finally been released on DVD, in the US at least, as part of the Warner Bros "Burn on Demand" Archive collection.
Released under its US title "Night School", the film is a fairly grisly slasher movie about a maniac dressed in biker leathers and a crash helmet hacking up the students at a Boston College, which stars Megan Ward (of The Thorn Birds fame in her screen debut) as one of the students and B-movie regular Leonard Mann (Cut and Run) as the investigating detective.
The movie is acually a DVDr release, which they burn to order whenever one is purchased, but don't let that put you off. This is still a legitimate release, which has been digitally remastered and early reviews suggest the picture quality is excellent.
The disc contains the original theatrical trailer as an extra.
This January Studio Canal will be releasing on DVD for the first time ever the classic Hammer horror pictures "The Scarlet Blade" and "The Brigand of Kandahar".
Both films were directed by John Gilling from the famous Hammer Film Productions and star the legendary Oliver Reed!
THE SCARLET BLADE is a historical adventure set during the English Civil War. Oliver Reed is in devilish form as a Roundhead soldier who kidnaps the King on the orders of his tyrannical Colonel (Lionel Jeffries). It's down to a local group of loyal soldiers to rescue him, led by Royalist cavalier, known as The Scarlet Blade.
In THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR, Oliver Reed continues his villainous streak in another Hammer historical adventure. The setting is the Indian desert, where the British army faces scorching temperatures and savage warrior, Reed playing Eli Khan, leader of some local bandits that come to the aid of a disgraced British officer.
This English-language adaptation of the Swedish crime novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wearily patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon.
How do you make a fortune from the bloodlust of millions? One sadistically savvy businessman (Samuel L. Jackson) has created an empire with his brutal, fight-to-the-death gladiator website. His newest warrior is David Lord (Kellan Lutz), a kidnapped fireman, now imprisoned and forced to fight for his life.
To buy his freedom, Lord agrees to do a series of lethal bouts. But as the body count escalates, and with his most challenging battle remaining, Lord unleashes a torrent of bloody carnage and reveals a secret that threatens to tear down the entire enterprise. Also featuring Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s “Lost”) and Nina Dobrev (TV’s “Vampire Diaries”).
ARENA marks the directorial debut of visual effects supervisor Jonah Loop (Collateral, Transporter 2). It was written by Tony Giglio (Chaos, Death Race 2 & 3) based on a screenplay by Michael Hultquist & Robert Martinez (Victim) and produced by Mark Williams (Flawless, Malice in Wonderland), Brad Krevoy (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin) and Mike Callaghan (Hardwired, Ticking Clock).
The film is released to UK DVD and Blu-ray January 9th.
Tyrannosaur is the debut feature film from award winning actor turned director Paddy Considine (Dead Mans Shoes).
The film revolves around Joseph, (Peter Mullan - Trainspotting, Session 9) a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, who is spiraling into turmoil.
A chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman - Hot Fuzz, TV's Peep Show), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own, a secret that wil have devastating consequences for both of them.
The film is released to UK DVD on February 6th Feb and is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk
Publisher Mohawk Media has today released the second issue of its new title, Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde.
Not content with the title's legendary headliners, the publisher is promising several surprise guest stars.
British writer Chris Bunting says: "The second issue features not one, but two tyrants from the pages of history. Each will play a major role in the future of this series.
"Plus, a long forgotten character from the Robin Hood legend will make an overdue comeback.
"This flows directly into the ethos of this comic book: to give readers a thrilling ride through a clash of cultural titans. Expect twists and turns – including unexpected guest stars throughout the series."
Released via the publisher's paperless Eco Comics range, editor Stuart Buckley explains: "This digital comic book isn't some rough and ready webcomic.
It is, for all intents and purposes, a top quality print comic book in everything but its physical format. In fact, it knocks spots off most print comic books.
"The mission statement of Mohawk Media is to produce stories that are more concerned with being entertaining than edgy. We believe that writer Chris Bunting and artist JL Czerniawski are future stars, and they're showing exactly why with this series."
Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde #2 is a twenty-page issue, and is available to order now in various digital formats via the Eco Comics store http://www.mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics for $1.95 (approximately £1.20).
If you’re looking for a bit of light reading over the festive period, then here's the very book for you. "Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys"!!!!
Oh yes, written as a “B-movie” in a book, with a title that would surely make Arthur Conan Doyle turn in his grave, this is actually a collection of 4 stories from author Chris Wood, featuring the legendary detective, his impertinent assistant Dr Watson and a hoard of undead flying simians, which feature predominantly in the first story and turn up to wreak havoc in the subsequent 3.
The first tale “The Flying Zombie Death Monkey’s”, is the main story of the book, and sees the famous crime fighting duo, armed with an unfeasibly large amount of ammunition for a Victorian story, risking life and limb trying to prevent the titular creations of the man with the sinister bonce from taking over London after they decimate parliament.
The Second tale, “A Scandal in Burnley” has Holmes and Watson trying to find the whereabouts of a certain incriminating photo that threatens to embarrass a certain Bavarian nobleman (the motto of the story being, if you are going to have an affair, never photograph yourself with your mistress mooning a scurrilous rebuke to a football team).
The third story “The Pain of the Piano Forted Parts” sees them trying to find who the real culprit was that “knackered” the career ofa man who could play the piano using his genitalia and lastly “The Mystery of the Speckled Wang” has the bungling crime fighters embroiled in a tale of murder most foul on a country estate, which is made all the more difficult by attacks by the flying creatures from the first story.
Hugely tongue-in-cheek and filled with humour that would not be out of place in an Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall production, I really had a blast reading this. You can tell straight away from the story’s title what your in for, so if you like daft, tongue in cheek, slapstick humour then this is definitely for you.
This is actually author Chris Wood’s second “Holmes” novel, which is a follow up to “Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death”. I can’t wait to check that one out either!
After a hugely successful UK premiere at this years FRIGHTFEST, the Pierce Brothers winning combo of gory horror action, smart humour and heartfelt emotion "DEAD HEADS" hits UK video shelves this January.
The film follows zombie slackers Mike (Michael McKiddy) and Brent (Ross Kidder), who awaken as zombies in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and decide to go on a road trip, travelling cross country to find the formers old girlfriend and love of his life. But will those nasty bounty-hunting agents with a secret agenda catch them before they do?
As a zombieland Abbott and Costello, actors Michael McKiddy and Ross Kiddes chemistry and timing are superb. And you'll just love Markus Taylor as the lumbering Cheese.
Directed by brothers Brett and Drew T. Pierce, son of THE EVIL DEAD special effects photographer Bart Pierce, the film wears its influences gloriously on its blood splattered sleeve and sees a return to 1980s style comedy adventure movies in this Road Trip of the Living Dead that's hilarious fun and surprisingly sweet.
Dead Heads comes to UK DVD & BLU-RAY 2 JANUARY 2012 with a whole host of extras.
Wanting to scatter her father’s ashes at a significant place, Mara (Page) drives to a remote part of the beautiful Rogue River in Southern Oregon. When Mara’s car is towed away by over-zealous police she accepts the offer of a ride into town by a kindly passerby. First they must stop by his place though in order Jon (TEXAS CHAINSAW 2 and DEVIL’S REJECTS horror legend Bill Moseley) can tell his wife Lucinda what he’s up to.
So begins Mara’s nightmare descent into utter horror and disgust. For Jon and Lucinda aren’t what they seem and as they hold Mara hostage inside their house the shock twists and creepy turns begin. Your nerves will be stripped as bare as Jon and Lucinda dare when their clothes and wigs are removed, making Mara wish she had parked her car somewhere else.
If you’ve seen MISERY, you’ve seen nothing!
ROGUE RIVER comes to DVD & Blu-ray 16 January 2012 courtesy of G2 Pictures and After Dark Originals.
By popular demand, the producers of the much admired zombie survival flick THE DEAD are releasing the film’s soundtrack, which features a haunting original score from film composer Imran Ahmad, with vocals from top Eritrean singer Saba Tewelde and kora from Gambian virtuoso Jally Kebba Susso.
Howard Ford, the film’s producer and co-director, commented: “We were absolutely blown away by Imran’s unique and moving score for ‘The Dead’. We simply had to release it because of the sheer number of people asking where they could get their hands on the soundtrack. Also with the US DVD/Blue Ray release coming up on 14th February the demand is likely to grow, so I hope people are as moved and haunted by this incredible score as we continue to be”.
Imran, who worked closely with Howard and Jon Ford added: “The music intends to reflect the beauty of the natural world turning into a twisted and distorted reality. I hope the listener is able to share the journey across rural Africa that is portrayed in the film.”
The soundtrack is available to download from iTunes and Amazon from 12th December.
For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he discovers an image of himself as a young boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true - his life has been a carefully fabricated lie which hides something more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Before his ‘parents’ can explain they are murdered and Nathan finds himself on the run.
Propelled on a lethal, no-holds barred mission to learn the truth, every second counts as Nathan and his friend Karen (Lily Collins - "Preist"), aided by an undercover agent (Sigourney Weaver - the "Alien" Saga) race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way to survive is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.
Abduction will be available to download, and to rent and buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 13th February 2012
Released to UK cinemas this weekend. Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists.
The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must jon the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time.
The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).
If you're in the mood for some post Xmas horror in the new year, then murder, gore and mayhem will ensue when two giants of the horror genre, Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street) and William Forsythe (Devil's Rejects) team up for the first time in supernatural horror thriller, INKUBUS, which will be released by Trinity X on DVD in the UK in February.
Directedby feature film debutant Glenn Ciano, INKUBUS tells the gruesome story of the demon Inkubus (played by Englund) who is hell-bent on destroying the one man who almost captured him thirteen years ago, Detective Gil Diamante (William Forsythe).
Shot in just 15 days, Ciano has gone on record as saying he wanted the film to be a “nuts and guts” throw-back to the 80s genre film.
Englund, who is known for working with new-blood directors such as Adam Green, Tim Sullivan and Scott Glossermanexplains why he took the role:“I deliberately now look first at scripts from newcomers and Glenn Ciano’s INKUBUS was such an intriguing project. People like him have shone a new light on the genre and provided it with a new and viable business model”.
When thinking about scary houses in films, what sends a shiver down your spine? Causing you to leave the light on when you go to sleep? The Shining? The Amityville Horror? Perhaps it's the house where Norman Bates kept his dead mother in a rocking chair, in "Psycho."
To celebrate the release of DREAM HOUSE on November 25th, we take a look at some of the scariest houses from the big screen!
The Amityville Horror (1979)
The picturesque home known as the Amityville Horror is the infamous house that appears in the film that is supposedly based on true events! Yep, that’s right, this house that appeared to be so perfect, was in fact the perfect haunted / horror house. Hearing voices telling you to “get out!”, as well as blood dripping from the walls and inanimate objects causing physical pain to those in the house are all factors that have put The Amityville Horror House in our list!
The Shining (1980)
When thinking about the perfect job, caretaking a big beautiful, remote hotel in the winter months seems like a pretty good job, right? Not when an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
The Haunting (1963)
Hill House, the large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. That description says it all really. Located in a remote part of New England and isolated from any nearby community, Hill House is a 90-year-old, 19th century mansion with a long history of death and murder.
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The house in “Nightmare on Elm St." house where Freddy Krueger crept into the dreams of teenagers certainly stays in your mind whilst trying to sleep. Whatever you do, don't fall asleep...or you'll meet the terrifying Freddy!
Bates Motel, need we say more?
The Exorcist (1973)
Remember that big white house with the big steps leading up to the big door? Remember what happened in that big white house? Remember the rumours that the film was cursed? You can go visit the house in Washington, if you dare.....Everything that happened around The Exorcist screams the scariest house of all time!
DREAM HOUSE is released in cinemas on November 25th.
Continuing its popular presentation of the Hammer horror era, the Horror Channel serves up a seasonal menu of blood and barely restrained cleavage in a celebration of those glorious 70s supernatural sirens.
Over 4 weeks, starting Dec 24, you can share the Xmas season with Ingrid Pitt (Countess Dracula), Yutte Stensgaard (Lust For A Vampire), Martine Beswick (Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde) and real-life twins and former Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson (Twins Of Evil) in a crop of 1971 Hammer favourites.
Sat Dec 24 @ 23:10
DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (1971). Originally from Jamaica, Martine Beswick, who plays Sister Hyde, was a favourite of the film director Terence Young who cast her in two Bond films.
Sat Dec 31 @ 23:10 LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971). Yutte Stensgaard only appeared in one Hammer film but made quite an impression with male viewers as the predatory Mircalla who bites her way through the pupils of a ladies finishing school.
Sat Jan 7 @ 23:10 COUNTESS DRACULA (1971). Polish-born Ingrid Pitt is perhaps the most iconic of the Hammer leading ladies and when the company was re-instated in 2007 it was Ingrid they chose to represent the old guard in Beyond The Rave.
Sat Jan 14 @ 23:10 TWINS OF EVIL (1971). Born in Malta, Mary & Madeleine Collinson have the distinction of being the only Hammer debutants to appear on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show – this after Hugh Hefner chose them as Playboy’s 1970s ‘Misses October’.
The horror channel broadcasts on UK TV on Sky 319, Virgin 149 and Freesat 138
Coming to UK DVD & Blu-Ray in December, "Final Destination 5". Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
Directed by Steven Quale, marking his major feature film directorial debut. The film brings together an ensemble cast led by Emma Bell (TV’s "The Walking Dead") and Nicholas D’Agosto (TV’s "Heroes"), along with Miles Fisher (TV’s "Mad Men" and "Gossip Girl"), Arlen Escarpeta ("Friday the 13th") and 'Final Destination' franchise icon Tony Todd ("Hatchet II", "Candyman").
FD5 is released on DVD, Blu-ray Triple Play and 3D Blu-ray December 26th
Get ready for the next disturbing chapter in the terrifying Hostel franchise when Hostel: Part III debuts onto UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on January 23, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying HOSTEL series. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by two sexy escorts to join them at a private party way off the Strip.
Once there, they are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town.
Bonus materials include commentary with Director Scott Spiegel (Intruder, From Dusk Till Dawn 2) and actor Kip Pardue.
YES!!!!! Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classic 1 & 2, Nucleus Films are set to release a third volume this December.
Presented by Kim Newman, "Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3" will take you on another two hour trip back to the “gory days” of cult and exploitation cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as “grindhouse”.
There are 55 trailers to enjoy from films like Black Mama, White Mama, starring Tarantino favourite and Blaxploitation superwoman Pam Grier. Plus The Doberman Gang – an hilarious high concept robbery flick and an outrageous grindhouse oversale trailer Nazi Love Camp 27.
Then there’s classic horror exploitation fare with Don't Open the Door, Schizoid, Touch of Satan, Tourist Trap, It Came Without Warning and Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave. Sexploitation action comes thick and fast with Policewomen, Terminal Island, Superchick & The Female Bunch.
Plus, take a tour with ‘Kim Newman’s Guide to Grindhouse’, which will transport you back to those flea-pit cinemas of yesteryear. And with the sound down and sub-titles on the disc makes a great house party piece!
The collection is released to UK DVD on December 5.
Daniel Radcliffe, the star of upcoming ghost story chiller, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, has launched an initiative to find the UK and Ireland’s scariest story.
He is urging budding writers to submit their own original short story to THE WOMAN IN BLACK YouTube channel (see link below).
The winning entry will be recorded by Radcliffe and included on THE WOMAN IN BLACK DVD and the winner will win a trip to London to attend the Premiere of THE WOMAN IN BLACK in early 2012.
Daniel Radcliffe announced the competition with a reading of an iconic scene from Susan Hill’s original novella.
Radcliffe adds some advice for potential entrants, “For all you budding writers out there remember that it’s 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration so good luck and I can’t wait to see what spooky stories you guys come up with in the coming months”
The competition will run exclusively on YouTube. Entrants have to upload short videos of themselves reading their original ghost story through the film’s official YouTube page. The competition closes on the 20th of December 2011, whereupon ten finalists will be chosen and voted for by the public. The winner will be announced on the 6th of January 2012.
A full set of terms and conditions are available on the YouTube channel.
Justin Kurzel’s critically acclaimed debut feature film Snowtown comes to UK cinemas this month. A huge success at this year’s London Film Festival, the film documents the true story of serial killer John Bunting.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him in Adelaide's disenfranchised northern suburbs, and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid.
As John spends more and more time with Jamie’s family, he moves from the role of Jamie’s protector to that of a mentor, indoctrinating Jamie into his world, a world brimming with bigotry, righteousness and malice.
Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie soon begins to take on some of John’s traits and beliefs as he spends more and more time with him and his select group of friends. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is initially welcomed however as events occur around him, including the disappearance of several people, Jamie begins to harbour deep suspicions about John and his motivations.
When the truth is finally revealed to Jamie his hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer. A nail-biting, highly acclaimed thriller, Snowtown marks the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.
The film is released theatrically in the UK on Nov 18.
Lionsgate films have just released 8 differant character posters for their upcoming film "The Hunger Games" Featuring Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and introducing Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Cato (Alexander Ludwig), and Rue (Amandla Stenberg).
Publisher Mohawk Media has released the first issue of its digital comic book series, Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde. Written by Chris Bunting and illustrated by JL Czerniawski, who previously collaborated on the publisher’s Mr. T graphic novels.
Bunting says: “I’ve already written a few famous faces, but this is something extra special: bringing a number of world-famous characters together for the ultimate showdown. “My other goal was to redress the mistreatment these characters have so often received. Robin Hood isn’t portrayed here as the gallant hero he obviously never was, and Dracula is closer in tone to the original than perhaps ever before.
“As for Jekyll and Hyde, he was the main inspiration for the Hulk. Because of this, it never felt right that Hulk was always portrayed as bigger and stronger… until now. “But this isn’t just a horror tale, despite the Halloween launch of issue #1. It’s full of supernatural, sci-fi, superheroics – and good old-fashioned scraps. “It’s a clash of genres as much as it is a clash of the characters who embody and represent those genres.”
Editor Stuart Buckley adds: “It feels right for a British writer to bring these British-born legends together through a British publisher. The characters’ quintessential ‘Britishness’ won’t be lost in translation as it so often has been in the past. “As a result, we expect this series to have major global appeal. The first issue is ready to download worldwide now.
“Like many readers, we miss the days when a clash between the likes of Thing and Hulk generated far more interest than publicity stunts which seem to get in the way of solid storytelling, like ‘killing off’ the hero. We hope to bring that kind of excitement back.”
Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde will initially be a three issue series available monthly exclusively via the publisher’s groundbreaking line of ECO COMICS, with further instalments of the series to be announced.
It is expected to usher in a “versus” range of titles from the publisher.
Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde #1 is a twenty-page issue, and is available to order now in various digital formats via the Eco Comics store: www.mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics for $1.95 (approximately £1.20).
UK TV viewers, prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Horror Channel broadcasts a season of films that defines the Video Nasties phenomenon - one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film.
Headlining this ground-breaking series is the world TV premiere of VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE, which will be broadcast on November 4th @ 10.55pm
Directed by renowned filmmaker Jake West (Doghouse, Evil Aliens) and produced by Marc Morris, (co-author of ‘Art of the Nasty’), this era-defining documentary features reflective interviews with filmmakers Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) as well as charting the heroic stand taken by journalist/author Martin Barker, who single-handedly came out in protest against what he saw as the erosion of civil liberties.
Season Of The Banned – The Films
4th Nov @ 00:20 - THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
Sam Raimi’s masterpiece, starring Bruce Campbell, sees five twenty-something friends holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead, which unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods.
11TH Nov Double Bill – THE EXTERMINATOR and THE BEYOND
10.55pm - THE EXTERMINATOR (UK Premiere) (1980)
This exploitation revenge classic can finally be seen (uncut) on UK TV. James Glickenhaus' explosive story sees Vietnam vet John Eastland (Robert Ginty), go on a bloody vendetta against the New York underworld when his best friend is brutally beaten by a street gang.
00:50 - THE BEYOND (1981)
Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece of face chewing Spider action, milky eyed psychics, face melting embalming fluid and rotted, flesh-crazed Zombies returns in all its blood splattered, surreal and grossly disturbing glory for a new generation of horror fans.
18TH Nov Double Bill – ISLAND OF DEATH and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD
10.55pm – ISLAND OF DEATH (1972)
Greece is transformed into a bloodbath of sex, death and sadism by director Nico Mastorakis in a notorious film that only got the blessing from the BBFC to be distributed uncut in Sept 2010..
00:55 - CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980)
The king of Euro-Terror, LUCIO FULCI, throws open the gates of Hell, unleashing a plague of Zombies, in this notorious shock and gore masterpiece.
25TH Nov Double Bill – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and TENEBRAE
10.55pm – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)
Tobe Hoopers classic. It has been called the “movie that defined horror”. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics.
00:40 - TENEBRAE (1982)
This infamous video nasty updated the classic Giallo blueprint for the gorified 80s, courting controversy and drenching the viewer in crimson arterial spray.
As you probably know, the summer riots that happened across the UK earlier this year had an extremely detrimental effect on the indie film industry as one of the distribution warehouses got burned down, along with all the stock within.
One title adveresly affected was indie feature "The Drummond Will", which saw most of its newly pressed discs go up in smoke. But thankfully, after a lot of hard work and patience on the filmmaker’s part "The Drummond Will" is again available to buy on DVD and Blu Ray.
A first time feature film, made with money raised independently by a group of talented up and comers, The Drummond Will is a twisted black British comedy that has been taking festivals around the globe by storm.
IDW Publishing and Revenger Comics have announced the launch of BILLY MAJESTIC’S HUMPTY DUMPTY, a horrifyingly new take on an old familiar character.
In BILLY MAJESTIC’S HUMPTY DUMPTY, two backwoods brothers, Petus and Pervis Brakk, ambush a group of extraterrestrial beings who have crash-landed on their swampland property. The brothers capture the alien female and secretly keep her prisoner.
After month of captivity, the now-pregnant alien escapes into the swampland, where she gives birth to a monstrous half-human, half-alien creature, who exacts revenge on the sadistic Brakk brothers.
This original story was created and written by Billy Majestic and developed by Revenger Comics (revenger.com). Joining Majestic on this terrifying tale are artists Jordan Jordanov and Ven Dinkov.
In addition to the frightful new graphic novel, Humpty Dumpty is also currently in pre-production as a major motion picture.