Friday, 24 March 2017

SHUDDER WITH YOUR MOTHER THIS MOTHER'S DAY


To celebrate Mother’s Day, Shudder have released a new video featuring the perfect films to enjoy with your mother on Shudder: MOTHER’S DAY (1980), JUG FACE (2013), MAY (2002), THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001), THE HOME (2016) and DEAREST SISTER (2016).  


SHUDDER, the new premium streaming video service, backed by AMC Networks, has launched in the UK & Ireland. The service’s gargantuan and unique selection of titles makes it the only streaming service in the UK and Ireland dedicated to serving both casual and hardcore fans of high-quality horror and suspenseful entertainment.

SHUDDER is curated by world-class genre experts TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes and former Fangoria editor Sam Zimmerman and will also host regular guest curated seasons from respected genre filmmaking talent. The service, which launched in 2015 in the US, offers new premieres and exclusives every month with a wide library ranging from hard-to-find international and independent films to thrilling TV series, cult grindhouse classics and Hollywood blockbusters. SHUDDER has something for everyone and offers a unique launch selection of 200+ titles, 80% percent of which are not currently available on any of the larger UK subscription-based streaming platforms (Amazon, Netflix and Sky Movies).


Exclusive premiere titles launching on the service include DEAREST SISTER a spine-tingling and politically-charged chiller from Laos’ first female filmmaker Mattie Do, which debuted at Fantastic Fest and screened at BFI London Film Festival; and BEYOND THE WALLS, a classy and creepy French exclusive Shudder series starring Veerle Baetens and Geraldine Chaplin.

SHUDDER’s growing library of curated horror is available ad-free and for unlimited viewing on Shudder’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform with a free one week-trial or £4.99 monthly/ £49.99 yearly membership, and more platforms being added in the months after launch. 

To sign up or learn more about SHUDDER, visit www.shudder.com.


AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA - available Digitally 17th April

Intrigued by the real life mystery that surrounds a 'Murder House' in the town of Villisca, a group of friends set out to find the truth themselves. Directed by Tony E. Valenzuela (Flight of the Living Dead), The Axe Murders of Villisca will be available to watch on Digital Download this April.

After travelling to the scene of the crime, Caleb (Robert Adamson, Princess Protection Program, Hollywood Heights) Denny (Jarrett Sleeper, Stranger Than Fiction, The Fourth Door) and Jess (Alex Frnka, The Inbetweeners, Unanswered Prayers) take a guided tour that follows the final steps of the parents and four children that were brutally murdered over a hundred years prior. 

Dissatisfied with their findings, the group decide to return, after dark, to see if they can find the rumoured spirits that live within the walls. However, on their return, they quickly regret their decision and soon find out that the past is not dead and buried, but angry and ready for revenge... Will the group of friends be able to escape the nightmare house that they are trapped in, or will they too be destined to haunt the walls, waiting for their next victims?

The Axe Murders of Villisca, released on 17th April, is available to pre-order now on iTunes and the following platforms: Amazon Video, GooglePlay, Xbox Video Store, SkyStore, Sony, Talk Talk.

View the trailer on YouTube 


Official UK Quad for James Gunn's THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

Vertigo releasing have just released the official UK Quad poster for forthcoming THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, which is released to UK cinemas April.


High Rise meets Battle Royale as an office block is turned into a bloody arena when the staff are pitted against each other in a vicious kill or be killed game, in this top-notch horror thriller from the creators of Wolf Creek and Guardians of the Galaxy!

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Trapped by steel barriers, and with a clock ticking, the staff quickly realise this is no team building exercise.

Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither, Dawn of the Dead) the film is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and stars John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs, Platoon), Adria Arjona (True Detective), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Walking Dead).

 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT comes to UK cinemas 21st April.





Eyes of My Mother - Movie review - in selected UK cinemas NOW

Out now at selected UK cinemas, Nicholas Pesce’s dark and disturbing chiller "Eyes of my Mother". 


As a young girl, Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) witnessed her mother being murdered in their remote farmhouse by a passing psychopath. However, he picked on the wrong home, as he is subsequently dealt a suitably gory revenge by the father upon his return. 

Chained up in the barn, tortured and kept as a pet for Francisca, who likes experimenting on him using the surgery techniques she learned from her mother, to say this had a traumatic effect on her upbringing is something of an understatement.

Now an adult, following the death of her father and her “pet” Charlie, she seeks a replacement, though this isn’t easy and several dead bodies are left in her wake. But if you thought the film was disturbing enough up to this point, wait till you see what happens when she finally does manage to lure someone back to her home with the intention of taking Charlie’s place…

Filmed in black and white and in Portuguese language, with English subs. This was like watching a European art-house version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, being a VERY disturbing tale about Isolation, loneliness and obsession without compassion and is certainly one of the most disturbing films you are likely to see this year.

"The Eyes of My Mother" is out at selected UK cinemas today. 

View the trailer on YouTube.

 


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Don't Knock Twice (in UK cinemas Mar 31) - Movie Review

Out at UK cinemas this month. Katie Sackoff (Oculus, TVs Battlestar Gallactica) plays an American sculptor, Jess, a woman with a very troubled past. 

Having managed to straighten her life out and build a successful career for herself, she is trying to reconcile with her estranged daughter Chloe (Lucy Boynton – TV’s Sense and Sensibility), who’s living at a halfway house for troubled teens.

Initially, she is uninterested in getting to know her mother again, having been abandoned at a very young age by her. But when she and her boyfriend decide to test out whether the local ghostly legends at a supposedly haunted house are true, by knocking on the door, she finds their lives being thrust together.

It seems the old lady who once lived at the abandoned property was believed to be a witch, or something, by the locals and was subsequently hounded to death by the local kids. Local superstition says if you knock on her door twice, she will come for you. So when her boyfriend mysteriously disappears whilst chatting on the webcam, she finds her mother is the only person who she can turn to for help.

Of course, Jess doesn’t believe in any of this superstitious nonsense. But following several unexplained events around the home, she is forced to concede that something is very wrong indeed and supernatural elements may well be at work…

I was a huge fan of Director Caradog James previous film, “The Machine” and so was really looking forward to checking this out. However, I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed as what we have here is essentially a cross between Drag me to Hell and Candyman (or Bloody Mary from Paranormal Activity if you will).

Katie Sackoff is arguably the best thing about it, who as always puts in an excellent performance and there are a few unexpected twists, which even caught me by surprise. But being a militant atheist, struggle to take films about the paranormal seriously and found the plot to be somewhat derivative of other movies of this ilk.

Don’t Knock Twice is released to UK cinemas March 31.

View the trailer on YouTube

For more info visit the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Netflix Original Film DEATH NOTE - Premieres August



Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).

Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on 25th August. Check out the teaser trailer below...

   



Coming to SHUDDER this April, HALFWORLDS, WE ARE THE FLESH & More

ARRIVING IN APRIL FROM AMC NETWORKS PREMIUM STREAMING SERVICE OF THRILLERS, SUSPENSE AND HORROR

  
HALFWORLDS (Dir. Joko Anwar) - Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 6th April


HBO Asia’s wildly imaginative and visually stunning fantasy thriller comes to SHUDDER, the first time an Indonesian created and English speaking TV series will be available to watch in the UK. Blending the magic and horror of the films of Guillermo Del Toro, with the action and Eastern spiritualism of the greatest of Asian genre cinema, HALFWORLDS is a high velocity, intense viewing experience created and conceptualised by rising genre filmmaking sensation Joko Anwar.

Set in present-day Jakarta, HALFWORLDS Season One lifts the veil on a parallel world of bloodthirsty creatures from Indonesian mythology who have lived amongst humans for centuries. They are known simply as "Demit" and have been carefully concealed by a powerful family of mortals.

As the day of a mysterious supernatural event known as the Gift draws near, Sarah, a street artist, finds herself caught between the worlds of human and Demit. Once the Demit find out who she really is, and what she must do, the delicate balance between the two worlds will be shaken forever.

With art and animation by comic artist Chris Lie (GI Joe) and shot in Batam and Jakarta, HALFWORLDS offers a slick, dark and action-packed journey into the unknown.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH

WE ARE THE FLESH (Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter) - Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 20th April


Too full on for other streaming platforms, SHUDDER is proud to present visionary Mexican director Emiliano Rocha Minter's WE ARE THE FLESH which pushes extreme cinema to its breaking point.

Championed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, the film lunges head-first into a post-apocalyptic world where brother and sister Lucio and Fauna stumble upon a man who makes them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world. As they help him transform his surroundings into a womb-like cave, a disquieting sexual relationship emerges, along with a dynamic in which darker instincts do their destructive work.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH


RAZE - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Zoe Bell stars in this visceral and bruising tale of a woman brought to an underground lair and forced to fight other innocent victims for the amusement of unseen spectators.

THE BLOB - Coming this month on SHUDDER

This sci-fi drive-in classic follows teenagers Steve (Steven McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches!

THE DIABOLICAL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A scientist battles a malevolent spirit in this mean and lean haunted house chiller.

PROXY - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Twisted and twisting in its tale, PROXY unveils the darker side of parenting as a young woman gradually realizes nothing in her life is as it appears after a vicious attack.

HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME - Coming this month on SHUDDER

The title says it all... almost... as a man peels away his own layers in the pursuit of love. 

LESSON OF EVIL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

From Japanese horror maestro Takashi Miike, LESSON OF EVIL sees a popular, young teacher at an elite school hide his dark past until he witnesses bad behavior and bullying among the unruly student body...

RITUAL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

From Joko Anwar, the fevered mind behind HALFWORLDS comes a dark Indonesian survival thriller and a race against time.

THE COMPLEX - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A shy high school student moves into a housing complex with her family and is tortured by visions of her tragic past. From the director of RINGU.

SECONDS APART - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A police detective learns twin brothers possess mental powers that they use to force people to harm themselves in this taut and quirky genre gem.

SEXY KILLER - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A murderous woman springs into action when her victims come back as zombies in this energetic and knowing Spanish comedy horror.

About SHUDDER          

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The Hunt Is On for Fright-Rags' PREDATOR Collection

In 1987, John McTiernan's Predator was released, and Arnold Schwarzenegger taught us that "If it bleeds, we can kill it!" Although there have been numerous sequels, comics, novels, games, and a reboot movie on the way, nothing compares to the original. Fright-Rags has released the Predator Collection in honor of its 30th anniversary.


The Predator Collection marks the return of Fright-Rags' popular mask and shirt box sets. There are two versions available, each of which features an exclusive tee designed by Justin Osbourn and a retro-style ventilated mask packaged in a collectible window box. The standard version, limited to 650, is based on the Predator's appearance in the movie. The Ugly Motherf***er variant, limited to 300, is inspired by 1980s horror trading cards.

While Osbourn's shirts are exclusive to the box sets, the artwork can be purchased separately on zip-up hoodies, and the Ugly Motherf***er design is available on baseball tees. The Predator Collection also includes four shirts from artists Jason Edmiston, Paul Shipper, Chris Lovell, and Coki Greenway, plus two different styles of custom-knit socks.

The hunt is on now at Fright-Rags.com. The Predator Collection shirts are in stock, while socks will ship in approximately 10 days and mask box sets are due out in mid-June. Quantities are limited.

In addition to The Thing collection available earlier this month and the Predator collection on sale now, Fright-Rags has Chucky and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre apparel dropping next week.

To purchase the Predator collection and other horror apparel, visit Fright-Rags.com


 

Redwood - New Poster released & Debut Festival Screening announced.

Writer/director Tom Paton (Pandorica) returns with innovative new horror feature, REDWOOD, which will be debuting at the Sci-Fi Weekender VIII on 30th March.
 
After some bad news back at home, musician Josh and his girlfriend Beth head out to a secluded national park in search of some clarity on the situation they’ll face when they return. The couple get more than they bargained for when they ignore the advice of Park Rangers and venture off the trail, coming face to face with The Redwood’s legendary wildlife…

REDWOOD brings a fresh spin to a well-worn mythology to create an edge of your seat horror movie that will shred your nerves and have you thinking twice about going camping again.

Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jessica-Jane Stafford (TV’s The Real Hustle), Mike Beckingham (Subconscious), Tatiana Nardone (The Passion) and Muzz Kahn (Me Before You) star and is written and directed by Tom Paton.

First Festival Screening at Sci-Fi Weekender VIII on 30th March ahead of a full UK Release in Autumn, 2017

View the trailer...



Visit the official Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.





IBIZA UNDEAD - UK DVD review

A weekend of general debauchery goes horribly wrong for a group of lads holidaying in Ibiza when the island is over run with flesh eating zombies in director Andy Edwards IBIZA UNDEAD, which is out now on UK DVD.

Set against the backdrop of a virus outbreak, which causes those infected to turn into zombies, a group of lads decide to go for a holiday in Ibiza, which is one of the few places the zombie virus hasn’t affected (yet).

However, it seems that one enterprising night club owner (played by Peep Show’s Matt King) has found a way to circumvent quarantine control and is pulling in the punters to with his zombie pole dancers and zombie dismemberment live shows.

But thanks to the drunken antics of one of the group, the zombies get loose and proceed to start eating the customers. To make matters worse, many of the unwanted undead the club owner has dumped off his yacht happen to make it to shore and start rampaging across the island.

The lads subsequently find themselves barricaded in their holiday home facing a Night of the Living Dead style siege, unless they can find a way to make it off the island alive.



Extras on the disc consist of

Ibiza Undead Uncovered (10:20) – Behind the scenes feature, including interviews with the cast and crew.

FrightFest 2016 Premiere (3:30) – A couple of TV Interviews with Director Andy Edwards and actress Marcio De Valles, who plays Maria, filmed at it’s FrightFest 2016 screening.

House Party of the Dead 6 (18:00) – One of Director Andy Edwards previous short films about a group of youths trapped inside their house during a zombie apocalypse.

Filled with crass humour and buckets of blood, with a title like “Ibiza Undead” you pretty much know what you’re going to get and the film certainly delivers. If you’re into “The Inbetweeners” or if you like horror comedies like “Shaun of the Dead” you’ll love it. 

  
IBIZA UNDEAD is out now on UK DVD from Soda Pictures.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


Soska Sisters head up Slasher Season on the Horror Channel (UK)


Get ready for hooks, surgical knives and power saws as Horror Channel adds a cutting edge to April’s schedule as the UK TV premiere of the Soska Sisters’ SEE NO EVIL 2 heads up a season of contemporary slasher films. The season also has the network premieres of Stewart Hendler’s sadistically slick SORORITY ROW with Carrie Fisher, the darkly deranged GIRLHOUSE, and Nelson McCormick’s axe-crazy PROM NIGHT.


 Fri 7 April @ 22:50 – SEE NO EVIL 2 (2014) *UK TV Premiere


A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Danielle Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. Also stars Katharine Isabelle.

Fri 14 April @ 22:50 – SORORITY ROW (2009) *Network Premiere

A sorority prank goes wrong and a girl is accidentally murdered. Desperate to get on with their lives and avoid taking responsibility for their actions, the surviving sisters and their male accomplice agree to dump the body and never speak of the incident again. Just after graduation, however, a mysterious killer begins stalking everyone, leading the survivors to fight for their lives against a masked maniac with a deadly modus operandi.

Fri 21 April @ 22:50 – GIRLHOUSE (2014) *Network Premiere

In an attempt to make some extra cash while away at college, Kylie (Ali Cobrin) moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house's location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.

Fri 28 April @ 22:50 – PROM NIGHT (2008) *Network Premiere


After surviving a horrible tragedy, Donna has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when her prom night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible - a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer. A loose remake of the 1980 film of the same name.

Other highlights this month include the UK TV premiere of Benni Diez’s enormously fun creature feature STUNG, which airs on Sat 29, 10.55pm. When illegally imported plant fertilizer infects a local species of killer wasps, a nearby fancy garden party at a country villa gets thrown into turmoil when the swarm attacks. Laying eggs in their human prey, the wasps mutate into 7-foot tall predators with a severe attitude problem. Stars Lance Henriksen.

Plus there are channel firsts for Irvin Kershner’s cult classic THE EYES OF LAURA MARS, (Sat 1 April, 11.05pm), starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones, Rupert Wainwright’s remake of THE FOG (Sat 15 April, 9pm), starring Selma Blair; Stuart Hazeldine’s gripping EXAM (Sat 22 April, 9pm), starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Jimi Mistry, Gemma Chan and Colin Salmon; and David Hackl’s killer bear actioner INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE, (Sat 8 April, 9pm), starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton.

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

"Death Race : 2050" - UK DVD review

“Death Race 2050”, Roger Corman’s campy follow up to his campy original “Death Race 2000”, hits UK disc this month from Universal pictures, who were kind enough to send me a DVD to take a look at.

Set in the year 2050 (obviously) in what is now called the United Corporations of America, where overpopulation and unemployment have sky-rocketed. Fans are gathering for the annual Death Race, a coast to coast race where drivers in specially modified cars get extra points for running down pedestrians.

The reigning champion Frankenstein (played by The Hobbit’s Manu Bennet) is looking at holding onto his crown, and as the race gets underway a trail of carnage and destruction quickly ensues as the various racers compete for poll position, taking out as many bystanders as they can.

Some of the more interesting scenes include Frankenstein driving his car through a day centre full of disabled kids, one of the Black racers, Minerva (Folake Olowofoyeku - TVs Westworld, Female Fight Club), encountering racist rednecks in the deep south and a group of resistance fighters, lead by Yancy Butler (Kick Ass, Lake Placid 3,4 & 5) trying to take out Frankenstein, in an outrageous end battle scene with armoured cars.

Directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Hard Candy) and co-starring Malcolm McDowell as the President, or Chairman as the position is now called. “Death Race 2050” most definitely has its tongue firmly in its cheek. Ignoring the 2008 remake and its sequels, instead billing itself as a follow up to the original 1975 film, and as such, proves to be part sequel, part remake and part homage. Complete with retro-1970s vision of what the future should look like. 

Indeed it was kind of like watching a live action version of The Wacky Races, but with a lot of deliberately campy acting, dark humour and political satire thrown in (and some deliberately dodgy CGI to boot).



The disc comes with the following special features…

Making of Death Race 2050 (9:50) – a look at the making of the film, featuring interviews with G.J. Echternkamp, Roger Corman, Manu Bennet Malcolm MacDowell and other cast and crew members.

The Look of 2050 (6:15) – More behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew, showing where they filmed it in South America and how they designed the costumes.

Cars Cars Cars (4:20) – The director and cast discuss the look of the cars and how the built them.

Cast Car Tours (8:15) – A close up of each individuals racing car used in the film.

Deleted Scenes (5:26) – a selection of short deleted scenes removed for time or pacing reasons, with unfinished effects.

A nice selection of extras, though it would have been nicer if they’d included the films theatrical trailers, which are sadly absent. The disc I was sent to review was the DVD, however the BD contains the same features on.

If you enjoyed the original, you will undoubtedly want to check this out. Just view it for what it is, a campy, fun popcorn film and you’ll get on fine with it.


"Death Race : 2050" is out now on UK DVD and BD from Universal Pictures.

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

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


Monday, 20 March 2017

The Beaster Bunny - trailer released

Checkout the trailer for "The Beaster Bunny", which hops onto UK DVD 3rd April..


A 50-foot man-eating Easter bunny is on the loose and the townsfolk don’t stand a hop in hell. As the bloodthirsty, floppy-eared killer leaves a trail of dismembered corpses, the town’s only chance of survival rests with a wannabe actress and a crazy dog-catcher. God help them!

The cotton tails are turned in this rampaging rabbit horror, which hits UK DVD Apr 3, in time for Easter.


Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk



ZOMBIE LAKE - UK DVD review.

Nazi Zombies return from their watery grave and go on the rampage in a remote village in rural France in Jean Rollin’s “Zombie Lake”, which is out now on UK DVD from Black House Entertainment this month.

There are some zombie films that are just s-o-o-o-o-o hilariously bad they have to be seen to be believed, and Zombie Lake is one such example. Many years ago, during WW2 a group of German soldiers, retreating from the advancing Allies, were ambushed by French resistance fighters and their bodies dumped into the lake.

Now, they have returned, covered in green face-paint, and set about attacking anyone who ventures near their final resting place. It starts with a young girl doing a bit of nude sunbathing by the lakeside, followed by bus load of volleyball players who decide to go skinny dipping in the lake, before going on to prey on any local villagers who venture too near to the water.

Why it’s taken the undead soldiers until the early 1980s to seek revenge on the townsfolk is never explained, not that it’s really important as the film is so hilariously bad, you’ll best a gut laughing whilst watching it.

Zombie make-up that basically consists of green paint, which doesn't even cover the whole of the actors faces and keeps washing off in the lake. Underwater shots filmed in a swimming pool, not to mention the plot inconsistencies bigger than the aforementioned lake itself and a hilarious scene where the villagers organise themselves into a vigilante mob to take on the zombies, which all goes disastrously wrong.



Extras on the disc consist of a selection of alternate takes, in which the female victims get to keep their clothes on. The original theatrical trailer and trailers for the films “Crimson” and “Oasis of the Zombies”.

I compared this to the old US DVD from Image Entertainment and can honestly say that the Black House transfer is certainly a lot brighter and clearer than the one on the Image disc. You also have the option of watching the film in either English or French, though the default track is the French one for some rather annoying reason, meaning you have to select English from the set up menu prior to viewing if you wish to watch this in English.

Zombie Lake is by no means the best of the small cycle of Nazi Zombie films that came out in the late-70s/early 80s (indeed its one of the worst), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t wildly enjoyable, albeit for all the wrong reasons. So if trashy Eurohorrors are your thing, grab the popcorn and a six-pack and have a blast. And if you like this, you’ll be pleased to know that Black House Entertainment are releasing the similarly themed “Oasis of the Zombies” shortly too.

Zombie Lake is out now on UK DVD from Black House Entertainment. 

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk



Friday, 17 March 2017

Arrow films release the MADHOUSE this June...

Coming this June on dual format BD and DVD from Arrow films.... MANY PEOPLE VISIT … NO ONE EVER LEAVES.

Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as "The Visitor" and "Piranha II: Flying Killers",
MADHOUSE is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary… but Mary hasn’t forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she’s recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia’s sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year – promising a birthday surprise that she’ll never forget.

An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of ‘80s Italian terror – resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a “video nasty”.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
Brand new interviews with cast and crew
Alternate Opening Titles
Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

First pressing only: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

MADHOUSE is released in the UK on a dual format BD and DVD combo-pack June 12th from Arrow films and will be available to pre-order soon.




Hangman Comics launch MONSTERELLA Kickstarter

Monsterella revolves around the continuing adventures of Montrossa Rella, AKA “Monsterella”, the warden of an intergalactic prison planet, where the galaxy’s worst of the worst monsters are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the universe. All hell breaks loose when an unexpected revolt overthrows her, and threatens the safety of the entire galaxy! 

But her adventures are just one chapter of the book. In the style of the classic Vampirella magazines, Monsterella goes on to introduce other astonishing tales told and illustrated by a creepy collection of Canadian talents that will be sure to chill and thrill you cover to cover! Featuring Andrew Fryer, A. Shay Hahn (“The Homeless G-Men”), Dan MacKinnon (“From The Ashes”), Gareth Gaudin (“Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham”), Josh Kully, John Rathiganthan (“From The Ashes”), Nevin Arnold (“Calavera The Undead”) and sizzling cover artist Sun Khamunaki (“Lady Death”)!

A Monsterellla kickstarter will launch March 29th, 2017 to raise the funds necessary to get the book into print. Many amazing rewards will be available, including digital and print copies, deluxe versions of the book, signed and numbered screen printed art prints, original art, t-shirts, art commision offers and more! 

Starting March 29th, you can do a kickstarter search for “Monsterella #1 Anthology Comic Book”, or follow this link to go directly to the Kickstarter page

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

‘The Beaster Bunny’ hops onto UK DVD 3 Apr

This Easter you’ll be hopping mad if you miss out on ‘the greatest Easter horror film ever released’ (Horrorsociety).

A 50-foot man-eating Easter bunny is on the loose and the townsfolk don’t stand a hop in hell. As the bloodthirsty, floppy-eared killer leaves a trail of dismembered corpses, the town’s only chance of survival rests with a wannabe actress and a crazy dog-catcher. God help them!

The cotton tails are turned in this rampaging rabbit horror. 

So put all your Easter eggs in your basket and run for your lives as The Beaster Bunny storms on to DVD, on-demand and to download on 3 April 2017

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


The Big Ass Spider! is back on National "Save a Spider" Day!

Just in time for National “Save a Spider” Day (March 14th) independent studio Epic Pictures has announced the re-release of their hit film Big Ass Spider! on VOD.


Check out the brand new interview right here with Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, and Clare Kramer about the exciting re-release of Big Ass Spider!



In the film an epic battle ensues when a dedicated pest control professional, Alex Mathis, played by Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alias) and an enthusiastic security guard, José, played by Lombardo Boyar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Murder in the First) join forces with a hard-nosed military lieutenant, Major Tanner, played by Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-men, Jeepers Creepers II) to defeat an army of giant killer spiders rampaging through Los Angeles.

The Big Ass Spider! VOD is available on INDemand, Comcast EST, Dish, Sling TV, Vimeo, iTunes, VUDU, Xbox, Google Play, and Amazon Instant.

Check out the trailer for Big Ass Spider! HERE!


Free Fire - New Images released

STUDIOCANAL UK is delighted to make available brand new images from Ben Wheatley's upcoming release FREE FIRE, out in UK cinemas on 31st March.









Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.
FREE FIRE stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Noah Taylor.

Funded by the BFI and Film4 with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer, FREE FIRE opens nationwide across the UK on 31st March 2017.

For further news and updates on the release, please visit www.freefirefilm.co.uk

Be sure to follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and on the StudioCanalUK Twitter pages


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

THE TRANSFIGURATION - In UK cinemas April 21

An atmospheric, intricate study of a troubled young mind, THE TRANSFIGURATION follows orphaned teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) as he immerses himself in vampire lore to escape his troubled life.

In Queens, New York, 14 year-old Milo is a total outsider. Ignored by his schoolmates and bullied by older children, he takes refuge in the apartment he shares with his older brother. To escape his solitude, he studies vampire mythology, to the point of obsession.

Milo hides a terrible secret, but a chance encounter with neighbor Sophie (Chloe Levine) leads him to develop new feelings. But will it be enough to quash his dark urges?

This first feature from writer/director Michael O’Shea took Cannes 2016 by storm, where it competed in Un Certain Regard, and received widespread praise for it’s bold, unusual take on the classic coming of age tale… with added bite.

THE TRANSFIGURATION comes to UK cinemas April 21.

Visit the Offical Website.


My Little Sister - UK DVD Review

If you go down in the woods today you’re in for a big surprise, or rather everything you might expect from a low budget, indie slasher, in “My Little Sister”. Which is released to UK DVD this month from directors Maurizo and Roberto del Piccolo (Evil Souls).

A couple are back-packing through the woods, hoping to meet up with some friends who are out camping. But upon arriving at the site, all they find are empty tents and a creepy old guy warning them to turn around and go back.

Of course they don’t and proceed to start scouring the vicinity looking for them, whereupon they are set about by a chap in a mask, brandishing an axe and various other sharp implements and it becomes all to obvious as to what happened to their colleagues. 

Guess they should have taken the creepy old guys advice.

Owing more than just a passing nod to the likes of Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the film boasts some inventive kill scenes, in particular one involving a petrol powered strimmer/brush cutter, but on the whole was just a bit on the slow side for me, which wasn’t helped by the ‘average’ acting of the cast, which you come to expect with these low budget films and as such is only one I can recommend to lovers of low budget indie horrors.

The film is out now on UK DVD and VOD from Left films. The screener I viewed did not contain any extras, no news on whether the retail release will contain any supplemental material.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk 


 

Monday, 13 March 2017

MISFITS Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein to star in DEATH WARD 13

Although he is known for playing guitar with the horror punk band the Misfits, which helped create the horror punk genre, Doyle also has a solo project rightfully named DOYLE. In 2013 Doyle released the Abominator album with Monsterman Records, and he is currently on tour in the USA supporting his new CD As We Die in stores May 5, 2017 through the Monsterman Records/EMP Label Group. DEATH WARD 13 is Doyle’s first starring role in a film; he is currently in talks with the film’s producers and Monsterman co-founder Bruce Miyaki to provide music tracks for the soundtrack.



DEATH WARD 13 is inspired by S.F. Brownrigg’s DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) and Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" (1845). DEATH WARD 13 promises to deliver a thrilling grindhouse-inspired remake with a shocking collection of criminally insane patients: botched lobotomies, necrophilia, sexual deviance, and violent psychopaths.

"I'm excited to work with Doyle,” says director Todd Nunes. “Doyle will be portraying a ruthless killer called The Duke - a psychopath and the most twisted and terrifying character in the movie. I’m a big fan of Doyle and his music and always thought he would make a menacing horror movie villain. With his threatening looks and massive build, this man will scare the crap out of everyone. Get ready for a horrifying ride!"

This reimagined version will give fans a taste of the original film with added practical effects and bloody gore for modern horror fanatics. DEATH WARD 13 will also feature more nurses, freaks, and blood as well as a brutal climax with an updated, disturbing twist.

SYNOPSIS: It's 1973 and the Stephens Sanitarium for the Criminally Insane prepares to shut down permanently. Days before closing, four beautiful nursing students arrive to care for the last handful of “harmless" mental patients in a suspiciously understaffed ward. Confronted by their violent charges, the nurses soon realize that they are trapped inside the asylum with a deadly crew of vicious lunatics. Each patient has their own perverse identity, their own personal demons, and their own violent agenda. Pushed to the brink of insanity, the young nurses find themselves in a gruesome fight for survival inside Ward 13. 

DEATH WARD 13 will begin shooting in 2017 with Todd Nunes partnering again with producers Stephen Readmond and Christopher Stanley. The team’s Santa slasher ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2016) received 23 awards and nominations, including the following wins: Best Slasher (RIP Horror Film Festival), Best Actress, Jessica Cameron as Sheila (Hardcore Horror Fest), Best Killer/Slasher (“Golden Skulls” Award, The Horrific Network), and Best Director (Hardcore Horror Fest).

DEATH WARD 13, written by Todd Nunes and Tara Knight, is a feature-length film by The Readmond Company, 4700 W. Jefferson Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90016. 

For more info visit the official Website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Helga : She Wolf of Stilberg - UK DVD review

Scantily dressed female prisoners are subjected to all sorts of unpleasantries at the hands of “Helga : She Wolf of Stilberg”, which is released to UK DVD this month from new label Maison Rouge.

Opening up with some rather inappropriate jolly sounding Hammond organ muzak, which wouldn’t sound out of place at a Spanish holiday resort, this low(er?) budget knock off of “Ilsa : She Wolf of the SS” stars Malisa Longo as the titular Helga, who runs a female prison for political prisoners in (presumably) some fictional latin American country (which looks rather like rural Spain to me).

Needless to say, the girls are made to suffer all sorts of bad things at the hands of Helga and the guards, including hours of hard labour, repeated sexual assaults, countless gropings by all and sundry, as well as being repeatedly tied up naked and whipped.

There’s also some subplot about a rebel group, looking to topple the Government, which may spell trouble for Helga and her guards when the daughter of it’s leader is brought into her prison. But really, the film is little more than a sleazy exercise in showcasing plenty of female flesh (which it does in abundance, as the women spend large amounts of time lounging around naked, including Helga herself).
 


Extras on the disc are limited to a selection of alternate scenes, in which the prisoners get to keep their clothes on, and a selection of trailers for this and other Maison Rouge titles, including “Elsa : Fraulein SS” and “Female Vampire”.

It should be noted that both English and French language tracks are provided for the film, however the default setting appears to be the French track, so you’ll need to manually select “English” from the set-up menu prior to viewing, which is rather annoying. Image wise, the print looks remarkably clean and is a million times better than those dodgy VHS rips that have been floating around YouTube for some time

As with all low budget sleazefests of this ilk, whether you will like this will depend on your love of the genre.  Personally, I’ve never been a fan of these sorts of films and never know what’s worse, the acting or dodgy dubbing, in which the characters all sound decidedly English (and I mean “English”), which is odd given its supposedly set in some third world Latin American country.

Anyway, the film is out on UK DVD from Maison Rouge March 13, if sleazy Women in Prison films are your thing you’ll probably love it Sharper eyed viewers will probably recognise lead actress Malisa Longo who also starred in “Elsa : Fraulein SS”, which is being released next month.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk