Stage Fright (2014) Review

Stage Fright posterStage Fright (2014)

Directed by: JEROME SABLE

Written by: JEROME SABLE

Starring: Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith.

Running time: 98 Minutes

UK release: 26th JANUARY 2015 from Metrodome Distribution.

Please note this review does contain a few SPOILERS!!

High School Musical. Hannah Montana. Glee. I want to round up everyone involved in these shows and kill them in the most painful ways possible. Seriously. I’d take off Zac Efron’s face with a potato peeler. And a lot of you feel the same way, so that’s exactly what Jerome Sable has offered us in his 2014 feature début ‘Stage Fright’.

The film begins on a musical’s opening night; The Haunting of The Opera. It’s the story of a masked man who haunts a theatre and falls in love with one of the performers, with tragic consequences, so we immediately get the message. If you want subtlety and nuance then you’re in the wrong place.

Unfortunately, the on-stage performance of the leading lady (played by Minnie Driver) leads to her very real murder, meaning her two adorably creepy children are stuck in the … Continue reading

An Interview with The Pyramid director Gregory Levasseur

pyra1An Interview with The Pyramid director Gregory Levasseur

1) When you first read the script which themes in particular made you want to create this film?

The idea of a survival picture taking place inside a pyramid immediately piqued my interest. The mystery around probing an ancient site was something I wanted to explore. Using elements like the hieroglyphs and Egyptian mythology to create a story filled with mystery and tension. Ancient Egypt is a great set up for stories and I was very surprised to realize that there are few movies who use it as a backdrop.

2) So many horror films struggle to create characters the audience really care about, what did you do to build character-audience attachment?

It was very difficult because like many horror movies our characters have to explore place where they shouldn’t be and everybody in the theatre knows that except for them. To build likeable characters, I tried to focus on their motivation, justify their actions and understand why they ignore all the warnings that the audience sees. Once you accept and understand their decision to go in, it … Continue reading

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin to perform Profondo Rosso At The Barbican, London

Goblin 21st Feb 2015 FB event coverClaudio Simonetti’s Goblin to perform Profondo Rosso At The Barbican, London.

Old Empire proudly presents Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performing the soundtrack to Dario Argento’s Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red) at The Barbican Hall on* Saturday 21st February 2015.

Coinciding with Profondo Rosso’s 40th anniversary, Goblin will be playing their original score live to a screening of the film for the first time in the UK.

Goblin’s scores, once heard are never quite forgotten. Profondo Rosso is no exception, characterised by its synth heavy sound and chilling central theme. Along with Suspiria, Profondo Rosso is perhaps Argento’s most celebrated film and a total classic of the giallo horror subgenre and in its own right.Originally inspired by bands like King Crimson and prog-era Genesis, Goblin’s unique sound is instantly recognisable and has earned them a cult status all of their own. Having been dissatisfied with the original soundtrack, Argento called local band Cherry Five in at short notice. They renamed themselves Goblin and, legend has it, wrote the new soundtrack in one night.

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The Zombie King (2013) Review

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zombie king 1THE ZOMBIE KING (2013)

Dir- Aidan Belzaire

Starring- Edward Furlong, Corey Feldman, George McCluskey, David McClelland, Michael Gamarano, Jon Campling.

Aidan Belzaire’s THE ZOMBIE KING is yet another entry into the ever expanding and continuing zombie horror genre, and with the popularity of THE WALKING DEAD it looks like the undead won’t be going away anytime soon. Admittedly with this film I was going in with low expectations as I heard a few negative things about it, though to my surprise, despite certain flaws in both structure and layout, what started initially on paper as something that will leave most horror fans yawning with the feeling of ‘seen it, move on, next’ ends up being a horror yarn which at least works with its low budget.

Admittedly the film has Furlong and Feldman’s names on the poster, but this is a low budget horror film, and even though they are only on screen for a short amount of time, it’s understandable for the makers to place their names at the front, to get some publicity off of that recognition. Hey I was interested in seeing a zombie film featuring … Continue reading

Infected (2014) Trailer for new Horror Short Film

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Dir: Jason Wright

Starring: Darren Harper, Rosie Pearson.

‘Infected’ is the latest gory horror short from Silent Studios. The film will make it’s UK Première in January 2015 at the Horror on Sea film festival. This bloody flick is already getting some great feedback and so far the trailer has had over 1,100 views on Youtube.

Synopsis:

After the accident, Rebecca discovers herself in a very different world than she remembers. Plagued by her patchy memory and self-doubt she fends for herself. She encounters Gary who tells her a terrifying story of his escape from the local jail. Can Rebecca trust Gary? Can she cope with what she learns? Can she survive in the world of the ‘Infected‘.

Please support Independent Horror, share the trailer and infect the world.

Check out my interview with Jason Wright here:

http://www.ukhorrorscene.com/an-interview-with-jason-wright-by-dean-sills/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Infected/1484575725087744?fref=ts

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3707500/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection Box-Set details .

Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection Box-Set details .

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s modern classic Pulp Fiction comes the definitive Blu-ray box-set edition just in time for Christmas. The endlessly re-watchable caper comes in the ultimate package with brand new themed contents and a fully loaded Blu-ray of the 1994 masterpiece.

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Pulp Fiction is an inside look at a unforgettable community of LA criminals. Prizefighter Butch Coolidge has decided to stop payment on a deal he’s made with the devil. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are a couple of young lovers and small time thieves who decide they need a change of venue.

Meanwhile, two career criminals, Vincent Vega and Jules, go about their daily business of shooting up other crooks who are late on payments to their boss. While one is asked to babysit their boss’ dangerously pretty young wife, the other suddenly realizes that he must give up his life of crime.

Box -Set Contents Include:
• A rigid, hinged suitcase-style box
• Jack Rabbit Slim’s menu
• Zed’s key-ring
• Big Kahuna Burger bag
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25TH FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS Oct 31st to Nov 2nd 2014 – A Review

fff125TH FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS October 31st to November 2nd 2014

FRIDAY
So the festival of fantastic films is 25 years old and with such an illustrious anniversary the organisers have decided to charge the entire weekend ticket for the festival for £25, which is probably the best and cheapest ticket price for any festival especially in this day and age, and is a nice reflection of the price of the first ever festival back in 1990. Alongside this there is the fantastic line up of guests involved especially for the horror crowd with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST director Ruggero Deodato and HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 star Laurence Harvey, who this very writer had the chance to interview on stage, making this a weekend for any genre fan not to miss.

Starting on the FRIDAY I turned up straight after finishing my “normal job”, and had a chance to see Pete Walker’s classic FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, which I’ve seen ages ago and cause its Walker its always worth seeing. After this and due to the late start of the film it was straight over to the main … Continue reading

Digging Up The Marrow (2014) Review

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Dir: Adam Green

Written By: Adam Green

Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise, Will Barratt

98 mins.

UK release: Frightfest 2014

While filming a documentary about monsters, filmmaker Adam Green is contacted by an ex-police officer who believes he has found the entrance to their underground world.

Digging Up The Marrow has no trailer, no teasers, and barely a poster to signal its existence. And that is exactly how writer-director Adam Green wants to present it to you.

Inspired by the true story of a fan that contacted Green and informed him that Victor Crowley is real and he’d got his story all wrong, the film took four years to complete and is, by all accounts, a labour of love. It’s also one of the most remarkable, modern horror movies you’re likely to see.

Filmed in the style of a documentary – it’s more of a mockumentary even though, as Green argues, it isn’t exactly Spinal Tap – Marrow follows the man himself, along with his buddy Will Barratt, as they embark upon … Continue reading

88 Films Announce THREE New Tasty Italian Treats !!

THREE TASTY ITALIAN TERROR TREATS

THE 88 ITALIAN LINE SERVES UP MORE SPAGHETTI CINEMA SICKIES!

AN EX-VIDEO NASTY AND TWO GIALLO GEMS MAKE THEIR UK HD BOW!

italian88Horror has a home at 88 Films. This is why we launched our ‘Slasher Classics Collection’ and our ’88 Italian’ lines – to make sure that shock-cinema buffs could anticipate some masterfully macabre motion picture pot-boilers filleting their way onto UK BluRay in genre-specific packaging. And we are thrilled, following our announcement of ZOMBI HOLOCAUST and BURIAL GROUND, to confirm that 88 Italian just gets bigger and better with the acquisition of a trio of fresh fear-flick favourites!

First up is NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS!
Originally banned in the UK as a ‘video nasty’, under its VHS-era title of DON’T RIDE ON LATE NIGHT TRAINS, this tense thriller is a malevolent mix of hair-raising Hitchcockian suspense and contemporary splatter movie shocks. Released in 1975 to a suitably disorientated audience, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS tells of two young female travellers, including Irene Miracle from INFERNO, who are kidnapped and tormented by a gang of thugs (led by an older matriarch with murderous desires). Indeed, the horror and … Continue reading

The Haunting of Crestview High (2012) DVD Review

crestviewcoverThe Haunting of Crestview High aka Bad Kids Go To Hell (2012)

Directed by: Matthew Spradlin

Written by: Matthew Spradlin, Barry Wernick

Starring: Cameron Deane Stewart, Augie Duke, Ali Faulkner, Roger Edwards, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Ben Browder, Judd Nelson

Out now in UK from 101 Films

Running time: 92 minutes

For those among you who don’t already know, ‘The Haunting of Crestview High’ was first released two years ago under the title ‘Bad Kids Go To Hell’. It was only available in the US and the Philippines. Incidentally, the Asian title was ‘Swagger Academy’. Hilarious.

Now this delay, and the change in title, really confused me at first. If you made a film, why would you wait two years for an international release? If you change the title, aren’t you just hurting the publicity? After watching it, I can tell you why. If I made this film, I’d want it to get as little airtime as possible.

The plot focuses on a highschool weekend where six teenagers are being held in detention for a series of as-yet-unexplained misdemeanours. They are Gothy, Nerdy, Sporty, Princess, Preppy and the Bad Boy. Yep, it … Continue reading