FM Andy (2015) Review

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Director: Jamie Carswell

Starring: Todd Caryl, Nancy Gray, Eve Wylden

Rare Species Productions

‘Get Out of Your Head’

First-time film director Jamie Carswell weaves a psychological tale of guilt and madness with FM Andy. Andy (Todd Caryl), the ever-anxious and brooding main character, is still attempting to deal with a previous accident when the girl next door, Grace (Nancy Gray), complicates everything with her romantic advances. As Andy attempts to find solid footing while his mind continuously taunts every decision he makes, his FM radio begins to speak.

The film follows in the framework of other psychological chillers, such as Frailty, Jacob’s Ladder, or The Shining, by gradually building character development and back story through snippets of memory and a sense of permeating discomfort. Seemingly normal interactions are intensified by Andy’s unease, and, although his instability pokes through the harmless veneer, viewers are given a glimpse of things to come early in the story. However, due to solid writing and pacing, I found myself hoping for Andy to find a bit of clarity all the way to the bitter end.

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Psychotic Asylum aka Psychotic (2012) Review

psydvdPsychotic Asylum (AKA Psychotic) 2012

Director: Johnny Johnson

Starring:  Jenna Verdicchio, Steve Hope Wynne, Kristina Dargelyte

UK DVD release July 13th from High Fliers Films.

“Electric shock treatments draining power again.”

Dr. Helen Kingsford (Virdicchio) is working through her last rounds at an old mental hospital which is being closed in favor of a new facility. Only three patients remain and a handful of guards. The office party send off of the old wing is brutally interrupted by one crazy guard who lets out the remaining three patients. Or something close to that. BUT that’s not really the plot. Dr. Kingsford is set on a game of cat and mouse in an effort to evade crazy guard Thomas Reid (Wynne) and his psychotic minions as the patients take over the barely staffed asylum.

psy1Kingsford must join forces with one of the psychos, run for her life, and save a little girl living in the bowels of the asylum who helps them escape certain death. AND that’s not all! There’s an experimental (??) machine in the hospital which turns the troubled and sadistic Reid … Continue reading

Poltergeist (2015) Review

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Dir: Gil Kenan

Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams

MGM/Ghosthouse

Running Time- 93 Mins

Having moved into their new home, the Bowens soon find themselves the target of a malevolent supernatural force that seems to be targeting their youngest daughter.

Let’s not sugar-coat things, 2015 has, thus far, been an absolutely terrible year for horror. After riding the seemingly endless roller-coaster of thrills and chills of the past two years, it was sadly inevitable that the good times would have to end at some point. The severity of the impact of the headache-inducing comedown has still been a shock, to put it mildly. An endless barrage of needless sequels to already tired and lazy franchises is still to come, It Follows was monumentally over-hyped and quite frankly, the less said about the odious Unfriended, the better.

Things certainly didn’t look to get any better with the promise of yet another pointless remake in Poltergeist. It should be noted that it does have had horror legend, Sam Raimi, as producer, who has much highlighted the notion that this film was … Continue reading

The Badger Game (2014) Review

Badger-Game_Theatrical-PosterThe Badger Game (2014)

Directors – Joshua Wagner & Thomas Zambeck

Starring – Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh, Sam Boxleitner, Sasha Higgins.

Runtime – 99 Minutes

Available to watch NOW from Vimeo here – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thebadgergame

Badger Game (baj-er)(geym) noun – an extortion scheme in which a married man is tricked into a compromising position and made vulnerable to blackmail.

Alex, the scorned mistress of high rolling businessman, Liam, sets in motion a plan to get revenge on her ex-lover. Accompanied by her brother, Kip, best friend, Shelly, and another of Liam’s scorned conquests, Jane – the gang don some super creepy plastic animal masks, kidnap the sleaze bag and demand that he stumps up two million dollars or have all the sordid details of his extramarital activities revealed to his wife.

Badger Game_Still 1_Sam and AugieThe plan hits a major bump in the road when Liam manages to escape and Alex’s identity is compromised. They re-capture him easily enough, but now he knows too much. To make matters worse a private investigator is found … Continue reading

Terry and Brenda (2014) Short Film Review

TERRY_AND_BRENDA_POSTERTerry and Brenda (2014)

Director: Jamie Hooper

Runtime – 15 mins

Starring: Tim Blackwell, Debra Baker, Lucy Hutchinson and Tom Geoffrey.

You can’t choose your family… but you can choose your victims.

Terry and Brenda is a dazzling 15-minute short film written and directed by the talented Jamie Hooper. The film revolves around a northern dysfunctional couple who have simple values in life. Hooper displays a stereotypical portrayal of low income family life with Terry and Brenda reminding me of the Royle Family with seedy elements of Fred and Rosemary West thrown in for good measure.

TERRY_AND_BRENDA_2The film begins with Terry and Brenda sat talking and watching television having a cosy night in with a plate full of biscuits, some filthy chat about fish fingers and discussing if Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Robocop. The only excitement the two of them get up to this point is when Terry records Robocop and Brenda gets a brew made for her. This is sweetly written and Hooper gives us a nice mixture of horror and comedy.

Suddenly we find out what the couple are … Continue reading

Short Sharp Shock #8 – Drive Safe (2015)

Short Sharp Shock banner no boltWelcome to UK Horror Scene’s Short Sharp Shock. This is where we will feature a short film each week for your viewing pleasure. Short films are the foundation of Horror, it is where many of the established directors cut their teeth . The amount of quality short films out there is incredible and it is our pleasure to choose you a new one each week that we think will blow you away. So every Friday we will give you ‘Something for the Weekend’ and issue your weekly Short,Sharp,Shock! Enjoy!

Drive Safe (2015)

Writer & Director – Cal Thomson

Starring – Katie Burgess

Runtime – 4 Minutes

Website – http://www.calthomson.com

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cal_Thomson

‘Gemma drives home from a friends house one evening but an evil spirit has a different plan for her’

UK Indie feature Soldiers of The Damned announce Summer 2015 release with Safecracker Pictures

More exciting news from UK Indie feature, Soldiers of the Damned. As it is announced for a Summer 2015 release from Safecracker Pictures with hopefully a small UK cinema run. So to whet your appetites here is a new quad and a special behind the scenes video (below).

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It’s the Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. MajorKurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler’s occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.The film has now got an amazing new quad poster to be used for the upcoming release. It encompasses both the horror/thriller and the war/action elements and gives us a glimpse of what the filmmakers have in store for us.
“A supernatural Nazi horror film to rival Michael Mann’s THE KEEP **** Stars” Nerdly

“If Sam Raimi made a film featuring Nazis, … Continue reading

Aussie Horror ‘Gone’ (2007) gets a UK DVD release June 8th from Fabulous Films

gone1Aussie Horror ‘Gone’ (2007) gets a UK DVD release June 8th from Fabulous Films

“One of the more personable movie sociopaths to come along in a while” BBC News

Following in the tradition of back packer horror flicks Wolf Creek and Hostel comes the 2007 tense psychological thriller Gone.

Set against the searing skies of Australia’s brutally beautiful outback, Gone is the chilling story of a young British couple played by Amelia Warner (Lorna Doone) and Shaun Evans (Endeavour), on the trip of a lifetime with a friendly American stranger Scott Mechlowicz (Eurotrip). One of them is a psychopath.

It’s worth noting that virtually all the killing is done off screen, so if you want to watch an intense psychological thriller with your kids, then this is the one!

Amelia Warner is perhaps best known as the former wife of Colin Farrell and current wife of Jamie Dornan

The script was written by Andrew Upton (otherwise known as Mr. Cate Blanchett)

Gone grossed $88,748 at the Australian box office – which may not sound much, but would enable you to stay at Lassiters Hotel for a year working on the basis of $250 … Continue reading

The Voices DVD, Blu-Ray & Steelbook UK Release: Monday 13th JULY From Arrow Films

VOICES_DVD_2DThe Voices DVD, Blu-Ray & Steelbook UK Release: Monday 13th JULY From Arrow Films

Arrow Films is pleased to announce the DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook (the latter exclusive to Zavvi.com) release of horror-comedy The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick on Monday 13th July.

The Voices is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian author and filmmaker best known for the Academy Award nominated animated film Persepolis (2007). Ryan Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals, while Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick play the women unfortunate enough to cross his path.

VOICES_STEELBOOK_FRONT_OPEN_3DThe Voices is available as an exclusive SteelBook via Zavvi.com

The Voices is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian author and filmmaker best known for the Academy Award nominated animated film Persepolis (2007). Ryan Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers … Continue reading

An Interview with Emory Slone by Dean Sills

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Last month Emory Slone and Malevolent Magazine interviewed me about my acting and did a wonderful 4 page feature in their April issue. Now it’s my turn to get Emory in the chair to fire a number of questions at him about his magazine and love of horror.

UKHS – Welcome Emory and thank you for your time. You are the owner and editor of Malevolent Magazine. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and Malevolent Magazine?

ES – Thanks so much Dean. It’s an honour to be a part of UK Horror Scene. I’m from the small town of Catlettsburg, Kentucky here in the US. I spent many years working as a custom picture framer, but was always a die-hard Horror fan. Indie Horror has been on the rise in recent years, especially with today’s technology where social media and crowdfunding can get these projects made and seen, when 10-15 years ago it was impossible. I noticed that there were no publications that were devoted to the Indie Horror film scene. That spawned the birth of Malevolent Magazine. I wanted to focus on all the talented filmmakers, actors and Scream Queens in the indie … Continue reading