Film4 FrightFest 2015 announces largest ever Short Film programme. Full line-up here

They're Closing In-WEB1Film4 FrightFest 2015 announces largest ever Short Film programme, including All 4’s A Moment of Horror series

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Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premières and seven European Premières. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.

Highlights include the London première of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut COWARD, and the UK première of SHEVENGE, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in GHOSTING, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new short PARTY 85. We will also be featuring the World première of SURGERY, the frightening new short by The Clemens Bros, sons of legendary UK screenwriter Brian Clemens, as well as the world premières of THE ALPHA INVENTION, a chilling sci-fi short starring Billy Boyd and DARK.NET starring Johnny Vegas. Additional highlights include Mike Williamson (IN THE WALL) returning to FrightFest with the World Première of his new short DEATHLY, featuring a score … Continue reading

Cottage Country (2013) Review

cottagec1Cottage Country (2013) Review

Running Time: 91 minutes

Director: Peter Wellington

Cast: Malin Akerman, Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch, Daniel Petronijevic, Benjamin Ayres

UK DVD Release 10th August 2015 from Bulldog Films

Todd’s not having a great weekend. He planned to propose to his girlfriend, but now his brother’s got an axe in his neck and things are only going to get worse.

A well edited, well-paced trailer lures us in inch by inch, peaking our curiosity and raising our hopes. Despite the bland title, Cottage Country looked like a slick and entertaining black comedy, but did it hit the mark?

The premise of the film is pretty standard comedy territory; cringe worthy couple Cammie (Akerman) and Todd (Labine) set off to the lake for the weekend, where Todd has planned to propose. Before they leave, Cammie finds the ring, but feigns ignorance so as not to spoil the romantic plan. (We realise later she’s pretty big on plans being followed through). As soon as the couple arrive at the cottage and start to get a little friendly in the front room, Todd’s obnoxious slacker brother, Sal (Petronijevic) arrives with his equally … Continue reading

Maggie (2015) Review

maggie1MAGGIE (2015)

Director: Henry Hobson

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Aiden Flowers, Carsen Flowers, Jodie Moore, Douglas M Griffin, J.D. Evermore, Bryce Romero, Raeden Greer

UK cinema release: 24th July from Vertigo

UK DVD/Blu-Ray release: 23rd November from Universal

The world has fallen prey to a deadly disease that turns sufferers into ravenous undead. There is no cure. However, unlike the bafflingly speedy infections of other zombie movies, in this film the disease takes an average of six to eight weeks to claim victims. The authorities are in control of the situation but the number of infected is placing a huge demand on resources. As such, individuals with the disease are processed into horrific quarantine pens.

Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is a teenager who has contracted the virus. The film opens with her father, Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), walking into a quarantine unit to collect her after the family doctor has pulled some strings to allow Maggie home to spend time with her family before the end.

maggie2Upon getting back to the house we see her half-brother and half-sister bid her … Continue reading

London Film and Comic Con 17th July 2015 – Report

cclogoLondon Film and Comic Con 17th July 2015  –  Report

I awoke on Friday the 17th July after a hot sweaty restless sleep (who knew London could be so humid!) like my 12 year old self in 1994 waiting for me to be let downstairs to see my presents on Christmas Day. I was excited, the day was finally here that I had been waiting for for months. I had sold three quarters of my movie collection (I’m only collecting Blu – ray Steelbooks and collectors items now, everything else can go digital) and saved every penny for this day. I was off to London Film and Comic Con to see stars of the big screen and small screen. People like Neve Campbell of Scream fame and Tom Savini, horror make up extraordinare and ‘Sex Machine’ from Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn). The event didn’t start till 1pm but after last years Saturday debacle (I waited outside for 5 ½ hours when I crucially timed my arrival wrong) I wasn’t going to walk up close to opening time, I was going to be early! I checked on Twitter as I … Continue reading

Area Q (2011) Review

areaqArea Q (2011)

Director: Gerson Sanginitto

Starring: Isaiah Washington,  Ricardo Conti, Tania Khalill, Murilo Rosa

UK DVD Release October 5th 2015 from High Fliers Films

This is how the most unbelievable story I have ever covered begins.”

First impressions; That’s the font from Sliders. OMG Isaiah Washington! This will be good. Boy this is cheap. Wow, this is long.

Yikes. I’m afraid my interest in Brazil got the better of me and I volunteered to review Area Q.

Thomas Mathews (Isaiah Washington), an investigative journalist mourning the disappearance of his son, is sent on assignment to Brazil. There are stories of close encounters with UFOs and miraculous healings in a place called Area Q. Named after the plethora of towns with names that begin with “Q”. Many of the abducted describe a bright white light with an orange tinge that seem to happen around a certain rocky “mountain” in the area. Most of the time is spent wandering around Area Q talking to witnesses, investigating dirt circles that are hotter than the surrounding dirt, and the occasional flashback. So, so many flashbacks.

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Dead Rising: Watchtower UK release July 27th + exclusive clips & interviews

Content Media is set to release the highly anticipated *Dead Rising: Watchtower *internationally, presented by Legendary Digital, available to rent or own on all major digital platforms on selected dates worldwide across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Africa from July 1st 2015. The international release follows its US release through Sony’s Crackle streaming service in March.

Legendary Digital presents *Dead Rising: Watchtower*, a Dead Rising/Contradiction Films Production- directed by Zach Lipovsky *(Leprechaun: Origins)*, written and produced by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and executive produced by Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers franchise). Based on the widely popular Capcom videogame franchise Dead Rising, Dead Rising: Watchtower features an all-star cast including Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, John Tucker Must Die), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time, Intelligence), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman), Dennis Haysbert (24; Men, Women & Children) and Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, The Hangover).

Dead Rising: Watchtower follows Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe), a reporter trying to make it big – but the pursuit of his career-defining story leads him into the heart of a zombie-infested warzone. East Mission, Oregon is locked down after police find the bodies of what appear to be … Continue reading

Short Sharp Shock #17 Red Balloon (2010)

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!

Red Balloon (2010)

Directors – Damien Macé, Alexis Wajsbrot

Starring – Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Rachel Bright, Chantal Eder

Runtime – 13 Minutes

A young female babysitter is chatting to her friend when the young girl she’s watching disturbs her….

The Creature Walks Among Us released on DVD August 24th from Fabulous Films

creature1The Creature Walks Among Us is to be released on DVD August 24th from Fabulous Films .Following on from the cult monster movie classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, this is the final film in the ultimate B-movie monster trilogy.

Half Monster…Half Man – a clutching claw at the heart of civilisation…

Steven Spielberg has confessed to seeing the Creature films several times during his youth and stated that they were a prime influence on his career.

In all 3 films the Gill Man in the underwater scenes was played by Ricou Browning who directed underwater scenes in Thunderball and Never Say Never Again.

The physical appearance of the Creature is apparently based on seventeenth-century woodcuts of two creatures called the Sea Monk and the Sea Bishop as well as the Academy Awards Oscar statuette.

Forrest J. Ackerman, a horror and science fiction writer for Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, bought the mask and claws of the Creature’s costume from a young man who had once used them as a Halloween costume. The costume pieces were discarded by Universal after production had finished on the three films and were later … Continue reading

Good Tidings A Christmas Siege Horror/Thriller Coming Xmas 2016

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A Christmas Siege Horror/Thriller

RELEASED CHRISTMAS 2016

‘Christmas Can Be Killer’
Two-Headed Snake Entertainment are happy to announce that pre-production is underway on the upcoming Christmas themed horror/thriller ‘GOOD TIDINGS’.

The movie draws inspiration from genre classics, taking influence from Black Christmas, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silent Night Deadly Night, Assault on Precinct 13, whilst still harkening to the new breed of horror thrillers like You’re Next, The Devils Rejects and The Purge.

Due for release Christmas 2016. A homeless war-veteran with a chequered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted on Christmas Day by three vicious psychopaths in Santa suits. Written and conceived by horror enthusiasts Stu Jopia, Stuart W. Bedford and Giovanni Gentile, who recently penned this years zombie action thriller ‘Apocalypse’ and next year’s monster fuelled H.P Lovecraft inspired horror anthology ‘Dark Continents’.

Shot on a location in a disused courthouse in Southport, Merseyside. Amanda Robertshaw has opened the courthouse doors for the first time and allowed a film crew inside to create this daring 70’s style siege movie.

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The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015) DVD Review

hc1The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

Director: Tom Six

Writer: Tom Six

Stars: Eric Roberts, Bree Olson, Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey

UK DVD out now from Monster Pictures UK

Taking inspiration from The Human Centipede films, the warden of a notorious and troubled prison looks to create a 500-person human centipede as a solution to his problems.

From the opening scene we are made aware of the intentions of this film. It is to be an even further satire of itself. The Human Centipede III (THC3) goes full meta, transcending the initial sequel’s self-referential tone once again. This time around however, there is more focus on the dark humour rather than the visceral imagery, leaving the centipede itself almost as an afterthought. For those of you unfamiliar with THC trilogy, the original claiming to be “100% medically accurate” introduced us to the ‘pede. Many would have avoided the film on this premise alone. In actual fact a lot was left to the imagination while gore and filth were left clinically censored. It was up to you the viewer to envisage the horror, which was in itself slightly plausible, adding … Continue reading