Horror Channel to Celebrate FrightFest with films from festivals past !

Horror Channel to celebrate FrightFest

Horror Channel’s film highlights for August are to include a celebration of the annual FrightFest event, the UK’s leading horror and fantasy film festival. In the week that FrightFest celebrates its 15th year, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth chooses her favourite movies from festivals past, which she’ll also introduce. Among them are Guillermo Eel Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, Ti West’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER and THE VICTIM, in which cult actor Michael Biehn makes his directorial début. This will be the film’s UK TV Premiere.

EMILY’S FESTIVAL FRIGHTS SEASON – 18th to 24th August, 22:50

dreadMon 18 August @ 22:50 – DREAD (2009)
Adapted by writer/director Anthony DiBlasi from the Barker novella in ‘Books of Blood Volume II’, this is the story of three Boston college students – Stephen (TWILIGHT star Jackson Rathbone), Cheryl (Hanne Steen) and Quaid (Shaun Evans) who join forces to helm a Kinsey-style documentary study on the subject of fear. But two of the unholy trio are unaware the third is haunted by past demons causing chilling sociopath behaviour and a driven need to explore people’s innermost terrors … Continue reading

The Last Showing starring Robert Englund comes to UK on DVD & Blu-ray on August 25th from Sony

The-Last-Showing-poster_newTHE LAST SHOWING

Starring Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington & Keith Allen

 

“A superb psychological horror that will stay with you long after you’ve watched it” Scream Magazine

“Slick and sinister” Starbust

Coming to Blu-ray™ & DVD on 25 August

Horror legend Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise) presides over a midnight movie massacre in the edge-of-your-seat psychological horror THE LAST SHOWING, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital from 25 August courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Packed with tension and deadly twists, the film features a true icon of the horror genre plus a strong cast of rising British talent, including Finn Jones (TV’s ‘Game Of Thrones’) and Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, TV’s ‘24: Live Another Day’). Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far, TV’s EastEnders), Chris Geere (After Earth) and Keith Allen (The Others) also star.

The-Last-Showing-Stuart-Robert-EnglundSynopsis:
When projectionist Stuart Lloyd (Englund) is made redundant by the multiplex cinema he gave his life to, he seeks revenge on a generation that no longer requires his skills. Trapping a young couple inside the cinema during a … Continue reading

UKHS Does the Nasty! The End… For Now.

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The End… For Now.

It’s been a fun week but sadly our Video Nasty series has come to an end… Well, for now anyway. With such a huge wealth of titles (a massive ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOUR in total, thanks to the original seventy-two and the newly discovered, eighty-two flick strong Section 3 list), we’ve barely even scratched the surface with our little run of detail-packed profiles. Over time, you can be sure that we’re going to be adding to this terrific stretch of features – it’s going to be one hell of huge, ongoing UK Horror Scene project. Right now though, we’re going to be taking a breather from such sordid shocks, probably with something lighter and easier going like the Guinea Pig series instead. Until then though, you can chow down on the personal musings from a few of the UKHS team members as they discuss just what, exactly, the Nasties mean to them…

CF1Dave Wain
Someone rented a film from my joint the other day. It was a fairly uneventful transaction: the … Continue reading

2 Careful Owners – a short film by Mike Tack – Reviewed by Stuart Anderson

2 Careful Owners by Mike Tack – Reviewed by Stuart Anderson

ukhslogoThere are some things that I adore about life in general; Helena Bonham Carter, red wine, the music of The Libertines, cricket and the films of Terry Gilliam. In the genre of Horror, there are also a number of things that I adore; H P Lovecraft, Stephen King, Adrienne Barbeau, the films of John Carpenter and the Hammer House of Horror – not to mention an arguably unhealthy obsession with The Wicker Man (1973) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

The sub-genre of so-called torture horror (also known by a less flattering term as ‘torture porn’) has never really played a large part within my personal horror landscape of adoration. There are no high browed elitist explanations for this, It’s just that movies such as Saw and it’s ilk haven’t historically been my horror bag, man.

So when El Presidenti Andy, of UK Horror Scene put the following message up the site’s Facebook page earlier this week, my interest was peeked straight away;

onecarefulownerposter“Hi All.

Anyone want to review a brand … Continue reading

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) Review

Jodorowsky's Dune (poster)Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)

Dir: Frank Pavich

Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux , Brontis Jodorowsky, H. R. Giger, Chris Foss, Jean Giraud, Nicolas Winding Refn , Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley.

UK DVD/Bluray release TBC !

Running Time: 88 minutes

I personally like to think of David Lynch’s Dune (1984) as being the Apocalypse Now (1979) of science fiction movies. Just like Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war epic / Heart Of Darkness adaptation, it is by turns spectacular, sprawling, at times brilliant, at times banal, incoherent and visionary. Many of Dune’s negative aspects were exacerbated by producer Dino De Laurentiis’s insistence that the film be brought in at a contractually agreed running time of just over two hours.

Lynch apparently did try to win De Laurentiis over with an original three hour fine cut of the film, and though he was unsuccessful much of the material removed from this version did turn up years later in a still compromised two part TV screening (there are also floating around on the internet several “fan edits” which are superior to the TV version and closer to Lynch’s intended film, but are still unavoidably … Continue reading

UKHS Does the Nasty! The Section 3 List Part Two: THE BLACK ROOM (1982)

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The Section 3 List Part Two: THE BLACK ROOM (1982)

Following Dave Wain’s lowdown on Nightbeast in part one [which you can read HERE], Matty Budrewicz sinks his teeth into steamy fellow Section 3 title THE BLACK ROOM…

Even some thirty-odd years on, the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Video Nasty list remains a potent selection of must-see movies: the ultimate chopping – sorry – shopping list for grue lovers and the quintessential rite of passage for all of us British horror nuts. A seventy-two title strong gonzo fear flick extravaganza, it’s a vital part of our genre make up and education; and now, thanks to its discovery by filmmakers Jake West and Marc Morris whilst prepping their stupendous Video Nasties documentaries [read the UKHS lowdown of part 2, Draconian Days, HERE], a whopping eighty-two more movies caught up in the furore can be added to our own personal scare school curriculum.

According to West and Morris, these Section 3 titles were “liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police and removed from sale or hire, though they were ultimately not … Continue reading

UKHS Does the Nasty! The Section 3 List Part One: NIGHTBEAST (1982)

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The Section 3 List Part One: NIGHTBEAST (1982)

As the end of our sensational seven day Nasty series approaches, Dave Wain and Matty Budrewicz team up to each examine a film from the newly discovered Section 3 list. First up, it’s Dave and the mighty sci-schlock cheapie NIGHTBEAST…

If you speak to most casual horror fans whilst armed with a list of fabled video nasty titles, and ask them to pick out the ones that belonged in the original list, you’ll find that many will point to movies such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977). The fact is of course that until recently these movies carried the stigma of being associated with the original Director of Public Prosecutions’ list of seventy-two titles.

In researching the legal paperwork for Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Marc Morris managed to discover the previously unpublished third list. In it there were eighty-two titles that were designated under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act by the DPP. These films were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed for sale … Continue reading

RIPTIDE – A Slasher Musical hits Edinburgh Fringe August 2nd for 3 week run.

riptide1Porgy Productions presents:

RIPTIDE: A Slasher Musical

Death is coming to innocent beach – and he doesn’t give a shit about your tan

Join Chad, Tiffany and their buddies on the Spring Break trip to end them all – destination: Innocent Beach, USA. But watch your back, there’s danger in the water… Shelley has a grudge, and he’s thirsty for revenge.

- and just £7.50!!

“A sensational stroke of genius” ★★★★★ WhatsPeenSeen.co.uk

Handpicked musicians join a vibrant cast of young professionals in this Slasher Surf Spectacular. With sweeping romance, epic tunes and just the kind of guys you don’t want to meet on vacation, this is one road trip you’ll never forget. A parody of teen musicals and 80’s horror films – think Little Shop of Horrors meets Friday the 13th. Following a sell-out run in London at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, with exclusively 4 and 5 star reviews, Riptide: The Slasher Musical is due to take Edinburgh by storm.

“It’s all done in the worst possible taste, and it’s a joy to experience.” ★★★★ MusicalTheatreReview.com

riptide2Songs by brothers Simon and Mark Nathan are catchy, poignant and exciting – … Continue reading

The Gentlemen of Horror 2-7 August 2014, The Phoenix Artist Club, London as part of Camden Fringe.

501_1399565785The Gentlemen of Horror 2-7 August 2014, The Phoenix Artist Club

BOOK TICKETS HERE - Just £7.50 a ticket !!

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee defined an era of British horror, starring in Hammer Horror films together for 26 years.

When they first worked together in “The Curse of Frankenstein” and “Dracula”, Peter Cushing was one of the most famous actors in Britain, while Christopher Lee was unknown.

For the next quarter of a century, these two killed each other again and again and became firm friends. As Christopher Lee became internationally famous, Peter Cushing gradually retired into a life of quiet obscurity.
And yet neither quite lost their taste for blood…

“The Gentlemen of Horror” takes you backstage on Cushing and Lee’s relationship, into the dressing rooms
of the films they made together.

Writer James Goss has written three Torchwood novels and a Radio 4 play, as well as a Being Human book
and three Lady Serpent novels, set in ancient Egypt. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best
Audiobook 2010. James also spent seven years working on the BBC’s official Doctor Who website and is
co-author … Continue reading

New UK DVD & BluRay releases for Monday 21st July 2014

Hello and welcome to the new UK DVD & Blu Ray releases for the week commencing Monday July 21st 2014. The new releases are those that are genre releases, so anything from anime through sci-fi, independent releases and of course horror with much more inbetween. 

A lot of small independent releases this week. Not seen any of the *new* releases so no release of the week, but VERY interested in watching the new Terry Gilliam film The Zero Theorem, Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors and finally The Battery , where two ex baseball players make their way across a zombie ravaged New England . But check back through the week as we will have a few new releases reviewed on UKHS.

zerotheoremThe Zero Theorem (DVD & BluRay) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

 

 

futuramaseason7Futurama – Season 7 (DVD & BluRay) Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

 

 

 

startreknextgenerationseason6Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 (DVD & BluRay) Paramount Home Entertainment

 

 

 

themanwhowouldn'ttalkThe Men Who … Continue reading