The Creep Behind The Camera (2014) Screamfest Review by Lee Christian

thecreep1The Creep Behind The Camera (2014) Screamfest Review

As we all know in from DVD audio commentary tracks, every bad movie likely has a far more interesting story taking place behind the camera. Such is the case with 1964’s The Creeping Terror as demonstrated by Pete Schuermann’s docu-drama, The Creep Behind the Camera, which played at Screamfest in Los Angeles at The Chinese Theater on October 19th.

If you look The Creep Behind the Camera up on IMDB, you’ll likely be confused by their categorization of it. “Documentary/Animation/Biography” doesn’t exactly sum this film up very well. This is indeed (mostly) a narrative biopic, a la Ed Wood.

But it didn’t start out that way. During the post-screening Q&A, Schuermann said the initial intent was to make a documentary. After uncovering a wealth of unsavory behind-the-scenes stories, mostly revolving around the film’s “director” and lead actor, Art “A.J.” Nelson (aka, Vic Savage), Schuermann and his producer, Nancy Theken, knew they had a twisted story to tell.

Unfortunately, one of their potential interviewees – Nelson’s daughter, who apparently had a great wealth of information about her father’s dark behavior – dropped the ball when she … Continue reading

Remake Rumble: Round 6 Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

Remake Rumble: Round 6
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Halloween (2007)

Not all remakes are created equal, but sometimes the battle lines between the original film and the so-called “re-imagining” aren’t as clear as they may first appear. In this new, regular feature Joey Keogh pitches a chosen horror film against its remade counterpart, to answer that oft-debated question – is there ever any justification for “rebooting” a horror movie? And, dare we even suggest, can a remake ever surpass the original?

In honour of the spookiest night of the year, the Remake Rumble pits John Carpenter’s seminal slasher against Rob Zombie’s divisive 2007 remake, neither of which requires much introduction.

When Rob Zombie first announced he would be remaking one of the most famous, and universally well-liked horror movies of all time, fans were understandably up in arms – how dare he think he can do better than the master of horror himself? What was the director of gorefest House of 1000 Corpses going to do with our beloved Michael Myers? However, it was nothing compared to the backlash he … Continue reading

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (2014) Review

FF bannerI_Survived_A_Zombie_Holocaust_poster[1]I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (2014)

Dir: Guy Pidgen
Written By: Guy Pidgen
Starring: Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Reannin Johannink

104 mins.

UK release: Frightfest 2014

A satirical take on the overdone zombie genre, during which an enthusiastic young runner finds the film set on which he’s delighted to be working overtaken by the un-dead.

Zombie movies are totally overdone. Even the zom-rom-com subgenre is overstuffed at this stage, which is really saying something. And, just when you thought every possible rip on the genre had been done, this nifty little New Zealand comedy/horror comes along to turn everything we thought we knew on its head before tearing it to pieces spectacularly, for our viewing pleasure.

In an interesting twist, the zombie outbreak at the heart of I Survived A Zombie Holocaust actually takes place on the set of a low budget zombie movie, on which plucky runner, and wannabe writer, Wesley (Neville) has just landed his dream job. With a loopy director who demands to be referred to only as the initials SMP and a cast of nightmarish … Continue reading

BETRAYING THE MARTYRS announce UK/European headline tour !

btmBETRAYING THE MARTYRS announce UK/European headline tour with special guests TEXAS IN JULY, UPON THIS DAWNING and MAKE THEM SUFFER

Killer melodies, bilious anger… well worth keeping an eye on” – Rock Sound
Paris’ coolest new band” – Kerrang!

Chaos is upon us as French deathcore giants BETRAYING THE MARTYRS have announced an extensive European tour for 2015, which sees them play a whopping 31 shows in support of their latest album Phantom. The band will be joined by special guests Texas In July, Upon This Dawning and Make Them Suffer. And if you notice they are not having a single day off!! That is a 31 date tour in 31 days and in 15 countries , now that is hardcore!!

Dates are as follows:

01/30 Nürnberg, GER – Hirsch
01/31 Holland Utrecht, NET – Helling
02/01 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
02/02 London, UK – Underworld
02/03 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
02/04 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
02/05 Southampton, UK – Joiners
02/06 Brighton, UK – Audio
02/07 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
02/08 Antwerp, … Continue reading

31 Days of Horror: #30 – Hocus Pocus

31 Days of Horror: #30 – Hocus Pocus

Your daily bitesized guide to the films you should be watching this Halloween season…

HPHocus Pocus (1993)

Directed by Kenny Ortega
Written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, story by Mick Garris & David Kirschner

Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

There simply cannot be a Halloween discussion without mentioning the one, the only, Hocus Pocus. Full disclosure – this film must be watched, in its entirety, each and every time it’s broadcast on television (which is a lot), regardless of what time of year it is. But, on Halloween night, it’s particularly special. Long the chosen flick for exhausted trick ‘r’ treaters, intent on getting through their sacks of sweets before the night was out, Hocus Pocus takes on a special quality in adulthood. The tale of three, ancient witches, brought back to life in the modern day by some unsuspecting teenagers is somehow even more magical the older one gets.

Hocus Pocus is like a big, warm blanket we can wrap around ourselves when we’re sick, tired or just fed up with being adults. But, on Halloween, it becomes … Continue reading

An Interview with Noomi Spook by Madeleine Swann

An Interview with Noomi Spook by Madeleine Swann

Noomi Spook is not only a co-founder of independent film company Strawberry Corpse, she’s also a writer, director and animator of enough odd and disturbing things to make you squeal with delight and revulsion. She wrote and directed award nominated horror/comedy short Annabelle’s Tea Party (featuring both cake and maggots, making it a hit in my mind) as well as working on a documentary about bespoke limbs for amputees and directing music videos. She’s currently preparing a stop-motion animation about serial killer HH Holmes which is in need of experienced animators, model makers and funding – just have a look at the website below.

UKHS – The new film looks very exciting! Can you tell us a bit about it?

NS – This is a film I’ve always wanted to make, and part of the reason why I chose to move to Bristol from London, because of the animation scene in this city. As soon as I discovered who Holmes was and what he did, I immediately pictured telling the story as an animation. Which I doubt is how most people would interpret this story but to me using models and miniature sets was an opportunity to … Continue reading

Shivers (1975) Blu-Ray Review

SHIVERS1 (1)SHIVERS – 1975

AKA: They Came From Within; The Parasite Murders

Dir: David Cronenberg

Starring: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie, Barbara Steele.

Shivers in out in the UK now on Dual Format DVD & Blu-Ray from Arrow Video.

Shivers makes a bow on Blu-Ray as Arrow Video put their considerable talents to creating a definitive edition of Cronenberg’s early classic. David Cronenberg is now something of a household name respected and revered by both horror fans and the cineastes alike. Shivers marked his feature debut and immediately singled him out as a talent to watch and a subversive voice in the darkness. Although it was un-appreciated at the time, Shivers is intensely intelligent, yet creatively schlocky and emerges as a minor masterpiece, showcasing early examples of many recurring Cronenberg themes.

The story of a medical experiment gone wrong, it follows a group of people living in a high class high rise as a nasty parasite is loosed upon them. Causing violent and aggressive sexual tendencies in its victims it becomes a fight to survive for those who have kept the parasite at bay. Thematically ahead of … Continue reading

An Interview with Genoveva Rossi by Dean Sills

An Interview with Genoveva Rossi by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Genoveva, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene. How did you get into acting and what is it about the Horror genre that you enjoy so much? 

GR – Good question. I had always had an interest in acting since I was a child. I was in my first play at nursery school. I did some other plays in primary school and high School. In college I got involved (New York) in doing some dramatic short films. Then it had been a while after I graduated from college, I had the opportunity to do an horror film called ‘Jack ‘O’ Slasher’ directed by Jennifer Valdes. I play a sexy Satanist. I had always wanted to get involved in acting in horror movies and that was my first opportunity. I kind of took the bull and ran with it at that point and did ‘I Spill Your Guts’ and ‘Zombie Hunters’. I then decided to throw myself into it 100% to see where I would end up. That was a few years ago and things have been pretty steadily busy since then. Horror has always been my favourite genre as a fan, so I think it makes a lot … Continue reading

31 Days of Horror: #29 – Satan’s Little Helper

31 Days of Horror: #29 – Satan’s Little Helper

Your daily bitesized guide to the films you should be watching this Halloween season…

SLHSatan’s Little Helper (2004)

Written & Directed by Jeff Lieberman

Starring Alexander Brickel, Katheryn Winnick, Amanda Plummer

Landing anonymously in the UK DVD market in October 2005 thanks to the now defunct regular softcore label Third Millennium, this overlooked yet quite outstanding Halloween tale deserves a place in the pantheon of Samhain favourites. Little Dougie Whooly, played brilliantly by ten year old Brickel, is a kid for which Halloween is a major highlight. Obsessed with the video game Satan’s Little Helper, he’s looking to be just that and, thanks to a marauding serial killer resplendent in a Satan outfit, his fantasy world is about to become frighteningly real.

Brickel surely delivers one of the best ‘kid in a horror film’ performances for years with his adorable demeanour of wide-eyed innocence, while Lieberman – perhaps best known for Squirm and Just Before Dawn – mixes a deliciously dark element of black humour into the picture with a protracted ruse that will have you gasping at its audacity. Ten years since … Continue reading

Win a 5 DVD Bundle to celebrate the UK Cinema release of Extraterrestrial

EXTRATERRESTRIAL_UK_QUADWIN a horror movie 5 DVD bundle (Alien Abduction, Smiley, Way of the Wicked, The Last House and The Unleashed) courtesy of Signature Entertainment to celebrate the UK cinema release of Extraterrestrial this week for Halloween!

Synopsis:
Prepare to get your fears probed as the brilliant Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) bring the ‘Scare-filled’* and ‘Extra-terrifying’** EXTRATERRESTRIAL to UK cinemas this Halloween!

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Defiance, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.

To … Continue reading