Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) DVD Review

mohcoverCobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Director: Brett Morgen

Running Time: 132 mins

UK Certificate: 15

Format: Blu-ray

Montage of Heck tells the Kurt Cobain story in a deeply personal way I wasn’t totally prepared for. I was and still am a huge Nirvana fan, and would rather have seen the complete story of the band itself (with interviews with forgotten members etc), but Morgen has undoubtedly carved a fascinating portrait of the intense and troubled frontman. Animation of Kurt’s old notebooks & paintings, and rotoscoped recreations of his formative years, are masterfully interwoven with old footage to give a patchwork impression of Kurt’s very fertile mind and troubled upbringing.

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The second act of the films moves into the roller-coaster era of the bands success where familiar gig and interview footage again tells the story minus any narration other than that of Cobain himself and those interviewed. Krist Novoselic has a few interesting insights and he comes across very well. Sadly there was no interviews with Dave Grohl or Bleach drummer Chad Channing, despite plenty of them both in the live gig footage.

Obviously, the third act gets progressively darker as Cobain & Love … Continue reading

Iranian Vampire Film ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ – Gets UK Cinema Release May 22nd

girlA GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

IN UK CINEMAS MAY 22

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkie, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavoury inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

GIRL22-p19kd4iae5ksnknro6p2gimj1The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s début feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 99 mins

‘An intoxicating blend of eerie horror and 80’s pop’ **** (Time Out)

‘Strange and wonderful’ (Danny Leigh, The Guardian)

‘Seductive and strange enough to stick in the memory like a … Continue reading

The Device (2014) Review

deviceposterThe Device (2014)

Director: Jeremy Berg

Writers: Jeremy Berg & John Portanova

Starring: Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden, Gabriel Congdon

“I’m not scared of a whatever it is.”

Two sisters, Abby (DiMarco) and Rebecca (Alden) reunite after years apart to scatter their mother’s ashes at the family cabin. While there Rebecca and Abby come upon a “crash site”. Abby’s fiancée Calvin (Hogan) winds up toting home a mysterious sphere that seems to be of otherworldly origin. He comes under the sphere’s sway while his wife struggles with nightmares and Rebecca confronts her past.

The Device is a little bit of Dark Skies, sprinkled with Close Encounters of the Third Kind and mixed with every other UFO horror/scifi film. But mostly it takes after Dark Skies, with its brooding suburban setting, nose bleeds, and spooky dreams. The film get’s off to a good start with a great premise. Finding a mysterious device in the woods that changes people’s behavior should sound familiar. Tommyknockers anyone? Unfortunately there ends the comparison (to either the book or mini-series). What was hoped for, and vaguely promised by the film poster was a movie of … Continue reading

Kingdom Come (2014) DVD Review

kingc1KINGDOM COME (2014)

Director – Greg A Sager

Starring- Ry Barrett, Camille Hollett- French, Jason Martorino

UK DVD release from High Fliers Films – June 29th 2015

The sins of the past come back to haunt a group of strangers in Greg A Sager’s KINGDOM COME, when they all wake up in an abandoned building with no idea of how they got there and why. An intriguing concept to start off with, the film grips straight away with its initial idea and build up but towards the end of the film and in its final climatic pay off, it soon starts to lose the promise it began with.

The whole concept of people being trapped in a derelict reminds much of SAW series, but rather than escalate into a torture porn copy, KINGDOM COME uses its idea to focus on the characters trapped in the building for a more specific reason. Once the characters have been established we soon realise that the majority of them fall under an already established stereotype. We get an angry black man, a racist, an ex-junkie, a child molester, and the two central characters that seem … Continue reading

Short Sharp Shock #5 – Perished (2011)

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 (or Saturday this week) we will give you ‘Something for the Weekend’ and issue your weekly Short,Sharp,Shock! Enjoy!

Perished (2011)
Writers & Directors – Aaron McCann, Stefan Androv Radanovich
Starring – Wayne Davies, Dave Richardson, Leoni Leaver
Runtime – 16 Minutes
IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1982140/

Sometimes survival is worse than death…

Shameless Films is releasing Enzo Milioni’s THE SISTER OF URSULA on the 18th May

sou1Shameless Films is releasing Enzo Milioni’s THE SISTER OF URSULA on the 18th May.

The story is nice and sleazy:

After the death of their father, a traumatised Ursula (Barbara Magnolfi, SUSPIRIA) and her sister Dagmar (Stefania D’Amario, ZOMBIE) check into a plush hotel on the picturesque bay of Naples. Soon, beautiful women start dying in the most bizarre gory manner. All post-coitus.The already disturbed Ursula starts having visions: apparently seeing through the eyes of a black-clad voyeur who observes his prey having sex..

Heightening the giallo genre with the Sleaze-O-meter cranked up to 11 – à la ‘Spinal Tap’ – the story plays out straight-faced however, here, the film’s outrageous intensity stems from the stream of beautiful women stripping and pleasuring themselves, or each other, or some happy bloke, in an eye-popping gamut of sex: sapphic, straight, bent, oneiric, usually murderous…

sou2And the extras are just as much:

In a candid interview, writer-director Milioni guarantees that this is his own full uncut edit with all the eroticism he intended! He should know: Defying *ALL* … Continue reading

Dracula Reborn (2014) DVD Review

dracula rebornDracula Reborn (2014)

(Alternative Title: ‘Dracula XO’)

Director / Writer: Attila Luca

Starring: Tina Balthazar, Eric Kara, Chloe Dumas, Yves Carlevaris

Running Time: 93 mins

UK Certificate: 18

Format: DVD

UK Release from High Fliers Films – May 18th 2015

“Horror fans will love this new slant on the Dracula legend”, claims a blurb on the DVD cover.

Another ‘new slant’ on a very well-worn monster tale, you say? Worth my time, you ask, or simply another dreary splurt-and-chomp fest full of attractive yet rather toothy protagonists which brings nothing fresh to the banquet table? My thoughts too, as I searched for info on this vamp flick by director and writer Attila Luca, offering here his first feature-length production.

It follows the story of Hannah David (played with confidence by the beguiling, vastly-cheekboned Tina Balthazar), a journalist notably booted from her previous rag for an over-enthusiastic thirst (sorry) for covering anything and everything she can unearth about Dracula, his family and his followers – yes, in this story, vampires are known to exist and their lord and master is something almost of a celebrity, and whilst he doesn’t so much … Continue reading

Viewers to get SAVAGED on Horror Channel in May.

horrorchannellogoViewers to get SAVAGED on Horror Channel in May.

Savaged-LR3Horror Channel’s film highlights for May includes the UK TV première for director Michael S. Ojeda’s provocative and compelling SAVAGED, Sat 16 May @ 22:55.

THE CROW meets I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE in a viciously gory supernatural shocker made in 2013 by Michael S.Ojeda. Travelling across country to be with her fiancé, deaf mute Zoe (the entrancing Amanda Adrienne) stumbles on a horrific crime. Zoe’s brave attempt to intervene seals her fate; she’s brutalized and left for dead. When an Indian shaman finds her clinging to life in a shallow grave he attempts to save her – but in the mystical process the spirit of an ancient Apache warrior enters her corpse hell-bent on revenge. But can she slaughter the men who attacked her in time before her body decomposes completely?

Link to official promo trailer for May highlights:

There are also UK TV premieres for Daniel Benmayor’s heart-pumping slasher PAINTBALL and Martin Barnewitz’s chilling prequel to ‘The Messengers’ – MESSENGERS 2: SCARECROW

Fri 15 May @ 21:00 – PAINTBALL (2009) * UK TV Première

Eight strangers engaged in an intense game of … Continue reading

Valley of The Sasquatch (2015) Review

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Director: John Portanova

Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Jason Vail, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, David Saucedo, D’Angelo Midili

“So Sergio freaked out and shot a bush? Who hasn’t?”

Dysfunctional father and son duo Roger and Michael Crew (Jason Vail and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte) are forced to move to a not-quite-fit for human habitation cabin in the middle of the woods. Dad Roger immediately invites his drinking buddy Sergio (David Saucedo) and brother-in-law Will (D’Angelo Midili) up for the weekend. Primarily as an excuse to drink and do drugs with Sergio and go shoot woodland animals. What they didn’t expect was a family of Sasquatch trying to defend their territory against loggers? Presumably. It’s not terribly well explained but doesn’t really matter.

And who really expects Sasquatches anyway? The hapless group find their numbers whittled down and at last make a stand back at the cabin with fellow hapless Squatch survivor Bauman (Bill Oberst Jr.). Though they face more danger from their fellow man than a gang of kidnapping Sasquatch.

vots1Valley (it’s actually a mountain) of the Sasquatch is pretty good. … Continue reading

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Screening MCM Comic-Con London May 22nd & 23rd

tdoslTHE DEATH OF “SUPERMAN LIVES”: WHAT HAPPENED?

The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what could have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (‘Superman Lives’). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.

This documentary directed by Jon Schnepp features interviews with director Tim Burton; legendary producers Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura; screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy; production designer Rick Heinrichs; special effects artist Steve Johnson; storyboard artist Tim Burgard; costume designer Colleen Atwood, and many more. This film delivers an inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.

Starring Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Jon Peters, Dan Gilroy, Derek Frey, Jon Schnepp, Steve Johnson, Wesley Strick, Sylvain Despretz, and many more…

Written and Directed by Jon Schnepp and Produced by Jon Schnepp & Holly Payne

*The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?* screens at MCM Comic Con at ExCel London Q&As on evening of 22nd & 23rd May and on VOD from 9th July.

Screening tickets £10 … Continue reading