Che Gilson’s Horror Homework #1 Fun Size Horror

Fun Size logoChe Gilson’s Horror Homework #1 Fun Size Horror

Horror Homework: Che will watch whatever you tell her and report back. Have a movie suggestion? A series that NO ONE but you seems to be watching? Want to torture a reviewer? Give Che your suggestions and see what happens. Though all assignments must be viewable on YouTube or Netflix (US)

Assignment: This assignment comes from Noel Wallace ‏@LaughingPsycho on Twitter who suggested I watch Fun Size Horror on YouTube. I’d never heard of it so I looked it up. Turns out it’s a website and YouTube channel dedicated to short horror films. From the site “Fun Size Horror is a collective of genre-loving filmmakers always on the search for new and exciting films! Fun Size Horror aims to terrify and delight viewers with original short films…” The site is open to submissions of short films and is run by Zeke Pinheiro, Mali Elfman, and Michael May. They even have contests. So I thought I’d pick a few short films and review them.

Who’s There: Directed by Joe Russo. That one was more anecdote … Continue reading

Hollows Grove (2014) Review

hollows1Hollows Grove (2014)

Starring: Mykelti Williamson, Lance Henriksen, Matthew Carey and Sunkrish Bala.

Written & Directed by Craig Efros.

Expected UK DVD Release 14th Nov 2016 from High Fliers Films

A young filmmaker documents his ghost-hunting, reality show friends as their routine investigation of an abandoned orphanage turns into a nightmare from which they can’t escape.”

For me, the charm of any found-footage movie is the subtle claim to realism that lays beneath the framing of its narration. The conceit behind The Blair Witch Project (1999) was the notion that the film was made up from footage left behind by missing documentary students. In Grave Encounters (2011) the crew of a ghost-hunting reality show lock themselves in an abandoned mental hospital and the subsequent film comes from the video they left behind. And, here, we have the same premise supporting Hollows Grove (2014). The story is being told through found footage from the combined camcorders left behind by a documentary maker and the producers of a ghost-hunting reality TV show.
And that subtle claim to realism works.

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New Trailer, Synopsis and Screen Shots for UK Horror Feature ‘Simon’

simon1New Trailer, Synopsis and Screen Shots for UK Horror Feature ‘Simon’

Here at UK Horror Scene we love new British indie filmmaking so please read below about a new feature that may well interest you!!

Simon is a new UK horror feature from Writer & Director Warren Badenski . Below is the synopsis , details and lastly the new trailer for Simon. To keep updated with the progress of Simon the please check out and like their Facebook page here – www.facebook.com/simonpickandmix

Synopsis
Local journalist Sarah is looking for her big break perusing the Urban Ripper. A serial killer that’s been targeting young women and has the police clueless. As Sarah delves deeper down the rabbit hole, her actions catch the attention of the elusive killer leading to a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Can she stop him or will she become just another victim…

About The Film
SIMON started as a short film created by Writer/Director Warren Badenski as a short film, and then later expanded into a feature length film. The film was intended to be a … Continue reading

The Woods Announced As BLAIR WITCH With Terrifying Brand New Trailer

The Woods Announced As BLAIR WITCH With Terrifying Brand New Trailer

This weekend at Comic Con, it was announced that the new Adam Wingard horror The Woods is actually BLAIR WITCH, the sequel to the 1999 horror The Blair Witch Project.

We are extremely excited to share with you the brand new and absolutely terrifying trailer, as well as the first look image.

SYNOPSIS
It’s been 20 years since James’s sister and her two friends vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland while researching the legend of the Blair Witch, leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake. James (James Allen McCune of TV’s SHAMELESS) and his friends Peter (WRECK-IT RALPH’S Brandon Scott), Ashley (Corbin Reid of TV’s DISNEY STAR DARLINGS) and film student Lisa (Callie Hernandez of upcoming LA LA LAND and Ridley Scott’s upcoming ALIEN: COVENANT) venture into the same woods each with a camera to uncover the mysteries surrounding their disappearance.

At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals Lane (Wes Robinson of TV’s STATE OF AFFAIRS) and Talia (Valorie Curry of TV’s … Continue reading

Kong: Skull Island – Gripping First Trailer & Poster Launched

kongKONG: SKULL ISLAND – GRIPPING FIRST TRAILER & POSTER LAUNCHED

Coming Soon to UK Cinemas

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly
Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

kong1“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. Vogt-Roberts directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly.

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UK September releases as Arrow Video go Old-School

arrowvideoUK September releases as Arrow Video go Old-School

September means back to the old-school for Arrow Video with a massive helping of cult classics arriving on Blu-Ray, DVD and Dual Format releases!

Lovers of camp’s lord and master, Russ Meyer, get a double portion of his studio hits with Beyond the Valley of the Dolls coming to Blu-Ray with all its sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, while the lesser-seen but brilliant censorship drama, The Seven Minutes, lands on DVD.

Fans of William Castle-style exploitation will want to get their hands on Matinee, Joe Dante’s take on the sci-fi and horror features of the 1950s and 1960s, starring John Goodman. If your tastes are more psychological thriller, however, September also sees the Arrow Video edition of Brian De Palma’s iconic John Lithgow vehicle, Raising Cain.

Cinephiles who can’t get enough of Ozsploitation should check out Dead-End Drive-In and its vision of a not-too-distant dystopian future from Quentin Tarantino favourite, Brian Trenchard-Smith. Last but not least, the gross-out creature feature Slugs comes slithering along, with its squirm-tastic monster effects.

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Tank 432 (2016) Review from Fantasia Fest 2016

tankTANK 432 (FANTASIA FEST 2016) (2016)

Starring Rupert Evans, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins and Michael Smiley

Written & Directed by Nick Gillespie

World Première at Fantasia Fest 23rd July 2016

Out on UK DVD 22nd August 2016 from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

With nowhere else to hide, a group of mercenaries and their two prisoners take cover inside a long abandoned Bulldog tank. But, while they try to keep the forces outside at bay, the real enemy is already among them, locked inside the ‘Belly of the Bulldog’”. Via IMDb.

The U.K. seems to have the finger on the pulse when it comes to marrying the war and horror genres. Deathwatch, The Bunker, Dog Soldiers, Outpost…not always successful, but better than anywhere else. Well, Tank 432 is another one. But this is a different beast.

Tank 432 (previously known as Belly of the Bulldog) comes with some pretty high pedigree. It stars two actors who are becoming increasingly prolific in quality horror, Rupert Evans (The Canal) and Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field In England) and is produced by the queen of UK … Continue reading

New UK Horror Short Film ‘Echoes of The Passed’ needs your help

eotp1As the Indiegogo campaign for new UK horror short Echoes of the Passed hits it’s last few days I thought it apt to write a little article to give it ONE LAST PUSH!!

The original goal was £2500 and thanks to amazing generosity this was smashed and a stretch goal of £3500 was announced. And with just 4 days left of the campaign this is within reach and I hope any horror fans can just have a look at the page , and if possible share and even donate a few quid. As a wise ad exec once said “Every Little Helps” and in the context of Echoes then this really is true. With your help this could be a truly outstanding short film and for the price of a (London) pint you could say “I helped make that film”.

Horror is my passion and you will not find a more passionate crew than the Echoes team , so thank you for reading and please check out the Indiegogo page here – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/echoes-of-the-passed-paranormal-horror-film–2#/

What’s the short film about?

Enter the dark and … Continue reading

Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015) Review

EVEN_LAMBS_HAVE_TEETH_DVDEVEN LAMBS HAVE TEETH (2015)

Starring: Tiera Skovbye, Kirsten Prout, Garrett Black, Jameson Parker

Director: Terry Miles

Out now on UK DVD from Matchbox Films

I have noticed an encouraging rise in modern horror movies taking direct influence from classics of the genre – Even Lambs Have Teeth is a polished, beautifully filmed tale of two young women, and pulls together the essences of Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave and Natural Born Killers. Katie (Skovbye) and Sloane (Prout) are two typical girls of 17 or 18, who are off on an adventure to work on a Community Supported Agriculture, which at best is a ‘hippie farm’ and at worst is Jonestown revived.

But the girls never make it as far as Ecofield, for they get chatting with two young semi-hick locals, Jed (Black) and Lucas (Parker) at a diner, and Katie allows her usually sensible self to get dragged into a dumb situation by her friend, and they accept the men’s invitation to give them a ride to the farm. Instead, they are taken to the guys’ … Continue reading

Amaranthine and Other Stories by Erik Hofstatter – Book Review

amaerik1Amaranthine and Other Stories by Erik Hofstatter – Book Review

Available Now – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amaranthine-Other-Stories-Erik-Hofstatter/dp/1533416036/

It is unusual that you will find me in this seat, reviewing a novella, but if you’re extra nice and ask politely, unbelievable things can happen!

Amaranthine and Other Stories (AOS) is a collection of nine short stories of various lengths and varying themes, but the core theme is the horror of everyday life; that people are the real monsters.

The opening story really sets the tone for book itself, it is clear Hofstatter doesn’t take himself too seriously, diving straight into dark irreverent humour off the mark. Many stories here are left ambiguous, owing to necessity, due to their length. This works well for some but others have a forced exposition that turns into a red herring or isn’t paced very well. There’s some flip-flopping too within some of the stories world building, one story in particular involving a born again Christian repenting for his sins.

There are a handful of strong stories that really shine here that I won’t go into as most rely on a very … Continue reading