The Alphabet Killer (2008) DVD Review

 

ALPHABET 001THE ALPHABET KILLER (2008) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, Bill Moseley

Written by: Tom Malloy

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £9.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 94 minutes

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

UK Release Date: 14th April 2014

Distributor: Warwick Films

I don’t really understand the world of film distribution well enough to get why its takes so long for some titles to land on our shores. The Alphabet Killer has taken a staggering six years to land a release over here and it comes to DVD via the relatively new company Warwick Films who a few weeks ago put out the worthy Battle Royale-esque title ‘The Human Race’. Just from a DVD rental point of view, the true story genre is massive – especially serial killers, so its laboured journey across the Atlantic seems odd.

The Alphabet Murders as they are known took place in the early 1970s in the area of Rochester, New York where three young girls were raped and strangled. The case … Continue reading

First Trailer for Jim Mickle’s Cold In July starring Michael C Hall.

cijCold in July is the latest feature from Stakeland and We Are What We Are director Jim Mickle. And here is the FIRST trailer.

Cold In July is taken from the Joe R. Lansdale novel and stars a post-Dexter Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard.

Synopsis

Richard Dane awakens to find an intruder in his home and has to kill in self-defense. The problem is the intruder’s father, Ben Russel, is a murderous ex-con bent of avenging his son’s death. Richard, a small time businessman, is in way over his head. Soon the two find out they’re both being misled and manipulated and find themselves drawn into a web of psychopathic sex, violence, and corruption.

 

Watch here first trailer for Eli Roth’s cannibal film The Green Inferno .

greeninfernoHere is the brand new trailer for Eli Roth’s journey into cannibal cinema . The Green Inferno was shown at festivals last year and has received mixed reviews but UKHS really can’t wait to see if Eli can take us back 30/40 years to the great halcyon days of cannibal cinema.

Directed and co-written by Roth (with Guillermo Amoedo), The Green Inferno stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton and follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved. The Green Inferno opens in the USA on September 5, 2014, and hopefully will get UK dates sometime soon !!

 

Filmbuff to bring Devil In My Ride to Digital Audiences.

FILMBUFF TO BRING “DEVIL IN MY RIDE” TO DIGITAL AUDIENCES

dimr_posterFilmBuff Will Release Red Band Films’ Horror/Comedy “Devil in My Ride” on May 13th Through Multiple Video-on-Demand Platforms

Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY – April 15, 2014 – It was announced today that digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff, will release the horror/comedy “Devil in My Ride,” starring Sid Haig (“Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Jackie Brown,” “The Devil’s Rejects”) and directed by Gary Michael Schultz.

FilmBuff has set a release date of May 13 for “Devil in My Ride,” and will make the film available to audiences through leading video-on-demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Cable Movies On Demand, Google Play, Sony PlayStation, Xbox Video and Vudu.

When Doreen becomes possessed by the devil on her wedding night, her groom Hank and her rebellious brother Travis put aside their differences to travel across country from Chicago to Las Vegas in the hopes of finding a mythical street preacher who is said to be the last exorcist in America.

Starring alongside Sid Haig are Frank Zieger (“Conviction,” “Ocean of Pearls,” “Finding Preet”), Erin Breen (“Housekeeper,” “Rose White,” “Fate Accompli”), Llou Johnson (“Barbershop,” … Continue reading

How I Met Your Mother’s Charlene Amoia cast in Nefas: The Wicked

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How I Met Your Mother’s Amoia cast in Wicked movie

 

Charlene Amoia (How I Met Your Mother, American Reunion) will star in a new horror film for Zoe and Pebbles Productions in association with Mulberry Street Films, LLC.

 

Nefas : The Wicked is a haunted house tale based on true events. Filming begins in June just outside of Chicago.

 

Synopsis : Julia is a quirky single mother who has left the big city with her teenage daughter, Charlotte and has taken up residence in the old Miller house. What she is unaware of is that the Miller house is known by the townspeople to have been a place where demonic possession occurred throughout the past. As history repeats itself, Julia must work with the previous owner of the house, Dr. Miller, to save not only Charlotte from this evil case of possession but to ultimately keep the evil entity from latching on to Dr. Miller.

 

The terrifying tale is inspired by true events and is loaded with unforeseen twists, that has never been seen in a possession movie.

 

Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau direct. Scripters were Banker, LaReau, Michelle Beyda-Scott, Helene Gonze.

 

Amoia will play … Continue reading

Child of God (2013) Cinematic Review

cogCHILD OF GOD (Dir James Franco, USA 2013)

Starring- Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco

The prolific James Franco, is certainly one of the most interesting personality’s to emerge out of Hollywood in recent memory. Probably more known for his role as Harry Osborn in Sam Rami’s SPIDERMAN films, the actor seems to be cleverly switching between mainstream big budget roles, and independent features and as well as being an author, poet, screenwriter and director, having already co-directed the documentary INTERIOR LEATHER BAR (2013), and an adaptation of William Faulkner’s AS I LAY DYING (2013), he seems to be adept at taking on a challenge whether in front or behind the camera, and it’s quite apt that he takes on an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s CHILD OF GOD, a pitch black southern gothic tale of violence, madness, degradation and necrophilia.

The film follows Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) a mentally challenged, disturbed man “a child of god, much like yourself perhaps,” who is living in the backwoods of Sevier County, Tennessee. He doesn’t have a home nor do we know whether he has a family, though voice over narration delivered … Continue reading

New giallo Sonno Profondo released on VOD and DVD/VHS in USA & Canada from BrinkVision

sonno1BrinkVision announces the release of the award winning giallo “Sonno Profondo” on VOD and Limited Special Edition DVD and VHS.

BrinkVision announces the release of the critically acclaimed film, SONNO PROFONDO for U.S. and Canada. Since its world premiere at SITGES Film Festival, “Sonno Profondo” has been screened at film festivals around the world, winning awards including best music soundtrack and several best film awards.

sonno2Critics have called it “a demented piece of art; a fascinating cinematic experience”, “hypnotic, unsettling, disturbing” and “Sonno Profondo resurrects Giallo”.

The movie is set in the 1970s, so costumes, vehicles, locations and telephones from that time were used. Post-production stage was also very important, since special effects were used to achieve the “seventies” look of the film.

The soundtrack, essential element of the “Giallo” genre, was composed by Luciano Onetti (the Director) true to the style of Ennio Morricone and Goblin, composers of the most renowned films of this genre in the 1970s decade.

sonno3After murdering a woman, a … Continue reading

The Raid 2 (2014) Cinematic Review

R1The Raid 2 (2014)

Dir: Gareth Evans

Starring: Iko Uwais, Arafin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Very Tri Yulisman, Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian

After barely surviving the tower block bloodbath, a ravaged Rama (Uwais) is forced to go undercover to infiltrate the heart of one of Jakarta’s most ruthless mob families to ensure the safety of his wife and child. Upon finding his way into the organisation, he soon discovers a terrifying web of corruption, betrayal and gang warfare where everyone is out for themselves and everyone is a potential threat.

 2012’s ‘The Raid’ must surely go down as one of the most unlikely success stories of all time. A Welsh-born director who met up with a martial arts maestro in Indonesia originally for the purpose of making a documentary about the little known practise of pencak silat which eventually lead to one of the most heart-pounding and fist pumpingly brutal action films ever made? Not many could dare to claim they could have seen it coming, least … Continue reading

Eurohorror Spotlight #8: Borgman (Netherlands, 2013)

borgman1Eurohorror Spotlight #8: Borgman (Netherlands, 2013)

 

Director – Alex van Warmerdam

 

Starring – Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval

Its been nearly 2 months since the last Eurohorror Spotlight. This is mainly due to Spotlight writer James Simpson moving house (or being lazy???), but now the series returns with its 8th instalment. On offer is the recent hit Dutch movie Borgman…

We see a group of three men with guns and a dog walking through the woods. They start bashing at the earth beneath their feet. Beneath them is a homeless and very scruffy looking man (Bijvoet) living in an underground hide away he has dug. He escapes via a maze of tunnels he has also dug. He emerges back on the surface away from these men and runs away, alerting two men in similar subterranean homes. He walks on without them and eventually approaches a upper class detached house and rings the door bell. The owner, a middle aged woman, answers but slams the door on him when he asks for a place to stay for one night.

He … Continue reading

Spooky Jefferson’s Ideal Lunchbox House of Dolls EP – Review

sjil1Spooky Jefferson’s Ideal Lunchbox
House of Dolls EP

When I got this review assignment, it was described as horror ska-punk. I’m no fan of ska, in general, but it’s been awhile since I reviewed anything so I figured I’d go for it, being as unbiased or closed minded as I possibly can, to be fair.

The intro (aptly titled, “Intro”) starts up and the vibe is very Danny Elfman. I immediately imagined Vincent Price putting Edward Scissorhands together. The chiming piano gives off a somber tone only intensified by what sounds like a saxophone underneath. I’m wondering where they’re going to go from here because this isn’t setting up a ska-punk album to me. I’m into this and I’m expecting to not be into this album.

“Aliens” is the second track and I’m getting those upstrokes that I’m expecting from a ska band but the overall feel is so different. This one feels like a total Oingo Boingo song. The vocals are buried a little too much so it’s hard to make out where he’s going, lyrically. Upon further listens, it’s obviously about being probed by aliens after abduction. However, … Continue reading