Hyena (2014) DVD Review

hyenaHyena (UK, 2014)

Dir. Gerard Johnson

Starring. Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Elisa Lasowski, Myanna Buring, Neil Maskell

UK DVD release July 6th 2015 from Metrodome Distribution.

Synopsis. For years, a corrupt ‘task force’ has been making a living out of pocketed drugs and deals with local gangs in London. But the walls are closing in, with an embittered Internal Investigator watching their every move. To make things worse, long standing allies in the Turkish mob are being picked off by a brutal Albanian people trafficking gang with no inclination to cooperate with anyone, forcing their leader Michael into a arrangement that could have deadly repercussions for those close to him.

Inspired by a chance meeting with a hard partying, off duty CID officer, Writer/Director Gerard Johnson had allegedly been developing a story about corrupt policemen for around 10 years. The film bears the fruits of such long development process, from it’s fully developed ensemble to evocative location work. Johnson goes to painstaking effort to portray the “real” London, or the one many choose not to see. The almost intrusive tracking shots following Ferdinando’s Michael as he navigates the city’s underbelly recall … Continue reading

Spanish Thriller MARSHLAND reveals Artwork & Trailer

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Stunning & Gripping” ★★★★ Empire
“Beautiful & Mysterious” ★★★★ Little White Lies
“Eerie, atmospheric and nail-biting to the very end” The Guardian

Altitude Film Distribution has unveiled the movie poster artwork for acclaimed detective thriller MARSHLAND (LA ISLA MINIMA). Alberto Rodriguez’s claustrophobic film set in post Franco Spain won 10 Spanish Academy Goya Awards and will be released in UK cinemas on 7 August 2015.

MARSHLAND has drawn comparisons to Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, David Fincher’s Se7en as well as hit TV series True Detective.

The film is inspired by the photography of Seville’s Atín Aya, Bolaño’s crime novel 2666 and US noir movies like Chinatown.

Set in Andalusia’s wetlands in 1980 at the start of Spain’s transition to democracy, two teenage girls go missing in a remote and forgotten town.

Two troubled homicide detectives. Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo) must put aside their differences to hunt a predator who for years has terrorised a community stuck in the past.

MARSHLAND was the undisputed winner at the 2015 Spanish Academy Goya Awards. The 10 prizes included Best Film, Best Director (Alberto Rodríguez), Best Actor (Javier Gutiérrez), Best Original Screenplay (Alberto … Continue reading

Human Centipede 3 Attempts to set a unique world record to celebrate the UK release.

News of a unique world record attempt – to create the World’s longest Human Centipede, to celebrate the release of The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), in selected cinemas July 10th and on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD 20th July.

People can join in the (fun) attempt by heading to http://instapede.com/ and uploading a picture of themselves adopting the suggested Human Centipede position. By submitting a valid picture users will be automatically entered into the competition to win a 40″ TV. Users can upload via the website or via Instagram using the hashtag #instapede3

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*Synopsis*

In the annals of horror, only one film series is almost too disgusting to describe! Now the unthinkable has become all too real! The final chapter to the most notorious movie franchise ever made has arrived – *The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (*Dieter Laser*), has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the … Continue reading

UKHS have ONE copy of THE VOICES on DVD to give away

voicesUKHS are pleased to have ONE copy of The Voices on DVD to give away to our UK readers courtesy of Arrow Films.

The Voices is out July 13th on DVD & Blu-Ray from Arrow Films in the UK.

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day s events. When one night he accidentally kills Fiona, Jerry hastily covers his tracks, under the strict advice of the subversive Mr. Whiskers. But Jerry is already beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) and things are also looking bad for Lisa, who has taken a shine to Jerry. Despite Bosco trying to keep Jerry on the straight and narrow, Mr. Whiskers seems to be the loudest voice in Jerry s head and soon events have spiraled and salvation is all Jerry can hope for.

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UKHS have THREE copies of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films on DVD to give away

eboogUKHS are pleased to have THREE copies of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films on DVD to give away to our UK readers courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is out July 13th on DVD from Metrodome Distribution in the UK.

A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus – two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed – and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together.

To be in with a chance of winning then you must be in the UK and Email your name & address to comp@ukhorrorscene.com and put Boogaloo in the subject line.

The competition will run until Midnight July 12th , and the DVDs will be sent out shortly afterwards – GOOD LUCK!!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is out July 13th and available from Amazon UK HERE – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Boogaloo-Untold-Story-Cannon/dp/B00WQT4MUW/

UKHS have THREE DVD copies of The Four Warriors to give away to UK Readers

fourwarriorsUKHS are pleased to have THREE copies of The Four Warriors on DVD to give away to our UK readers courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.

The Four Warriors is out July 13th on DVD from Metrodome Distribution in the UK.

Travelling home from The Crusades, four battle-weary soldiers discover a village gripped by dread. Unknown predators have abducted all of the men and children. Only these four warriors stand between the remaining villagers and the evil that lurks beyond the boundaries of the village..

To be in with a chance of winning then you must be in the UK and Email your name & address to comp@ukhorrorscene.com and put Warriors in the subject line.

The competition will run until Midnight July 12th , and the DVDs will be sent out shortly afterwards – GOOD LUCK!!

The Four Warriors is out July 13th and available from Amazon UK HERE – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Warriors-DVD-Christopher-Dane/dp/B00WQT2DO4/

Atlantis Down (2011) Review

atd1Atlantis Down (2011)

Director: Max Bartoli

Starring: Mae Flores, Darla Grese, Dean Haglund, Michael Rooker

Atlantis Down gets a UK DVD release on October 19th fro High Fliers Films.

“It isn’t happening. It can’t be happening. ”

The year 2025. The plot, thin. The shuttle Atlantis is now part of a private fleet running errands to space stations. But that’s not important at all. The crew gets sucked away by a flash of light and find themselves on earth, or something equivalent looking. They experience all their worst memories and die in various ways related to their visions. The one member left on board the shuttle Atlantis is eventually pulled down with the rest of them and he’s the one who has to suss out what is happening.

Atlantis Down seems to be inscrutable for the sake of being inscrutable, and boring because far too much time is spent on shots of wandering through the woods and talking. The movie reminded me a bit of Cube, with less gruesome deaths and location shooting. Like Cube there is a whole lot of “What’s happening?” conversations and paranoid arguing. Because everyone knows that’s … Continue reading

Hazard aka Hazmat (2013) DVD Review

hazmat1Hazard AKA HazMat (2013)

Directed by Lou Simon

Starring Norbert Velez, Todd Bruno

Hazard is out NOW on DVD from 101 Films!

Hazard begins like any run of the mill slasher, a girl being chased and failing to escape a madman, but it’s soon discovered that this is in fact a twisted candid camera show called Scary Antics. If you have seen the Shannon Doherty hosted TV show Scare Tactics (2003), then you’ll be familiar with the concept. Hosted by Scary Dave (Todd Bruno), Scary Antics allows members of the public to set up their friends to experience true terror at the hands of a television crew, hidden cameras dotted everywhere capture the antics as one scare leads to another.

The latest episode, set in an abandoned warehouse, has been arranged to terrorize Jacob (Norbert Velez), his friends are in on it and working with the TV crew and for the first half of the film we are introduced to all the cast and discover why everyone is there, some are hungry for their fifteen minutes of fame,others are in debt and some are hoping a scare will bring their friend … Continue reading

Short Sharp Shock #14 – Thresher (2014)

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 we will give you ‘Something for the Weekend’ and issue your weekly Short,Sharp,Shock! Enjoy!

Thresher (2014)

Directors – Michael Dahlquist (as Mike Diva) , Sam Shapson

Starring – Nick Gregorio, Douglas Olsson, Ruben Pla

Runtime – 8 Minutes

A man locked in a room faces inter-dimensional terror

Marquis De Sade’s Justine (1969) DVD Review

justineJUSTINE (Italy, USA, West Germany, 1969)

Dir- Jess Franco

Starring- Romina Power, Maria Rohm, Klaus Kinski, Jack Palance, Mercedes McCambridge

Out on DVD NOW from Redemption Films / Salvation Films

Combining the works of both one of the most infamous writers of all time, Marquis De Sade, along with the late great sleaze merchant, Jess Franco, is bound to be a perfect combination, and will drive anyone with an interest in exploitation to leap at the chance to see this and it’s this combination that make JUSTINE an interesting if somewhat flawed experience.

Opening with a scene of the Marquis De Sade (Kinski) transported to a jail and locked up. The writer paces up and down thinking of images of women chained and with blood thrown onto their nude figures. He also has the vision of another woman, the beautiful and innocent Justine (Power). This montage gives him the inspiration to write the tale of Justine. Both her and her sister Juliette (Rohm) reside in a convent and are informed one day of the death of their father. Of course they gain an inheritance and once they have been informed of … Continue reading