31 Days of Horror: #23 – A Rob Zombie Double! Halloween & Halloween II

31 Days of Horror: #23 – A Rob Zombie Double! Halloween & Halloween II

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

halzom1Halloween (2007)

Written & Directed by Rob Zombie

Starring Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton

Rob Zombie’s modern take on the legendary Michael Myers gets a lot of hate from horror fans – and for good reason. However, his rough, white trash origin story is, for the most part, exactly what it sets out to be – a modern retelling of a very well-known tale. Zombie charts Myers’ childhood, in a fucked up family with an abusive stepfather and a stripper for a mother, to his stint in a detention centre for the criminally insane, to his subsequent escape and return to Haddonfield. The first two acts, during which Zombie puts his own, bloodied fingerprints on the story, are strong, gory and dark. Myers, as played by hulking ex-wrestler Tyler Mane, is an absolute beast – as opposed to the everyman of John Carpenter’s seminal classic – and it’s easy to understand how terrifying it … Continue reading

Slasher: A Joshua Matthews Thriller by WD Jackson – Book Review

slasherbookSlasher: A Joshua Matthews Thriller by WD Jackson

Release Date 27th October 2014 – See end of review for links. 

The Final Girl is the one of horrors most enduring tropes. Great Horror icons like the Xenomorph, Freddy Krueger or The Shape have all fallen at the last hurdle, outfought and outwitted by some of the most memorable female characters in genre history. Several of the actresses, such as Jamie Lee Curtis or Milla Jovovich, who played these survivors, would go on to become A List stars.

But what if playing a famous Final Girl on the screen made you the target of a vicious Serial Killer? Such an intriguing premise forms the plot of WD Jackson’s new novel Slasher. The idea of various actresses, famous for their Final Girl roles, fighting with a real life masked killer is simply inspired, one that oozes potential. Now, as Horror fans we’ve seen great premises both forfeit their potential (I’m looking at you Monster Brawl) as well as actually deliver the excitement we crave. So which side of the fence does Slasher fall?

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31 Days of Horror: #22 – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

31 Days of Horror: #22 – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

ANOES3 (1)A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Directed by Chuck Russell
Written by Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell
Story by Wes Craven & Bruce Wagner

Starring Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, Craig Wasson & Robert Englund

Maybe it’s the fact Wes Craven came back from the first film to co-write this. Maybe it’s the fact Freddy Krueger had, by this point, well and truly made his mark as a ‘not-going-anywhere’ horror icon. Regardless, Dream Warriors is a masterful genre film. A cult classic and a firm fan favourite, and with a great soundtrack to boot, it’s the perfect Halloween flick; showing that sometimes – just sometimes – a follow-up can, indeed, better its predecessors.

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The Spanish Chainsaw Massacre (2013) DVD Review

scm1THE SPANISH CHAINSAW MASSACRE (Spain, 2013) aka Carnívoros

Dir- Manolito Motosierra

Starring- Pedro García Oliva, Óscar Gisbert, Nereida López

51 Minutes – UK DVD Release from 88 Films – Out Now

Before taking this film onto review, I already heard a few negative reviews, well people who I spoke to who have said that the film is shit. Willing to take the negativity on board and given the opportunity to review it, I thought why not give it a try. After all I don’t mind bad films, in the way that If there bad and they end up being unintentionally funny, and that’s always going to be entertaining. Not so with this one, this is just plain awful through and through.

The so-called plot of the film revolves around a heavy metal group call The Metal Dicks (yes that’s the name of the band), who after their producer is sick of throwing money at them after 69 takes of recording one single, sends out his manager to take them on the road. Before you can say things can’t go wrong, they do, when the van breaks down and … Continue reading

The Filing Cabinet of Doom by Madeleine Swann

filing-cabinet-of-doom-madeleine-swannThe Filing Cabinet of Doom by Madeleine Swann

What is THE FILING CABINET OF DOOM?

It’s a surreal comedy set in a black and white world where people communicate via speech bubbles and no sound exists. During a visit by a traveling carnival a psychic informs a village that the world will end soon. Three people make their way to the Head Office of the Council – a distant and dangerous place – to find out what’s going on while the psychic stays behind to face the wrath of the villagers.

The Filing Cabinet of Doom is a collection of Weird Tales, some humorous, some dark, but all strange.

A psychic from a travelling carnival informs a village that the world is about to end. Three people travel to Head Office at the Council – a far off and dangerous place – to find out what can be done.

Along with this are 16 other stories. One woman wakes up in a doll’s house, a man earns money from harbouring ghosts and another woman discovers the Marzipan King is a real dick.

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Celluloid Screams – Sheffield 24th – 26th October – Full Schedule !

cs_20141CELLULOID SCREAMS
Sheffield Showroom Cinema
24th – 26th October 2014

As Halloween approaches Sheffield gets into the Samhain spirit with its Celluloid Screams festival. A weekend of horror’s both old and new at the renowned Showroom cinema it promises to be a lot of ghoulish fun. With special guests such as The great Brian Yuzna, Adam Brook’s and Matthew Kennedy, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead it is a weekend jam packed with enough horror to keep even the most discerning horror fan happy.

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER

editor (1)The Editor – Canada – 2014  7PM
Dir: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy
1hr 42min
From the Canadian crew calling themselves Astron 6 The Editor gets things started. A tribute to the great Giallo thrillers of the 1970’s and 80’s it follows a once great film editor who, after a horrific accident, is reduced to cutting together low budget rubbish. The latest film he is working on is no different until the actor’s begin to turn up dead. … Continue reading

31 Days of Horror: #21 – Night of the Demons

31 Days of Horror: #21 – Night of the Demons

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

NOTD (1)Night of the Demons (1988)

Directed by Kevin Tenney
Written by Joe Augustyn

Starring Amelia Kinkade, William Gallo, Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell

Kevin S. Tenney’s directorial career hit the ground running with the superb Witchboard, followed by this little cracker, before then turning a little mediocre with such DTV rot as Arrival II and Demolition University.

Night of the Demons sees a gang of ten teenagers descend upon an abandoned mortuary, Hull House, for the ultimate Halloween party which has been organised by social outcast Angela (Amelia Kinkade). Following a séance – which naturally seems like a good idea at the time – they unwittingly unleash a dormant demon who begins to gradually possess each teenager one by one.

The predictability of the narrative thankfully doesn’t stand in the way of this film being an undoubted highlight of late eighties horror. The initial exposition requires a little endurance, but following that we have a heady mix of gore that features … Continue reading

Win Tickets to see Las Maravillas Oct 30th , London UK.

lasmaravillas1Win Tickets to see Las Maravillas Oct 30th , London UK.

Thanks to The Dreamery , UK Horror Scene have 5 pairs of tickets to the amazing Las Maravillas on Thursday 30th October 2014.

Las Maravillas is a unique Halloween experience that lasts 40 minutes. Venture into a perilous maze where wonder, beauty and fear combine in a windowless world of souls. Navigate the nine levels of Mictlan, the Aztec Underworld, and face the formidable trials of life-after-death beneath the Earth.

For more information please read the UKHS article HERE .

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets then please just send us an email to competition@ukhorrorscene.com with Las Maravillas in the header. The competition ends on Sunday 26th October and if you are one of the lucky 5 winners we will contact you with details on Monday.

Winning tickets are for THURSDAY 30th October ONLY and are valid for 2 General Admission tickets and you can enter at 10 minute timeslots from 6pm-11pm (last entrance at 10:30pm) and the experience lasts 40 minutes.

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LAS MARAVILLAS: OCT 28 – NOV 1, 2014 – Halloween Horror Maze, London

lasmaravillas1‘Las Maravillas: The Lost Souls of Mictlan’, a Hauntingly Beautiful and Visceral Performance this Halloween in London.

October 14th, 2014

London, United Kingdom

Surrender your soul…. Unlock an eternity.

Venture into a perilous maze where wonder, beauty and fear combine in a windowless world of souls. Navigate the nine levels of Mictlan, the Aztec Underworld, and face the formidable trials of life-after-death beneath the Earth.

Indigenous and Mexican cultures unite in this immersive Day of the Dead inspired experience.

About Las Maravillas

Las Maravillas is a unique experience, proudly featured in the London Horror Festival’s official program.
Performances will be held from October 28th to November 1st in the basement of the Rose Lipman Building in Hackney. The Dreamery is interested not only in looking at the fusion of art and culture between contemporary Mexico and its Indigenous heritage, but to provide a true experience for its audiences this Halloween season.

lasmaravillas2Audiences will take the place of souls and navigate the nine levels of the Aztec Underworld, otherwise known as Mictlan. … Continue reading

Day Of The Mummy (2014) DVD Review

dayofthemummyDay of the Mummy (2014)

Director: Johnny Tabor

Written by: Garry Charles

Starring: Danny Glover, William McNamara

Running Time: 80 mins

In order to get his hands on a precious diamond, the mysterious philanthropist Carl (Glover) hires infamous Egyptologist Jack Wells (McNamara) to join a group of archaeologists and explore the newly discovered tomb of the cursed king Neferu. Little do they know that an ancient evil awaits them there.

I will tell you this straight away; Day of the Mummy is not scary. It’s not tense; it didn’t fill me with a sense of dread and it didn’t unnerve me at any point. It’s not particularly gruesome or exciting or thrilling either and it certainly isn’t intentionally or even unintentionally funny. It’s just rather dull to be honest.

William McNamara plays our hero, Jack Wells, a discount Indiana Jones. He’s a rebellious Egyptologist with a dark and mysterious past and an eye for the ladies. Yep, he’s a walking talking cliché! He’s a protagonist we’ve seen dozens of times before, although in this film we don’t actually get to see him all that much.

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