Southbound – On DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download from Monday 8th August, 2016

southbound1Southbound – On DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download from Monday 8th August, 2016.

One of the biggest highlights of FrightFest Glasgow 2016, Southbound is a twisted and shocking anthology horror from the minds behind the V/H/S trilogy. With interwoven chapters that tell tales of misadventure along the same stretch of lonely highway, Southbound keeps you on the edge of your seat with a chilling blend of overarching dread and big frights.

Directors
Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S trilogy)
David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal)
Patrick Hovarth (The Pact II)
Radio Silence (V/H/S)

Cast
Chad Villella (V/H/S)
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (V/H/S)
Kristina Pesic (TV’s Defiance, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Fabianne Therese (John Dies At The End)
Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman, TV’s Weeds)
Anessa Ramsey (The Signal)
Mather Zickel (TV’s Bones, Rachel Getting Married, I Love You Man)
Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, We Are What We Are, You’re Next)

RELEASE INFORMATION
Distributor Studiocanal
Certificate 18
Release date 8th August, 2016
Running time 85 minutes
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Captive (2016) DVD Review

captivedvd1Captive (2016)

Starring: Rob James Capel, Marty Nolan, Nic Furlong, Bernie Kavanagh

Director: Stephen Patrick Kenny

Out Now on UK DVD from Left Films

I have to lay down a condition before starting this review: I love movies, and I love independent movies, and have the utmost respect for those who work 20 hour days on nothing but Coca-Cola and Doritos for months on end for almost no pay to help create an artwork they feel passionately about. But I can also distinguish between a well-made movie, an entertaining piece of crap, and just a bad movie, and I must be honest. This is what makes having to write a bad review for a really low-budget indie so heart-breaking. I make quite a craft of slating cynical, commercially-driven bollocks that’s bad in every way, but I know a lot of people worked hard on this movie, so let’s look away and await the sharp scratch…

Stephen Patrick Kenny’s ‘Captive’ is basically ‘Saw’ with less budget, gore and imagination. It’s ‘Cube’ without the wacky sets and deaths. To be frank, it’s completely unoriginal, … Continue reading

Killer Friends (2015) Short Film Review

killerfriends1Killer Friends (2015, USA)
Dir: Zach Noe Towers & Tina Cabone
Starring: Zach Noe Towers, Jenna-Lee Carreiro, Dave Racki, Peggy Sinnott

Killer Friends is a short film from directors Tina Cabone and Zach Noe Towers. Towers also takes on the writing of the short as well as starring as the film’s antagonist, Scott. Killer Friends tells the tale of a small group of friends, Scott, Jill (Carreiro), Bryan (Racki), and Heather (Sinnott). The rest of the group, specifically Jill, have gotten sick of Scott. His toxicity as a friend has reached unbearable levels and the solution to the Scott problem is to take him out into the woods to kill him. While the others conspire against him, Scott remains unaware and unfazed due to his own self-importance.

It’s the kind of plot that could be written off as too extreme, bordering on ridiculous, but Towers manages to take Scott to dizzying heights of annoyance which makes the murder justifiable (at least for comedy’s sake). However Scott also manages to have moments of sweetness that keep us balanced on the tightrope … Continue reading

Lilith’s Awakening (2016) Review

Lilith's Awakening posterLilith’s Awakening (2016)

Director: Monica Demes

Starring: Sophia Woodward, Sam Garles, Mathew Lloyd Wilcox, Barbara Eugenia, Steve Kennevan, Eden West

“Hell Lieutenant, that animal’d be attracted to me if I put on a skirt”

Lilith’s Awakening takes all the names from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and transports them to a brooding black and white middle America. Lucy lives a dead-end life in a small town doing what everyone expects, keeping a job at the Helsing Service Station working for her father and stuck in a loveless marriage. Until a mysterious female strangers wanders into town looking like a refugee from a 1960s vampire movie complete with black cat suit and cape. Life takes a turn for the strange as Lucy’s dreams merge with reality, her potential lover Arthur disappears and Lucy begins to undergo a frightening transformation.

Starts off strong but ultimately flounders in its art-house grind of beautiful lingering shots of everything. The black and white cinematography, with the occasional pop of color, is beautifully done. If the film’s sole aim is simply an exercise in cinematography than it has been achieved. … Continue reading

UKHS have 2 x Day Passes for Sunday July 10th at HorrorCon UK to give away

HorrorCon2016-870x313We are pleased to have 2 full day passes for Sunday 10th July at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield to give away.

Check HorrorCon UK 2016 here – http://horrorconventions.co.uk

HorrorCon UK 2016 returns to bring you more gore than ever before on the 9th & 10th July 2016 at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham S60 1DX.

Linnea QuigleyIncluded in the ticket are facilitated Q & As with special guests, including Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, David Naughton, Linnea Quigley, Ian McCulloch and our own Dean Sills. SFX make up demos & displays. Demonologist Jason B Love. Short film screening room, and live music from the zombie band Iron Sphincter.

There is a horror market that sells everything from clothes, poker chips, tattoos, books, original art, DVD/Blu-rays, masks, posters, original art, props, toys, jewellery, cakes, homeware and lots of other assorted merchandise.

To be in with a chance of winning a Sunday Day Pass ( the competition is for 2 x Individual Day Passes NOT a … Continue reading

New Horror Short ‘Echoes of the Passed’ announce Indiegogo campaign

New Horror Short Film – Echoes of the Passed announce Kickstarter campaign

eotp1Enter the dark and decrepit mansion that houses a sinister secret yet to be exposed by the investigation conducted by Professor Ian, his no-shit-taking assistant Liz along with paranormal tweedle dee & tweedle dum Fred and Frank. As they prepare to unearth the mysteries behind the madness, they’re confronted by horror sooner than they had expected.

From the talented UK director Scott Lyus (Silently Within Your Shadow) along with DOP Sharad Patel and a score from Ed Harris BUT add to this our very own Tony Sands (UKHS Hanging With…) as writer and actor and you will have one amazing project.

The cast are also top notch with Paul Dewdney, Sophie Tergeist, Mac McFadden and Tony Sands. Plus with a talented base of people from across the UK Horror Scene (sorry for that haha) like Zoe Rose as Marketing and PR manager, Chris Nials from London Horror Society as Co-Producer and lastly myself Andy Deen , editor of UK Horror Scene , as Co-Producer.

So please check out the … Continue reading

Dark Web: Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide to Creepypasta – Part 19: Annie96 is Typing

DARK WEB: STEVEN HICKEY’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREEPYPASTA – PART 19: ANNIE96 IS TYPING

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Technology has utterly revolutionised the way in which we communicate. And not just for business purposes — this whole series of features has followed the web’s version of campfire ghost stories. I’ve mentioned the opportunities that the Internet affords story-tellers for enhancing their tales, be it images, videos or even audio clips.

But one way in which a clever storyteller can scare his tech savvy audience, is by effectively echoing the use of technology to spin his yarn.

Few creepypastas have done this as effectively as Annie96 Is Typing.

The story first appeared at storiesforyourscreen.com on 20 March 2014.

Submitted by Pascal Chatterjee, it effectively plays out as a transcript of a Whatsapp conversation between two users that Chatterjee discovered. It describes an evening in which a young woman, the titular Annie96 discovers a strange presence outside her home in the early hours of the morning and the conversation she has with her friend, Mcdavey, as a dire situation develops into something even worse.

But … Continue reading

The Haunting of Alice D (2014) Review

aliced1The Haunting of Alice D (2014)

Director: Jessica Sonneborn

Starring: Juan Reidinger, Aaron Massey, Megan Hensley, Kristina Page, Jessica Sonneborn, Kane Hodder

On VOD now!!

“Not here, I want a nicer room.”

Joe Davenport (Reidinger) gathers his high school friends for a party at the old family manor, a restored brothel that’s been in the family since the days of Sir Davenport ( played in flashbacks by Kane Hodder), a ruthless pimp who drove one of his girls to suicide. The prostitute Alice D. now haunts the old brothel where she took her life. Party boy Joe hires a trio of prostitutes for the evening’s entertainment in his old family den of iniquity. As the party heats up so too does the ghostly happenings.

The Haunting of Alice D is a mixed bag. The acting is rough. Watching awkward conversations poorly acted is about seventy percent of the film. The sexism and misogyny is laid on pretty thick as well, making some scenes almost unbearable when coupled with the poor delivery. There is a decent thirty percent of pretty tolerable acting rounding … Continue reading

House Of The Witchdoctor (2013) Review

hotwd1HOUSE OF THE WITCHDOCTOR (2013)

Writer/Director Devon Mikolas

Starring – Bill Moseley, Leslie Easterbrook, Allan Kayser

UK DVD release 29th August 2016 from High Fliers Films

House of the Witchdoctor is a bit……….erm, rapey. Indeed, before there’s a sign of any witchdoctor, three people have been brutally raped. But prior to an examination of the use of sexual violence in the movie, a brief synopsis –

Callie Stephens plays Leslie Van Hooten, a college student, who, along with some friends, makes her way to her parents’ snowbound and isolated mansion to mourn the anniversary of the mysterious death of her boyfriend. Unfortunately for Leslie and the gang, this is the same weekend that Cliff, a vicious psychopath, is released from prison. Cliff meets up with his equally deranged friend, Buzz and, when they encounter Leslie et al, things take a very bad turn for the worse. Toward the end of the film, the entrance of some third parties spells comeuppance for Cliff and Buzz.

The first two acts of House of the Witchdoctor are, one imagines, supposed to be powerful and uncomfortable … Continue reading

Girl In Woods (2016) Review

girlinwoodsGIRL IN WOODS (2016)

Starring Juliet Reeves London, Jeremy London and Charisma Carpenter

Written and Directed by Jeremy Benson

Out Now on VOD

“After a tragic accident Grace is lost and alone in the smoky mountains. Grace’s struggle for survival is made more complicated by her troubled past. Battling the demons in her mind may be the only way to come out alive”.

Jim takes his girlfriend to a luxurious but isolated cabin in the woods, with the plan to propose. Grace is suffering from a mysterious past trauma, but with the help of medication, she is able to repress all this and live a relatively normal, if nightmare plagued life. Everything is going fine until, after hiking deep into the forest, a tragic accident leaves Grace lost and alone, without her medication, and with only a bottle for water and a rifle. As minutes turn to hours, and hours turn to days, Grace becomes terrorised by her own mind and memories, and must confront her demons, or be destroyed by them.

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