The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith by Martin Adil-Smith – Book Review

tgThe Last Testament of Thomas Griffith – A Review

The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith (TLTOTG) is a short story set in the universe of The Spirals of Danu by Martin Adil-Smith.

Following the Small’s Lighthouse incident of 1801, as the title suggests this is the last testament of Thomas Griffith to his wife before his descent into madness. For those of you unfamiliar with this story, two lighthouse keepers on St David’s Peninsula, Wales , Thomas Griffith and Thomas Howell. Curiously however, Howell was a love rival for Griffith’s wife. During a terrible storm, when no relief could reach them, in a freak accident Thomas Howell managed to fall, hit his head and die (so the story goes). After Howell’s untimely death Griffith maintained it was an accident with no mal intent. Normal protocol was if someone had died in the lighthouse to throw the body overboard lest you wanted to cosy up to a bloated rotting corpse in the pale moonlight.

Griffith for whatever reason, be it out of guilt or the beginnings of his madness, tied Howell’s body up … Continue reading

Blood Punch (2014) DVD Review

rsz_bloodpunchBlood Punch (2014)
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet and Ari Boyland
Writer: Eddie Guzelian
Director: Madellaine Paxson

Out in the UK on Jan 16th – Blood Punch will be available for purchase from ASDA, HMV, Fopp, Amazon, The Hunt and Base. And available for streaming from iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vubiquity, TalkTalk and Vimeo on Demand.

A young man is lured into a dangerous love triangle that begins to take a series of shocking and grisly supernatural turns.

Milton (Milo Cawthorne, Deathgasm, Mega Time Squad, ASH vs Evil Dead and When We Go to War) wakes up on Tuesday morning. He wakes to the annoying sound of wind chimes and the urgent need to puke. We can see he’s been sleeping on the couch at a hunting cabin. The walls are littered with brutal reminders of murder and mutilation (such as axes, crossbows, mantraps and mounted hunting trophies). And, once Milton has looked up from the toilet bowl he’s been worshipping, he finds himself staring at a tablet that bears a note saying ‘PLAY ME’.

The intrigue deepens when … Continue reading

Director Chris Cronin Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film Oscar’s Bell

rsz_2untitledAward Winning Director Unveils Horror Film With Rising Star

Director Chris Cronin Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film Oscar’s Bell

Award winning director Chris Cronin has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his latest film Oscar’s Bell. Oscar’s Bell is an atmospheric horror short film that will be shot in Manchester over several nights. The film features rising star Paul Bullion as Duncan, a forest ranger. Paul is best known for his role as Billy Kitchen in Peaky Blinders where he appeared alongside Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, and as Nicolae in Dracula Untold. The film follows Duncan’s weekly camping trip with his dog Oscar. The evening begins like the countless others they have spent pitched up in their favourite spots looking out at the nearby forest, however when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back. Fearing for their safety, he is forced into making a terrible decision.

The filmmakers are hoping to raise £5,500 towards making the film. Oscar’s Bell is inspired by classic horror films like The Conjuring and The Innkeepers that relied on creating a sense of … Continue reading

Night of Something Strange (2016) Review

rsz_112819375_994557477247045_1782208119961988031_oNIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (2016)

Dir: Jonathan Straiton
Stars: Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Michael Merchant, Toni Anne Gambale, John Walsh, Tarrence Taylor, Nicola Fiore, Wayne W. Johnson, Janet Mayson, Kirk La Salle, Al Lawler

Released by Hurricane Bridge Entertainment. See it at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on 21 January at 5.30pm.

Night of Something Strange opens with a messy sequence in which we discover the origin of an STD that transforms its victims into ravenous rapist-zombies(!). From here we meet a gang of youngsters on a Spring Break road trip. There’s good girl Christine (Rebecca C. Kasek), her best friend Carrie (Toni Anne Gambale), Carrie’s obnoxious boyfriend Freddy (Michael Merchant), nerdy Jason (John Walsh) and pothead Brooklyn (Tarrence Taylor). On the way to a party destination, they choose to stop over in a seedy motel. Also at the motel are bad chick Pam (Nicola Fiore) and her tough boyfriend Dirk (Trey Harrison) who are hooking up for a night of passion. However, unbeknownst to our horny high-schoolers, the infected necrophiliac who kickstarted this whole mess is on his way to … Continue reading

Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with a record-breaking fourteen titles

rsz_frightfest_glasgow_logoHorror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with a record-breaking fourteen titles

Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING. and ending in sex and blood-drenched frenzy with the UK premiere of Roberto San Sebastián’s THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN, the 2017 line-up Is a shivering selection of the finest and wildest new fear-stokers the genre has to offer.

This year there are two films screening on the Thursday night. Following the 9pm showing of A CURE FOR WELLNESS is an exclusive unveiling of PHANTASM: REMASTERED, a new 4K restoration of the never forgotten fantasy horror masterpiece.

Friday’s line-up springs into high-octane action with the UK premiere of Matthias Hoene’s blockbusting $50 million fantasy epic … Continue reading

Beyond The Gates hits UK DVD On Feb 20th from Signature Entertainment UK

rsz_1rsz_btg1Beyond The Gates hits UK DVD On Feb 20th from Signature Entertainment UK.

Get ready to experience this season’s freshest horror. Highly praised during it’s recent premiere at FrightFest, _Beyond the Gates_ is a gore-filled tribute to 80’s horror and board games of the same era.

Seven months after their father’s disappearance, estranged brothers Gordon and John Hardesty reunite to liquidate their Dad’s anaemic video store. Soon after, they unearth an old VHS board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game…

Tense, scary and full of nostalgic thrills, _Beyond the Gates_ is directed by Jackson Stewart and stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Matt Mercer, Brea Grant and Re-Animator’s Barbara Crampton.

PRECISION PICTURES PRESENTS BEYOND THE GATES ON DIGITAL FROM 13TH FEBRUARY & DVD 20TH FEBRUARY, 2017

The Driller Killer (1979) Arrow Video Review

dk1THE DRILLER KILLER – REVIEW

(Dir- Abel Ferrara, USA, 1979)

Starring- Jimmy Laine, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day

Out NOW from Arrow Video!

“Notorious video nasty” is the one term used to describe Ferrara’s low budget exploitation flick. Yet its notoriety and inclusion on the video nasties list in the UK primarily comes from the it’s brutally up front and infamous video cover, which features a man with a drill bit going into his forehead, screaming with blood rushing down his face, a testament to the almost recognisable aspect of shock advertising employed by the people who exhibited exploitation films in cinemas only a few years before the dawn of VHS, with a tactical blatant use of shocking title and gaudy often graphic cover promising lurid and unspeakable thrills. Most of the time the films on the nasties list where a disappointment and only a few often proved to be exceptional and DRILLER KILLER is one of them and is now getting a brand new dual Blu-ray and DVD release from the folks at Arrow.

THE FILM

Ferrara’s film stands out from the … Continue reading

Never Open The Door (2014) Review

notd1Never Open the Door (2014)
Starring: Jessica Sonneborn, Deborah Venegas, Kristina Page
Writers: Christopher Maltauro & Vito Trabucco
Director: Vito Trabucco

Out Now – On Demand & DVD / BluRay in North America

Three happy couples enjoy the holidays in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives.

I have to disagree with the synopsis above. The three couples are not happy. And they don’t appear to be enjoying their holiday. In the opening scenes they are presented as bitter and argumentative. They are the sort of people who you hope will suffer miserably before the end of the movie. Fortunately, something malicious is rushing toward the house and we keep our fingers crossed that its malevolent intentions will be wrought upon the aforementioned not-so-happy couples. We see the world from this entity’s feral perspective and we know, whatever it is, it means business.

So, we have the ‘cabin in the woods’ format of a horror story, with a cast of repellent disposables and a … Continue reading

Win a copy of Satanic on DVD courtesy of Soda Pictures!

rsz_1rsz_satanicUK readers we have 1 x DVD of Satanic to give away courtesy of Soda Pictures.

Four friends on their way to Coachella stop off in Los Angeles to tour true-crime Satanic Panic-era sites, only to find themselves interrupting an apparent human sacrifice. They save the young victim, but she turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped, unleashing an evil spirit who will hunt the friends down one by one… Starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Justin Chon (Twilight Saga), Clara Mamet (Bad Neighbours 2), and Anthony Carrigan (Gotham).

Satanic is out now on DVD from Soda Pictures here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Satanic-DVD-Sarah-Hyland/dp/B01M4J8XJP/

To win the DVD you must live in the UK , then simply email [email protected] with your name and full address and put Satanic in the subject line. And one lucky winner will be drawn at random when the competition closes on Sunday 22nd January.

Thanks for viewing and good luck!!

We Have A Copy of The Sect on BluRay to Give Away from Shameless Films.

rsz_sectThanks to our good friends at Shameless we have 1 x BluRay of Michele Soavi’s stunning The Sect to give away to a lucky UK reader.

The Sect is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/The-Sect-aka-La-Setta-Blu-ray.html

Satanic sacrifice, face-ripping gore and a channel-hopping bunny! Director Michele Soavi (THE CHURCH, CEMETERY MAN) and writer/producer Dario Argento welcome to you the dark and demented world of THE SECT.

Watch with glee while schoolteacher (Kelly Curtis) becomes the target of a devil-worshipping sect. Soon her friends either disappear, become crazed zombie-like murderers or get their hearts ripped out…still beating. Some even jerk back to life in an undead bloodletting frenzy! Is Jamie-Lee Curtis’ sister loosing her mind or has the devil come into her? Adding 666 degrees of terror to a Rosemary’s Baby scenario, Soavi blowtorches a diabolic opus that will have you clawing your face off with fear!

Shameless is pleased to introduce the first ever 2K HD restored and longest ever version of THE SECT, entirely faithful to Soavi’s original vision of occult and zoogenic mayhem.

To be in with a chance … Continue reading