The Treatment (2014) Review

thetreatment1The Treatment (2014)

Director: Hans Herbots

Starring: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan van Assche

UK DVD & Blu-Ray release September 14th from Peccadillo Pictures

Inspector Nick Cafmeyer is haunted by the abduction of his younger brother during his childhood. To boot, the main suspect, Ivan Plettinckx, was never brought on charges and now, years later, taunts him with random appearances on his property and suspicious notes. To make matters worse, a new abductor and child murderer is on the loose, a case which very well may push Nick to the edge as he wallows in the torment of his brother’s mysterious disappearance. As he pushes to capture the monster before another victim is taken, the inspector travels a dark, bleak road from where there may be no return.

The Treatment’s material is often hard to swallow, not due to its exploitative nature, but its inherent disturbing quality. Pedophilia, child murder and personal demons are all blended into a dark, psychological thriller that moves with a slow, incessant burn. What works best for the film is its unflinching realism, including insights into grief and abnormal psychology. Several scenes are quite disturbing and will … Continue reading

Not of This World & Scalarama present A Snake of June & Toyko Tribe, Manchester 10th September

NOT OF THIS WORLD AND SCALARAMA present: A SNAKE OF JUNE & TOKYO TRIBE
Thursday 10th September, Bangkok Bar, 40-44 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DE

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We’re back in September with the first of two double bills showing as part of Scalarama, September’s month long season of the legendary London cinema that showed off the track cult films and a season that celebrates a DIY approach to film screening, which is what NOT OF THIS WORLD is all about. We are screening Shinya Tsukamoto’s superb weird erotic thriller A SNAKE OF JUNE, screening in a brand new digital restoration by the director himself followed by Sion Sono’s mad battle rap musical TOKYO TRIBE. Both films from two true unique directors working in Japan. This is at a new venue, BANGKOK BAR AND RESTAURANT located on Princess Street, Free entry, THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER, doors at 7pm films start at 7.30pm, come down and celebrate Scalarama in Manchester in what is going to be a fantastic month of cinema. Films courtesy of THIRD WINDOW and EUREKA.

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Stung (2015) Review

stung1Stung (USA, 2015)

Dir: Benni Diez

Starring: Jessica Cook, Matt O’Leary, Lance Henriksen

UK DVD Release 26th October 2015 from Entertainment One.

Plot:Caterers Julia (Cook) and Paul (O’Leary) are hired to work the party of Mrs Markham and her son, Sydney, at their large mansion home. But the party goes from nice to nightmare when a swarm of mutated wasps crash the party. Worse still, whoever is stung becomes a giant wasp.A ragtag group of survivors including the caterers, the mayor and Sydney fight for their lives and to escape the wasp’s nest before it’s too late.

This film ended the opening night of Fright Fest this year, continuing the trend of bat-shit crazy movies ending opening night since last year’s Zombeavers. I went in expecting Stung to be another goofy, probably terrible, mutant animal movie. Thankfully I can say that it is in fact a very fun film. It takes it’s premise, sticks with it and doesn’t doubt itself for a second. If it had admitted to the audience that it was a silly concept through bad puns and over the top reactions, I doubt I would have liked it … Continue reading

Turbo Kid (2015) Review

turbokid1Turbo Kid (Canada, 2015)

Dir: François Simard

Starring: Munro Chambers, Lawrence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside

UK DVD & Blu-Ray OCT 5th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Plot: The Kid (Munro) is a young scavenger, a survivor in a post-robot-induced-apocalypse. At heart though, he is a kid. He’s sweet and naive, his idol is comic book hero, Turbo Rider. Then he meets Apple (Leboeuf), a quirky girl who becomes his best friend and the two face off against the ruthless Zeus (Ironside) who rules the wasteland through fear and intimidation.

Turbo Kid is the film I was most excited to see at Frightfest this year(well that and Landmine Goes Click) based on it’s completely insane trailer. It looked like Mad Max mixed with Scott Pilgrim and thankfully the film delivers on this unique mash-up. It takes that lawless wasteland look of Mad Max and mixes it well with the sweetness of teen romance comedies. And throw in a bit of Brain Dead style splatter comedy for good measure.

turbokid2Turbo Kid is the ultimate male fantasy movie that is tinged with 80s nostalgia. From the … Continue reading

UKHS Have One Copy of The Phoenix Incident to Give Away

pi1UKHS are pleased to have One copy of The Phoenix Incident on DVD to give away to our UK readers courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

The Phoenix Incident is out September 7th on UK DVD from Signature Entertainment in the UK.

Keith Arem writes and directs this US sci-fi thriller based on true events. After multiple UFO sightings in Phoenix, Arizona on March 13th 1997, a team of film-makers investigate the strange phenomena that are said to have led to the disappearances of four young men. In their quest for the truth they uncover a government conspiracy and are forced to examine the alleged involvement of the military.

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 Phoenix in the subject line.

The competition will run until Midnight September 7th , and the DVD will be sent out shortly afterwards – GOOD LUCK!!

Arrow Video to release EATEN ALIVE on Blu-Ray & DVD – 21st Sept 2015

ea1Arrow Video to release EATEN ALIVE on Blu-Ray & DVD – 21st Sept 2015

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the Blu-ray release of Eaten Alive, director Tobe Hooper’s grizzly and grimy follow-up film to his genre defining The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Set in the atmospheric Louisiana bayou, Eaten Alive was reputedly inspired by the activities of Texan serial killer Joe Ball and boasts a cast that includes a suitably sleazy performance from Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

Tobe Hooper’s 1977 grindhouse nasty will debut on Blu-ray from 21st September 2015 and comes presented in a brand new 2K transfer of the film. The disc will feature a wealth of bonus content including both newly shot and archival featurettes and an exclusive and new interview with Hooper himself.

This exciting release comes packaged together with newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin and a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Brad Stevens, illustrated with original stills.

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Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger’s famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely … Continue reading

Cherry Tree (2015) Review

cherrytree1Cherry Tree (Ireland, 2015)

Dir: David Keating

Starring: Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Anna Walton

UK release TBC from Studio Canal

Plot:Faith (Battrick), a bullied teenager, is worried about her Dad (Hazeldine). He’s suffering from leukaemia and treatment isn’t going well. When it looks like it might be terminal, Faith is approached by Sissy (Walton), Faith’s hockey coach and secretly the head of an ancient witches coven that has haunted the town for generations.Faith makes a deal with Sissy, Sissy will save her father but at the expense that Faith has a baby. There is treachery and Satanic dealings and it’s unclear if Faith can save her Dad, or herself.

This is the film that opened this year’s Film4 FrightFest and from the get-go it seemed like an odd choice. It’s not a film that I could get excited about, I don’t know about other Fright Festers. David Keating is most notable for directed Wake Wood, and that alone didn’t get me hyped.

cherrytree2Cherry Tree has a lot going on, but for me it didn’t work. It doesn’t make sense. It’s the … Continue reading

Shiver of The Vampires (1971) DVD Review

sotv1Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

Directed by: Jean Rollin

Written by:  Monique Natan, Jean Rollin

Cast:  Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles

Running Time:96 Minutes

UK Certificate: 18

Format: DVD

Studio: Redemption – Out Now

Once you get past the minute long, soft core, low definition, logo video for Salvation Films we finally find ourselves at the disc menu. I actually believed that this opening video was the opening to the movie, but no, just a very, very long logo video. Issue #1.

sotv3We open our movie in a church yard, heavily coloured in sepia like tones. Two caskets are being carried into a tomb; the only mourner is a woman dressed in a black veil. The opening sequence is very reminiscent of the cold openings from Hammer Studios back catalogue. We cut to too young women sitting in a castle, the pallet has changed dramatically, and gels are used unashamedly. The two women climb the castle tower and we are introduced to two men chained to the wall, both with stakes in their chests. The tallest declares that he must die with the … Continue reading

Some Kind of Hate (2015) Review

skoh1Some Kind Of Hate (2015)

Running Time: 82 minutes

Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Cast: Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Spencer Breslin, Lexi Atkins

Having had its UK Première at this year’s FrightFest, Some Kind of Hate, is an angry, loud film with a death count that continually grows. It will no doubt appeal to the older teen market, depicting a revenge killing spree against the bullies that so deserve it. It’s a film that knows what it wants to say, with little time for light heartedness.

The story centres on Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein), a high school student with an unpleasant home life, who is mercilessly bullied at school. Withdrawn and solitary, he finally snaps, turning on his tormentor and stabbing him in the face. The moment is nicely punctuated and comes as a surprise, crashing straight in to the credits and on with the story. Fast forward to Lincoln being sent to what seems to be some sort of reform camp, in the middle of nowhere.

skoh3The camp set-up is odd, as are the three adult leaders and the rest … Continue reading

Wind Walkers (2015) Review

windwalkers1Wind Walkers (2015)

Director: Russell Friedenberg

Stars: Glen Powell, Zane Holtz, Phil Burke

DVD Release Date: 21 Sept. 2015 from Tri-Coast UK

Seven friends head off into the wilderness to begin their annual hunting trip. As a hurricane fast approaches, things begin go awry. Isolated and paranoid, the men begin to question their friendship and loyalties. Soon they are stalked by an ancient curse, which takes them over one by one.

Wind Walkers is a horror/thriller directed by Russell Friedenberg. This is his third film he has directed and his first horror, the other two being comedies. He also acts, as he does in all the films he writes and directs. Russell does a decent job creating a paranoid and uneasy atmosphere here. The atmosphere is possibly this films greatest strength as the plotting is incoherent, although this does action crank the tension and atmosphere up a notch.

windwalkers2The plot is almost similar to Dawn of the Dead, in the way that the story puts a small group of people into a situation where paranoia and fear of a virus/curse pits … Continue reading