The Amityville Horror (1979) Review

rsz_ah1The Amityville Horror (1979)

Running Time: 117 minutes

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger.

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The Amityville Horror began life as a book by Jay Anson, based on apparently true events that took place on Long Island in 1975. Naturally, the book then became a film, directed by ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Director Stuart Rosenberg. Both the film and book tell the story of the Lutz family, who move in to their dream home to begin a new life together. They obtain the house at a knock down price due to its past. The previous family were killed in their beds, by their son who claimed voices told him to murder. Such a horrific incident of violence within the all American home seems to have stepped off the screen itself, life imitating art.

rsz_ah3In a style reminiscent of Halloween, the film opens with a brief depiction of the murders committed; a … Continue reading

We Have 1 x Blu-Ray of All The Colours of The Dark to give away from Shameless Films.

rsz_coloursThanks to our good friends at Shameless Films we have 1 x BluRay of Sergio Martino’s stunning All The Colours Of The Dark aka Tutti I Colori Del Buio to give away to a lucky UK reader.

All The Colours Of The Dark is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/films/colours-dark-blu-ray/

For the first time ever in the UK, Shameless is very proud to present ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK, Sergio Martino’s dark and dazzling 1972 giallo masterpiece.

Italian celluloid icon Edwige Fenech (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH, TOP SENSATION) leads an all-star cast as Jane Harrison, a nervous housewife plagued by nightmarish visions of her own bloody murder. To cure her hellish fantasies her bewitching neighbour Mary (Marina Malfatti, THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES) initiates Jane into a Satanic coven. But when she witnesses Mary’s ritual sacrifice at a candlelit black mass, Jane’s diabolical dreams start to come true. Who is the blue-eyed phantom stalking her and has she already witnessed her own death?

Genre acolytes George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov and Susan Scott join the unholy alliance in Martino’s tense … Continue reading

New Manchester company bring a series of Horror Themed Escape Rooms!!

rsz_moviescapeNew Manchester company bring magic of Hollywood to your door !

moviESCAPE is the newest, spookiest and most stylish escape room company to hit the UK and they are about to open their new venue in ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE. Their first venue opened in Stockport in October 2016 and due to popularity and huge demand have now opened their second venue un Ashton-Under-Lyne, which stars some well-known TV celebrities.

moviESCAPE is the brainchild of a group of movie producers (including a BAFTA winner)  and attraction owners that have brought their film and TV contacts together to form what many regard as the UK’s best escape room experience.  They are due to launch their new venue in Ashton-Under-Lyne early June with the room Haunted House: Exorcist. Their escape rooms have a mix of puzzles, games, entertainment and video interaction. This room features actors Ciaran Griffiths (Mickey from Shameless) and David McClelland (currently staring as Sean Beans brother in Broken).

Unlike other escape rooms, moviESCAPE has used movie props and sets to build the ultimate movie themed experience. The first room, ‘Haunted House’ took 8 months to … Continue reading

Che Gilson’s Netflix Roulette #20 – Stage Fright (2014)

rsz_stage_fright_posterChe Gilson’s Netflix Roulette #20 – Stage Fright (2014)

Join Che as she plays Netflix Roulette and watches a randomly selected horror film. Will it be awesome? Will it be torture? What horrors await?? Find out every month with Netflix Roulette!

Title: Stage Fright

Year: 2014

Director: Jerome Sable

Starring: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Meatloaf, Minnie Driver, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz

Netflix Percentage that I’ll like it (or rating): 2.4 stars. No recommendation on whether Netflix thinks I’ll like it or not.

Seen it before: No

rsz_stage_fright_1First Impressions: My deepest wish is that it will be a slasher musical. If my dreams come true that doesn’t mean it will be any good LOL! From the description it looks like a fairly standard slasher with the addition of musical theater camp. So I’m guessing it will be OK but nothing to write home about.

The Verdict: For once I was right! It IS a musical slasher film! And a darn well done one at that! … Continue reading

Charismata (2017) Review

rsz_charis1Charismata (2017)

Written & Directed by Andy Collier & Toor Mian

Starring: Sarah Beck Mather, Andonis Anthony, Jamie Satterthwaite, David J. Peel, Ethan Chapples, Johnny Vivash.

What’s it all about?

When a ritualistic serial killer strikes the streets of London a young detective finds herself struggling with her sanity, questioning what’s real and what isn’t.

Is it good?

This was a very nice surprise. With smart direction, an engaging story and a solid cast ‘Charismata’ holds the attention until the end. From the off we meet detectives Smith (Andonis Anthony) and Faraway (Sarah Rebecca Mather) on their way to a gruesome murder scene. Soon they find themselves on the hunt for a serial killer, joined by slightly bumbling duo Perkins and Lawrence (David J. Peel & Ethan Chapples). They make for a very likeable team and, if anything, we never see enough of them all.

rsz_charis2The team’s investigation leads them to Michael Sweet (Jamie Satterthwaite) a charismatic, smooth talking and cocky businessman. He’s a … Continue reading

The Eyrie by Thom Burgess – Graphic Novel Review

rsz_theerrieThe Eyrie (Graphic Novel) Review

Written by Thom Burgess
Illustrated by Barney Bodoano

Available here – http://theeyrie.bigcartel.com

What’s It All About?

From the writer of Malevolents ‘Click Click’ and illustrated by the talents of Barney Bodoano comes a whole new haunting tale of terror.
‘After accepting a last minute job request from an old client, New York based photographer, Rebecca finds herself alone in one the remote parts of Britain’s South Coast. Amidst the mist swept fields and superstitious townsfolk, Rebecca will soon find out that there are worst threats than simply not finishing her job on time….’

Is it good?

I’ll be honest, I don’t read many graphic novels, in fact the last one I did read was Burgess’s Malevolents: Click Click. However, due to the quality of ‘Click Click’ I was looking forward to seeing what he would produce next. ‘Click Click’ had an old fashioned horror vibe about it, the story moved at a good pace and all in all was a very satisfying read. No pressure here then, Thom!

Fortunately, it turns out that Thom Burgess is no flash in … Continue reading

Seoul Station (2016) Review

rsz_ss1SEOUL STATION (2016)

Starring Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede and Joon Lee

Written & Directed by Sang Ho-Yeon

OUT NOW on UK DVD & Blu-Ray from Studiocanal

Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul“.

Let’s get this out of the way. I have a confession to make.

I still haven’t seen Train to Busan.

I get it, every other horror fan in the whole entire universe has seen it and raved about it, I’ve seen the trailer and it kicks ass, and as far as I know it’s been available in the UK for a while. I just haven’t gotten round to it, I’m going to soon, I swear. Stop giving me evils. Stop the hate mail. I will watch it eventually.

“So why the hell would I want to review the prequel?” I hear you ask. Well, after a quick bit of research I discovered the animated Seoul was actually made before the live action Busan, yet released later. This is only after a google search so may not be true, but I … Continue reading

Salem Kapsaski’s punk rock musical Spidarlings, World Premiere on Troma Now July 1st!!

rsz_spidarlingsv2Greetings from Tromaville!

Troma Entertainment, the longest running truly independent film company in American history, is proud to announce the acquisition of Salem Kapsaski’s punk rock musical Spidarlings, World Premiere on Troma Now July 1st, it was announced today by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

“Arachny in the UK” Spidarlings premieres on Troma Now July 1st

Poverty stricken lovers Eden and Matilda have enough trouble just getting through the days…Their Landlord is trying to terrorize them and strange things seem to be going on at “Juicy Girls”, the place where Matilda works…but when Eden buys a pet spider the real troubles start.

While creating Spidarlings, Director Salem Kapsaski drew inspiration from his own real life experiences with financial struggles, a ruthless landlord, and relentless threats to his family from an unstable individual. These real life experiences mixed with influences from John Waters, I Love Lucy, Lloyd Kaufman, Peanuts cartoons and an amazing musical score by Jeff Kristian are what makes Spidarlings a totally original, remarkable independent film.

Spidarlings will premiere on Troma Now, Troma Entertainment’s exclusive content streaming service, July 1st!

The Control Group (2014) Review

rsz_tcgThe Control Group (2014)

Directed by: Peter Hurd.
Written by: Logan Gion.
Starring: Brad Dourif, Ross Destiche, Jenna Enemy.

Trapped in an abandoned insane asylum, five college students and the rogue scientists who abducted them must band together when a supernatural threat appears.”

Trust is an unusual motif for a horror movie, but it is a predominant theme within The Control Group, which seems apposite given the current climate of political and societal unrest. Do we trust our governments or their agencies? Do we trust our friends and family? Can we even trust ourselves?
If these questions are all sounding a little Kafkaesque, that’s probably because The Control Group has a very Kafkaesque feel. There are few explanations given and, when questions are asked, there is always the strong suspicion that better questions should have been raised.

We start the film being introduced to Jack (Ross Destiche: Keepsake, Domina, Death to Prom). He’s just woken up but he doesn’t know where, how or why. Save for a few fleeting flashbacks, one prompted by the mention of a tragedy, another … Continue reading

End of Days, Inc (2015) Review

rsz_1eod1END OF DAYS, INC (2015)

Starring Carolyne Maraghi, Janet Porter, Mark O’Brien and Paulino Nunes

Directed by Jennifer Liao

Written by Christina Ray

A group of laid off workers bribed into working one last night discover that processing the last of their “inventory” will lead to cataclysmic consequences“.

It’s the last day of work at Godfrey Industries. As the workers prepare to be jobless in their own ways, Janet (Carolyne Maraghi) is sad to be leaving, a loyal worker and genuinely sweet soul; Jason (Mark O’Brien) willing to lick all kinds of ass to get a good reference and decent payoff; and Misty (Janet Porter) just looking forward to getting away from the place and the people in it. But Mr Godrey (Paulino Nunes) has other ideas. He invites the workers to a last minute and compulsory “party” at the office, which is unsurprisingly all a ploy to get the staff to finish off processing some more of the inventory…Well, they have to work, basically. But there’s something very odd about all the little slips they are handling. They seem to affect … Continue reading