Manchester’s Triple Six Horror Film Festival Announce A Very Special Guest PLUS MORE!!

hardware-t6-picManchester’s Triple Six Horror Film Festival announce their first special guest Richard Stanley plus a 35mm screening of Hardware with a Q&A and more.

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that their first special guest will be the groundbreaking director Richard Stanley who will be with them for the entire weekend. PLUS they will be showing his debut feature Hardware (1990) on 35mm followed by a full Q&A with Richard .

Hardware is a totally unique, visually stunning feature that needs to be seen on the big screen. Aesthetically compared to Gilliam & Jodorowsky and with a real 1990’s man vs machine mentality that summed up the age when technology was becoming an essential part of life not a luxury, along with a stunning industrial score, Hardware is a mix of horror, sci-fi and much more. Rarely seen on the big screen ,especially in 35mm, this will be an amazing one-off experience !!

richard-stanleyRichard has kindly agreed to be at Triple Six … Continue reading

Meat (2010) Review

Template 401 DVD WrapMEAT (2010)

Starring Titus Muizelaar, Nellie Benner and Hugo Metsers

Directed by Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth

Written by Maartje Seyferth & Stan Lapinski

Out NOW on DVD from Artsploitation Films

“A girl is awakened by a world of cruelty, shadowy passions and sensuality”.

Welcome to the strange and dark world of MEAT. Meet Inspector Mann (Muizelaar), a sweaty, flabby, detached detective who is disappearing into a haze of beer, food and five o’clock shadow. Meet The Butcher (Muizelaar again), a sweaty, flabby meat grinder who longs to be desirable to the live in prostitute who regularly entertains him. And finally, meet Roxy (Benner), the butchers alluring assistant, with a penchant for being naked, filming with her camcorder…and murder? Each of these damaged individuals have grown disdain for themselves and for those around them, but why? And can they find a way to connect before it’s too late?

Hey. It’s me again, with another film that balances on the fine line between art and porn. To be fair, the last two I reviewed, We Are The Flesh and BB, … Continue reading

Abattoir (2016) A Preview

abattoir1Abattoir (2016) A Preview

Directed By Darren Lynn Bousman

Written By Christopher Monfette

Starring Lin Shaye, Dayton Collie, Joe Anderson, & Jessica Lowndes.

Released on December 9th, 2016, on VOD and In Selected Theatres.

Abattoir, is the next feature film release, from Darren Lynn Bousman. He is the director of such films as Repo: The Genetic Opera, and Saw franchise films 2, 3 & 4. The film, described by Bousman, as a ‘Haunted House Hybrid’, is an adaptation of the comic book mini-series of the same name. The first viewings of the film, took place at the the Los Angeles Film Festival, on June 7th, 2016.

abattoir2Julia Talben (Jessica Lowndes) is an investigative reporter, and is working on the peculiar story, of why a man is buying properties, that are associated with brutal murders, and then removing from the very foundations, the exact rooms in which the deaths had taken place.

For Julia, the investigation takes a big turn and becomes personal. Not knowing … Continue reading

Aloys (2016) Review

aloys-1ALOYS (2016)

Director/Writer/Editor: Tobias Nolle

Cast: Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck

Running time: 91 minutes

Out now on the Eureka! label (DVD/Blu-Ray dual format)

Aloys marks Nolle’s feature debut and after receiving its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2016, it now finds its place in the Eureka label’s distinct European arthouse catalogue. A bleak and slow drama-fantasy, it is very much a mood piece and does not appear to hold much mainstream appeal, however as a calling card for Nolle’s cinematic eye it shows definite promise.

The film follows Aloys Adorn, a middle aged private detective who views life through a video camera. He secretly records the lives of those around him such as a philandering husband, a child playing, animals and a lonely woman. He watches these recordings alone in his flat, perhaps dreaming of one day connecting with the outside world and people around him. However, when his father dies he is so grief stricken that he is haunted by visions of him around the flat and his structured and voyeuristic lifestyle is thrown into chaos.

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The Hollow (2016) Review

hollow1THE HOLLOW (2016)

Starring James Callis, Miles Doleac, Christiane Seidel, Jeff Fahey, William Forsythe and William Sadler

Written & Directed by Miles Doleac

When a US Congressman’s daughter passing through a small town in Mississippi dies in a mysterious triple homicide, a team of FBI agents descend to investigate. The team’s brilliant but jaded lead agent battling demons both past and present, as his beautiful, tough as nails partner tries to hold him and the case together. They find a struggling and corrupt sheriff’s department, a shadowy and much-feared figure, who seems to be pulling all of the towns strings from his mansion on the edge of town and a local victim with a strange connection to a number of the town’s most prominent figures”.

With a cast of horror genre vets such as Jeff Fahey, William Sadler and William Fosythe, the poster for The Hollow looks gift-wrapped for horror fans. But a horror film this is not. It’s a crime thriller, a southern-fried and sweaty noir with a dark heart. But hey, something great must have attracted a cast like that, … Continue reading

Dark Web: Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide To Creepypasta – Part 32: Sonic.Exe

creepypastaDARK WEB: STEVEN HICKEY’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREEPYPASTA – PART 32: SONIC.EXE

I’d actually planned to cover a different Creepypasta for Dark Web this week, but when I secured an interview with the creator of one of the most infamous pastas of all time, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

Long-term readers of this series will be familiar with the various videogame pastas that have found an audience with the fandom. One of my earliest Dark Web features covered Jadusable’s phenomenal BEN Drowned, which is still chilling readers to this very day. Of course, the posting of the Majora’s Mask pasta to 4chan in 2010 prompted a flurry of game pastas. One of the most influential of these is undoubtedly JC-The-Hyena’s Sonic.exe, which was originally posted at the Creepypasta Wiki on 9 August 2011.

You can read the full story over at: http://trollpasta.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic.exe?page=8

sonic-exe-titleFor those of you who haven’t read the story, it is about a young Sonic the Hedgehog fan who receives … Continue reading

Grave Walkers (2015) Review

gw1Grave Walkers (2015)

Starring: Charlene Amoia, Vladimir Kulich and Tony Todd
Writer: Ari Kirschenbaum
Director: Ari Kirschenbaum

Out NOW on DVD from Matchbox Films

Supernatural forces are locked into a college town police force’s basement jail. The sheriff and his deputies are subjected to psychic attacks, preying on the fears of the loyal officers and only those with the strongest wills can survive.

Grave Walkers begins in black and white on a Halloween night. We see Deputy Hancock (Charlotte Amoia from How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: New Orleans and Adrenaline) having to put an injured stag out of its misery. Hancock gets called to a nearby incident, because of the date it’s suspected to be a college prank, and in those first few minutes we’re subjected to some of the film’s most unsettling scenes.

Hancock comes face to face with a zombie/demon, complete with glowing eyes and malicious intent. In the monochrome lighting, this has the same sinister verismo quality that can be seen in found-footage horror, such as the night scenes in Blair Witch. Hancock has little resource … Continue reading

The Evil Gene (2015) Review

teg1THE EVIL GENE (2015)

Starring Richard Speight Jr, Cameron Richardson and Lindsey Ginter

Written & Directed by Kathryn F. Taylor

FBI agent Griff Krenshaw is dispatched to solve a murder at a federal correctional facility for inmates with a rare genetic defect that leads to psychosis and violence. Once there, Griff becomes convinced that the facility is being plagued by much darker forces“.

Griff Krenshaw is having a bit of a bad time of it. A bit of a loner and dedicated to his job, he is sent to Godfrey, a correctional facility dealing with special case inmates cursed with the titular condition. His mission, to solve the mystery of whether a renowned doctor there commuted suicide, or there is something more disturbing going on. But ghosts from Krenshaw’s past and the atmosphere of violence in the facility begin to mess with his head…

The Evil Gene is the filmmaking début of Kathryn F. Taylor, and while there are some some hiccups typical of low budget offerings along the way, the film actually has a pretty consistent atmosphere of foreboding and a … Continue reading

Prevenge (2016) Review

prevenge4PREVENGE (Dir- Alice Lowe, UK, 2016)

Starring- Alice Lowe, Jo Hartley, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Tom Davis

After a screening at London Film Festival, Alice Lowe’s directorial début is the first film to kick off a pre-Halloween weekend small season of horror films at Manchester’s HOME cinema, which includes many interesting titles already screened from the LIFF line up, with RAW, WE ARE THE FLESH and the new 4K restoration of PHANTASM. It’s great to see this season on in what is essentially an art-house cinema, albeit an impressive one and as its an inaugural event here’s hoping it continues the following year after this as with so many horror films being released at the moment and the majority only making their way to Blu Ray, DVD or VOD releases this gives a good chance to catch something that wont necessarily make it onto the cinema. That said the opening film is the directorial debut of actress Alice Lowe and a fantastically dark, funny and often pitch black serial killer movie and maybe the first film where the killer in question is pregnant.

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John Carpenter: ‘Release the Bats’ Tour, Manchester 29-10-16, Victoria Warehouse – UKHS review by Rosie Gibbs

rtb_manchester_570x440John Carpenter: ‘Release the Bats’ Tour, Manchester 29-10-16, Victoria Warehouse – UKHS review by Rosie Gibbs

“I make horror movies.
I love horror movies.
Horror movies will live forever.”

So spoke the man of the moment to a packed crowd of Carpenter-ites a week ago last Saturday, just before treating them to a run-through of the unmistakable theme from probably his best-known directorial work, ‘Halloween’. Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse for an all-too-brief 90 minutes was gifted live renditions of the scores of the superbly varied back catalogue of films by the now 68-year-old auteur from Kentucky.

Carpenter and his touring band, Scott Seiver (drums), Tenacious D associates John Konesky (guitar) and John Spiker (bass), Daniel Davies (lead guitar) and Carpenter Jnr., Cody on lead synth, kicked the show off with an excellent choice of opener – the theme from ‘Escape from New York’. The gentle synth intro to the 1981 cult classic was given a more thunderous live make-over and soon had the crowd of Mancunian Carpenter devotees grooving in fond unison, and the strains of the main theme from ‘Assault … Continue reading