The Captive aka Armistice (2013) DVD Review

 

CAPTIVE 001THE CAPTIVE aka ARMISTICE (2013) DVD

Directed By: Luke Massey

Written By: Luke Massey, Benjamin Read

Starring: Joseph Morgan, Matt Ryan, William Troughton

UK Certification: 15

RRP: £9.99

Running Time: 77 minutes

Distributor: 101 Films

UK Release Date: 25th August 2014

Initially thought of as having the potential to be a graphic novel, Warhouse as it was known was originally adapted into a screenplay from an idea by Benjamin Read. Both Benjamin and Luke Massey who co-wrote the movie and directed have said that they felt inspired to create something that managed to encapsulate the primal fear of isolation. Shot in Stratford-upon-Avon with a cast of three and a crew that barely hit double figures, it’s the type of determined indie British horror that gets this writer into a frenzied state of anticipation.

CAPTIVE 002We open with A.J.Budd (Morgan) – a Royal Marine who awakes on a seemingly peaceful day in a house in the remote English countryside. As he puts on his uniform and sets … Continue reading

Ankle Biters (2002) Review

Ankle Biters (Cover#1)ANKLE BITERS (2002)

Dir: Adam Minarovich

Starring: Adam Minarovich, Micheal Moore, Timothy Fahey, Jamie Burch, Catherine Brissey.

Running Time: 81 minutes.

The late film critic Pauline Kael once said, “If you can’t enjoy a really bad movie, then you don’t truly love movies.” On the whole I would agree with that, but every once in a while a film comes along that makes a mockery of that statement, and Ankle Biters is just such a movie. The title leads you to expect a comic horror involving vampire babies, something along the lines of Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive (1973). Then you realise that the Ankle Biters of the title are played by little people.

There have been films in the past to focus specifically on little people. Following his interesting 1937 western Harlem On The Prairie featuring all African American cast, producer Jed Buell decided to follow it up with another gimmick western, this time featuring a cast made up entirely of little people. The resulting film called Terror In Tiny Town (1938) just ended up mocking it’s actors by showing them riding around on Shetland Ponies. Werner Herzog’s … Continue reading

New UK DVD & BluRay Releases for week 1st September 2014

Hello and welcome to the new UK DVD & Blu Ray releases for the week commencing Monday 1st September 2014. The new releases are those that are genre releases, so anything from anime through sci-fi, independent releases and of course horror with much more inbetween.

Well the first week in September brings a very light week for releases. The only one I am looking forward to seeing is Painless which I have heard good things about. Might also be worth checking The Darkening (aka Hostage aka Entity) and may check out Way Of The Wicked for Christian Slater as a priest and Vinny Jones as an American Cop (with a cockney accent??) . But as I have not seen any of the new releases then there is no release of the week.

painlessPainless (DVD) Metrodome

 

 

 

killersKillers (DVD & BluRay) Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK

 

 

 

warriorking2Warrior King 2 (DVD) Entertainment One

 

 

 

psychopassPsycho-Pass Complete Collection (DVD … Continue reading

Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Review

deliver1Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Dir: Scott Derrikson

Written By: Scott Derrikson, Paul Harris Boardman

Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Joel McHale

Running Time- 118 mins.

Brooklyn police officer, Ralph Sarchie (Bana), has to team up with a priest (Ramirez) in order to fight against the spree of demonic possession-based crimes that have been plaguing the city.

It is a gut reaction to be instantly cynical whenever presented with the words ‘inspired by real events’. Expectations of quality of scares are raised to unreachable heights as audiences are expected to believe the impossible. This bold statement might have held more credibility, if there wasn’t the overbearing sense of having seen almost everything that this film presents a hundred times before.

The basis for the possession in the film stems from a discovered tomb in Iraq. There is the formation of an unlikely duo of a policeman teaming up with a boxing, troubled priest to solve a slew of demonic crimes that will test their faith. What few uninteresting little extras that are dashed on top of the threadbare narrative feel like the … Continue reading

The Guest is Invited To Cinemas on 5th September

theguest1THE GUEST IS INVITED TO CINEMAS ON 5th SEPTEMBER

“A mesmerising performance from Dan Stevens – ****”
Empire

“Will have genre fans grinning from ear to ear – ****”
Total Film

“Dan Stevens oozes movie star charisma – ****”
Heat

“Dan Stevens makes an incredible transformation to ice cool star – Hollywood take notice ****”
Glamour

See Dan Stevens like you have never seen him before in The Guest in UK cinemas on 5th September.

theguest-1Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family finds some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on its door. David (Dan Stevens), a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfill a promise he made to his fallen comrade. Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over. Though he appears to be the perfect houseguest, a mysterious and sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is actually … Continue reading

Branded To Kill (1967) BluRay Review

Branded To Kill (Cover)BRANDED TO KILL (1967)

Dir: Seijun Suzuki

Starring: Jo Shishido, Koji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Mariko Ogawa.

Running Time: 91 minutes

Released UK in Dual Format from Arrow Video 18th August 2014.

The only flaw in the work of Seijun Suzuki is that he was at least two decades ahead of his time. He made 42 films for the Japanese studio Nikkatsu over a 12 years period. Many of them were routine B-pictures but signs of what was to follow could be found in early works such as Underworld Beauty (1958) and Take Aim At The Police Van (1960). With Youth Of The Beast (1963), he started to explore a more idiosyncratic and daring approach in the films he was contracted to make. Increasingly strong and innovative movies followed including Kanto Wanderer (1963), The Flowers And The Angry Waves (1964), Gate Of Flesh (1964) and Story Of A Prostitute (1965), but after directing Tattooed Life (1965), Nikkatsu president Kyusaku Hori stepped in and warned him to tone it down and play it straight. His response included the masterpiece Tokyo Drifter (1966), and its equally impressive companion piece Branded … Continue reading

Indiegogo Campaign for UK Horror Film ‘Cul-De-Sac’

cul-de-sacindiegogoIndiegogo Campaign for UK Horror Film ‘Cul-De-Sac’

“Nature is a relentless, unforgiving beast.”

When ambitious, yet naive, media student Alexa Golding embarks on a film-making assignment into the belly of an ancient forest, she invokes the wrath of a malevolent entity and quickly discovers horrific truths lurking within local dogma… and that some stories are best left untold.

SYNOPSIS
A truly terrifying ‘monster in the house’ movie based within ‘Sackbury Pitch’- an ancient old English forest sheltering the remains of an iron age hill fort inhabited by Queen Boadiccea and her Iceni tribe during the invasion of Camulodunum and foreboding tales of the malevolent ‘spirit of the wood ‘.

Armed with research highlighting several horrific reports of disappearances, murders and paranormal activity within Sackbury Pitch over the past decades University media student Alexa Golding enlists the support of fellow student, Jez Wallace and her ‘batshit crazy’ boyfriend Will to embark on a camping trip to document the story of the ‘Sackbury Demon’. Feisty, and desperate to prove her worth as a future front line war correspondent, Alexa’s potential fears are balanced by a burning desire to prove she has … Continue reading

Arrow Video Announce Killer Klowns From Outer Space on Blu-Ray & DVD + Blu-Ray Steelbook – 15th September

kkfosKILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE ON BLU-RAY & DVD and BLU-RAY STEELBOOK – 15th SEPTEMBER
IN SPACE NO ONE CAN EAT ICE CREAM…

Arrow Video is excited to announce the release of the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space, available on Blu-ray & DVD and as an exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook from 15th September. Playing colourful homage to such ’50s B-movie drive-in classics as The Blob (1958) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) while providing plenty of original shocks and scares itself, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is energetic, punk and every bit as funny as it is scary.

As movie titles go, few are quite as descriptive as Killer Klowns from Outer Space, a vivid mesh of horror, sci-fi and comedy which does exactly what it says on the tin. When a troupe of aliens who happen to resemble circus clowns park their UFO (which happens to resemble a big top tent) in small-town USA, it spells trouble for the locals. As the Killer Klowns begin kidnapping the town’s residents and turning them into sugary circus snacks, it’s up to young Debbie Stone and Mike Tobacco … Continue reading

Sam Haynes – Spine Chillers CD Review

spinechillers1Sam Haynes – Spine Chillers CD Review 

As All Hallow’s Eve draws ever closer and the long days turn into dark nights horror fans can now revel in the haunting sound-scapes of UK EDM Horror music pioneers Sam Haynes as 2014 brings us another studio release for all your Halloween and horror themed nights.

Spine Chillers brings plenty to the table for fans of 80s horror synth and electronic dance music. The scene which has seen a boom over the past few years with a resurgence of both classic re-issues and modern music is been held at the forefront by UK Label Graveyard Calling with a wealth of excellent music on the horizon.

Things open hauntingly with the intro Death Comes Creeping in, a mellow and atmospheric track which sets the atmosphere and tone perfectly in its relatively short runtime.

People already familiar with the work of Sam Haynes will find plenty of new things to discover with this set of tracks breathing new life into his style making it both work well on Haunts and horror themed parties without being relegated to that alone, this is ideal music to … Continue reading

UK Production Company Venomous Little Man announce new horror project BAD MEDICINE !

UK Production Company Venomous Little Man announce new horror project BAD MEDICINE !

 

BM LogoBirmingham-based film company, Venomous Little Man (“VLM”) are looking for investors for their next project, as they prepare to shoot and produce their next motion picture.

Bad Medicine is a feature length, psychological horror film. It takes place in a mental health ward during a therapy session, where the participants tell their individual stories of the horrific and shocking events that led them to be where they are now. The film is a horror portmanteau featuring five short films bound together by a wrap -around story.

With filming scheduled to start in December 2014 in and around Birmingham, “Bad Medicine” was written by Amazon #1 bestselling horror author DAVE JEFFERY, and is the follow-up to the highly successful “Ascension”, which scooped the “Best Director” gong at the 2013 Bram Stoker Film Festival for JAMES HART.

It is no coincidence that some of the actors who worked on VLM’s previous film have not hesitated to sign up again for this next thrilling project. Based on the praise that “Ascension” received, they have all jumped at the … Continue reading