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 build as it has sourced props from Horror movies and even contains props from real life haunted houses including a record player from the ‘Enfield house’ and an antique bible from the ‘Amityville house’ as well as other haunted artifacts. To ensure players get the full immersive experience, owners have used crew from major Hollywood movies to build and design their rooms.   A spokesperson for moviESCAPE says: “As film makers and fans we have done everything we can to make the players feel like they are in a movie. We have used real movie sets, props and crew to ensure our clients get the best experience possible. People have likened the quality of the rooms to attractions at major theme parks like Universal studios.

moviESCAPE said “We chose to theme our first two rooms as Horror due to Halloween 2016 , but we are currently working with production designers to plan our Adventure, Action and family themed rooms which will open this summer”.

moviESCAPE currently has two rooms in Stockport, a Haunted House room and a SAW themed room, and one room in Ashton, Haunted House: Exorcist.

The first two escape rooms are located in Welkin Mill Stockport, and Ashton is 12a George Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne.For more information about the rooms, visit: http://www.moviescape.co.uk

Here is the trailer –


SAW room video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iaplDIjmgE
Haunted House video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKoR5Jl2uzw&t=14s

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! It’s (unfortunately) a rare occurrence to be pleasantly surprised by a horror film these days. But Stage Fright was an entertaining romp through musical theater camp peppered with gruesome deaths and surprisingly good musical numbers.

Young Camilla and Buddy Swanson (played by Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith) were orphaned as children when their mother, up and coming Broadway star Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver) was murdered after starring in The Haunting of the Opera. Her manager Roger McCall takes the children in and raises them as his own. Camilla and Buddy now work as cooks at the theater camp Roger owns. When the camp season starts the campers embark on a production of The Haunting of the Opera, which meets the same bloody fate as the original.

rsz_stage_fright_2This musical meets slasher is original, funny, toe-tapping and gory. Pretty much everything that anyone could want in a horror film. It takes some nice twists and turns, and skewers everything from actor rivalry to skuzzy locals. Camilla is the rising ingénue, auditioning for the camp musical when she’s technically ineligible as an employee. Smelling a profit to be made though, Roger allows it. Buddy is disgusted his sister wants anything to do with show business and the snobby campers who snub them on a yearly basis.

The songs are unexpectedly good. Often a film like this has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time, and the songs will suffer. But not this time. From the opening number sung by the campers, to those from the Haunting of the Opera, they are entertaining and fun. The gore effects are decent too, and there are a number of creative deaths which befall the unlucky campers during their annual production.

rsz_stage_fright_3As great as Stage Fright is, there are a couple of small nitpicks. The masked villain has only one rock solo toward the end of the film, but they flash on him several times earlier in the movie which would have been a perfect time for a rock song about what he wanted to do to the campers. Secondly, the deaths are all loaded into the very end, during the production of The Haunting of the Opera. I expected the deaths to be spaced out, more Sleepaway Camp style. Instead, after Minnie Driver’s death at the very beginning, the story of the camp takes over, and no one dies again until the climax. The intervening story IS good, so it’s engaging, but still loses sight that this is a slasher film, and therefore requires slashing to happen.

Still, the complaints are small and the entertainment is high! Treat yourself to this unusual and hilarious mash-up.

Rating: 8/10

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 prime suspect, but they have no evidence and despite doubt being cast over his guilt, with other suspects popping up such as security boss Tony Dewire, a slightly wired Johnny Vivash putting in a fun performance, and Ross Mullan as Doug, a shady salesman, Faraway finds she cannot let it go, becoming more and more obsessed with the dubious Sweet. Her sense of reality starts to blur and the film undergoes a change in tone from a straight forward serial killer thriller to a study of a tormented mind. It’s not an uncomfortable change of tone, although it loses the nice interplay between the investigation team, laced with some decent humour, and leaves us with a confident and emotional performance from Mather.

With her world crumbling, Faraway’s name is never more appropriate. As the story whirls to its conclusion it’s never clear how far it will push itself and there were some genuine surprises making it a satisfying journey. It leaves a number of questions behind, but that may be part of Collier and Mian’s master plan. They have put together an entertaining low budgeter here, one which I really enjoyed.

rsz_charis3The cast put in great shifts, Andonis Anthony’s ‘Smith’ is smug, but has an affable charm, which is balanced nicely in his performance.  Mather connects well with the audience and there is a real sense of pain and anguish in her struggles. As for Jamie Satterthwaite as the prime suspect, well, he looks like he’s having the time of his life as he fills his performance with glee and menace. He is conceited and arrogant, perhaps representing the ‘one percenters’ of the real world. Sweet makes for a good villain in a film that deserves some attention to come it’s way.
Keep an eye out for it!

3.5/5