Fractured Visions Present Bloody Moon & Pieces at The Tramshed , Cardiff July 30th!!

rsz_tatt1Fractured Visions Present Bloody Moon & Pieces at The Tramshed , Cardiff July 30th!!

First there were the Drive-Ins… Then the Grindhouses… Now there’s the Tramshed!

FRACTURED VISIONS present… TERROR AT THE TRAMSHED!

FRACTURED VISIONS are proud to present a double-helping of cult movie madness at Tramshed Cinema. Buckle-up, in first class no-less(!), as we bring you the most depraved, frightening and downright insane slices of genre cinema to the BIG SCREEN!

From the erotic and lacerating Gialli of Italy, to the slice and dice of American Slashers and all the way to the gung-ho and slap happy cinema of the East. Each month, FRACTURED VISIONS are giving movie lovers the opportunity to see the wildest examples of cult film in the comfort of Tramshed’s incredible cinema.

Settle in… Grab a beer… And prepare for the onslaught!

The inaugural event will take fans to the exotic delights of Alicante, Spain and then on to America… via Spain again! With two Spanish Slasher films that lovingly tried their best to ape the films coming from America in the wake of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Needless to say, the results are as frenzied and outrageous as you could possible imagine.

First up is legendary Spanish filmmaker Jesús Franco’s only entry into the demented world of Slasher cinema…

rsz_1tatt1BLOODY MOON!

Lovingly nicknamed Uncle Jess by his many fans, 1981’s Bloody Moon marked a radical shift in tone for its prolific director. Known for his ability to adapt and work within any genre, and we mean any; he dabbled in everything from comedic Spy films to Hardcore porn, Uncle Jess blessed his fans with this lone entry in the Slasher cannon; but what an entry!

The buxom young women of language school in Spain are falling prey to a maniacal psychopath with a penchant for sharp objects. All signs point to the disfigured Miguel, an ex-mental patient with a fondness for his own sister, Manuela. Banned in Britain upon its initial release, Bloody Moon is now once again available, and uncut, for the first time since the British government prosecuted it!

They’ll be finishing the night with Juan Piquer Simón’s outrageous Giallo/Slasher hybrid…

PIECES!

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It’s exactly what you think it is…

You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre!” mocked the tagline, and they were right! Shot mostly in Madrid, while trying their damnedest to pass it off as Boston, Pieces is a loveable attempt to cash-in and follow in the footsteps of Friday the 13th ’s violent excess. Once seen, this film is NEVER forgotten.

A chainsaw-wielding madman is on the loose, terrorising the students of a Boston University. The red herrings pile up as quickly as the corpses, everyone’s a suspect… and everyone is a target!

Juan Piquer Simón is no stranger to dedicated horror fans, having provided us with such titles as Slugs and The Rift ,but with Pieces he delivered his masterpiece in splatter carnage. A global cult phenomenon, Pieces is unlike anything you will have seen before…

Cult film fans are not going to want to miss out on this incredible double-bill; seats will be limited so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

FRACTURED VISIONS is headed-up by Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, two Cardiff filmmakers with a life-long passion for genre cinema. Their debut film, CRUEL SUMMER,stars Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and was released in February 2017 following its World Premiere at the biggest, and most prestigious, genre film festival in the UK – FrightFest.

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The Telephone (2017) Short Film Review

rsz_teleTHE TELEPHONE (2017)

Starring Nigel Barber, Bernard Deegan and Rachel Prince

Written and directed by Stuart Wheeldon

“When Richard arrives in a small town, following the receipt of a letter and glassfish sent to his newspaper office, he is unaware of what he is about to become embroiled in. Intrigued by the story of a mysterious disappearance of a young woman Jane. Richard takes a room in the pub, the last place Jane was known to be alive. Awakened one night by an old telephone that seems to ring endlessly and then a chance encounter with the spectral image of a young woman, Richard decides to question the owner. Max an abstract artist denies ever seeing or putting up the woman in question. Richard is told ‘The Telephone’ must be in his imagination. Richard’s instincts tell him there is more to the story. Is the ghostly figure seen late at night, that of Jane? Could the telephone ringing truly just be in his head? If you heard the ringing, would you be prepared to answer what lies at the end of the phone?” Via Stuart Wheeldon IMDb.

rsz_tele1Running at 27 minutes, quite lengthy for a short film, The Telephone at times feels like a Hammer House of Horror episode minus the commercial break. It has a mysterious atmosphere of dread, with strange seemingly unconnected scenes and actions that build towards a finale that answers lots of questions, but leaves you with even more.

Wheeldon has a clear love for the psychological thriller and also pays homage to Giallo and Hitchcock films from the past, putting a unique and very British spin on them.

Nigel Barber is having lots of fun here, essentially getting chance to channel Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter in the same scene, while Bernard Deegan makes for an interesting and morally ambiguous hero.

rsz_tele2While Wheeldon has skill behind the camera, creating some sharp and often beautiful compositions, the editing often lets him down. On top of the plodding pace, there are some very clumsy and distracting transitions that really take away from what could easily be a very polished calling card with some extra care.

The Telephone is still a diverting and seedy little psycho-thriller, with plenty of visual references that will have horror fans smiling.

7/10