An Interview with Suelen Romani by Dean Sills

sr1An Interview with Suelen Romani by Dean Sills

First of all, let me just start by saying a huge thank you Suelen for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. We really appreciate it, thanks!

UKHS – Suelen, you are a very beautiful, gifted Brazilian film, television, stage and commercial actress. Can you tell us a little about your early life in Brazil and how you got into acting?

SR – Thank you UK Horror Scene for this great opportunity and for your interest in my career, I am very happy to do this. I was born in a small town in the South of Brazil, my family are Italian descendants and I remember that growing up I didn’t have a lot of contact with the world outside the bucolic life of the countryside. However, my parents were quite young, I had a lot of freedom and I was a very creative child. I am the oldest of three. My parents always worked really hard, times were hard but they found their way to give me the best they could. I was a shy child and my mum enrolled me in a dancing school before … Continue reading

The Pit and The Pendulum (1961) Arrow Video BluRay Review

pitpen1The Pit and The Pendulum (1961)

Director – Roger Corman

Starring – Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders.

Released in the UK 19th May 2014 on BluRay & Steelbook by Arrow Video.

The Pit and the Pendulum was the second Roger Corman adaptations of Bostonian literary icon Edgar Allan Poe, much as Stuart Gordon was with H.P Lovecraft, Corman was heavily influenced by the macabre and mysterious tales of Poe.

1960 was the start of Corman’s Poe cycle in which he directed and released several films based around the works of Poe, several of these productions starred the legendary genre actor Vincent Price the first being House of Usher (1960) concluding with The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) an interesting aside the only Corman work not to feature Price was The Premature Burial (1962).

Another literary icon helped Corman flesh out the original short story, Richard Matheson ( I am Legend) took the short story which all takes part in the chamber and added a brilliantly character driven tale and he would go onto work with Corman on more of … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #15 – The Evil Dead (1981) by Oli Ryder

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #15:

The Ecstasy of THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

It’s the return of Oli Ryder today as he gets all mushy about his greatest genre love…

evildead1When asked to write about my very favourite piece of horror filmmaking, there was and will only ever be one answer: Sam Raimi’s masterpiece The Evil Dead.

I didn’t actually discover the film until a few good years into my obsession with all things horror. I knew of it and the uproar it caused back in the eighties as a near part of the Video Nasty scandal, but for one reason or another I kept verging off to discover other established classics. Finally, our paths would cross one fateful night…

On Film 4’s Extreme Cinema mini-season, the immaculately quiffed Mark Kermode gave a brief but pulse-quickening introduction of just what was about to come at me with all guns blazing. With the most innocuous of all horror film openings, where the creeping force POV (shot by Raimi running with a camera strapped to a board of wood) catches … Continue reading

Willow Creek (2013) DVD Review

 

WILLOW CREEK 001WILLOW CREEK (2013) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson

Written by: Bobcat Goldthwait

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 76 minutes

Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

UK Release Date: 26th May 2014

Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

When I was growing up, the name Bobcat Goldthwait was synonymous with a bizarre character who spoke with a high pitched growl by the name of Zed who featured in three of the early Police Academy films. In recent years though he’s positioned himself behind the camera and shot three films that are perennials in my “I bet you’ve never seen this’ cannon for me to recommend to customers in search of something different. The bestiality orientated film Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) was swiftly followed by the brilliant (seriously) Robin Williams starring World’s Greatest Dad (2009) then the excellent crime-comedy God Bless America (2011). As expected all fans of ‘the Bobcat’ came to look forward to his new movie with frenzied anticipation, … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #14 – Crimetime (1996) by Dave Wain

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #14:
The Agony of CRIMETIME (1996)

crimetime1Today, Dave Wain re-opens old wounds and reawakens a buckload of suppressed memories as he discusses the immeasurable pain of Crimetime…

“Sometimes, watching a movie is a bit like being raped.”  Luis Bunuel

Video found me first. Cinema found me a good while later. I was an antisocial adolescent, a trait which seems to have followed me closely into adulthood! Kids parties where a group of yabbering boys would go off to the local Odeon to see the new James Bond film thankfully passed me by, but the onset of Uni and being away from home necessitated something extra to kill time. The VHS bug had taken over my life at this point, and after acquiring a car at eighteen I found my world expanding to the silver screen. Nottingham was the town, and the Showcase Cinema on Lenton Boulevard was the location for me to roll up to either two or three times a week. I habitually saw every new release that came out. I didn’t … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #13 – Session 9 (2001) by James Pemberton

THE UKHS ECSTASY & AGONY SHOWCASE #13:
The Ecstasy of SESSION 9 (2001)

session91James Pemberton with the skinny on why he just can’t get enough of director Brad Anderson’s creepy cult hit…
To truly pick one film for this article, one film that I like and want to tell people about… Well it was a difficult choice at first. I could have written about any of the all-time classics, such as Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead etc, etc, but fair enough; I think there’s been enough written about them already. Instead, I’m picking Brad Anderson’s Session 9; one film from the last fifteen or so years that has really stood out to me.

Originally I viewed this as an off the cuff rental choice from my local video emporium – the now defunct Global Video – when I was on a Christmas break from uni in my hometown of Southport. What intrigued me was the cover most of all, with its tagline ‘Fear is a place,’ and the image of an abandoned wheelchair in a derelict corridor … Continue reading

Eurohorror Spotlight #11: Rammbock aka Siege of the Dead (Germany, 2010)

 

Eurohorror Spotlight #11: Rammbock aka Siege of the Dead (Germany, 2010).

rammbockDirector: Marvin Kern

Starring: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk

We see a middle aged man, Michael (Fuith), ‘practising’ how he will give back the keys of an apartment to his now ex girlfriend Gabi who dumped him after 7 years. As he goes into the building he hears a man screaming and what maybe gunshots. He goes in but Gabi is not there, just a anti social plumber. Plumbers mate, young boy Harper, is attacked by the plumber who seems to be a zombie suddenly. They manage to get him out the flat and lock themselves in. They hear noises outside, look out a window to see zombies attacking other people. Checking the TV news channel people are being urged to stay indoors as the people of Berlin turn into crazy flesh hungry zombies. They spend the night there but in the morning they fear for the worst when all TV stations display the Test Card – … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #12 – Monster Brawl (2011) by Duane Hicks

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #12:
The Agony of MONSTER BRAWL (2011)

monsterbrawl1Duane Hicks is back, this time giving a half-nelson of hate to creature punch-up turkey Monster Brawl…

Cyclops vs. Witch Bitch. Mummy vs. Lady Vampire. Swamp Gut vs. Werewolf. Frankenstein vs. Zombie Man. They’re the kind of school yard wager match-ups a boy dreams of, not to mention the perfect subject matter for a film for monster fans.

Let’s go back to the summer of 2012 when, after months (nearly a year?) of anticipation after seeing the trailer on YouTube, I was thrilled to finally have a copy of Monster Brawl in my hands. An independent feature by Canadian filmmaker Jesse Thomas Cook promising a showdown of the world’s eight most legendary monsters at the Hillside Necropolis at midnight, I figured MONSTER BRAWL would be an instant, modern cult classic. How could it not?

I eagerly popped into the DVD player and sat at the edge of the sofa. I leant forward, eager to jump up and down and cheer for Frankenstein to crush some heads; for … Continue reading

Mischief Night (2013) Review

 

mn1Mischief Night (2013)

Review by Joey Keogh

Dir: Richard Shenkman

Starring: Ian Bamberg, Noell Coet, Adam C Edwards, Charlie O’Connell

87 mins.

A young, blind woman must protect herself and her family from a masked intruder on the titular night before Halloween, when all bets are off and carnage is pretty much a given.

As slasher gimmicks go, utilising a blind protagonist is quite inventive. After all, some of the most terrifying moments in these kinds of flicks occur when the masked assailant is lurking behind the main character unbeknownst to him/her. But, if the character whips around and doesn’t know the difference, it can create an interesting amount of tension.

Mischief Night is a strange little film, which opens with a prologue involving the charm-less Charlie O’Connell, brother of Jerry, as he and his mistress (well, he’s the mistress really, but whatever) get savaged on so-called Mischief Night, known to the rest of us … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #11 – The Thing (1982) by Dean Sills

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #11:
The Ecstasy of THE THING (1982)

ThingPosterUKHS’ very own Parkinson, Sir. Dean of Sills, takes to the podium today, letting loose with a love-strewn appraisal of the Carpenter classic. It’s a Thing of beauty. See what we did there?

The horror film I love the most is John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s far in front of the others, just like Lewis Hamilton in his F1 Mercedes. It’s Carpenter’s dark masterpiece; a real classic. So why do I love it so much? And what does it mean to me as a movie lover?

The Thing is unique in so many ways, from Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance as MacReady, a wisecracking helicopter pilot who is part of a twelve man research team stationed at a remote Antarctic research station; to the sheer, palpable sense of paranoia that grips the camp as they try to work out just who hasn’t been inhabited by the intergalactic shapeshifter. Entering the station in the form of a dog, we, the audience, know from the start it’s not of … Continue reading