Diabolis of Dublin by Michael Mulvihill – Book Review

dod1Diabolis of Dublin
By Michael Mulvihill

My first experience of Michael Mulvihill’s work was something of a strange one. On one hand I loved his writing and felt that his style was both elegant and restrained; a balance that most writers never manage to achieve. However, his religious beliefs and the story’s insistence on driving them home began to turn me off and I lost interest before the end. So it was both a surprise and an honour when the author gallantly asked me to look at his recent work Diabolis of Dublin, a vampire tale set not surprisingly on the streets of Dublin. Firstly I would like to apologise to Michael for taking so long to get this one finished. It is most certainly not a reflection on the quality of the book. It is simply a case of life getting in the way of things!

Anyway, back to the book, and a rather wonderful book it is too. Mulvihill manages to breathe new life into what is possibly the most over-abused of all horror sub-genres: The Vampire … Continue reading

Contraband (1980) DVD Review

 

CONTRABAND 001CONTRABAND aka LUCA IL CONTRABBANDIERE aka THE SMUGGLER (1980) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Fabio Testi, Ivana Monti, Marcel Bozuffi

Written by: Gianni De Chiara, Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo, Ettore Sanzo

UK Certification: 18

UK RRP: £14.99

DVD Region: 0

Runtime: 93 minutes (uncut)

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

UK Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Distributor: Shameless Screen Entertainment

The reason you begin to write about the world of cult movies is that one day you might be able to wax lyrical about those artists that you’re most passionate about, and in turn perhaps even convince some folk to check them out. Lucio Fulci is one of those artists. For me, discovering his films was a watershed moment in shaping my taste as a teenager and beyond (no pun intended). Up until I was 18 or 19 I was pretty much confined to the standard mainstream fare of Hollywood. At the time Scream (1996) had just come out and American horror was about to set off on … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #16 – Devil’s Due (2014) by Mark Pidgeon

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #16:

The Agony of DEVIL’S DUE (2014)

devilsdue1After a short break, E&A is back! And so too is Mark Pidgeon, this time bemoaning one pregnancy-themed horror that should have been drowned at birth…

After devouring my cinematic ecstasy, the monumental task of divulging my own personal filmic agony was set upon me; an incredibly painful exercise that could feature a whole catalogue of terrible horror movies with absolutey zero merit whatsoever. For me though, agony personified was the recent “blockbuster” Devil’s Due.

I was actually looking forward to seeing this theatrically – thanks to its innovative and funny marketing campaign – and the subsequent rage which flowed through my body like some kind of super siyan power for days after was overwhelming and annoying: I walked around in a dazed stupor, muttering under my breath about that bloody devil baby and stupid shaky-cam footage.

After a lost night on their honeymoon, newly-weds are rushed off to some kind of party by a weirdo taxi driver-cum-cult worshipper and the female is impregnated with some demon seed. Now … Continue reading

The Backpacker (2011) DVD Review

 

BACK 001THE BACKPACKER (2011) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Vincent Stone, Nathan Waring, Laura Andersen, Aiden Brown, Vivian Carter

Written by: Dion Martin Boland, Tara Simmonds

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £9.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 86 minutes

Directed by: Dion Martin Boland

UK Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Distributor: Regency Pictures

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation – I’ve been meaning to shoehorn that in to a few of the recent Aussie outback movies that I’ve reviewed over the last few months. It’s a superb documentary that covers classics from Wake in Fright (1971) to The Man From Hong Kong (1975) to Dead End Drive-In (1986) – a collection of films that back in the day this little indie feature may have fitted snugly alongside.

BACK 002One thing that piqued my interest when researching this flick was the press pack boldly stating … Continue reading

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