Pinup Dolls on Ice – An Article by Damien Colletti

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When I first viewed the trailer for “Pinup Dolls on Ice” I was really impressed. It’s so well done I had to go back and watch it several more times. This film in my opinion is just what the horror genre needs. By looking at all the film festivals, nominations, and awards the film has already received this is a film to look out for!

In the trailer I love when Kristy, played by the lovely Ashley Almon, says, “When you see the Pinups, tell them I say holla.” From there the trailer goes into beast mode and kicks major ass. This is definitely a film I’m looking forward to seeing and you should too. With Screen Queen Suzi Lorraine leading this cast of beauties best served on ice by the mighty Moe, this film is a must see for any horror fan.

Trailer:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=38iNk6Amocw

Pinup Dolls on Ice:
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Synopsis:
The Pinup Dolls are a hot retro act who put the tease back in striptease. But when an old friend (Suzi Lorraine) hires them … Continue reading

Alone aka Solo (2013) DVD Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Annie Clark, Daniel Kash, Richard Clarkin, Steven Love, Alyssa Capriotti

Written by: Isaac Cravit

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 79 minutes

Directed by: Isaac Cravit

UK Release Date: 28th April 2014

Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

When Alone opens, we find Gillian (Annie Clark) receiving counselling off a psychotherapist. We learn straight away that she had a predilection for self-harming, but that her new job should hopefully provide her with the focus to turn her life around. This new role is as a camp counsellor, a position that one of her friends seems to have fast-tracked her into by using her influence within the crew. There is however one thing that Annie isn’t aware of, and that’s the initiation that every new counsellor must endure – two nights alone on a remote island!

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Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) BluRay Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Seamus O’Brien, Luis de Jesus, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster

Written by: Joel M. Reed

UK Certification: 18

UK RRP: £14.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 88 minutes

Directed by: Joel Reed

UK Release Date: 21st April 2014

Distributor: 88 Films

I picked up my Troma DVD of Bloodsucking Freaks a number of years ago now, and I still haven’t seen it. I’ve watched pretty much all of Troma’s output – even Tales from the Crapper. Bloodsucking Freaks though? I don’t know what it is about that movie, it just has a general aura of unpleasantness about it. That seems strange coming from a fan of exploitation pictures. I’d say I would happily engage any of the wave of ‘classic’ Grindhouse pictures, and look forward to them too. Bloodsucking Freaks though?

Anyway, when the 88 Films release of Bloodsucking Freaks arrived I spent a few days weighing it up. I pushed it around my coffee table with … Continue reading

A Look at Fewdio Horror Shorts by Luke Green

 

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Perform an internet search for “scariest videos” or “scariest films on the internet” and you will most likely find yourself presented with a short skit called “Bedfellows” (watch at the bottom of this article) about a young woman getting a bit of a shock in the middle of the night. Under three minutes long, it is a very familiar, almost clichéd, set-up – and is staggeringly effective in its scariness. As the video starts, the word “Fewdio” will appear in big letters across the middle of the screen. A further internet search will reveal that Fewdio is a film company who have many more of these mini-chillers lurking on the net for your enjoyment.

Watching through these short tales, it is impossible to ignore the urban legend-like quality they all possess, which is possibly what evokes the same sense of familiarity in all of them. Some are warnings, some are morality tales and some, like Bedfellows, are simply ruthless in their exploitation of our everyday vulnerabilities.

As each scenario plays out, one can’t help but wonder if … Continue reading

Oculus to hit the UK Cinema Screens on June 13th New UK Trailer & Screenshots

Oculus to hit the UK Cinema Screens on June 13th

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Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether:  a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century.  With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

Oculus stars Karen Gillan (Dr Who), Katee Sackhoff (Battle Star Galactica), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) – watch the Exclusive UK trailer below and catch OCULUS in cinemas countrywide from Friday … Continue reading

Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings (1993) DVD Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, Soleil Moon Frye, Mark McCracken

Written by: Constantine Chachornia, Ivan Chachornia, Andrew Osborne (add. dialogue)

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £14.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 89 minutes

Directed by: Jeff Burr

UK Release Date: 21st April 2014

Distributor: 101 Films

Jeff Burr – a man of many sequels. The first time I came across the work off Jeff Burr was as a teenager as I nurtured my deep rooted appreciation for anything Full Moon. Puppet Master IV was the film, and despite the first three being considered the Holy Grail, I thought the third sequel continued the franchise very nicely. Mr. Burr popped up again to deliver a worthy Puppet Master V, and having cottoned on to this familiar name I hit the internet to see what else had graced Mr. Burr’s CV. Stepfather II stood out immediately, as did Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and of course the film we have under analysis … Continue reading

Magic Magic (2013) Review

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97 mins
Dir: Sebastian Silva
Starring: Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Michael Cera, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Agustin Silva

 Alicia (Temple) is making her first trip out of the United States to visit her friend Sarah (Browning) and get some rest and relaxation on a tranquil island in Chile. Once she gets to the island, however, the cruel humour of Sarah’s friends and a complete lack of sleep starts to tear at Alicia’s fragile sanity…

‘Magic Magic’ seems like a bizarre film to have not had a wide-release and to have more or less gone straight to DVD. It has a highly bankable star in Michael Cera, an up and coming star in Emily Browning and for many, the intrigue of the superb Juno Temple. After a stunning support turn in the none more black ‘Killer Joe’, it was an exciting prospect to see Temple finally take centre stage and in a slow-burn psychological horror no less.

After some stunning cinematography of the cinematically unfamiliar setting of Chile, the film wastes little time in … Continue reading

New UK DVD & BluRay releases 28th April 2014

Hello and welcome to the new UK DVD & Blu Ray releases for the week commencing Monday April 28th 2014. The new releases are those that are genre releases, so anything from anime through sci-fi and horror with much more inbetween.

A good week for genre DVDs and Blurays with mentions for Arrow Video’s dual format release of Brian DePalmas classic Sisters, Lars Von Triers Nymphomaniac 1 & 2, Icon Home Entertainments release of Hammers Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell on BluRay, Child Of God starring James Franco and based on the Cormac McCarthy novel and finally Warwick Films Scooby-Doo inspired horror Saturday Morning Massacre . Plus there is much more out.

But RELEASE of the WEEK goes to Big Bad Wolves which is released by Metrodome and from Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.  A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

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Parents (1989) Review

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Dir. Bob Balaban

Rarely has the adage, “We become what we hate,” been used to such effect as a source of horror than in Bob Balaban’s PARENTS.
The Laemles are your typical 1950s American family. They live in the suburbs. Dad just got a promotion at work and loves to practice his golf swing, Mom cooks and keeps the home spic and span. Young Michael is afraid of the dark at bedtime and dreams of drowning in blood.At school, Michael doesn’t exactly fit in at school, saying things like: When you broil a black cat in the oven, and then peel the skin off its bones and then chew on a bone, you’ll be invisible, Or at least, that’s what his Dad tells him.

Of course, he gets on fine with the new girl at school, who claims to be from the Moon where you can eat whatever you want, nobody tells you what to do, and tour parents don’t get mad at you if spill on your dress. As Michael tries to adjust to his new school, … Continue reading

The Library (2013) Review

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90 mins
Dir: Daljinder Singh

Starring: Sibylle Bernardin, Bradley Carpenter and Kathryn Walker

Ignoring the warnings, young Lucy Clarke (Bernardin) starts work at the infamous Beckinsale Library. Hidden amongst the bookshelves, Lucy slowly starts to unravel the dark secrets of the library and soon discovers that whatever dark force lies within it is trying to get rid of her, for good.

It is wonderfully refreshing to see this independent horror make the case that libraries can still be pretty creepy places if used properly, which the film does to a remarkably high standard. The very basic plot revolves around young art student Lucy who is looking to finish off her MA, struggling financially; she takes up a part-time job at the library and becomes the target of interest from some unspecified malevolent force. It is interesting that whilst the library itself is in a classical building, it has been fairly modernised within, which makes the achievement of still being able to pull off some highly unnerving moments all the more commendable.

Stylistically, the … Continue reading