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The Last House aka House of Last Things (2013) DVD Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, RJ Mitte, Randy Schulman, Diane Dalton

Written by: Michael Bartlett

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 105 minutes

Directed by: Michael Bartlett

UK Release Date: 12th May 2014

Distributor: Signature Entertainment

Imagery is a word that is in great danger of being overused when watching Michael Bartlett’s horror film. With the assistance of long time Abel Ferrara director of photography Ken Kelsch, he’s delivered something that whilst not giving the viewer a conveyor belt of cattle prod shocks and gore, it leaves you with a slew of striking images that stay etched into your mind long after the credits have rolled.

LAST HOUSE 002The opening credits sequence gives us slow motion suburbia with period recreation of a golf course (I’m guessing late 40s). Blood … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #2 – The Happening (2008) by James Pemberton

UKHS’ Ecstasy & Agony #2:
The Agony of THE HAPPENING (2008) by James Pemberton

thehappening1It’s day two of our special limited run Ecstasy & Agony series, where we UKHS staff take it in turns to dissect a film we love and a film we bloody hate. Following Duane’s glowing appraisal of Dead & Buried yesterday (which you can read HERE), it’s James Pemberton’s turn to step up, with ol ‘ JP letting loose at flop-king M. Night Shyamalan’s clag-a-thon The Crappen- sorry – Happening…

Bad films can be fun and entertaining. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Troll 2 and the more recent The Room generally have a fun appeal to them, especially when you’re watching them with a crowd. There’s a sense of community in viewing something that has been so badly put together– strung up with piss-poor dialogue, acting and special effects– that brings people together in recognising its charm and lack of wanting to be a good film, even though the majority of the directors, where hoping that what they were making would be of some merit.

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An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

bog3UKHS – Hello Blaize. First of all, let me start by saying a huge thank you for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. Can you tell us a little about yourself and when did your first start writing gory horror stories?

Blaize – Well, I’m 17 soon to be 18 and I’m super excited about it! I’m quite an outgoing person once you get to know me but other than that I like to keep myself to myself although the bright hair doesn’t really allow for that! I got into writing from a really young age (8/9) from writing in school etc. But I got into the horror scene during secondary school, there wasn’t really any reason behind it I just really enjoy being able to sicken people with something that isn’t real!

 

UKHS – I believe it was your mum who put you in touch with the film’s producer, David V G Davies after you wrote the first story. How excited are you that David decided to turn your … Continue reading

Murderdrome (2013) DVD Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Kat Anderson, Rachael Blackwood, Jake Brown, Anthony Cincotta

Written by: Daniel Armstrong, Louise Monnington, Trent Schwarz

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 72 minutes

Directed by: Daniel Armstrong

UK Release Date: 12th May 2014

Distributor: Monster Pictures

As I live in a cave and rarely venture out into daylight, with my only link to the outside world being my video store which I travel to via an underground tunnel – the concept of what a Roller Derby was had managed to pass me by. For those who don’t know, (which was myself five minutes before typing this) it’s a contact sport played by five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Gameplay consists of a series of short matchups (jams), in which both teams designate a scoring player (jammer) who scores point by lapping members of the opposing team.

Okay? Cool – so let’s take that and add gore, … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #1 – Dead & Buried (1981) by Duane Hicks

UKHS’ Ecstasy & Agony #1 .
The Ecstasy of DEAD & BURIED (1981) by Duane Hicks

D&B1There are  films you love. And then there are films you hate. In the first of our new limited run daily series spotlighting the UKHS team’s most cherished and most despised movies, Canadian correspondent Duane Hicks tells you why he just can’t get enough of the eighties cult classic Dead & Buried…

Mobs, lights and murder!

My main beef with modern zombie media is that the public demands too many answers, and the storytellers (perhaps because they’re fans themselves) feel obligated to comply. Questions include: Why are the dead walking the earth and attacking the living? How do they transmit their curse of undeath? Is it some form of virus? It’s got to be a virus, or something like like that fungus that controls ants in Thailand tropical forests. Who’s to blame for that virus? North Korea? The Man? I’ll bet it’s the Man. How much food and water do we have? How hard is it to pierce a human skull and sufficiently damage … Continue reading

Actors Wanted aka Opus (2011) DVD Review

 

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DIR: Micah Levin

Starring – Lola Blanc, Demarkes Dogan, Carolyn Jania, Dylan Moore, Brian R Norris, Arielle Ramos.

Out May 12th in the UK on DVD from Warwick Films !

Although everyone from Agatha Christie to Mario Bava might lay claim to a share of the royalties, a group of young people, all unknown to each other, being brought together in a remote location by an anonymous host sounds like it could be a pretty solid set-up for a generic, murder by numbers slasher, right? Not in the hands of writer / director, Micah Levin, who manages to ruin his and co-writer, Andrew Bird’s own good idea.

The young people are auditionees who have answered an anonymous Craigslist advert looking for actors for a horror movie. The advert has been posted by someone only ever referred to as “The Director”. As we meet these characters, it becomes almost immediately apparent that Opus is going to drag; introducing them via their audition tapes should have been a clever, … Continue reading

An interview with actress, scream queen and burlesque performer, Kaylee Williams.

One of the genuine joys of this blogging malarkey has been the opportunity that it has given me to speak to a wide and varied selection of creative individuals. Along the way I’ve spoke to authors, filmmakers, actors and many other talented folks who have been taken in by my pestering and self delusion masquerading itself as any sort of influential blogging talent.

In amongst that ever growing list of genuinely creative individuals, there have also a couple of very famous names, one of which just happened to be long time scream queen loves of my life. Someone once told me you should never meet your heroes, well the meeting may only have been virtual, but nevertheless, Adrienne Barbeau was loveliness personified. If you don’t believe me, you can read about her loveliness herself either here on UKhorrorScene (click on the NEW Interviews A-Z tab above ) or on my blog HERE

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This particular article is in some way the polar opposite of that interview, because while this may indeed an interview with a scream queen, it is … Continue reading

Amphibious (2010) DVD Review

 

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Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Verdi Solaiman, Mohammad Aditya, Steven Baray, Francis Bosco

Written by: San Fu Maltha, John Penney, Brian Yuzna, Somtow Sucharitkul

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 83 minutes

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

UK Release Date: 5th May 2014

Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

Not being one for sweeping generalisations, but I’m going to take a stab at the fact that if you’re reading this then you’re into horror movies. If that’s the case then the name Brian Yuzna is one that you’ll be very familiar with. He’s a producer / director whose legacy has perhaps been a little forgotten in recent times despite an output from the mid-80s onwards that heralded some iconic and unforgettable movies. Just a glance at his resume flags up the genius of Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Dolls (1987) and Society (1989). He shot the only sequel to Return of the Living Dead that is remotely worth seeing – Part III … Continue reading

The Attic aka Crawlspace (2013) DVD Review

 

ATTIC 001THE ATTIC aka CRAWLSPACE (2013) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Raleigh Holmes, Lori Loughlin, Jonathan Silverman, Sterling Beamon

Written by: Josh Stolberg, Nick Tavarella

UK Certification: 18

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 90 minutes

Directed by: Josh Stolberg

UK Release Date: 5th May 2014

Distributor: 101 Films

“A nail biting chiller!!… Will have you squealing till the very end” (chillerfilms.net)

“Dark and creepy… Will send shivers down your spine” (terrorzone.org)

With quotes like that from such ‘well respected websites’ (go check ‘em out!) I did wonder if it was actually worth writing a review of this movie. But hey, its UK Horror Scene’s first birthday, and I know you all depend on our honest opinion – ONE MILLION unique users in the first year alone says you do! But remember faithful readers (adopts softly spoken voice) – “other review websites are available”, and it’s always worth a little look at those that feature prominently with quotes on the DVDs that … Continue reading

From May 12th The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Film Showcase !!

Next Week on UKHS…
comingsoonEver seen a movie you just really, really loved and really wanted to shout about? Or what about a film you really, really hate and you can’t stop moaning about it? Well, be sure to check us out next week ‘cos we’ve all felt that way too…

From Monday 12th May we’ll be hosting The UK Horror Scene Ecstasy & Agony Showcase; a two-week long series of eclectic daily articles in which each of our staff spotlights a film they adore… And a film they don’t.
Personal, witty and spiked with analysis, stop on by to find out what each our team rank as the film most likely to get ’em off, and the one most likely to put ’em off.

The UK Horror Scene Ecstasy & Agony Showcase: pleasure, pain and all the weirdness in between!