The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #4 – A Serbian Film (2010) by Oli Ryder

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #4:
The Agony of A SERBIAN FILM (2010)

asf1It’s day four of our Ecstasy & Agony Showcase, where each of the UKHS take it in turns to profile a film they love and a film they hate. Today finds Oli Ryder waxing angry about his most hated horror experience, the dark and deeply controversial A Serbian Film. Safe to say, **SPOILERS FOLLOW**. It ain’t pretty, y’all!

Now don’t get me wrong: despite what I’m about to say, all the hubbub and controversy is exactly what drew me to A Serbian Film in the first place. Like the moth to the flame that I am, I simply had to see what all the fuss was about.

In this day and age it’s become so hard to shock horror audiences with something they haven’t seen before. In a junkie-like manner, many of us still find ourselves chasing that elusive dragon; the thrill of fear and joyful disgust that we first got when discovering this wonderfully dark strand of cinema for the first time.
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Delivery aka Delivery: The Beast Within (2013) DVD Review

 

DELIVERY 001DELIVERY aka DELIVERY: THE BEAST WITHIN (2013) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay, Rob Cobuzio, Colter Allison, Rebecca Brooks

Written by: Brian Netto, Adam Schindler

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 84 minutes

Directed by: Brian Netto

UK Release Date: 12th May 2014

Distributor: Metrodome Distribution

The first video I rented from Blockbuster was a rather questionable DTV horror film called Devil’s Child (1997) with Matthew Lillard and Kim Delaney. A pointless snippet of trivia if ever there was one, but whenever a supernaturally orientated pregnancy film shows up I tend to think back to the long line of similarly themed movies that have gone before, from the sublime The Brood (1979) to the ridiculous Blessed (2004) – Heather Graham… so so bad. My point being here is that upon watching Delivery you can’t help but compare it to similarly themed movies, and when one of those is Rosemary’s Baby (1968) then originality may be a tall order. … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #3 – Sleepstalker (1995) by Matty Budrewicz

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #3:
The Ecstasy of SLEEPSTALKER (1995) by Matty Budrewicz

ss1It’s day three in our special love and hate themed spotlight, and today finds Matty Budrewicz stepping up to bat with an affectionate gush about the little-seen mid-nineties pleasure giver (so to speak) Sleepstalker…

Man, I love Sleepstalker. A long-time discount pit favourite, I’m ninety nine per cent sure that most of you fine lot will be more than familiar with it — well, at least its striking DVD cover anyway.

Sleepstalker is available everywhere. Like, seriously EVERYWHERE: pound stores, pawn shops, car booties, village fetes… Heck, check your uncle’s bookcase ‘cos it’ll be there too, sandwiched between a copy of Beefy’s Cricket Tales and his back issues of What Car?. Like a rat or a Greggs, you’re never more than ten feet away from a copy of Turi Meyer’s 1995 schlocker; yet the mad thing is very few people have actually seen it. And boy, they are sure missing out ‘cos Sleepstalker is a doozy of a flick.

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An Interview with producer and script supervisor Sandy King Carpenter

Interview with Sandy King Carpenter for UK Horror Scene

S1UKHS: Hi Sandy! First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us! You seem to be a creative type who enjoys having a huge number of fingers in incredibly varying pies, does it ever get confusing or difficult hopping from one medium to another? Would you class yourself as a total workaholic?

SKC: HA HA HA!! Oh my God, I don’t think so. I prefer to think I just have a very active and interesting life. There are many ways to tell a story and they all offer interesting challenges and opportunities to reach new audiences. I find that there is a more organic flow than one might think from one medium to the other when the various avenues present themselves. My path into film making came from animation, which had come from my being an artist first, so there is more of a common thread between these worlds (say the comic books and the movies) than it might first appear.

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

 

LAST HOUSE 001THE LAST HOUSE aka HOUSE OF LAST THINGS (2013) DVD

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

 

MURDER 001MURDERDROME (2013) DVD

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

 

actorswantedACTORS WANTED aka OPUS (2011) 

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