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Bare Breasted Countess (1975) aka Female Vampire – DVD Review

fv1Bare Breasted Countess (1975) aka Female Vampire

Starring: Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Monica Swinn, Alice Arno
Director: Jesús Franco

Out now on UK DVD from Maison Rouge Films

Attention all Francophiles! A key piece in Franco’s filmography has been given a brand new re-release. Female Vampire, A.K.A Bare Breasted Countess is one of Franco’s most iconic sexy vampire pictures, and is ready to be consumed by a new wave of cult horror followers. Franco’s career, of course, spanned decades and about every subgenre of horror that one could conceive, cementing him as one of the top European horror makers of the 20th century, and certainly one of the most prolific. Last year I reviewed the rerelease of his Bloody Moon, which was a wonderfully kitsch ‘80s slasher with a throbbing vein of noir running through it; Female Vampire is a very different picture, and one that Franco looks to have put much love into.

As the titular Bare Breasted Countess is the lovely Lina Romay, Franco’s partner and muse who appeared in or worked on the majority of his films over … Continue reading

Win a Killer Bundle of Realm of The Damned Goodies to Celebrate The Animated Comic’s Release on DVD & Blu-Ray!

WIN A KILLER BUNDLE OF REALM OF THE DAMNED GOODIES TO CELEBRATE THE ANIMATED COMIC’S RELEASE ON DVD & BLU-RAY!

rsz_realmgoodiesThe monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them. Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos is a new UK animated motion comic of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes the classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is a bloody and blasphemous epic that leaves no church unburned.

Marking the first in an upcoming four-part series, Realm of the Dead – Tenebris Deos is an animated motion comic adventure starring David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth) and Jill Janus (Huntress)

We have a merch bundle including the film, t-shirt (any size), mug and original graphic novel up for grabs! See the Pic!!

To be in with a chance of winning you must be in the UK and then simply email [email protected] put Realm in the subject line. If you are the winner then we will contact you for your address and shirt size.

The competition will run until … Continue reading

Bloodrunners (2017) Review

rsz_1rsz_bloodrunners_poster_hiresBloodrunners (2017)

Directed by: Dan Lantz.
Written by: Dan Lantz and Michael McFadden.
Starring: Ice-T, Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan and Airen DeLaMater.

For more information visit – www.bloodrunnersmovie.com

“Set in 1930s prohibition, a corrupt cop discovers that the popular speakeasy in town has been infiltrated by vampires”.

I often wonder if vampires should still be included as one of the horror story’s staple monsters. In the seventies and eighties Anne Rice made vampires mysterious & sexy. In the nineties, Buffy the Vampire Slayer made vampires fun. In the noughties, the Twilight series seemed to emasculate vampires and sprinkle their embarrassed memory with glittery sparkles. As a consequence of so much distillation, dilution and homogenisation, our modern-day vampires are now so far removed from their ancestors (such as Nosferatu, Varney the Vampire and Dracula), that they come across as homeopathic incarnations. They are as scary as the risk of not having checked your entitlement to PPI. Which is why it was kind of refreshing to watch Bloodrunners.

Director Dan Lantz (Bloodlust Zombies, Ninja Babes from Space and Modern … Continue reading

Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide To Creepypasta – Part 40: Laughing Jack

creepypastaSTEVEN HICKEY’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREEPYPASTA — PART 40: LAUGHING JACK

Pennywise. 100 Tears’ Gurdy. Killjoy. American Horror Story’s Twisty. The Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Long before scary clowns started terrifying members of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, the grease paint-wearing circus ‘funny men’ have enjoyed a nightmarish relationship with horror fans. The term Coulrophobia, while not a strictly recognised specific phobia, has been coined to describe a fear of clowns. Whether this is an officially recognised phobia or not, it is one of the most common fears. You almost certainly know somebody who will use the term ‘creepy’ to describe clowns. So it will come as no surprise to any of you to hear that Creepypastas have their very own diabolical clown.

The story of Laughing Jack was first posted on DeviantArtist Snuffbomb’s page back on 3 March 2013. You can read it here: http://snuffbomb.deviantart.com/art/Creepypasta-Laughing-Jack-357523173 It’s a haunting story about a single mother caring for her five-year-old son, James, who starts to talk to her about his imaginary friend. Dismissing the talk as merely childish exuberance, … Continue reading

First Trailer for Saudi Horror Film He Belongs To Us released from Director Gigi Hozimah!

rsz_hbtu1First Trailer for Saudi Horror Film He Belongs To Us released from Director Gigi Hozimah

Saudi Arabian Filmmaker Gigi Hozimah has just released the trailer to her first feature film He Belongs To Us. To coincide with the release of the trailer , the official poster illustrated by Sam Wolfe Connelly has also been released.

He Belongs To Us is a psychological horror drama about Remy an isolated young man haunted by vivid nightmares about his Mother’s death, his neglected childhood and his spiralling depression. These same nightmares however begin seeping into his waking moments taking a sinister hold over the shattered remains of his life.

A Saudi/US co-production , this is the first feature directed by Saudi independent filmmaker Gigi Hozimah , and is the first film of it’s kind to come from Saudi Arabia. He Belongs To Us is an existential horror founded on nightmares and surrealism.

Gigi was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and was never aware that her cinematic vison would one day find it’s way on to the global stage. Coming from a nation that has held … Continue reading

Ghosthunters (2016) Review

rsz_gh1Ghosthunters (2016) Review

Director: Pearry Reginald Teo

Starring: Francesca Santoro, Stephen Manley, David O’Donnell, Liz Fenning, Crystal Web.

Out now on UK DVD from High Fliers Films

“Ghost DNA.”

After Henry’s wife and daughter are murdered in an abandoned house used by a serial killer, he and his group of ghosthunters go back in to extract their souls. Henry (Stephen Manly) and his friends have been working on a machine to find and preserve ectoplasm. They were testing the machine at the site of the murders when everything went wrong. Now Henry and his cohorts face the angry victims of the serial killer. A serial killer who may not be done.

Well, it sounds okay in theory. And it’s certainly not the worst movie ever. It’s an Asylum film. So that right there should tell you a lot about Ghosthunters. Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed. Ghosthunters manages to be a mediocre supernatural thriller. It has some fun special effects and creepy ghosts. The jump scares aren’t terribly effective, they pop up right about where expected, negating their effectiveness.

There is … Continue reading

An Interview with Emma Dark by Gary Hindley

rsz_ed5Hi there, I’m Gary Hindley, Writer for UK Horror Scene.

Thank you very much for agreeing to speak with me, I hope all is well with you.

I want say congratulations on your success, with the award winning ‘Seize the Night’. It’s a fantastic piece of film, and thoroughly enjoyed. The writing and directing of film, is something you look to be thriving in, and each project you take on shows more ambition and your drive to try new, exciting things.

Q: What were the influences that got you interested in the horror genre?

I’ve always liked horror, from a very early age. My Dad was a butcher, and as a small child I used to go into his walk in fridge in the butchers shop to see the animals. Not in a particularly grim way, I wanted to see if any of the animals still had heads on and stroke them. Thankfully I actually didn’t turn out to be a serial killer, in fact I’m not even a big fan of slasher movies to be honest. The first horror film I … Continue reading

Sally Phillips & Shaun Dooley to star in new short Blood Shed!

rsz_blood_shed_castSALLY PHILLIPS and SHAUN DOOLEY to star in new short BLOOD SHED, directed by James Moran (writer of Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies, Doctor Who, Torchwood and Spooks)! Crowdfunding until 27th March!

rsz_shaun_dooley_to_play_jack_in_blood_shedThe award-winning SHAUN DOOLEY to play the role of Jack!

Shaun Dooley stars in the upcoming BBC One drama Gunpowder alongside Kit Harington and Liv Tyler, just the latest in a hugely impressive list of credits including a Royal Television Society North Award for Best Actor for Mark of Cain. From the heartbreak of Broadchurch and the Red Riding trilogy, to the hit movies The Woman in Black, The Awakening and Eden Lake, Shaun can always be relied upon to deliver a powerhouse performance. He showed a sensitive yet terrifying side in Misfits, as well as a barnstorming singing voice, proving his range, flexibility and fiercely unpredictable edge. He’s also appeared in the TV shows DCI Banks, Ordinary Lies, Cuffs, Great Expectations, The Game, This is England ’90 and Exile. Whenever Shaun appears on screen, you never know what might happen next, but you can guarantee it’ll always be … Continue reading

Devil In The Dark (2017) Review

rsz_ditd1Devil In The Dark (2017)

Running time: 82 minutes
Director: Tim Brown
Cast: Dan Payne, Robin Dunne, Briana Buckmaster, Daniel Cudmore

Available on VOD nationwide in the U.S. from Momentum Pictures on Tuesday, March 7th

Devil in the Dark is the second directorial offering from Tim Brown. It is a film teetering somewhere in between thriller and horror and interestingly, was originally entitled (the more thriller sounding) “The Plateau’.

Opening with a short but atmospheric prologue, the start of the film is pure horror. Night has fallen and a young boy is lost in the middle of the woods. His father and older brother frantically search for him, finally finding him in the midst of a clearing (in a striking red jacket reminiscent of ‘Don’t Look Now’). He is frozen to the spot and transfixed on something out in the darkness.

Cut forward thirty years and the film weaves down a more psychological thriller route. We meet the brothers again, they are now grown men and lead very different lives. Adam (the lost child in red) has moved away from … Continue reading

UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… MJ & Anna Dixon

rsz_mychoUK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… MJ & Anna Dixon

Welcome to a series of video interviews as UKHS writer Tony Sands and his crew hang with talented British folk from across the horror spectrum. They will be bringing a number of interviews across 2016 that will hopefully give you an insight into the UK indie horror scene and you will hear just what it takes to get a project to fruition.

Here the UKHS Crew Hang With MJ and Anna Dixon the team behind Mychos, an independent film label, where they have crafted a horror universe spanning over half a dozen movies already.

MYCHO Entertainment Group are producers of Horror features and Music Videos for distribution into the Televisual, Online and International Markets.

Awarding Winning Filmmakers whose Shorts like ‘EyeSpy’ and ‘Thorn’ have taken away prestigious prizes from Some of the biggest names in the Horror Community. Mycho produced Acclaimed Indie Feature Slasher House and its follow up Legacy Of Thorn as well as several brand new features for the world wide market. Mycho also offer production services including Promotion Videos, Graphic … Continue reading