Maestro of mayhem Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, OASIS OF FEAR) takes you on a tour of Italy’s mean streets in this hyper-violent, white-knuckle 1970s crime classic. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, Shameless proudly presents Almost Human…restored, uncut and unhinged! Tomas Milian stars as Giulio Sacchi, a sadistic petty crook who aspires to criminal greatness. With his gang of impressionable weirdos in tow, Sacchi kidnaps the pretty young daughter of a wealthy businessman but hardboiled cop Grandi (the one-and-only Henry Silva – ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX) is in hot pursuit. The dogged detective is all that stands between Sacchi’s gang and the ransom money, and he’s the only hope their teenage hostage has got… Almost Human is a notoriously nasty crime thriller, a cult serving for cognoscenti, with a stand-out score from Ennio Morricone, presented for the first time ever in glorious HD and restored from … Continue reading →
The Ex is a six-minute short film presenting the weirdest, scariest and funniest first-date imaginable – with a supernatural twist.
Gerald’s attempts to impress his date are quickly thwarted upon hearing the sinister voice of her ex-boyfriend from a framed photograph on her wall. To make matters worse, Gerald’s date does not appear to hear this voice and soon it’s not just his words that are a threat… when the picture itself comes to life.
Written and directed by Martin Stocks and Gareth Brown, the film is an amalgamation of their (many) dating disasters in recent years. The Ex combines awkward comedy with slapstick horror. As it builds towards the climax, with the date spiralling out of control, one suspects there is very little chance of a second date – and every chance someone might not get out of this alive.
“We liked the idea of a man, already struggling with first-date nerves, having to contend with the angry voice of her ex, potentially from beyond the grave. We thought it would be funny for him to be able … Continue reading →
STAKE LAND 2 (Dirs- Dan Berk, Robert Olsen, USA 2016)
Starring- Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Laura Abramsen, A.C. Peterson, Steven Williams, Kristina Hughes, Bonnie Dennison
Out NOW on UK DVD from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Jim Mickle’s STAKE LAND was a surprisingly effective flick back in 2010 as it at least tried to bring back the vampire into a more darker and gritty combination of post apocalyptic western and straight up serious horror. The film carried a bleak almost nihilistic world view in parts backed up with interesting and empathetic characters most notably Nick Damici’s vampire hunter Mister and the young lad he takes under his wing, Martin, played by Connor Paolo as they navigate the ravaged American landscape on their way to find New Eden in Canada, the last hope of a safe refuge.
The film picks up with Martin and the girl he left with at the end of the last film, Peggy (Dennison) now living with a kid of their own. Tragedy rears its ugly head as we learn in flashback that Peggy and Martin’s daughter were slain by a new … Continue reading →
The Amityville Horror Comes To UK Ltd Edition Steelbook June 26th
It’s one of the all-time horror greats, it spawned numerous sequels, spin-offs and inspired numerous haunted house copycats. It even became the subject of a top 20 hit single – Lovebug Starski’s Amityville (House on the Hill). And now, almost 40 years after it scared homeowners everywhere witless, The Amityville Horror is finally getting its first ever UK Bluray release in a limited edition Steelbook courtesy of Second Sight.
Stuart Rosenberg’s seminal shocker The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin (Westworld), Margot Kidder (Superman) and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront), is a genuine horror classic based on terrifying true events, and makes its Blu-ray debut complete with brand new bonus features on 26 June 2017.
When George and Kathy Lutz and their children move to Amityville, Long Island they believe they have found the perfect family home. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz’s lives into a living nightmare. Their only hope is to get out before … Continue reading →
Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical has just launched pre-sales for its newest book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians.
With a campaign running on Indiegogo through May 17th at https://www.igg.me/at/lostgirlsbook, Spectacular Optical is offering genre fans an early opportunity to pick up this limited-edition book, as well as a slew of additional perks such as Blu-Rays, soundtracks, books, festival passes, a Rollin Mystery Boardgame designed by cover artist Jessica Seamans (limited to 100 copies!), and – most exciting of all – the ‘Tour de sang’: an immersive tour through eight Rollin film locations in the French countryside!
This collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime … Continue reading →
Dead Air is a puppet infused comedy horror short film that strives to create a fun ride with its own unique look and feel. And Director Geoff Harmer and writer Peter Hearn have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds.
Set on a plane travelling to a final gig, Dead Air tells the story of Monster Kitten, an all female punk rock band who end up on a flight with some nasty little creatures who like to bite and infect their victims to the point of all hell breaking loose at 30,000 feet. With the help of their instruments, a tape recorder, a dodgy crew member and a bottle of piss, the girls try to fend off the evil to get to play their final gig.
HUNTING GROUNDS (2015) aka Valley of the Sasquatch
Starring Bill Oberst jr, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail and David Saucedo
Written & Directed by John Portanova
“A father, his son, and his two old friends arrive at an isolated cabin for a weekend of hunting. A trip deep into the forest looking for wild game uncovers a tribe of Sasquatch who are determined to protect their land“.
Bigfoot movies have been making a quiet resurgence recently, with Willow Creek, Exists and countless other DTV titles appearing in the past few years. While Willow Creek did very little for me, spending the whole runtime building great tension but point blank refusing to pay it off, I did have a lot of fun with Exists, which went the more kitchen sink fun route. It still had its flaws, but I enjoyed it.
New to the table is Hunting Grounds, aka Valley of the Sasquatch. And while it’s not perfect by a long shot, it gets enough right to be worth a recommendation.
SEED OF CHUCKY, THE DIVIDE & DAYBREAKERS amongst Horror Channel premieres for May 2017
Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres this May including the network premieres for Don Mancini’s killer-dolls spin-off SEED OF CHUCKY, starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly & Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen’s unsettling post-apocalyptic horror THE DIVIDE and the epic vampire-battling DAYBREAKERS, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe.
There are also UK premieres of José Manuel Cravioto’s pulse-pounding thriller BOUND TO VENGEANCE and Mary Lambert’s evil-spirited gripper URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY. Other highlights are first channel showings for Stephen Kay’s monster in the closet chiller BOOGEYMAN, Jamie Blanks’ teen slasher URBAN LEGEND and Ryuhei Kitamura’s mystery-man rampaging NO ONE LIVES.
Full details of premieres in transmission order:
Fri 5 May @ 21:00 – BOOGEYMAN (2005) *Network Premiere
Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by traumatic memories from his past, linked to the death of his father. Desperate to resolve his issues, he returns to the house where he grew … Continue reading →
That’s right folks, on April 26th 2017, the 2nd Alien Day will be upon us, and this year, its an extra special celebration, with the brand new film in the franchise ‘Alien: Covenant’ set for release on May 19th in theatres around the world.
So whats actually happening on Alien Day?
At select cinemas round the UK, namely Odeon, Vue, AMC and Cineworld cinemas will be showing Prometheus, and the directors cut of Alien. An added special feature that everyone will get, is a 14 minute preview, of bridged footage from Alien Covenant.
To be one of the special people who gets access to all this Alien goodness, you can buy what is being called the ‘Alien Superticket’ On top of getting a double bill of Alien films, and Alien: Covenant footage, the price of the ticket (varies between cinemas) includes entry to a special screening of the brand new Alien: Covenant on May … Continue reading →
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror – Book Review
Garden of Fiends pulls together eight tales of addiction blended with horror. Now you might think that addiction is horrid enough on its own, and you’re right. Only in this collection, editor Mark Matthews has selected stories which draw on real life, but don’t rely on it for the horror elements. There are tales of demons and ghosts here, all bound to the struggles addictions bring with them.
Opening with A Wicked Thirst by Kealan Patrick Burke, you’re immediately thrown into a world of panic, where a date is juxtaposed with a brutal drowning. This reads like the returning memories of a blacked-out drunk, with events gradually falling into place as the harrowing story goes on. I had to take a break by the end of this one, it’s a hell of an opener.
The One in the Middle by Jessica McHugh is a hard-to-stomach tale of addicts at their lowest point, forced to sell flesh to a cannabalistic high society. There’s a hint of Burroughs about this one, with sci-fi elements … Continue reading →
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