Pet (2016) Review

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Directed By: Carles Torrens
Written By: Jeremy Slater
Starring: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy
Score: 8/10

Introduction
‘Pet’, is an independent, psychological horror/thriller, that is being compared to the likes of ‘Hard Candy’, due to its claustrophobic nature. An announcement was made that the film would make its world premier in March 2016, at the SXSW Festival, and was very well received. ‘Pet’ was released theatrically on December 2nd, 2016 and will be available on VOD and DVD on December 27th, 2016.

Synopsis:
Seth (Dominic Monaghan), is a down on his luck young man, who works at an animal shelter. One day on his way home from work, a girl who he has not seen for years, but had crushed on in school, gets on the bus. She is a beautiful, young woman, called Holly (Ksenia Solo). He starts to stalk Holly, firstly, online on her tinder profile, and then moving on to following her around at nights in the dark, and repeatedly going to see her at work where she is waitress.  Lacking the confidence … Continue reading

Alien Covenant Trailer – An Examination

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Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Michael Green, John Logan, Jack Paglen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce

Introduction:
Alien: Covenant, will slot into the Alien franchise, as the sequel to ‘Prometheus’, released in 2012, and the 2nd prequel to ‘Alien’, which was released in 1979, with all three films being directed by Ridley Scott. The original film was a meteoric success. It’s one of those films, that is up there as one of the best films of its generation, and even today, the fear inducing, claustrophobic nature of the film, makes it timeless classic, and one to be treasured.

alien-covenant-teaser-trailer-020Synopsis:
The crew of the colony ship ‘Covenant’, are headed for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. En route, they discover what they believe to be an uninhabited planet full of wonderment and possibilities. They soon find out, that they are not alone. And where they have landed, is in fact a … Continue reading

And Now The Screaming Starts #5 – ‘Cushing, The Creature and The Curse: A Peek at Hammer’s Franken-Frights!

“And Now The Screaming Starts!” – UKHS’ Regular Hammer / Amicus Feature by Rosie Gibbs

antss‘Cushing, The Creature and The Curse: A Peek at Hammer’s Franken-Frights!’

It is now 200 years since the 18-year-old Mary Shelley first began writing her classic tale of ‘Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus’, and in the two centuries that have passed since she first crafted the original story countless subsequent stories, television programmes, plays and of course motion pictures have surfaced which either re-tell or are in certain ways clearly inspired by Shelley’s novel concerning the young doctor Victor Frankenstein and his quest to create new life through scientific study and experiment. Hammer Productions is certainly one film production company which focused on Shelley’s Creature – eventually to become of course one of the line-up of ‘classic’ monsters alongside Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman etc. – and took inspiration from it to create spin-off tales of its own.

Shelley’s tale and monster became legendary certainly, and their posterity has in no small way been assisted by Hammer Productions, and in turn its most … Continue reading

Dark Web: Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide To Creepypasta – Part 36 NES Godzilla

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PART 36: NES GODZILLA

There can be few subgenres of Creepypasta that have fallen so far in the eyes of fans as Videogame Pastas.

When the first few such stories appeared on the Creepypasta landscape, they had a huge impact. Genuine hits such as BEN Drowned (covered here: http://www.ukhorrorscene.com/dark-web-steven-hickeys-essential-guide-to-creepypasta-part-3-ben-drowned/) saw dozens, then hundreds of imitators, of varying degrees of quality. Seen as cutting edge at the time, the genre soon became stale, with a number of derivative and poorly crafted stories directly contributing to their decline in popularity. However, there can be no denying that those stories forged during the early days of the Videogame Pasta boom were ground-breaking, and in some cases, technical and creative triumphs. Perhaps the most impressive of these is digital artist CosbyDaf’s NES Godzilla Creepypasta.

Posted to one of the early breeding grounds of Creepypasta, the Bogleech forums back on 23 April 2011(http://z3.invisionfree.com/bogleech/index.php?showtopic=1896), you can read the first part of the full (and VERY lengthy) story at the Creepypasta Wiki where it appeared on … Continue reading

Wake In Fear aka All I Need (2016) Review

rsz_wake-in-fear-2016WAKE IN FEAR aka All I Need  (2016)

Starring Caitlin Stasey, Leah McKendrick and Rachel Melvin

Written & Directed by Dylan K. Narang

Available now On Demand from Grimm Entertainment!!

“The paths of a desperate man and an imprisoned young woman cross unexpectedly in the den of a mysterious killer”

Chloe (Caitlin Stasey, All Cheerleaders Die) wakes tied up in a dingy hotel room, surrounded by either dead or soon to be women just like her. She quickly realises they are all victims of a lunatic who is killing them one by one. To survive, she must somehow escape. Meanwhile, Andrew (Markus Taylor, Deadheads) is a down on his luck father who needs cash quick. When he receives a mysterious package and delivery instruction, he is offered a chance by a mystery man over the phone to make a lot of money. But at what cost?

By design a film of two halves, Wake In Fear is much better than it’s by the numbers synopsis sounds. Avoiding torture porn cliches in turn of a fairly tense cat and mouse game punctuated by … Continue reading

Dead End aka Drifter (2016) Review

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Starring Aria Emory, Drew Harwood and Monique Rosario

Directed by Chris von Hoffman

Written by Chris von Hoffman and Aria Emory

UK DVD Release from High Fliers Films on March 6th

A pair of outlaw brothers seek temporary refuge in a desolate town inhabited by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics“.

The story of Drifter pretty much goes like this. If you take the Gecko Brothers from Tarantino and Rodriguez’s classic From Dusk Till Dawn, roughed them up and put them in the middle of an arid post-apocalyptic, just about to go Mad Max wasteland, and then had them stumble upon the family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and their mutant cousins from The Hills Have Eyes, then you’ve pretty much got it.

Seriously. The script actually replicates wholesale dialogue, even scenes, from those films and others. This kind of thing is basically the reason I’ve grown so tired of Tarantino and Rob Zombie. So why the high rating?

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Women in Horror Film Festival Call for Entries

rsz_wihffWomen in Horror Film Festival Call for Entries

The Women in Horror Film Festival is now open for submissions through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WIHFF.

WIHFF is excited to welcome their growing panel of judges who consist of Hannah Neurotica, founder of Women in Horror Month and the Ax Wound Film Fest, Melissa Hannon founder of Horror Geek Life, April Bedan, Manager of Fangoria Musick, Brandon Taylor of Hollow Tree Films, Tanya Chuturkova, NYC based creative producer/director and Terri Adams, Atlanta based independent producer.

They are also thrilled to have the support of The Writer’s Store, Minuteman Press, We Are Indie Horror, Horror Homeroom, Terror Films and Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. Thank you for supporting Women in Horror!

The festival will be coming to the community of Little Five Points September 21-24, 2017. Tickets will be available through the WIHFF website along with a schedule of events. WIHFF is proud to invite female horror filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world to submit their work to the fest.

For more information on the fest and how to get involved, please visit us … Continue reading

Pitchfork (2016) Review

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Dir: Glenn Douglas Packard

Stars: Brian Raetz, Lindsey Nicole Dresbach, Ryan T. Moore, Celina Beach, Derek Reynolds, Carol Ludwick, Addisyn Wallace, Daniel Wilkinson

Released by Uncork’d Entertainment in the US on 13 January. UK release TBC.

Hunter (Brian Raetz) is a young gay man who has recently come out. He is now travelling across the country to his parents’ farmhouse home, hoping to rebuild his relationship with his father, Wayne (Derek Reynolds), who is struggling with the revelation. For moral support — and with the promise of a wild barn dance — Hunter travels with a large group of friends. The night of the party comes and personal revelations threaten to destroy friendships… but as the group is reeling, a mask-wearing, fork-handed psychopath (Daniel Wilkinson) attacks with terrifying ferocity. As the bodycount mounts the group faces a fight for survival. Who will last until morning?

There are few things as exciting when watching indie movies as that feeling that you’ve discovered a talent who is going to go on to make a big splash. Pitchfork is packed with such individuals. … Continue reading

Watch The Trailer For New Horror Feature ‘A Dark Song’

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In cinemas Spring 2017.  Available on Digital HD and DVD Summer 2017

Steve Oram (Sightseers, The World’s End, The Canal) and Catherine Walker (Leap Year, Patrick’s Day, Dark Touch) star in this new British horror about a determined young woman and a damaged occultist who risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that threatens to blur the boundaries between this world, and the next…

Having played at the 60th London Film Festival back in October, A DARK SONG arrives in cinemas Spring 2017 and will be available on Digital HD & DVD Summer 2017. Further info to follow soon!

Don’t Knock Twice – New Poster and Trailer now available!

rsz_dkt_poster_1_sheetDon’t Knock Twice – New Poster and Trailer now available!

Starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton & Nick Moran
Directed by Caradog James
Produced by John Giwa-Amu
In UK Cinemas 31st March 2017

From the Award-winning team behind The Machine

SYNOPSIS

For Jess, life has never been better. A successful American sculptor, she has recently returned to the UK, where she spent much of her troubled youth. Now happily married, wealthy and settled, all that remains to make her life complete is to rebuild her relationship with Chloe, the daughter she was forced to give up nine years ago. So when Chloe agrees to come and live with her, Jess is optimistic that she can make amends and be a good mother once more.

What Jess doesn’t know is that Chloe has not come to stay because she wants to get to know her mother again. She has come because she is scared that a supernatural curse has claimed the life of her boyfriend, Danny, and is now coming for her. Chloe and Danny made the mistake of revisiting an … Continue reading