UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… James Webber

UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… James Webber

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 James Webber – James is a UK Director, Producer, Editor, Writer and much more. James talks about his career making short films and also talks about his new feature – watch to find out more!!

Twitter: @DirectorJWebber


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TONY SANDS (host/producer)

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DAVID CHAUDOIR (titles) twitter: @TheChaudoir www.badacidf|

ANDY DEEN (associate producer)
Twitter: @AndyDeen666

IVAN TROOPA (sound/producer)



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ANTOINE LASSALLE (camera/ producer)


SARAH D’CRUZ (make up)




Twitter: @UKHorrorScene


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UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… Tom Paton

Welcome to a new 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.

The UKHS Crew Hang With writer director Tom Paton to chat about his movie ‘Pandorica’ and it’s journey to the screen.


After an unknown event, the world has changed forcing people to return to a simpler way of life. We follow the leadership trials of the Varosha Tribe with Eiren, Ares and Thade all in line to lead the next generation of their colony. The three embark on a journey away from the safety of their home towards a remote forest and current leader Nus – who will choose his successor by trial.

But when their trial is interrupted by the arrival of another tribe, their courage, friendship and loyalty will be tested in conditions far more dangerous than they expected.

Pandorica stars Jade Hobday, Marc Zammit, Luke D’Silva, Bentley Kalu and Adam Bond and is directed by Tom Paton.

Pandorica is at Cinemas and Digital from 1st April, 2016

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Twitter: @PandoricaMovie

Crew Links:
IVAN TROOPA (sound/producer)
Twitter: @IvanTroopa

ANTOINE LASSALLE (camera/producer)

SARAH D’CRUZ (make up)
Instagram: sarahdcruzmua


DANIEL O’LEARY (associate producer)

ANDY DEEN (associate producer)
Twitter: @AndyDeen666

TONY SANDS (host/producer)
Twitter: @TonyRDB

Twitter: @UKHorrorScene

Interview With Johannes Roberts – The Other Side of The Door

osotd1Interview With Johannes Roberts – The Other Side of The Door

Before FrightFest Glasgow 2016 had officially kicked off UKHS editor Andy Deen and senior horror writer Christopher Stewart visited the Novotel to hang with director Johannes Roberts and chat about his new horror film The Other Side of The Door and much more. Read below and hope you enjoy!!

UKHS – Please can you tell me the genesis of The Other Side of The Door?

JR – The actual concept of it of where the line between life and death is very thin and where the Mother can speak to her dead child came from a real place in India called Bhangarh which is a village that is totally abandoned and nobody knows what happened to the inhabitants. The town has all been fenced off and the houses are empty , there are also signs around the village saying you cannot enter after sunset as ghosts of the dead wander the village.

So I came across Bhangarh and thought that is really interesting and that sort of sparked the idea off and it went from there.

The film owes a big debt to Pet Sematary and I am a huge Stephen King fan , I just really wanted to do a love letter to King and in particular Pet Sematary. Also the film in influenced by J Horror , I really loved how horror changed when J Horror hit and melded with Western horror. So I wanted to try and explore a new country and I loved the freshness that J Horror brought.

UKHS – So it was shot in India then?

Yes, it was all shot in Mumbai.

UKHS – So what was that like? What were the differences in filming in India ?

Mumbai is just crazy!! We scouted around India for around a year before settling on Mumbai. And Mumbai is this sprawling , chaotic mad place and I fell in love with it. It really is a love/hate place and what’s interesting about Mumbai as a setting for the whole movie is this is about a couple that fall in love with the place , decide to stay there and have children there. Then one of the children dies there and what’s interesting about Mumbai is that everything you love about it would be an absolute nightmare if you were in this situation . The noise , the chaos, the colour and the whole vibrancy Mumbai has would make it the most horrendous place to be if you were in a state of grief.

I wanted the setting of Mumbai to feel like Derry in IT. The town in IT is the character in the movie , it is a rotting tooth of a town , and so Mumbai sort of hangs in the background . I don’t make India pretty but I loved filming there , they have so many films happening that the talent and expertise is phenomenal .

UKHS – I have heard that about India that they have embraced the movie business out of Bollywood and are now just running with it! But how did they deal with making a horror film?

Well they do horror a little , but it is not a big thing out there. There is a whole interesting tapestry woven into the spiritual beliefs there so they got it and enjoyed it. I used a lot of ‘horror’ people in the film like cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (Hills Have Eyes, The Crazies, Maniac) so we had a great mixture.


Johannes at FrightFest Glasgow

UKHS – In The Other Side of the Door there is the premise of ‘One Last Goodbye’ , is that something that comes from you? Do you have any beliefs that maybe come through?

I am fascinated by supernatural movies, I love horror but I adore supernatural horror as I am fascinated with ghosts, the afterlife and yeah I think horror is great for exploring that. I don’t know where I stand but I would be very sad if this is it!! I believe there is a lot more to this world than we realise , I don’t have religious beliefs as such but I do believe there a God or something or other , and I always find that comes out through my writing and directing.

UKHS – A lot of your films have fantasy elements or even sci-fi elements . Is that something from your childhood that has grown with you that finds it’s way into your work?

My Dad read me The Hobbit and I then discovered Lord of The Rings when I was about 10 years old and for the next however many years I was writing stories about Orcs and Goblins. And then I discovered Stephen King and then that was a done deal (laughs). So yeah I love the scale of it all, what Tolkien did just blew my mind , I just loved the different worlds you could just enter and I am just going back to that really!!

There now followed a deep and quite long discussion into Tolkien and the grand scale of Lord of The Rings, and how we had devoured Stephen King books in one sitting. This however was not what you are reading the interview for haha so on to the questions (Andy – UKHS)

johannesff2UKHS – As a film director why the horror genre? Does it give the scope and freedom maybe to express yourself?

Well you can explore! It is supernatural and such a wide genre, I mean Tolkien is horror! They lock themselves in castles as Orcs hammer down the walls and doors and fire over heads over walls. The whole mines scene when they read the book and they hear the beating of the drums, that’s proper horror for me!

With supernatural horror you can explore worlds , and as I write as well as direct then that’s the starting point and then I let my imagination go and horror is such a great tapestry to use.

UKHS – Do you think there is a snobbery when you mention the word ‘horror’ ? I mean a lot of people will just think slasher films and maybe horror as a lowest common denominator?

I mean I get it all the time. People say “I don’t really like horror movies” , but there are so many different categories. I do have people saying “when are you going to do a normal movie” and I am just like OK (laughs). But I have never been on the other side so if I was a comedy director would people be saying when are you going to be doing something other than comedy??

But also The Other Side of The Door is a drama film. In terms of what Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) goes through, it is a very dark human story. It is very interesting for me to have dealt with themes of grief within a genre movie. It was fun.

johannes3UKHS – So what’s next? Do you have anything else lined up?

Well if you come to the première you will see a 2 minute exclusive promo for my new film. (We did and it looked awesome – Andy)

It for my latest film which I have just finished called 47 Meters Down! But it will be called something different on release as Americans don’t understand metres (laughs). But we didn’t know that when we started !!

It is a movie about two girls on holiday in Mexico , who go on a shark cage trip to view the Great White’s off the coast. And essentially the cage breaks and goes to the bottom of the ocean (47 metres) and they have one hour of air left in their tanks to get back to the surface through shark infested waters and they can’t go straight up due to ‘The Bends’ (decompression sickness which can be fatal).

The majority of the movie is underwater and is the first movie ever to be shot this way. The actresses had full face masks on for shooting.

UKHS – So how on earth did you film that?

It was done in a tank in London and also filmed in The Dominican Republic. It was a fucking hard movie to make. And that’s through Dimension in the USA and E-One here in the UK. And I am not sure when it will be released !

It is currently being finished now and stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt . Oh and of course Matthew Modine (to cheers from the UKHS team), who is absolutely brilliant . It is a pretty scary film and you are just constantly just like holding your breath scene after scene, it is very intense. Just like 85 minutes and it doesn’t stop.

So hopefully that should come out this year and then after that, well I am currently in talks with Stephen King about a non-horror adaptation and then also a Victorian ghost story.

UKHS – Just back to 47 Meters Down, how was shooting in the Dominican Republic after Mumbai?

It was very tough, but in a very different way to India. Because India is just chaos but I am a chaotic person so I thrived on that and I loved the way everything just worked and they do so many movies that the skill level was amazing.

The Dominican Republic was a lovely place but they have not really done many films so it was quite hard and also hard to find the expertise needed. There were a lot of problems but the film look great . There is a Scorsese quote which goes something like “ On all movies you suffer, but on some movies you really suffer”, so this one I have to say I aged a few years !!

UKHS – So you have filmed in India and the Dominican Republic. But this is your first time in Scotland!!

Hahaha no this is my first time !!

johanneschristineUKHS – Finally a question we always ask and which always gets the most groans – Name you favourite 3 horror films!! Go!

I love talking about horror films, and everything for me is John Carpenter and Stephen King!! So it would go , erm now this is interesting (laughs) .

I would have to put The Thing in there and then also In The Mouth of Madness and you know what I am going to put Pet Sematary in there!! You know a lot of people don’t like it but I love that movie.

And I know you said three but I am putting Christine in there also.

UKHS – You know for me Christine is just wonderful. I mean the premise is ridiculous but it bloody well works !!

You know it’s a really funny one , the film isn’t flawless but photographically it is incredible and while it is not particularly scary there is just something about it . It is just beautiful.

UKHS – The car itself is just perfect, it just looks amazing.

Yeah exactly , the whole look is just stunning and the score is one of the last really great scores. And recently I was having drinks in LA and purely by chance Buddy Repperton (played by William Ostrander) from Christine was in there. He is now running for congress somewhere and it was just amazing to literally just bump into him!! And we ended up having lunch together (laughs).

So anyway those were my top 3 (4) films . And it was lovely talking to you guys and if I see you later I will ask your opinions on the film !!

So there you have it! Johannes was one of the most amiable and personable directors I have met. A truly great guy to interview who gave his time freely and even had a dance and a beer at the after FrightFest party.

Check out The Other Side of The Door which is currently in around 300+ UK cinemas and is well worth checking out . Thanks Johannes and keep up the great work!!

And you can read Christopher Stewart’s review here –

Melbourne’s Annual Celebration Of All Things Cult Is BACK! Monster Fest 2015!



Monster Fest 2015 – Transform Your Head!
Hey Monster Freaks!

Tickets Here –

Melbourne’s annual celebration of all things cult is back! That’s right folks, Monster Fest is just around the corner and it’s looking pretty bloody good, even if we do say so ourselves. This year the fest will be held over four horror-filled days from Thursday, November 26 to Sunday the 29th at our new home, The Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn. We kick things off with a star-studded Opening Night gala event featuring the WORLD PREMIERE of the Cairnes Brothers’ menacing masterpiece, SCARE CAMPAIGN. One of the most hotly anticipated Aussie horror flicks in years, the film stars Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows, Olivia DeJonge and Josh Quong Tart as well as Aussie legends Sigrid Thornton and John Brumpton. Tickets to this baby are selling fast so get in quick. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!


Friday on the Monster Fest schedule is ‘Fred’s Friday Fantastic’ where an eclectic selection of the festival’s freakiest films will screen throughout the day, where an All-Day pass will cost students a measly $20, and where beer and popcorn will sell at a heavily discounted rates. The day culminates with two World Premieres: the brilliantly original Melbourne horror flick CAT SICK BLUES followed by Krautsploitation wunderkind Nico Sentner’s, ATOMIC EDEN, presented by the film’s co-producer and star, Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson (FROM DUSK TIL DAWN). At the conclusion of ATOMIC EDEN, audiences can strap themselves in for an all-night marathon of Fred’s finest cinematic offerings, beginning with Larry Cohen’s BLACK CAESAR (1973) and concluding with a 9am ‘Breakfast with Fred’ screening of HAMMER (1972). The marathon, hosted by Trash Video proprietor, documentarian and Olympic Karaoke Gold Medalist Andrew Leavold, will feature some of Fred’s greatest cinematic achievements. Which films, you ask? You’ll just have to turn up and see. It’s going to be awesome.


Fans of Dee Wallace have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the Hollywood horror icon, as she’ll be on hand at a number of Monster Fest events. Dee’s events include ‘An Evening With Dee Wallace’ on Saturday night, hosted by Lee Gambin (Fangoria) and presented by Melbourne film organisation, Cinemanicas. Lee will take the audience on an incredible ‘Clip and Tell’ journey through Dee’s sensational career working with some of the most influential and innovative directors of her era – Blake Edwards, Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg and beyond. Following this is a full moon midnight screening of Dante’s THE HOWLING. Then on Sunday morning, join Dee for breakfast and an all-ages screening of Spielberg’s much loved E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTIAL, before giving an acting masterclass for aspiring actors at Swinburne University.


Australia has a glorious history in cult cinema, and Monster Fest 2015 is proud to present two Aussie Masterpiece Screenings; the 10th Anniversary screening of Greg McLean’s nightmarish WOLF CREEK and for the first time on the big screen, Ray Boseley’s, all but lost, underground classic, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM.

For trivia buffs, an hilarious event not to be missed is Kooks & Spooks, a full moon trivia extravaganza, with hostess, Melbourne’s Queen of the Crypt, Cherry Bites and house band ‘The Tarantino’s’. Kooks & Spooks will see special guest panelists Dee Wallace, Butch Patrick, Fred Williamson and John Jarratt team up with audience members to battle it out for Horror Trivia Supremacy. Kooks & Spooks will take place on Saturday night at 7pm.


Sunday at Monster Fest is the day that Butch ‘Eddie Munster’ Patrick gets to strut his wonderful stuff. The day gets underway with ‘I Was a Pre-Teen Werewolf’; a ‘Clip and Tell’ retrospective journey through the iconic horror TV show, THE MUNSTERS, followed by a rare screening of the Munster movie, MUNSTER GO HOME (1966). These exciting events lead into MUNSTERPALOOZA, an afternoon of rockin’ good times where local rockers Rosie & The Mighty Kings, Coffin Carousel and Murder Rats, will perform alongside burlesque stars Madam Dreadful, Lissy Lavette and Zia Electric. Munsterpalooza will be hosted by the great Butch Patrick himself, who will be on hand throughout the day to meet fans, pose for photos and sign autographs. Punters are urged to come dressed as their favourite Munsters character to win prizes as judged by Butch.


Amongst the most popular events at Monster Fest are the two demented shorts programs, MONSTER SHORTS (Saturday at 2pm) and TRASHARAMA (Sunday at 5pm). Short films have been submitted from every corner of the globe and the final selection represents some of the weirdest, wildest and outright wackiest cult filmmaking on the planet. There’s something for everyone – fear, smut, gore, depravity – fun for the whole family!

The official Closing Night film for Monster Fest 2015 is horror maestro Eli Roth’s (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER) KNOCK KNOCK, a provocative, challenging and unforgettable cinematic experience starring Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX), Lorenza Izzo (THE GREEN INFERNO) and Ana de Armas (BLIND ALLEY).


Following the screening of KNOCK KNOCK will be the Closing Night Awards Party. The party will be hosted by Melbourne’s one and only Queen of the Crypt, Cherry Bites and all Monster Fest ticket holders are welcome to party the night away to the cool movie soundtrack grooves of Melbourne rock Kings ‘The Tarantino’s’.

At the very heart of Monster Fest are the Official Selection feature films. Chosen via an extensive online submission process and from film festivals the world over, the Official Selection represents the very latest and greatest in independent genre cinema today. This year’s Official Selection include the likes of Sundance hit, HELLIONS from Canadian director Bruce McDonald (PONTYPOOL), the controversial film that had SXSW buzzing earlier this year EXCESS FLESH, a shocking anthology with an episode by controversial German director Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK), GERMAN ANGST, an ultra creepy supernatural horror starring iconic Australian actress, Jacki Weaver, HAUNT, the World Premiere of a brilliant zombie/western from Queensland, BULLETS FOR THE DEAD and many more. Several films will have their World Premiere at the festival, many others their Australian premiere, and all in the Official Selection will be enjoying their official Melbourne Premiere.

So there you have it lovelies, that’s what to expect at Monster Fest 2015. Grab a posse of your weirdo mates and get out to the incredible Lido Cinemas for Australia’s coolest and most twisted film fest.



Dir: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Caires (100 BLOODY ACRES)
Cast: Meegan Warner (TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES), Josh Quan Tart (UNDERBELLY), Ian Meadows (RAKE), Olivia DeJonge (THE VISIT), Cassandra Magrath (WOLF CREEK), John Brumpton (THE LOVED ONES), Sigrid Thornton (THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER)
Synopsis: Popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera hijinks’. When a new breed of hard edge web series begin to rise in popularity, Scare Campaign begins to look decidedly dated, and it’s obvious to all that it’s time to up the ante. Is it possible to take things too far? and what happens if you prank the wrong guy?
Includes cast & crew Q&A & Opening Party

Dir: Bruce McDonald (PONTYPOOL)
Cast: Chloe Rose (TEENAGERS), Robert Patrick (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY), Rossif Sutherland (REIGN), Rachel Wilson (AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME)
Synopsis: From Sundance to the Toronto International film Festival HELLIONS has been blowing festival audiences away, now it’s time for Monster Fest audiences to get on board. The plot is simple enough – a teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door, but the thrills are real and are genuinely horrifying!

Dir: Joonas Makkonen (THE FINE ARTISTS)
Cast: Hiski Hamalainen, Ennu Ojutkangas, Vincent Tsang
Synposis: The tender story of love and hate between a group of twenty-something’s and a murderous sexually aroused man in a bunny suit. What more could you possibly want from a film than that? This twisted, utterly perverse Scandinavian abomination has been creating a major stir at festivals around the world – here’s your chance top see what all the fuss is about.

Dir: Patrick Kennelly (GUYS READING POEMS)
Cast: Bethany Orr (AGORABLE), Mary Loveless (WRONG COPS)
Synopsis: One of the most controversial films from this years SXSW midnight screenings, EXCESS FLESH tells the story of Jill, a girl who becomes so obsessed by her sexy roommate Jennifer, that she violently imprisons her in a twisted attempt to bring them closer together.

Dir: Christian Hallman (THE GAME OF THE CENTURY)
Cast: Lanna Ohlsson (BEHIND BLUE SKIES)
Synopsis: Fresh from its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest, SENSORIA is one of the most haunting and affecting horror flicks of the year. Caroline has lost everything and is searching for a new beginning. She moves into an old apartment and starts to realize that she is not as alone as she thought she was. Just as she is searching for something new, something old is searching for her!

Dir: Mickey Keating (RITUAL)
Cast: Larry Fessenden (THE MIND’S EYE), Lauren Ashley Carter (PREMIUM RUSH), Brian Morvant (THE DEN), Dean Cates (RITUAL), John Weselcouch (THE PURGE), Forrest McClain (CASSETTE)
Synopsis: Another of this years crop from SXSW that left audiences abuzz. POD tells of a family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house. Mind control, conspiracy theories and the plight of America’s legion of discarded war vets, get the genre treatment in the brilliant indie shocker.

Dir: Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK), Michal Kosakowski (ZERO KILLED), Andreas Marschall (MASKS)
Cast: Axel Holst (YOU’RE DEAD), Andreas Pape (TERROR CREEK), Matthan Harris (THE INFLICTED), Annika Strauss (SEED 2)
Synopsis: Three of Germany’s most controversial filmmakers have combined forces to create one of the most extreme anthologies ever created. Monster Fest fans are in for a real treat post screening when Jörg Buttgereit, one of the most notorious filmmakers on the planet, joins us via Skype for a chat about his bizarre and brilliant career.
Includes Skype Q&A with Jörg Buttgereit

Dir: Dave Jackson (POPSTEL)
Cast: Matthew C. Vaughan (TOTALLY TALLS), Shian Denovan (SAWNY: FLESH OF MAN), Noah Moon (I’M YOU DICKHEAD)
Synopsis: When Ted’s beloved cat dies, the trauma triggers a mental breakdown. His broken brain prompts him to bring his feline friend back – all he needs is nine human lives.
Includes cast & crew Q&A

Country: USA/Germany/Ukraine
Dir: Nico Sentner (SIN REAPER 3D)
Cast: Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Mark Mollier (RESIDENT EVIL), Hazuki Kato (SHI), Lorenzo Lamas (SHARKNADO 3)
Synopsis: Trapped inside an old mining complex, somewhere in the ruins of Chernobyl, a group of international mercenaries must band together to fight an army of mad men. 8 against 800, they just couldn’t lose.
Includes Q&A with star and producer Fred Williamson

Dir: Mac Carter (SECRET ORIGIN)
Cast: Jacki Weaver (ANIMAL KINGDOM), Harrison Gilbertson (NEED FOR SPEED), Liana Liberato (IF I STAY)
Synopsis: One of Australia’s most iconic actors, Jacki Weaver, stars in this uber creepy haunted house film. A family moves into a creepy old house which was once the scene of a terrible tragedy. When their son meets a strange local girl, they find a radio that can communicate with the dead, unleashing unimaginable horror.

Dir: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL, THE ABCs OF DEATH)
Cast: Francisco Barreiro (HERE COMES THE DEVIL, CAMINO), Daniela Soto Vell, Jorge Molina (THE LOBITO)
Synopsis: Adrian Garcia Bogliano is one of the boldest voices in horror today, his new film, like last years HERE COMES THE DEVIL, is a shocking, beautifully realized, horror masterpiece. DIABOLIC SCHERZO tells the tale of Adam, an apparently mild mannered, ‘average Joe’, who plots to kidnap a teenage girl with disastrous consequences?

Dir: Stefan Popescu (NUDE STUDY)
Cast: Kathryn Foran (NUDE STUDY), Nathan Bragg (URBAN TOOTH DECAY)
Synopsis: Adult film starlet Vixen Velvet wants to be a real actress – she gets her chance when the remote Canadian town she’s filming in finds itself in the grip of a zombie apocalypse.
Includes cast & crew Q&A

Dir: Levan Bakhia (247F)
Cast: Sterling Knight (17 AGAIN), Spencer Locke (RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION)
Synopsis: Here’s an ultra tense revenge flick from Georgia that’s unlike any film you’ve ever seen. Trapped standing on an armed landmine, an American tourist is forced to watch helplessly while his girlfriend is terrorized and brutally assaulted by a demented local.

Dir: Jose Manuel Cravioto
Cast: Tina Ivlev (DEATH CLIQUE), Richard Tyson (BLACK HAWK DOWN)
Synopsis: A unique twist on the rape revenge genre, BOUND TO VENGEANCE tells the tale young girl, chained in the basement of a sexual predator, who escapes and brutally turns the tables on her captor.

Dir: Joe Bauer (THE KILLAGE)
Cast: Rita Artmann (THE FLAME WARS), Joe Bauer (THE KILLAGE)
Synopsis: A brilliant Aussie sci-fi comedy tells the tale of what happens when Extra-terrestrials launch a nation-wide assault on Australia, much to the bafflement of the rest of the world!
Includes cast & crew Q&A

Dir: Joe Begos (ALMOST HUMAN)
Cast: Graham Skipper (ALMOST HUMAN), Lauren Ashley Carter (THE WOMAN), John Speredakos (FANTASTIC FOUR)
Synopsis: This film had its World Premiere at the very exclusive Midnight Madness showcase at TIFF a few weeks ago and is absolutely one of the years coolest genre flicks. An powerful 80s telekinesis throwback, complete with a gorgeous and powerful synth score, that marks Joe Begos as one of the boldest voices in indie genre today.

Dir: Adam Mason (THE DEVIL’S CHAIR)
Cast: Jeremy Sisto (WRONG TURN), Kate Ashfield (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), Ryan Simpkins (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), Ty Simpkins (JURASSIC WORLD), Eric Michael Cole (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), Amy Smart (THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT)
Synopsis: An incredible lineup of acting talent come together for one of the creepiest indie horrors of the year. Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being that they’re being watched – little do they know the nightmare has just begun.

Cast: Ed Speleers (ERAGON), Holly Weston (JOHN CARTER), Elliott Cowan (THE GOLDEN COMPASS)
Synopsis: Paul Hyett is one of the UK’s top effect artists, not surprising then that he chose a werewolf film as his debut horror feature. HOWL tells the horrific tale of a group of train passengers who are attacked one stormy night by a hideous wolf-like creature. This is an old school practical effects horror that hardcore genre fiends are going to love.

Dir: Michael Du-Shane (26 BULLETS DEAD)
Cast: Christopher Sommers (THE WATER DIVINER), Vanessa Moltzen (I AM EVANGELINE), Hugh Parker (MY MISTRESS), Troy Mackinder (SANCTUM), Emma Randall (DAYBREAKERS)
Synopsis: A hardened bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws in his trust, and a preacher are forced to work together and battle their way across the wild west of the 1870s at the dawning of a zombie apocalypse!
Includes cast & crew Q&A

Dir: Jon Knautz (THE SHRINE)
Cast: Alexis Kendra (BIG ASS SPIDER), Woody Naismith (STEALTH), Elizabeth Sandy (WHEN DARKNESS FALLS)
Synopsis: Alexis Kendra is incredible at Vixen, a mentally unstable woman begins a volatile descent into madness when she suspects her lover has left her for another woman. This is a bunny boiler film like no other – gripping from start to finish.

Dir: Chad Archibald (EJECTA)
Cast: Elma Begovic (SAVE YOURSELF), Annette Wozniak (ALL I NEED), Jordan Gray (SPEEDBAG
Synopsis: A smash hit at festivals the world over, BITE tells the tale of Casey, a bride to be who gets bitten by an insect while on a pre-wedding girls weekend away. When she returns home she begins a transformation from nervous bride-to-be, into a hideous insect!

Dir: Eli Roth (HOSTEL)
Cast: Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX), Lorenza Izzo (THE GREEN INFERNO), Ana de Armas (ANABEL)
Synopsis: When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.

For Monster Fest 2015 the tickets are easier and cheaper than ever before. All tickets, excluding Opening Night Gala and Party, are available as individual session tickets, but with so much on, and with an All-day pass so damn cheap, why stop at one session?

$30 – SCARE CAMPAIGN World Premiere & Opening Night Party
$20 – Single session ticket (FEATURES & SHORTS): Available for all sessions, excluding Opening Night, Munsterpalooza and Dee Wallace Masterclass.
$20 – Single Session ticket (KOOK & SPOOKS): Note – this is a stand-alone event and not available with a day pass.
$20 – Friday Student Pass: Includes all Friday sessions. Expires 11am Saturday morning. Available to holders of valid student cards only.
$40 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday All-day pass: Includes all sessions, except Kooks & Spooks Trivia, Munsterpalooza, and Dee Wallace Masterclass. Friday All-day pass is valid to 11am Saturday.
$50 – Munsterpalooza: Exact value of an All-day pass but with access to the bands on the Lido rooftop. Only 80 tickets available.
$60 – Swinburne Mega Pass: Swinburne University student cardholders only. Includes all sessions at Lido, excluding Opening Night, Kooks & Spooks Trivia, Munstapalooza, and Dee Wallace Masterclass.
$150 – Dee Wallace Acting Masterclass: 5 hour acting masterclass with cinema icon Dee Wallace, held at Swinburne University.
$300 – VIP PREMIUM PASS –Unrestricted, fully reserved priority access to EVERY SESSION at the Lido – Opening Night, all screenings, Munstaperlooza, etc. – plus exclusive merchandise packs, private Special Guests meet and greet, and much more. This does not include Dee Wallace Masterclass.

About Monster Fest
Monster Fest is the exhibition arm of Monster Pictures, Australia’s leading distributor of horror, cult, genre and fantastic films from around the world.
Now in it’s fifth year, the annual Monster Fest film festival runs for 4 days at the end of November and is Australia’s Premiere cult, horror and genre film festival.

About Lido Cinemas – Hawthorn, Melbourne
Melbourne’s newest artiplex opened in June 2015. It boasts 8 luxurious, state of the art screens, (including a rooftop cinema), 4K projectors, Dolby Atmos and beautiful, comfortable seating set in a fully renovated, gorgeous Edwardian historic venue.
Nestled in the heart of Hawthorn on Glenferrie Rd, it is owned by the same family as the Classic in Elsternwick and the Cameo in Belgrave.

Arrow Films to release Nekromantik 2 – A 3 Disc Blu-Ray & DVD edition 23rd November

23rd NOVEMBER 2015


Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of the notorious sequel to the underground shocker Nekromantik. Jörg Buttgereit’s Neckromantik 2 arrives in time for Christmas on 23rd November 2015.

One of 2015’s most anticipated Arrow Video releases, Nekromantik 2 makes its home video debut in the UK as an exclusive 3-disc digipak featuring Blu-ray, DVD and CD Soundtrack. This exclusive set will be limited to a run of only 3000 copies only and comes with a set of 5 x exclusive ‘Polaroid’ postcards and a 100-page book, alongside a wealth of extra features.

This 3-disc set comes loaded with exclusive director-approved content including the main feature Nekromantik 2 (1991) and will feature brand new extras especially produced for this release, chief among them, the documentary Masters of Life and Death, alongside new audio commentaries and introductions from director Buttgereit and other key members of the cast and crew including Monika M. Further details listed below.


Monika isn’t like other young women. She shares her small flat with Rob, a recently disinterred corpse which serves as the object of her affections. But then she meets good-natured Mark, and soon finds herself torn between the prospect of a ‘normal’ life with a living, breathing partner and her overwhelming desire for her rotting bed-fellow.

Once prosecuted in its native Germany for “glorifying violence”, Jörg Buttgereit’s follow-up to his ground-breaking Nekromantik is just as shocking as its reputation would suggest. But it’s also a profoundly moving (if decidedly twisted) love story, and a thought-provoking meditation on death – that most mysterious aspect of the human condition.

Special Features


· New High Definition transfer approved by director Jörg Buttgereit
· High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
· Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
· Optional English subtitles
· Limited Edition packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
· Individually-numbered #/3,000 Certificate
· Set of 5 exclusive “polaroid” postcards
· Soundtrack CD
· Limited Edition 100-page book


· Audio commentary with Buttgereit, co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder
· Introduction to the film with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and producer Manfred Jelinski
· Masters of Life and Death – a brand new documentary looking at the film’s production and release history, featuring interviews with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and Jelinski
· City of the Loving Dead – a walking tour of some of the original Berlin locations with Reeder and Jelinski
· Necropolis: Jörg Buttgereit’s Berlin – film scholar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger on the significance of the German capital as the backdrop for Nekromantik 2
nekro2-5· The Making of Nekromantik 2 – vintage documentary viewable with two different audio tracks: an English track comprising audio interviews with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and Monika M., and a German track featuring radio interviews with Buttgereit and Rodenkirchen, with optional English subtitles
· Nekro Waltz: The Music of Nekromantik 2 – Reeder discusses his work on the film’s score
· Outtakes Reel
· Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – footage from the 20th anniversary Nekromantik 2 concert, with Monika M. and friends performing the live score
· Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – the complete 20-track audio recording of the concert [BD/DVD-ROM content]
· Two Buttgereit short films: Bloody Excess in the Leader’s Bunker (Blutige Exzesse im Führerbunker, 1982) and A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein (2012)
· Two Buttgereit-directed music videos: ‘Rise Up’ by Die Krupps (1997), starring Monika M., and ‘Die Frau in der Musik’ by Stereo Total (2007)
· Complete collection of Buttgereit feature film trailers
· Extensive image gallery


· 24-track CD featuring the complete Nekromantik 2 score


· Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing from Electric Sheep editor Virginie Sélavy, writer Kier-La Janisse and others, as well as a new translation of the article submitted to the German government as part of the Nekromantik 2 prosecution case, all illustrated with new artwork and original archive stills


Release Date
Monday 23rd November 2015
Certificate 18
Formats Blu-ray and DVD
Language German
Subtitles English
Running Time 103 minutes
Number of Discs 2
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Colour Colour
Blu-ray Cat Number FCD1182

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Sky Atlantic Release First Look Photo For Penny Dreadful Season 3

Sky Atlantic is unveiling a chilling first look at the new series of the network’s hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL, currently shooting nine episodes in Dublin, Ireland, featuring Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) as she turns to her alienist Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) for help in battling the evil forces she cannot seem to escape. “Dreadfuls” will have to wait until the hotly anticipated third series premières in 2016 to find out what led them here.


Series three includes a wealth of new and returning stars. Tony® Award winner LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels, A Million Ways to Die in the West) is a new series regular starring as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). Guest stars Sarah Greene (Hecate) and Simon Russell Beale (Ferdinand Lyle) return, along with new guest stars Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks) as Dr. Henry Jekyll; Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER®, The Hurt Locker) as zoologist Dr. Alexander Sweet; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney); and Perdita Weeks (THE TUDORS), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural. Rory Kinnear (as The Creature) and Harry Treadaway (as Dr. Frankenstein) also star.

PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. PENNY DREADFUL is a co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky.

He Never Died – The Jason Krawczyk Interview

he-never-died (1)He Never Died – The Jason Krawczyk Interview

Before I head straight into the interview I wanted to give a little back story as to the thinking behind this interview. The Grimmfest film festival in Manchester is held during the first weekend in October and always has a core of new and exciting horror films. I personally have been attending since 2011 and each year I always choose three films that I know are showing and I avoid all media, so I can go in without any preconceptions. This is very difficult when you are the editor of a horror film website!!

Anyway one of this year’s Grimmfest  films was He Never Died starring Henry Rollins. And it just blew me away! Rollins is simply amazing , the small cast are superb and the story is just genius. I won’t give away any more as I want you to enjoy the film as much as I did, BUT when He Never Died is released TRACK IT DOWN, buy it and watch a film that was for me one of the highlights of genre cinema in the last 5 years.

I am well known for waffling ( to speak or write at length in a vague or trivial manner) so I will keep this brief. After watching He Never Died I couldn’t get it off my mind, so I decided to try to contact the writer & director Jason Krawczyk so I could ask him about it. Now one of the great things about the indie filmmaking community and the horror genre in particular is the camaraderie and friendship within it (there are exceptions but then again there is at least one turd in every field of roses), and when I reached out to Jason he was nothing short of amazing. He has been happy to answer my questions, he sent me exclusive pictures and behind the scenes shots and he gave his time freely and for that I must thank him. Sometimes running a website is a thankless task (I know BooHoo me), but at UK Horror Scene we have the best group of writers as well as fantastic readers, followers and friends. And when people like Jason just take a little time to help out then it makes it all worthwhile! So like I said I waffle so without further ado here is the interview!!

HE NEVER DIED SS 5UKHS – Hi Jason and thanks for taking the time to chat to us at UK Horror Scene. Please could you tell our readers a little about He Never Died?

JK– It’s a gritty super natural noir comedy that stars an immortal cannibal that’s exhausted from existing. It’s always been hard for me to nail down an elevator pitch for the film. Kate Greenhouse (she played Cara) said it was Twilight for cynical 40 year olds. I always kind of liked that description.

He Never Died BTS 2UKHS – For me what made He Never Died was the superb casting especially Henry Rollins. Henry just seemed made for the role. Did you have him in mind from the start and what was he like to work with? Did he really get involved in everything as I expected?

JK – Henry Rollins was always the visual representation of the character and he’s always been an idol of mine. I saw a few live shows of his and kind of retrofitted the script for him.

It was surreal working with him. What are the odds that you write something with a role model in mind and then years later your doing it? I have to admit it took about a week for me to get comfortable working with him. But if you ever wondered in the legend matched the man, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s delightful to work with. He’s incredibly creative and collaborative and he never broke from being pleasant and professional. He was humbling to say the least. He set a tone for a great shoot.

He Never Died BTS 5UKHS – Jack (Rollins) is a loner. He sleeps up to 14 hours a day, plays bingo, religiously visits a local diner daily , seems to be suffering from depression oh and is a cannibal. Can you explain a little about your thought process when writing for Jack?

JK – I’ve seen so many suave vampire movies. They always seem so confidant and elegant with themselves, but immortality seems more like a hinderance to me. The zest for life must become dulled over so quickly once you’ve experienced everything over and over again. Immortality much do an incalculable amount damage to your psyche.

Having a character devoid of fear is fun to write. A gun means nothing to him. In fact, he’d probably trade anything to have the sensation of fear again. He would like to feel anything again, but emoting also means the valleys as well as the hills. And the valleys for Jack means piles of innocent bodies, so that’s where the existential crisis comes into play. Is life worth living if you can’t die? I don’t know, but probably not.

He Never Died BTS 6UKHS – Without giving to many spoilers, He Never Died has a lot of religious references . Is this from a personal perspective or just for the story?

JK – It’s primarily for the story. I think He Never Died is as religious for me as “Spawn” was for Todd Mcfarlane or “Preacher” was for Garth Ennis. Religions do come with a fascinating mythos that I think a lot writers are drawn to. The dichotomy of good versus evil and divine unfathomable concepts are ripe for story telling.

UKHS – He Never Died is a very dark film yet full of humour , how did you get the balance right?

JK – There might have been a bit of dumb luck involved, but I do believe that you can’t sway in one direction too fully. When something seems so impossibly dark, it’s time for some levity, and when a scenario is getting too fun, it’s time to ground it. That way, no ones totally satisfied.

I did believe for the humour to work it has to come from a sincere and vulnerable place. Jack is damaged enough as it is and I don’t think being ironic or cynical would have boded will with the character.

HE NEVER DIED SS 4UKHS – The blood, gore and FX are all superb as is the use of Jack’s physicality . Stomach churning at times and Henry gets really involved . Can you explain your thoughts on the use of the FX & stunts in He Never Died.

JK – I do believe that you should do as much as you can with the actors themselves and practical effects before you start adding stunt doubles and VFX’s. Saying that, this movie had an extremely minuscule budget so you have to work with what is pragmatic and not ideal.

There was only one “throat rip” prosthetic and only one pool table crash, so there’s a lot of rehearsal time involved. Forming ideas out of restrictions is a fact of film making so the best thing to do there is listen to as many ideas as possible and think what best incapsulates the scene.

He Never Died BTS 7UKHS – He Never Died has a truly ‘indie’ vibe running through it. Was it a collaborative effort and what are the pros & cons of independent filmmaking?

JK – I approach directing as a massive collaborative effort. It’s pretty easy to talk your head off, but for me, being patient and listening gets some of the greatest results. I try to plan as much as possible in pre-production. So before I’ve started shooting the DP and I have a detailed shot list that makes sure the visual language is consistent and evolves with the characters and the actors and I have rehearsed and discussed their arch and history. Keeping everyone relaxed and able to focus on their craft seems to work the best.

The crew for this film was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe their level of enthusiasm and how talented they were. They made my job a pleasure. The production designer, Diana Abbatangelo, was pregnant during the production and that didn’t slow her down by a millisecond. It was inspiring to say the least.

UKHS – And on filming , how long did the shoot last and was there many night shoots?

JK – It was a 20 day shoot. I always want more time, but just days though, not longer hours. God no to longer hours. I like 12 hour days. If everyone gets a chance to be home and get a full eight hours of sleep, they are so much happier the next day.

Half of the movie was shot in a studio, which was a first for me. I enjoyed not fighting the elements and the proximity to the crew and actors. Sometimes you’re hundreds of feet away from shooting when you’re on location.

The movie was shot in November and December in Toronto, so it was a bit frigid. Henry was a champion though as he didn’t complain once and refused to wear an extra jacket. He had to do a scene, wet, on a day that it was snowing and didn’t complain.

HE NEVER DIED SS 6UKHS – He Never Died is character driven , which is something that is becoming rarer in modern horror. What are your influences in cinema?

JK – I think it’s important to find influences outside of the genre you’re trying to make or just not have an intended genre. “About Shmidt” and “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson (ironically) was a massive influence for “He Never Died.”

UKHS – Have you sorted a UK release yet for DVD?

JK – I’m not 100% sure on an international DVD release yet, but I do know it’ll be available on VOD on December 18th.

UKHS – What is next for you , anything you can tell us about?

JK – As of right now, Zach and I are in full pitch mode for He Never Died: The Series. I wrote the series out during post production for He Never Died, so that was a fairly ideal landscape to keep me focused. I have to keep in mind that TV is different than movies, so those scripts are subject to change, but hopefully it can retain their themes, humour, and unceremonious violence.

Outside of He Never Died, I’m still writing a cosmic trucker horror that’s been hounding me for a little too long now. That along with my press photography blog keeps me busy.

HE NEVER DIED SS 1UKHS – Finally as we are a horror site, what are your 3 favourite horror films and why?

JK – Alright, there’s a ton, but the three that influence me the most are:

Jaws: Jaws is just an immaculately made movie and it still holds up. I don’t know what it is about Jaws, but it just hits every aspect of film making with a sledge hammer. The Spielberg slight of hand “oner” is something I take great inspiration from and Jaws is a great example of it.

The Thing: John Carpenter really set an atmosphere that can’t be replicated. It’s such a slow burn with such a creeping sense of paranoia. The fact that there were no women and they killed dogs early in the film set in an incredibly unsafe vibe.

The Hitcher: The fact that you have no idea what the hell Rutger Hauer is or wants is absolutely amazing. It’s also a beautifully photographed film. I was more entertained than horrified from the Hitcher, but I was mesmerized by it’s execution.

Thank you Jason for your time and help. And again when He Never Died is released please check it out! 

Severin Films bring two erotic horror cult classics from Jess Franco to the UK on Blu-Ray


What are widely considered to be the finest works of late, great Euro-cult master Jess Franco’s labyrinthine career, his 1971 erotic horrors VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY have long been sought after by cult cinema collectors. Now, for the first time ever in the UK, the fully restored, uncensored versions of both films will be available in Special Editions from Severin Films.

Both films star the bewitching beauty Soledad Miranda, who was tragically killed before either film was released, and achieved additional cult status thanks to the sexadelic, ultra groovy soundtrack that became an unexpected dance floor hit three decades after original release.

VAMPYROS LESBOS has already had successful and acclaimed theatrical screenings in the UK ahead of these releases, and the time is set for the extraordinary work of the mercurial Franco to reach out to a brand new audience.

Featuring newly created cover art by Wes Benscoter, both these films have been remastered and restored in HD, ensuring that they look and sound better than they ever have done! And with a great low price for each these are a MUST buy for fans of Franco and cinephiles alike. Severin are a great boutique label and look out for more amazing releases from them soon!

VAMPYROS LESBOS – UK Blu-Ray Release 30th November

Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

Special Features:

Vampyros Jesus: Interview featurette with Director Jess Franco

Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown

Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco

Jess Is Yoda Clip

Alternate German Opening Title Sequence – Dracula’s Heiress

German Trailer

SKIE-BD-UKSHE KILLED IN ECSTASY – UK Blu-Ray Release 30th November

Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

Special Features:

Jess Killed In Ecstasy: Interview with Director Jess Franco

Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown

Stephen Thrower on She Killed in Ecstasy: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco’

Paul Muller On Jess Franco: Interview with frequent Franco Star

German Trailer

Book Announcement – The Russian Sleep Experiment by Holly Ice

rse1Book Announcement – The Russian Sleep Experiment

A Horror Novella Inspired by the Classic Urban Legend

The Russian Sleep Experiment is a new horror/psychological novella by Holly Ice, inspired by the Cold War. The Soviet Union is conducting unethical, secret experiments in the depths of Siberia. This particular experiment is conducted on political prisoners ahead of the scientific trial being approved for human experimentation. The Soviet Union wants the edge in any coming conflict and to do this, they test Gas 76-IA on four volunteers. These political prisoners are offered their freedom in exchange for thirty days without sleep, powered by this mysterious gas, but the side effects are more than they had bargained for.

The Russian Sleep Experiment is an extension to novella length of the original rse3Creepypasta short story, with added content.

This extension of the tale has three parts:

Part 1: Told from the POV of one the prisoners, this part tells the story of how the political prisoners were recruited from their camp to take part in the experiment. (This was not explained in detail in the original short story.)

rse2Part 2: Told from the POV of one of the experimentees and the lead scientist. This part fleshes out the major action of the original tale in real time. We see what happens from inside the mind of the prisoners and from inside the cage of the experiment, as well as from the logbooks of the very ambitious lead scientist.

Part 3: Told from the POV of one of the scientists involved in the experiment, after it has concluded. This final section shows the rse4consequences of the experiment and is based in rural Siberia.

The Russian Sleep Experiment features artwork by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.

Published by Almond Press.



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hollyiceAbout the Author:
Holly Ice is a graduate of Staffordshire University with a Degree in Creative Writing and hails from a Southern UK shire. She has been a lover of original, unusual stories (especially the romantic and fantastical kind) since she was too little to read for herself. This passion fuelled her quest of discovery into the unknown possibilities and questions of myth, fantasy and the supernatural.

Not one to limit herself, Holly refuses to pick one genre and stick to it. Instead, she mixes some of her favourites.

Holly’s work has been published by Newcon Press, Almond Press, the H.G.Wells Competition (for which she was short-listed in 2012) and Indent Magazine.”

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About the Publisher

Almond Press is an independent publisher of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction based in Scotland.

We run short story competitions to find talented writers, new or established, and offer prizes, promotion, and publication.

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Grimmfest Saturday 3rd October 2015 – A Review

Grimmfest Saturday 3rd October 2015 – A Review


So after the many highs of Friday I was hugely excited about Saturday which is usually the busiest day of the weekend. But as I got to bed around 3.30am I of course overslept meaning I missed the first film Excess Flesh. Hopefully we have a review soon but speaking to fellow patrons it was probably the most divisive film with either ‘I loved it’ or ‘I hated it’ – I found no middle ground.

I arrived in time for the Short Film Showcase but I only managed to catch –

dark_netDark_Net (2015)
Director – Tom Marshall
Starring – Johnny Vegas, Perry Fitzpatrick, Cheryl Marie Dixon

Anything starring Johnny Vegas is going to be worth watching isn’t it? Hell yeah and Dark_Net is no exception. Johnny plays Alan , a man who has been dumped by his girlfriend who has now moved on to another fella. So Alan explains to his friend Tony that he has been on the ‘dark net’ and managed to procure a hitman named Iceman47 who he asks to take out his love rival so he can get back his girl. But Alan has given Iceman47 his bank details and upon going to a pub Alan finds his bank card won’t be accepted as he has no funds in it.

So has Alan been scammed or could there really be a hitman available to hire on the deep , dark net?

Running at just 13 minutes dark_net is a very funny, dark short film that is well scripted and uses Mr Vegas perfectly. Something that should be tracked down and seen 8/10

I then had to duck out of the Short Film Showcase as I was interviewing Howl’s director Paul Hyett and star Rosie Day. You will be able to read the interview very soon here on UKHS! And by the way they were both amazing.

nightmaredvdThe Nightmare (2015)
Director – Rodney Ascher
Starring – Siegfried Peters, Stephen Michael Joseph, Yatoya Toy.

I was really looking forward to The Nightmare as a friend of a friend said it was the scariest film he had seen this year and also director Ascher was the guy behind Room 237.

So The Nightmare is a documentary about people who suffer from sleep paralysis. The film focuses on a group of people who tell what happens when they suffer sleep paralysis. They are unable to move , are visited by shadowy figures who circle their beds but they are unable to do anything about it or even scream. They explain they feel electric pulses before it happens and their may be alien or paranormal forces at work.

The scenes are re-enacted by the sufferers with some downright creepy effects. So part documentary, part horror film The Nightmare just doesn’t work. It skims over the whole sleep paralysis syndrome and tends to focus on the paranormal/alien forces. There is no mention of mental illness or how perhaps sleep paralysis could be a waking nightmare where the sleeper becomes trapped in a waking dream?

I personally felt that Rodney Ascher chose the subjects because of their extreme stories but then never pressed them on why they are having them rather he just let them explain their frankly absurd theories, and didn’t question anything.

I have suffered sleep paralysis (but no figures or aliens) and when I was young extreme nightmares and sleepwalking, but this was down to stress and anxiety, over time it calmed down and stopped. What I didn’t do (as many seemed to do on this film) is go on Google , join forums to talk to other sufferers and make YouTube videos getting hundreds of thousands of hits. It felt like people at times enjoying the online fame that the sleep paralysis has bestowed on them, and that by going online it somehow fuelled it.

There were no experts on the subject interviewed in the film and at times it felt somewhat scripted. It was one way traffic and full of hyperbole.

I don’t want this to come across as I am some unfeeling bloke, or these people are not truly suffering (because they really DO believe) but it felt like there could be some serious mental health issues here and peoples fears and issues are being used to make a film yet not help them. There was someone on it who explained the paralysis stopped when Jesus’ name was said and the figures were actually demons! So all normal there then. I found it very uncomfortable to watch and also after 10 minutes very boring. There were no issues resolved and by the end I had stopped paying attention and caring .

Not for me at all , a real let down 2/10

howl-hyett-posterHowl (2015)
Director – Paul Hyett
Starring – Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day.

Next up was Howl, now I must admit I had already seen it before Grimmfest. So I nipped out of the screening and into the bar where I sat with director Paul Hyett and we talked for around an hour about our love of horror and genre cinema. I started on about Last House on The Left and Paul mentioned he loved the remake (which I have never seen) , so we chatted about remakes and found we both adored Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (2012) which in my opinion is the best remake ever! But what a way to spend an hour! In the company of a hugely talented UK director ,a man who knows his horror and a damn nice fella!

But as for Howl just watch it as it is one of the best films of 2015, a claustrophobic creature feature that will make you laugh, wince and have a bloody good time. You can read UK Horror Scene writer Nick Trenchard’s fab review here – . And I totally concur – 8/10

Director – Jacob Gentry
Starring – Chad McKnight, AJ Bowen, Michael Ironside, Brianne Davis

Next up was one of my ‘unknowns’ (a film I intentionally shied away from any reviews etc). I knew virtually nothing about Synchronicity and not being a Sci-Fi aficionado I was interested to see if I could find a 2015 Sci-Fi feature that would wow me.

Synchronicity is complicated , but it is about time travel. And as we know time travel is complicated haha. Jim Beale (McKnight) believes he has invented a time machine but he only has enough money to open one end of the wormhole and needs to get billionaire investor Klaus Meisner (Ironside) on board so he can finish the project. But Meisner needs to see the machine running and working before he will confirm any investment. I hope this is right so far as going off a few notes and memory!!

Beale and his team send through a rare Dahlia and then they must find the identical match to prove their machine has worked. After the test Beale runs into the stunning Abby (Davies) and this is where things start to get complicated.

Synchronicity is set as Sci-Fi noir. It looks stunning and everything is subdued and low lighting is the name of the game. It is an ambitious film at the very least and in the whole works really well. There are a few timeframe issues and as there are so many threads running concurrently then it does lose momentum towards the end and some may find holes in the plot. But it is wonderful to have a director just go for it and it feels like Gentry had his hand in everything.

Synchronicity works and works well, it is visually stunning and keeps your attention until the end. You may need to rewatch , as I will as soon as it is released but I think it is worth it and it is great to see people are still pushing boundaries and making interesting and thoughtful sci-fi 7/10.

deathg1Deathgasm (2015)
Director – Jason Lei Howden
Starring – Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman.

Oh my GOD! Deathgasm was THE film I wanted to see at Grimmfest. I must stand before you and profess my love for heavy metal (and all it’s subgenres) and my love for horror films (well I do run a horror website). But what I love more are the bastard hybrids when both collide. Think Trick or Treat (One of the best OST’s ever), Rock n Roll Nightmare (THOR), Black Roses, Rocktober Blood, Terror on Tour, SUCK, Phantom of the Paradise, The Gate, Hard Rock Zombies , ANOES 3 Dream Warriors (Dokken anyone?) etc etc.

BUT most are shit, and I want a new horror metal film to love and cherish.

Deathgasm starts like a fucking train , I was spellbound. It had the music, the imagery the feeling of being a kid at school, an outcast, someone who stood out and stood up for their love of metal!!

Then it gets better as the horror kicks in!!

Deathgasm is a metalhead’s wet dream, great music, superb visuals and MASSIVE in-jokes. Yeah we can sit there and chuckle to the jokes ‘normals’ don’t get. Anyway onto the film. Brodie (Cawthorne) moves in with his aunt, religious uncle and jock cousin , he is a metal head and finds it hard to settle in until at the local record store he meets Zakk!! So Brodie, Zakk along with nerds Dion & Giles form a band ‘Deathgasm’.

After a series of events , which I won’t mention as to stay as spoiler free as possible, the boys accidentally recant an ancient script and unleash something beyond even their dark imaginations could ever process.

Deathgasm is just a wonderful film, and you don’t need to be into metal to appreciate it. It is self referential in it’s humour which is something so fresh and just so perfect for the film. The blood and gore are way OTT so fit just fine. The bands video shoot was also something of pure genius , I was in stitches. And I will say the large crowd were loving it too, a real festival hit.

It is obvious Jason Lei Howden is a talent and knows what he is doing, but also the casting was spot on as was the script, scenery and FX. Almost every facet of Deathgasm works and works so fucking well.

Heavy metal goes with Horror and vice-versa, and Deathgasm nailed it and smashed it out of the park. If you are going to see a film this Halloween make it Deathgasm , it should be on countrywide but alas it isn’t. So track it down and if you can watch it on the big screen with like-minded fans and I promise you will have a blast!

I was expecting to like Deathgasm but I didn’t !! I fucking LOVED it! 9/10 \m/\m/

wash1We Are Still Here (2015)
Director – Ted Geoghegan
Starring – Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie

Last of the night was Ted Geoghegan’s Lucio Fulci homage We Are Still Here. And as I had already seen it I decided to get home and get some much needed shut-eye.

I really enjoyed the look, feel and acting in We Are Still Here but felt it was a little light on substance and had a real lack of depth. Crampton was (as always) wonderful and the aesthetics are wonderful. I need to see this again and maybe I will enjoy it a little more.


I really should have waited and watched on the big screen but when the sandman calls!!

For a full review of We Are Still Here please read Steven Hickey’s excellent article, and Steven totally loved it so what do I know? Haha read it here –

So that was Saturday, a little less hectic with less films but still DEATHGASM!!! So the day was a triumph and the less said about The Nightmare the better. And please stay tuned for my next review for the last day of Grimmfest 2015 – coming soon!!