Thursday, 12 May 2016

Green Room - Reviewed

So it was a lovely sunny Monday, I had booked off both the Monday and Tuesday as soon as I found out that the premier of Green Room was being shown at Broadway Nottingham and I have to say I  am really glad I did.
The evening started with us being very  hungry after a long day and a trek around Nottingham, The bar was doing Monday night specials of two for one pizzas so we had some of that pizza goodness! 

Upstairs in the bar was a punk disco starting from 6.30 so we headed upstairs and grabbed a cold bottle of beer and in preparation listened to some great tunes from the likes of Wire, The Buzzcocks and The Clash all classic tunes especially orgasm addict which I hadn't heard for a long time. Met up with Chris Cooke who was doing the introduction to Green Room and usually his nervous self but as always there was no need as ticket sales were solid. Also great to catch up with a member of our Mayhem festival family Mike, Sporting a great new Nina Forever tattoo, We finished up our beers and headed for screen 2.

The intro by Chris described the upcoming Green Room without spoilers of similar in tone to classic siege movies such as Rio Grande, Assault on precinct 13 along with the paranoia of The Thing and that summed it up perfectly.
It tells the story of a Punk bad "Ain't Rights" Who are trying to break though and get noticed but without any success, They do a gig to a room of about eight people and get paid around $6 each, Pissed off they ask the promoter for better gigs at which point he says someone he knows is putting on a small music festival that will pay them around $350. They agree to it,  On arrival they realise that the festival is basically for Neo Nazi skinheads. Perhaps the cover they perform of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" By the brilliant Dead Kennedys is not the best choice but believe me that is just the tip of the violence that will confront them.
No spoilers here but they witness something they shouldn't have done and when they try to get out that's when the shit really hits the fan. They become locked in the Green Room and boy does it get intense.

The characters on both sides are brilliant, The mixture of emotion of feeling sorry/afraid  for the people in the green room and the hatred for the people that are after them is immense. The violence is unflinching and a real punch when it happens and there were a few gasps amongst the audience. I likened it to German Angst that was also shown at Mayhem, This IS real horror. It never lets up, Never gets boring and you never know what will happen next or who will be left at the end. A very high recommend and probably the best film I have seen this year so far. By the way What would be your desert island band be? (let me know when you've seen Green Room)
A very solid 9/10. 

Green Room opens Nationally Friday 13th.

Tickets for Green Room at Broadway are available here -

Saturday, 7 May 2016



"The Earth's moon is suddenly 70% smaller and permanently crescent shaped by a devastating and unknown force. For the students of E Class, Kunugigaoka Junior High School, the being responsible is known, as their teacher. The strange and very supportive entity has given the Japanese government a challenge to save the Earth from destruction. It wants to be the teacher of the class with the lowest expectations for success, in anything. The students, armed with special weapons that only harm their teacher, must find a way to kill him before the end of the school year. If not, summer break will be canceled by the end of the world."

Assassination classroom is another Manga live action adaptation in the vane of Parasyte and it's equally bonkers if not more so.
Weird aliens have destroyed three quarters of the moon and one of the aliens has come to earth to teach a young class to be assassins. The Alien is octopuss like with the classic "Smiley" face and  his face changes colour dependent on his mood and he requarly sheds his skin. He also offers a reward to the class to anyone who can kill him. If his face turns red get out of his way!
It moves at a million miles an hour so the task is not easy by any means. During the movie they have new students transferred to the classroom who are pretty bad ass and certainly a challenge to the teacher. One stand out scene is when a student arrives who also has tentacles and there is a great stand off and fight.
And also great news there is also a follow up which I will definitely tracking down. Assassination classroom: The Graduation is coming this year!
As with many Manga adaptations it can get a little confusing at times but all in all pretty coherent.
The CGI is superb and the characters are brilliant. It's violent and hilarious in places. Well worth seeking out.
Jonny T


Thursday, 5 May 2016

GREEN ROOM COMPETITION - Win Limited Edition T-shirt!!

Roll up Roll up its competition time!
To celebrate the UK release of Green Room we have been given a very special prize to give away to you amazing folks, A Green Room super rare T-Shirt! I've put all the details below, Only open to UK residents unfortunately but don't forget it is getting a screening next Monday at Broadway Nottingham so be sure to click the link below to get tickets for this great event! Did I also mention there will also be a punk disco from 6.30? See you there and watch this space for a review on Tuesday. All contest details below, Good Luck!

To support the release of the upcoming exhilarating powerhouse GREEN ROOM, coming to UK and Irish cinemas Friday 13th May, we have a limited edition T-shirt to give away to one lucky winner courtesy of Altitude Film Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment.


Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

From the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN), GREEN ROOM is a nerve shredding thrill-ride with a thick vein of dark humour, featuring a gripping ensemble performance from Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Macon Blair and Callum Turner.

Links to follow!

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The Question is....

I have to say that The New York Dolls are known as  the pioneers of punk and one of my all time favourite bands but who was the lead singer of The New York Dolls?

Email me the answer to


Now the boring bit, Terms and conditions, Just to keep it fair and good luck folks!!

Terms & Conditions
Open to UK participants only

-1 (one) winner will receive 1 Limited Edition Aint Rights T-shirt

-The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address

-The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

-There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner

-The promoter of this competition is Fetch Dynamic Ltd

- Sizes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Yakuza Apocalypse - Reviewed

Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (screenplay)
Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara 

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura's gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura's secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the international syndicate he left years ago, or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle with anime-otaku martial-arts expert Kyoken, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura bites Kageyama, passing on his vampire powers to the unsuspecting yakuza. As he begins to awaken to his newfound abilities, Kageyama's desire to avenge the murder of boss Kamiura sets him on a course for a violent confrontation with Kaeru-kun, the foreign syndicate's mysterious and seemingly unstoppable leader!

Takashi Miike is known for his prolific output. Some brilliant, some odd and some just bat shit crazy and Yakuza Apocalypse is definitely the latter. After a slown burn 1st 25 minutes it goes truly off its nut!
As you would expect from Miike the cinematography is brilliant. The gore level never let's up and the characters are insane. A stinky yokai monster. A kung-fu frog. An underground slave factory full of men who are constantly knitting whilst having there feet crushed. An Edwardian priest who carries a small coffin on his back and oh did I mention  vampires?
Yes it is as insane as the above would have you think. There were many a time watching it i wondered what the fuck was going on but in saying that it kept me watching and laughing many times through it.
The only thing I would say is the ending is a little frustrating as I would have loved to see more.
All in all well worth a watch but not his best and not his worst. A blast indeed well at least I think it was!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Killers Moon - Retro Review

So on to another Sunday morning in bed with a cuppa. Whilst kettle is boiling and biscuits are found i once again entered the spare room. This time I fancied something off my classic British collection and there it was asking the question "Do you dream in colour Mr Trubshaw?" The mucky classic that is Killers Moon.
I would describe Killers Moon as akin to many a Peter Walker/Tony Tenser production from around that time but slightly dirtier, One of those films that makes you want to shower after seeing it and that's exactly what I did. Maybe not the best choice for a Sunday morning but in saying that a definite classic.
The basic premise is that a school bus full of young school girls breaks down in the remote countryside so they have to walk to find shelter. They eventually do find a guest-house that is closed for the season but the kind old lady (Citizen Smiths mum!)  decides to let them all stay anyway. All sorted, Except that four sexual predators have escaped from the local loony bin and are heading in their direction. Along with this we have a couple of men camping who regularly bring ladies back to the tent.

Things start to get bizarre when a three legged Doberman enters the tent obviously just having its leg cut off by something or someone in the woods.
Things start getting really grim when the lunatics find the guest house. It appears that all believe that they are in a dream brought on by the drugs they are all on, The fact is they are all nuts! Their appearance and some actions make it extremely similar in tone to A Clockwork Orange.
It really is hard to watch in places but also compelling to watch in others. The maniacs all have their own trait and everyone of them are equally unlike-able and terrifying.

The low score on IMDB doesn't do it justice, The end is equally as grim as the rest of the film and it really gives you a feeling like when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre finishes, Just grim but brilliant in equal meseaures, Go seek it out,
Jonny T.

Have a look at the trailer, You'll get the idea!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Turkey Shoot - Retro Review

So, After the re-watch joy that was Razorback I decided on another Sunday morning in bed and another delve into my Ozploitation shelf.
This time it was the totally insane classic Turkey Shoot.
Set in a government controlled future that is the year 2000 Turkey Shoot tells the tale of the rich taking people who the government have seen as committing crimes against them and locking them up in a camp so that the rich can randomly hunt them down.
It's bonkers, That sums It up really. It has the feeling of classics such as the big bird cage, Logans run etc..  The prison guards are totally evil and over the top and the gore level is up there. The characters of both the hunters and the hunted are brilliant. The huge bald prison gaurd is a pure lunatic. As for the Wolf man/Circus freak well he has to be seen to be believed. The head of the prison camp is called "Thatcher" strangely enough!

It does have a very strong underlying political message but this doesn't distract from what fun it is. Some brilliant one liners and way over the top acting, Brilliant.
I would definitely recommend you tracking this down as it's now readily available fully uncut.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

'Occupied' from best-selling author Jo Nesbø - REVIEWED


The huge explosion in "Nordic" TV continues with the quite wonderful Occupied, Written by the brilliant Jo Nesbo it tells the story that in the near future in order to protect the environment the government decide to halt oil production which could plunge the country into chaos and with Europe on the brink of war this is not a popular decision in any way shape or form. It echoes the cold war with Russia threatening to invade Norway. It has been said that the show has come in for a lot of negativity from Russia about the depiction of them in the show, I'll leave my comments out on that score in case this is being read in Moscow!

With a budget of £7Million in Filmed in Norwegian, Russian and English It's made by the folks that brought us The girl with the dragon tattoo and the quality shines through. Recently aired on Sky Arts this may have missed many people's radar but out now on DVD and Blu-ray, It's well worth checking out.

The performances are all round solid and as you have come to expect from Nordic TV the cinematography is spectacular. Some have described it as a slow burn but I didn't feel that at all. If you have ever read any Jo Nesbo or seen the film adaptation of his great Head-hunters novel you will know what to expect.
It's 10 episodes long which I felt was just right. It's one of those seasons where you just want to watch the next one straight away so as with me it may result in a few late nights but it's definitely well worth your time.