Tuesday, 15 October 2019

MAYHEM 2019 FESTIVAL DAY ONE.




We arrived nice and early for day one of Mayhem 2019! Two films were showing the first night,Extra Ordinary and Daniel isn't real. We were here once again (our 7th full year) for the weekend so got our passes and headed up to the cinema with its new super plush seats, Complete with drinks holders, I do have to say about the seats that they are a big improvement especially when watching one of the many subtitled movies, And the new sound system is bloody marvellous!
The opening film was Irish Satanic/Paranormal comedy Extra Ordinary (Yes i know it's one word but that's explained why in the film!) The film opened VHS style from Rose Dooley's Father who was a paranormal investigator who died from a tragic accident caused apparently by his guilt ridden daughter who has since dismissed  anything to do with the paranormal and now runs her own driving school.


She still sees paranormal things but refuses to acknowledge their existence. We then move on to Martin Martin (Barry Ward) Who's wife has recently deceased and her spirit refuses to leave the family home. I shall say no more but the two of them meet up and the rest of the movie is hilarious. There is also a sub plot of  one hit wonder singer Christian Winter (Will Forte) who moved into a local big castle with the royalties of his Chris De Burg style smash hit and is so desperate to get success again he does a satanic pact and all he needs is a virgin for a sacrifice!
Needless to say it was hilarious. Some great special FX for a low budget film and it certainly didn't skimp on the gore level. The performances from the two main characters were spot on. The ectoplasm parts were gross but extremely funny which set up for a weekend of Mayhem Goo!Definitely one to keep your eye out for.



Next up was Daniel isn't real and you not could get more change in direction from Extra Ordinary this was certainly that!
Daniel was the imaginary friend of a young  Luke (Miles Robbins) But when he makes him do something really bad his mum makes him banish him and lock him in a dolls house. Years later he returns home his mums mental state has deteriorated severely and this then leads to him releasing his imaginary friend Daniel from the dolls house with very dire consequences.



The performances were superb, Especially surprising for myself was the performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick Schwarzenegger, He was truly bonkers, The weird thing was that from certain angles he looked just like him and that for me made it more unsettling.
It delves into very dark areas of schizophrenia with a booming soundtrack and visuals to match.
So that was the 1st two films of mayhem 2019 done and next up was Friday with an earlier start with the very intriguing looking VIY.


Monday, 14 October 2019

And soon the darkness and Fright reviewed!



Director: Robert Fuest
Writers: Brian Clemens (original story), Terry Nation (original story).
Stars: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor El├Ęs |

Just released on the Studio Canal Vintage Classics label its great to see the 1970 classic"And Soon The Darkness"finally get a well deserved UK Blu-Ray release,
It tells the tale of 2 English girls who decide to take a cycling trip off the beaten path into rural France. Whilst having a break in a local cafe they see a very cool Serge Gainsbourg look alike who one of the girls takes a secret fancy to, They finish up and decide to carry on with the journey and the cool dude passes them on his scooter, He stops at another cafe, They carry on and decide to have a break, At which point they argue about how its "Too Hot" and "You don't like the food" In of course a typical British manner!
One of the girls then decides to take off on her own leaving the other to chill out and do a bit of sunbathing, Things then go rapidly downhill from there!
The print on the new release is superb with super vibrant colours and the booming 70's cheesy soundtrack, I know it got remade in 2010 but the remake as with most is not a patch on the original.The story by the always brilliant Brian Clemens is full of mystery right up to the final frame. So for me it's a solid 9/10 and one i'll be more than happy to see on my shelf. And with this and the release of Fright i personally can't wait to see what else Studio Canal Vintage Classics will be releasing,


Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child's biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution.

Director: Peter Collinson
Writer: Tudor Gates
Stars: Honor Blackman, Susan George, Ian Bannen , George Cole.

Also Just released another on the Vintage Classics label "Fright". Starring a great cast of British household names. I haven't seen it in years so of course being a huge fan of 70's British its one i had to get and so glad i did. At first i was surprised to see it has an "18" certificate but after the re-watch i can certainly see why! As with "And Soon The Darkness" the print again is superb, The setting of the story is fantastic and that other British Classic "Killers Moon" the good old 70's loony bin comes into play, In some places it is a hard watch and if made today i suppose they would have to change a fair few things about it to say the least! Another solid 9/10 from me, So that's my 1st 2 reviews for the Vintage Classics label and watch this space for (fingers crossed!) many, many more.
Jonny T.

BOTH ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM STUDIO CANAL VINTAGE CLASSICS.





'Upgrade' with Logan Marshall-Green on Limited Edition Blu-ray 18 November




Hello Folks,
Just bringing you the news that UPGRADE is getting a very limited edition Blu-Ray release on 18th November, You may have seen it on a certain streaming site but come on admit it there is nothing like actually having a physical copy is there!
It also looks like it's packed with extras so this is one i'll definitely adding to my collection and you should to. Watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.

‘A sardonic blend of The Six Million Dollar Man and Dr Faustus…a satire that cleaves dangerously close to reality at times’

****

The Times



‘Wildly inventive, brutally violent and glossily designed’

****

Daily Mirror



‘A brutal and brilliant film’

****

HeyUGuys

‘Upgrade is as fluid and exhilarating as anything the Wachowskis signed their names to in the days when they were brothers: the kind of nifty, sometimes nasty surprise our multiplexes sorely need’

****

The Guardian



The critically acclaimed breakout Sci-Fi hit of 2018, Upgrade from director Leigh Whannell (Insidious, Saw) and  the team behind Get Out, gets its highly anticipated enhanced release as a Limited Edition Blu-ray, complete with a host of brand new special features from Second Sight Films.



In a near-future world, where technology controls everything, technophobe Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green – The Invitation, Spider-Man: Homecoming) is the victim of a brutal mugging that leaves his wife dead and him paralysed. A reclusive billionaire inventor offers him an experimental cure, an A.I. implant called STEM. Grey accepts and is immediately transformed into an unstoppable killing machine with enhanced strength and agility. Now it’s payback time.



Genre specialist Blumhouse and the visionary creator of the Saw franchise team up to create an instant cyberpunk classic.



Your Upgrade is due on 18 November 2019.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Tigers are not afraid - Reviewed.





"A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war."


Well. I have had Shudder for quite a while now and to be honest i have never really watched much on it, I saw on twitter the other day that someone i follow had watched a film called "Tigers are not afraid" and was raving about it so i decided to give it a go and i am very glad that i did.

It tells the story of street kids in Mexico that are orphaned through the local  cartels killing off their parents and that is how they are all brought together by their tragedies, The main character in it is a young girl called Estrella, Her mother has been kidnapped and she hangs on for slim hope that on day she may return.
During one of her school days there is a shooting that takes place and whilst the children cower on the floor the teacher gives her three sticks of chalk and grants her three wishes,Needless to say these don't turn out well.
The school is then closed until further notice when Estella starts to feel things in her apartment relating to her mother, On her own and terrified she decides to leave and hook up with a young gang of street orphans led by a young boy named El Shine.

They have tales about the children being kidnapped by the cartel and taken to satanic rituals and eaten, The theft by El Shine of one the cartels leading members phone opens up something far more dangerous than any of them could have hoped for.



Ok so it sounds like a bunch of kids on a dangerous adventure but this certainly isn't Stranger things!
The locations and story are grim, A true reflection of the life of these kids, The acting from everyone of them is top notch as is the pacing, At first after seeing the poster and trailer i felt that both were a little misleading but i guess that's what the selling point  is, Its far from your usual Insidious/The Nun jump scare movie. It has so much more depth and heart than the whole of that franchise put together, It certainly has it's creepy moments and some genuinely sad moments, So in summing up don't be taken in by the western style poster and marketing, This has way more depth than a creepy poster and trailer, Seek it out when you can you won't be disappointed. This has also renewed my interest in Shudder along with the excellent Witch in the window, With the Creepshow series also coming soon to Shudder i'll be going through it a lot more and if i find any more gems i'll be sure to let you know.
8/10
Jonny.





Monday, 16 September 2019

Logan Marshall-Green stars in taut psychological thriller 'The Invitation' arrives on Blu-ray 4 November






‘Tense and elegant…treats its audience like adults’

★★★★

The Guardian



‘Relentlessly creepy…classic can't look but can't look away cinema’

The Independent



‘Tense, moody thriller’

The Telegraph



‘A masterful exercise in unbearable tension’

Bloody Disgusting



‘Slow-simmering psychological thriller…this is an Invitation you should RSVP with a will attend’

RogerEbert.com



From acclaimed director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer’s Body, Destroyer) comes taut psychological thriller The Invitation, which premiered to great acclaim at London Film Festival and now gets a Blu-ray release, complete with a slew on special features from Second Sight on 4 November 2019.



Reluctantly accepting a dinner party invitation from his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard – Into the Woods) at the house they once shared, Will (Logan Marshall-Green – Spider-Man: Homecoming, Prometheus) and his new partner Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi – Roots, Ballers) gather with old friends to toast new beginnings.



But Will and his ex-wife share a tragic past, and as paranoia mounts and tensions build, he begins to wonder what is real and what is imagined. As the claustrophobic evening grows increasingly sinister, Will starts to realise the lives of everyone he loves might be in danger…will they make it through the night?

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Toby Jones 'glows' in psychological thriller Kaleidoscope directed by brother Rupert Jones - coming to DVD 23 September





Intricately crafted, infinitely wrongfooting psychological thriller…A sharply styled debut feature’

Variety




On digital 12 August 2019

On DVD 23 September 2019



‘Slippery psychological thriller…facts of the story are fractured and distorted, seen through the prism of a broken mind’

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The Observer



‘Haggard, painful, longing, poignant, confused, alarmed, amused, dejected, sinister... [Toby] Jones can be all
these things without saying a word. You're with him all the way, trying to decode the mysteries of his life and psyche’

Time Out



GARNERING CRITICAL acclaim on its theatrical release, one of Britain’s greatest actors of today Toby Jones ‘glows’ (The Guardian) as the lead in Kaleidoscope, a bleak, nightmarish psychological thriller written and directed by brother Rupert Jones in his feature film debut.



This intense thriller ‘adds a decidedly 21st century bent to Hitchcockian suspense’ (Spectrum Culture) and is set to arrive on UK digital platforms on 12 August 2019, followed by its DVD release on 23 September 2019. The cast includes Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Cecilia Noble (Danny and the Human Zoo) and a stand out turn from national treasure Anna Reid, MBE (Last Tango in Halifax).



A sparse, drab flat, on a housing estate in London, loud frantic knocking and a dog barking.  We meet Carl Woods (Toby Jones – Don’t Forget the Driver, Detectorists, Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy), an ex-prisoner with dreams of starting a gardening business, as he’s abruptly awoken from his sleep on the sofa.  He goes to the door…no-one is there. Exploring the house, he notices lipstick traces on a glass, an ashtray full of cigarette butts,  he goes upstairs and finds a shocking discovery, a dead body in the bathroom. But is everything as it seems?



As the narrative twists and turns we follow Carl’s footsteps as he chats with his neighbour Monique (Noble), prepares for his first date in 15 years with someone he met online, Abby (Matthews) and gets a message announcing an impending, unwanted visit from his overbearing mother (Reid)…



With time running out, Carl’s relationship with his mother and the ramifications of his night with Abby now collide in dramatic, surprising, unforgettable ways.




Thursday, 12 September 2019

FRIGHT & AND SOON THE DARKNESS | ON BLU-RAY & DVD - 14TH OCTOBER 2019

Hello Folk,
News came in today to Jonny HQ(A place that doesn't actually exist) that British Classics Fright and Soon the Darkness are getting a BLU-RAY release! I have seen both these films in the past on dodgy 5th gen VHS and DVD and they are British gems of the highest order, So to see them both getting (finally) a BLU-RAY release is awesome.  I've put all the details below of release date and watch this space for reviews of these releases coming very soon,
Jonny T.



Two genre-defining British horrors from the 70s, both fully restored and on Blu-ray™ for the first time, FRIGHT and AND SOON THE DARKNESS will be released courtesy of Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics Collection on 14TH October 2019 and are available to pre-order now: And Soon The Darkness Blu-Ray and Fright - Blu-Ray





FRIGHT (1971)

Directed by Peter Collinson (The Italian Job, Straight on Till Morning), this original British slasher film from 1971 stars Honor Blackman (Goldfinger), Susan George (Straw Dogs), Ian Bannen (The Flight of the Phoenix), George Cole and Dennis Waterman (Minder)

Young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) arrives at the Lloyd residence (Honor Blackman and George Cole) to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child's biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution.

Pre-dating the release of Halloween by seven years, FRIGHT was the groundbreaker for the ‘terrorized babysitter’ variation of the ‘home invasion’ horror genre.



CERTIFICATE: 18

RUN TIME: 87 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Interview with Susan George; Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery





AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970)


Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phebes, Wuthering Heights) AND SOON THE DARKNESS is a unique and suspenseful thriller starring Pamela Franklin (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and Michelle Dotrice (The Blood on Satan’s Claw).

Two young English nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice) embark on a cycling holiday in the French countryside. They happen upon a mysterious man, Paul (Sandor Eles), who seems interested in them. Cathy is intrigued by the man, but suspicious Jane wants to continue on the journey. The two split up but when Jane returns to the village where they are staying, her friend is nowhere to be found. Frantic, she searches for Cathy, but who can she trust, and will she find her in time.



AND SOON THE DARKNESS cleverly confounds expectations and extracts the maximum amount of suspense, sustaining jeopardy and a sense of claustrophobia despite the story all taking place in wide open spaces in complete daylight.



CERTIFICATE: 15

RUN TIME: 99 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Audio commentary with Brian Clemens & Robert Fuest; Audio commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth