Monday, 15 September 2014

Teen Mayhem and Mayhem Certificate X line-up revealed ahead of Mayhem X


Hey Folks,
Not long now before you all get the joy of my posts of drunken tales, Cheesy movies, classic movies and annual terrible score at the Sunday night horror quiz all the joy that is Nottingham's one and only Mayhem Horror Festival, But this year Pre-Mayhem there is something very special happening. Now imagine being a teenager or indeed younger and not being able to get into see horror movies, well i can't announce that Mayhem organizers  will this year break the law and allow all ages into any screenings! But hey have something very special in place starting October 25th for all young horror fans.
But hold thy horses not only do the young horror geeks get a Pre-Festival treat our old farts do to! From Sunday 26th October David Flint will be presenting a look at the dreaded certificate "X" along with some classic movies all leading up to the MAYHEM horror festival of which the full line up shall be revealed soon!
Phew! So there you go horror fans young old something to get your teeth into and if that doesn't satisfy you what do you want, blood??
All details below,
Jonny T.


Teen Mayhem and Mayhem Certificate X line-up revealed ahead of Mayhem X

Mayhem X, Mayhem Film Festival’s one-of-a-kind ten-day celebration of horror, cult cinema and sci-fi, reveals its two new strands’ line-up today.

Teen Mayhem will open the festivities on Saturday 25 October with a full day dedicated to pre-teens and young teenagers, aiming to inspire them to better engage with the genre. Starting with a Special FX make-up workshop with local make-up artist and prop maker Jayne Hyman, the day will then continue with a screening of Japanese anime Patema Inverted. A special event around CBBC hit series Wolfblood will see members of the cast and crew, including the show’s creator Debbie Moon and cast member Kedar Williams-Stirling, take part in a screening, and post-screening masterclass. The day will then end with a 3D screening of Joe Dante’s 2009 thriller The Hole.

Chris Cooke, Mayhem Co-Director, says: "We all fell in love with horror, science fiction and fantasy when we were younger and Teen Mayhem is a chance for those younger fans to really indulge their passion. It allows them to learn more about the genre, have fun and meet fellow fans, as well as to meet the team responsible for one of CBBC's biggest hit series, Wolfblood, to learn the craft of horror make-up and to catch a couple of really stunning films."

From Sunday 26 October, Mayhem X will continue with Mayhem Certificate X. Co-curated with Strange Things Are Happening’s David Flint, the series of screenings will look at the history and context of the X certificate in films, opening up the discussion on titles once deemed particularly challenging. The unique retrospective will include Dressed to Kill, La Bête, X the Unknown and Straw Dogs. A special Silver Screen screening of Night of the Demon will close the season and make way for the main Mayhem Film Festival starting on Thursday 30 October.

Mayhem Film Festival - four days of horror, science fiction and cult cinema - starts on 30 October with guests including Astron-6 team members with their new feature
film The Editor and a series of exclusive screenings across the weekend.

Tickets for Teen Mayhem and Mayhem Certificate X will go on sale on Friday 12 September at 10AM. Discounts will be available for holders of Mayhem Film Festival Early Bird Passes. The full line-up for Mayhem Film Festival will be announced soon and Early Bird Passes are still available here http://www.broadway.org.uk/events/film_mayhem_2014_early_bird_full_festival_passes

Mayhem X is made possible with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery. For more information about Mayhem please visit http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem



Thursday, 11 September 2014

Locke - Reviewed


Ivan Locke is a career man, A family man, An honest man. Well that's how he appears to all around him. On the night before the biggest day of his career he gets a phone call and leaves work for the journey that he tells everyone is home. It becomes clear quite early on all is not as it seems.
Ivan is a construction worker but not your'e average laborer, far from it. He is an expert in concrete, yes concrete. Tomorrow he should have been overseeing the biggest foundation fill in the world outside the military and nuclear industries the foundation for a new mega 52 stories high building in London that in his words can bee seen for 20 miles and cast a shadow a mile long, But then comes the phone call............
Now this is pretty much right at the beginning of the film and may spoil that part of it so if you have yet to see it please choose whether to read on or not, your choice!
He gets a call from a woman who has gone into labor but it's not his wife, It's someone who he had a one night stand with just over well you know 9 months ago, not hard to do the maths on that one, she is having his baby and he desperately wants to be there, Not for a moment for the love of the woman as he has not seen her since that night but he reveals his reasoning throughout  the course of the film through many various calls to many different people, His wife is at home waiting for him with his two sons, his boss is having a major freak out as he has now deserted the multi-million pound project, his understudy is in a state of panic and told not to drink tonight, he calls the local police to check all the road closures agreed for the arrival of the concrete wagons are still in place, when he finds out that at the last minute the council has refused one of the roads to be closed he goes into panic as its now 9pm and the council office is closed but has a number of one of the Councillors and calls him and he's pretty pissed off as he is in the middle of dinner in an Indian restaurant.


Now as you can tell the phone calls are the main subject of Locke and very cleverly done they are as well, It's basically  a one man film similar to buried but this time set in a car with Ivan Locke played extremely well it does have to be said by Tom Hardy.
It plays out slowly unraveling more of what's behind Ivan and his thoughts about why he is doing what he is doing and his reasoning for it, It plays out on so many levels, whether it be morally, Socially or indeed when it comes to his decision to mess with big business even overtones of financial politics, All very thought provoking, Challenges what we all encounter on a daily basis but ultimately is the decision for what he is doing the right one? Only Ivan knows that and that's another interesting point it's certainly a movie in which once watched the debate could go on for quite some time.Low budget British cinema at it's finest and indeed cleverest,
8/10
Jonny T.



Sunday, 7 September 2014

LESSON OF EVIL on DVD/BLU-RAY September 29th



Hello folks well it's been a while since the last post but there's been a change of job and ultra busy but all settled down now so with MAYHEM horror festival upcoming very son and some great releases in the next few months it's time to get Jonnys Cult films back on track!
Starting with a new release coming to DVD and Blu-Ray from legendary director Takasi Miike and his return to horror with Lesson Of Evil.From the trailer and as you would expect it looks ultra stylish and ultra violent! Keep your eyes peeled for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.



Is pleased to announce the DVD & BLU-RAY release of

LESSON OF EVIL

A film by Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai)







Japan / 2012 / 129 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring: Hideaki Ito (Sukiyaki Western Django, The Princess Blade, Umizaru)
Shota Sometani (Himizu, Tokyo Tribe, Sadako 3D)
Fumi Nikaido (Himizu, Au Revoir L’Ete, My Man)
Takayuki Yamada (13 Assassins, Gantz, Crows Zero)

On DVD & BLU-RAY September 29th

DVD/BLU-RAY Special Features:
2 hour long Making Of, New UK Trailer

Synopsis 
Hideaki ITO stars as the teacher from Hell, in Takashi MIIKE's outrageous, blood-splattered, high school horror.
Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (ITO) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner.
Adapted from Yusuke KISHI’s horror novel, Aku no Kyōten, a commentary on tough high school life and dark student–teacher relationships, with plenty of black humour, absurd violence, and a splash of Cronenbergian fantasy added for good measure. 




Director, Takashi Miike Biography
Born on August 24, 1960. After studying under Shohei Imamura and a number of other directors, he made his debut in 1991 and has directed many productions of various genres since then. His innovative ideas and edgy direction are highly praised in and out of the country, and he has enthusiastic fans all over the world. In 1997, along with John Woo, he ranked as the tenth most promising film directors chosen by “Time” magazine in the U.S. In 2000, “Audition” won the International Film Critics Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2003, “Gokudo kyofu dai-gekijo: Gozu” was shown during the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival and received accolades from critics. In 2006, “Big Bang Love, Juvenile A” was shown in the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2010, “13 Assassins” was in the competition section of the Venice International Film Festival, and in 2011, “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” was in the competition section of the Cannes International Film Festival. Miike is one of the most promising directors of our time.







Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wolf Creek 2 : Reviewed




So the Mythical Mick Taylor is back, As with the 1st Wolf Creek this is base upon another true story of missing backpackers.And this time the gore factor is significantly cranked up .
The film opens with two extremely bored looking traffic cops in the vast outback just waiting for something to happen, Along comes good old Mick in his trusty pick up truck, They clock him going past at 97 kmph and hour and say to each other that he is just under the limit of 100 kmph but he doesn't know that so they decide to pull him over,Bad move. We see him pull his huge Crocodile Dundee style knife and place it on the passenger seat. He then exits the vehicle as asked, Told his was doing over 100 and issued with a ticket and told basically to fuck off and never come down this road again. They drive off laughing and calling him a fucking redneck,We then see in his van his hunting rifle with his sniper scope, Needless to say it doesn't end well for the policemen.
The story then focuses on a German couple backpacking their way across Australia, Waking down the road they think there luck has changed in the form of a lift but yes you've guessed it it's Mick in his truck, Lucky escape for them this time though as another truck comes along and scares Mick away, But he hasn't forgot about them. They then hitch a ride of an old lady and her sheep and are dropped of unfortunately for them at Wolf Creek. Then follows a few scenes of them skinny dipping Etc. And trying to in vain to get a lift back into town, The nights drawing in so they decide to camp in the National Park, Later that night they hear outside somebody pulling up outside the tent with headlights trained directly on the entrance, Guess who it is, yes it's Mick!

He tells them that they are breaking the law by camping and even more  trouble for them would be if a ranger found them and saw that they had started a fire, Being the kind hearted man Mick is he offers them a lift to the nearest town, The German chap obviously senses that something isn't quite right and tells his girlfriend to call the police at which point Mick flips and all hell breaks loose, He gets the guy up against the truck and rams his huge knife into his back leaving him for dead, His sights are now firmly set on the girl who he says that they will spend a good few months together.
Then he girl escapes and fortunately for her is picked up by a young English tourist who tries to work out what the hell is happening when in his rear view mirror appears psycho Mick heading for them at great speed and that's only about the 1st half hour!
I shan't go on with much more of the story as if you have yet to see it it will spoil it but i do have to say i did really enjoy Wolf Creek 2 probably even more than the 1st film.Whereas the 1st movie was pretty much another entry in to the so called "Torture Porn" Genre this one whether it was because the budget was bigger stays pretty much away from that label.
Mick Taylor yet again proves that he is a complete psycho and as i said the gore is pretty graphic and brilliantly done this time around. The Humor from Mick is as sick and as twisted as anything that Freddy Kruger came up with, so all in all one of the better horror movies of the year so far in my opinion, Give it a go it's safer than going backpacking in OZ!
7.5/10
Jonny T.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Strain - Love it? Hate it? Middle of the road it?



The Strain has finally made in to a TV show and now with high flying ratings and 5 episodes in but is it any good?
Well i do have to say for me after  a slightly in places dodgy season opener and now having  just watched episode 5 i am loving the shit out of it! I've read the 1st book and it does stick pretty faithful to that, If you not sure what it's about it's Vampires, Not your sparkly Twilight bollocks or even your classic Hammer Vamps but more in the mold of the 30 days of night type vampire with a little bit of Alien thrown in for good measure(watch it and you'll see what mean).
Its difficult to pull off when it comes to Vampires and the basis of the story is not that original, Lots of Dracula and Salem's Lot undertones in the 1st episode involves a plane landing then all communications are lost, No transmissions from the darkened plane on the runway, No communications from any of the cabin crew or passengers. Fearing  a chemical attack the authorities board the plane only to find everyone on board is dead. But there is something lurking in the luggage hold, something in a huge box that looks only to contain soil, or does it? So you can see the whole mysterious box contain soil scenario thing again but some of the twists and events that occur are great so i do think that FX have another hit show on their hands. 


Our main character is Dr Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) Troubled by on ongoing divorce case and trying to keep appointments to see his child that he keeps missing due to work, he's a troubled soul but not as troubled as when he actually finds out whats going on, So you have him, Also a  rock star that to be honest is very goth and very Cliche and was really annoying me up until the last couple of episodes when his character takes a rather good twist, The Dr's sidekick who wants to help until she finds out something...... , The Rat-catcher guy is great also. So you have your mix of standard types as well as a vampire hunter very much as seen in old Hammer Movies.
It has to be said that the gore is turned up to 10, No holds barred on that score. But as i said it's only 5 episodes in so i for one hope it stays on course to the great original source material and doesn't drift off like The Walking Dead has or even god forbid end up like Dexter, Jesus that last season was rough!
So in summing up i'd watch at least 2 or maybe 3 then if you don't like it by then you probably won't. Not the best or most original TV show I've ever seen but it's certainly more than a satisfying filler until the return of The Waking Dead,Game Of Thrones and maybe even Better Call Saul!
5 episode in i give it 8/10
Jonny T.



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Oculus - Reviewed


From the Producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes Oculus, Now i can't remember, Was Insidious good and Insidious 2 rubbish? Which Paranormal activity films were good? Was it the Conjuring that was good or was that Sinister?Basically these films now seem to be overtaking the found footage trend, Based on true event ghost stories seem to be the new thing to do.
The basic premise of the story is told in both modern times and flashback, The flashback tells of how two children's mother became possessed by something that was laying within a haunted mirror,The father went loony tune and the small boy protects his sister by shooting his dad. Tales are then told by the boy of ghosts and demons which results in him being locked up in a mental home until one day he is released into the care of his sister.
So after all these years he is finally cured but his sister has big plans for his release, She wants him to return to the house where all the deaths and demons were and film the mirror to prove that there is something inside as well as finally killing what ever lay within the mirror.
At first he totally rejects the idea but she takes him to the house where she has cameras and every sort of paranormal detecting equipment pointed towards the mirror, Night Vision, Timers to check he battery life and change the film within the cameras. The boy through is years of institution has now total disregard for the paranormal but she sets out for that night to prove to him that he wasn't insane.........
Now i didn't dislike Oculus but in saying that i didn't love it either, It seemed a lot weaker and more predictable than the likes of Insidious and The Conjuring, The idea behind it being told in both present day and flashback whilst not original by any means was done rather well, The acting was pretty solid as was the camera work t just seemed for me that there was something lacking, I  felt like i was watching one of the American "My Haunted House" style shows but longer. In saying that you could do a hell of a lot worse, so if you looking for something that's not too heavy this could be for you, A nice easy if predictable and for me not that scary a movie,
5/10
Jonny T.

   

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Painless (Insensibles) Come to DVD 1st september!


Finally the great Painless (Insensibles) is getting a DVD release on 1st September, I saw this last year at Nottingham's MAYHEM horror festival and have to say that for me personally it was one of the highlights of the festival. Set during the Spanish civil war and modern day it tells the tale of young children in a Spanish village who are systematically rounded up and taken in to care because the are believed to be children of the devil. The locations and acting is all top notch and very reminiscent of Del Toro at his best and when it features one of the most incredible car crashes i have ever seen!
All details below,
Watch this space for a review coming very soon!
Enjoy,
Jonny T.