Thursday, 14 January 2016

LOST AFTER DARK on DVD and VOD 29th February



Hello folks,
Jonny T here with news that Lost After Dark is set to be released on DVD and VOD on 29th Febuary! Taking the retro style slasher and introducing a new killer into the line of classic slashers this looks cool!
Set in the 80's it looks super retro cool and a heap of slasher fun, Can't wait to see it myself and watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.


Press Release.


METRODOME ANNOUNCES 29th FEBRUARY HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE DATE FOR
LOST AFTER DARK
DIRECTED BY IAN KESSNER

STARRING ROBERT PATRICK (THE X-FILES, SPY KIDS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, WALK THE LINE) SARAH FISHER, MARK WEIBE, JESSE CAMACHO, AND DAVID LIPPER

‘Quite simply, the best 80’s slasher film that wasn’t filmed in the 80’s’
BEST HORROR MOVIES

‘A fitting homage to the slasher flicks of the 1980’s, Lost After Dark draws heavily upon the roots of the genre to fulfil its premise.’
HORROR NEWS



A group of stranded teens turn to an abandoned farmhouse for shelter from the elements but soon find a far greater danger lies inside. When one of the friends is brutally murdered, the group begin to fear they are being stalked by a vicious cannibalistic murderer. As the students are picked off one by one, a deadly game of survival begins that only the lucky ones will survive.

Release date 29th February
Certificate 18 & Running time 84 Minutes
DVD RRP / £14.99




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2016 DATE RELEASED!




Feeling a bit down because it's January? Need something to look forward to? Well look no further than the fact that MAYHEM festival have already secured a date for this years festival! It will be running from 13-16 October. So with plenty of advanced warning and you have no excuse not to book the time off work whilst you're colleagues still try and plan what they are doing, Last  year's festival was amazing. Previewing such movies as He never died, German Angst, The Witch and the insanely brilliant Parasyte:Part 1, Not to mention British greatness such as HOWL, Nina Forever and Arghhhhh! As well as the phenomenal live script reading of The Unquenchable thirst of Dracula. 
I'll keep an eye on what is being shown and let you all know as soon as I do. Press release and links below. See Y'all there!
Jonny T


Also as an addition, If you are making a short, MAYHEM do a brilliant short film showcase on the Saturday so why not drop them an email to see if yours will make it on the big screen from where ever you are in the world!



Mayhem returns to Broadway this autumn

It’s time to save the date! Mayhem Film Festival will return this autumn at Broadway from 13 – 16 October.

With previews, premieres, special guests and midnight screenings, Mayhem Film Festival showcases the best in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through feature films, short films and special events.

In previous editions, Mayhem has welcomed many filmmakers such as Nicolas Roeg for a special screening of Don’t Look Now at St Mary’s Church, Ben Wheatley for a preview screening of Sightseers, Gareth Edwards for Monsters, and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) for a special masterclass. Mayhem Film Festival has also hosted exclusive events such as screenings with specially-commissioned live scores from 8MM Orchestra, and a one-of-a-kind live reading of unmade Hammer Films screenplay, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula.

Now in its 12th year, the festival has grown from a single short film programme to a four-day event and continues to expand its programme to highlight emerging talents and new bold titles from the darker edges of film.

Planning is currently underway for Mayhem Film Festival 2016 with more information and announcements coming soon. Submissions for feature films will open in the spring. Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 13 – 16 October 2016. For more information about Mayhem please visit http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem


Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Illusionist - Reviewed


"A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever."

Hello folks and a happy new year to you all!
So, over the Christmas period I have drank way too much and ate so much chocolate that now I am near the point of no more, OK that last bit is probably a it false in the respect of you can never have too much chocolate!
You may well be thinking why are we reviewing The Illusionist? Well here is my reason. It's a very welcome time off work so a good few catch up lay in's were more than welcome. One morning I awoke quite early and thought let me stick a film on in bed. I went to my DVD shelf of recent purchases and chose The Illusionist, I loved Belleville Rendez-Vous another film by Sylvain Chomet and if you have yet to see that I would highly recommend you do.




It tells the tale of an Illusionist from France that basically made to leave the theatres of Paris with the arrival of new rock'n'roll bands taking over them in replacement of the old school acts.
He arrives in England, It doesn't quite work out there but he meets a drunken Scotsman who takes him to a small island and a local bar and is an instant hit, He then moves on to Edinburgh with a young girl who wants to escape her hum drum lifestyle and there their adventures start.
I'll say no-more as to avoid spoilers but it is a fantastic movie. There is no dialogue within the movie apart from a few grumbles, Happy grunts and incoherent chit chat.




Non of this matters as it pours out charm in bucket loads. The animation is old school with occasional noticeable help form computers but it doesn't distract to it in any way, The detail of the drawing is brilliant, Just basically one of those movies that makes you smile all the way through.
It's been out a few years now but if you have yet to see its a definite high recommend,
8/10
Jonny T.

Official Trailer


   

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

*** New Trailer - FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000 AD - out Friday ***



Hello Folks,
News that the brilliant documentary Futureshock! The story of 200AD is out this Friday and it has a new trailer! I was lucky enough to catch this at this years MAYHEM festival and it is fantastic, Well worth tracking down, Just watch the trailer below and you'll see that you're in for a real treat!
Jonny T.

Available to pre- order from Amazon.






Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sinister 2 - coming to DVD and Blu-ray 28th December


Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with news that Sinister 2 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Decemeber 28th!
The first movie I personally thought was really well done and pretty, So personally this is one I am personally looking forward to seeing,
Watch this space for a review coming very soon! All details below.
Jonny T.





SINISTER 2

Out on Digital HD 14th December and DVD & Blu-ray 28th December

Featuring deleted scenes, extended kill films, a 'Making Of' documentary and more...



Synopsis

Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin boys, Zach and Dylan, have moved into a seemingly idyllic secluded old house in an attempt to start a new life. But the building has a secret: it is the scene of a gruesome ritualistic murder which bears a striking resemblance to a series of family slayings that have taken place over the past fifty years. A private detective (James Ransone) investigating the recent massacre of a famous author and his family is led to Courtney and her children, whom he believes will be the next victims. As he pieces together the mystery behind the murders he uncovers an ancient myth that means the killer might be someone – or something – more evil than anything he could have imagined.

Starring

Shannyn Sossamon (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Knight’s Tale)
James Ransone (Sinister, Broken City, TV’s The Wire)
Tate Ellington (TV’s The Walking Dead, Remember Me)
Nicholas King (Sinister)
Directed By - Ciarán Foy (Citadel)

Extras

DELETED SCENES
New Chain
A Late-Night Warning
Stupid Bird
Lipstick
Stomberg’s Last Drink

EXTENDED KILL FILMS 
Fishing Trip
Christmas Morning
Kitchen Remodel
A Trip to the Dentist
Sunday Service
Cornfield

TIME TO WATCH ANOTHER: THE MAKING OF SINISTER 2
FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Ciarán Foy
#SINISTERHOMEMOVIE - Competition winning short film




Tuesday, 27 October 2015

MAYHEM - UNQUENCHABLE THIRST OF DRACULA.SATURDAY NIGHT REVIEWED.


So it was Saturday night and the much anticipated script reading of the unmade Hammer movie The Unquenchable thirst of Dracula. A great title but I was wondering how and if they would pull this off and they certainly did and it exceeded mine and many other people expectations.
We cleared the cinema after the horror shorts and the stage was literally set. When we returned we saw a brilliantly created logo on the big screen along with a set of microphones on one side of the stage and another set on the other side. Then came Chris and Steve to introduce the actors and script readers to the stage, The place was packed. On the left you had four actors and on the right the other two actors along with Jonathan Rigby who read the script, What a great voice for the role . Dracula was narrated by Jonny Phillips and what a cracking job he did, Utterly menacing and made me jump  on a few occasions!

 

The story tells of Dracula fleeing to India and it's a great story. There was also a brilliant soundtrack put together especially for this event with creepy music and train sounds etc. They even had at one point a live sitar player that added a brilliant and mesmerising touch.
The work and risk put into putting this on a Saturday night at a film festival was immense but it was a huge success. I found myself sitting there transfixed and imagining the scenes in my head. I was itching to know what the ending would be and it didn't disappointed.
The Unquenchable thirst of Dracula really should go on tour or even be made into a movie and with hammer now back I really hope they think about putting it on the big screen it would be a classic.
So in summing it was fantastic and pleased to say a huge success. Creepy, Brilliantly read and a must see if hopefully it comes to a town near you.
10/10




Sunday, 25 October 2015

MAYHEM - Super Saturday.


And so it was on to Saturday a whole day of movies and the remarkable event that was The Unquenchable thirst of Dracula. I was going to include my review of Unquenchable thirst of Dracula in this post but it well deserves it's own post so I'll be putting that out tomorrow.Oh and did I mention me and Mike went as Tucker and Dale? Ha!!


TUCKER AND DALE VS MAYHEM!


First up at midday was a return to MAYHEM of Asian Cinema in the many forms of Parasyte Part 1.


Based on the Manga comic and Anime series Parasyte was bizarre and brilliant in equal measures. It told the story of a young boy infected by a Parasyte that seems like a nice one who battles other people who are also infected with what appear to be not so nice ones. The CGI was brilliantly done with buckets of gore and weird and wonderful scenes you will only find in Asian cinema. I would 100% recommend you tracking this down and it was a great welcome return of Asian cinema to the festival and hopefully next year we may get some more, Maybe even Parasyte part 2?
9/10


Next up was He Never Died, Henry Rollins plays a cannibal, Sounds not that interesting really but for me it was the surprise gem of MAYHEM and turned out to be my favourite film of the festival. Henry Rollins performance was stunning, His wit along with his scary presence made this a definite future purchase and re-watch. It was gripping, Funny, Nasty with a great twist around half way through. There is talking of turning it into a TV series and that would be something I would definitely watch. Believe me you really need to see this movie.
9/10

SCARY SHORTS.


Next up was what has become a regular feature of MAYHEM scary shorts in which new and some established film makers get to show their latest work on the big screen.

Lab Rats
Director:David Wayman, UK 16mins.
Lab Rats had it's world premier at this years festival and it was great,  The story of animal rights activists breaking into a lab to expose the companies mistreatment of animals but a gas is released and literal meltdown ensues. It was a great splatterfest in the tradition of gooey horror such as Demons and The incredible melting man. 8/10

Himiko The God Slayer Versus The Daemon Legion OF Azure Dragons 
Director:Hikaru Tsukuda Japan 5.13ms
Bizarre as the title suggests, A young girl in the woods with a plastic sword takes on plastic dragons and an inflatable crocodile, I can say no more! 7.5/10

ULTAVIOLETA
Director:Paco Plaza, Spain, 11mins.
As you would expect from Pacao Plaza this was very stylish. A demon is seen to be behind layers of paint that a young lady is restoring. How far will she go and what will she see when the demon is exposed? Stylish, Creepy horror from Mr Plaza. 8/10

SOLITUDO
Director:Alice Lowe, UK, 9mins.
Directorial début from Alice Lowe (Sightseers) this one rather bizarre, A lone nun in a crumbling monastery being haunted by a man painted head to in black with Vampire undertones, Certainly got a few people scratching there heads when it was done! 7/10

SURGERY
Directors:The Clemens Bros, UK, 11mins.
A tale of kind of torture porn that flipped things on it head with a great twist. Apparently the last work of legendary writer Brian Clemens. 8/10

THE HEARD.
Director:Melanie Light,UK,20Mins.
The longest of the "Short" films it told of women being kept in cages and systematically abused by an evil lady doctor and her hence men, Very unsettling to watch with some great gore FX 7.5/10

JULIET.
Director:Marc-Henri Boulier, France, 11.30 Mins.
Juliet is a life and soul mate robot, Like an extended advert for Apple products, I really liked Juliet. It's tongue firmly in it's cheek tackling  mass consumerism with brilliantly made fake Ad's. well worth seeking out 8/10

Count Magnus.
Director: Richard Mansfield, UK, 11.45mins,
Also receiving its world premier at MAYHEM, Based on the classic M.R. James story this short was done in shadow puppet form and it was done exceedingly well, After a while you forgot that you were watching a puppet show and the story as you would expect from M.R. James was spot on. 8/10

HEIR
Director:Richard Powell, Canada, 14mins.
Pretty sick and gooey creamy filled weirdness from Canada about a father and son and his fathers friends relationship, Kind of liked it but had no idea what was going on! 6/10

KOBOLD.
Director:Nicholas Verso, Australia,7Mins.
Creepy little tale this was, Basically about a young boy who's parents are always too preoccupied by everything else around them to give him any attention, But something creepy in his garden at night wants his attention, Very well done short. 8/10

CROW HAND.
Director :Brian Lonan, USA, 3mins.
Off its head, Guy finds a crow charm in a car park with his wife and his hand turns into a gory crow killing machine, brilliant! 9/10

So there you have it for the films on Saturday and there was some fantastic stuff, Keep your eye out for the scary short titles as some of them I should imagine will be or soon to be appearing on YouTube very soon.
Jonny T.