Wednesday, 31 August 2011

13 Assassins-Takashi Miike UK release.

Hello people!

Next Monday see's the release on DVD and Blu-Ray of Takashi Miike's epic 13 Assasins and i have been fortunate to see the Blu-Ray and it's amazing!
The story is losely based upon the classic Seven Sanmurai and is full of honour and the story told in the unique style that is the legend Takashi Miike, The story starts with a rogue ruler that is basically doing what he wants to who ever he wants tottally against the law of anyone including the Samurai, We see a girl horribly disfigured by him along his trail of rape,plillage and torture, this sets up the premise for the collaberation and coming together ofthe elite 13 Assassins in an effort to put a stop to the tyrants rule, the first half hour or so of the film is a slow burn story build up and coming together then when they are all teamed up the rest of the film is one HUGE battle and it is epice, we see the tyrant and his followers ride into what seems like a seemingly normal village but unknown to them this is where the 13 Assassins are lying in wait, as soon as they are through the gates the village are sealed off, no way out, let the battle begin! One of  the 1st things you see is a heard of bulls set on fire and sent rampaging into the gang and this looks great, the battle continues as the baddies fall one by one and en mass, it is truly relentless, this is more of a normal kind of film for the often obsure filmaker Miike and it was great to see it in the cinema and the Blu-ray is truly stunning, so i would say wether your a fan of Miike or not this is a definate must have and i can easily see it being heraled as a classic in years to come, pure brilliance.
Jonny T.



Following a hugely successful UK theatrical release that saw it garnering a Five Star review in Time Out and Four Star reviews in Loaded, The Sun, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Telegraph and Nuts magazine, 13 Assassins comes to DVD and Blu-ray this September riding a wave of critical acclaim hailing it as “one of the greatest samurai movies ever made… stunning” (Loaded), “one of the most memorable – and shocking – action films in an absolute age… brutal, bloody, brilliant” (Daily Mirror) and “an immediate action classic… magnificent” (Mail On Sunday).
13 Assassins sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as “Audition” and “Ichi The Killer”, indelibly stamping his trademark style on the Samurai genre with an ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic.

One of the most prolific, wildly unpredictable and controversial directors in cinema, here Miike reinvents himself once more “in top, slash-tastic form” (Variety), throwing in several obvious nods to the works of Akira Kurosawa and enough grotesquery to satisfy his loyal legions of fans to produce a “breathtaking ballet of blades and bloodshed” (Bizarre) that culminates in “a virtuoso 45-minute bloodbath you won’t easily forget… a sustained frenzy of blistering choreographic skill that Hollywood won’t top all year” (Daily Telegraph).

Executive produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa (producer of ‘Departures’, the winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Film) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor; Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), Miike’s remake of Eichi Kudo’s classic 1963 samurai period action-drama ‘Jusan-nin No Shikaku’ boasts a heavyweight cast featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, including Koji Yakusho (Babel; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Takayuki Yamada (252: Sign Of Life), Yusuke Iseya (Sukiyaki Western Django; Memories Of Matsuko; Casshern), Mikijiro Hira (Goemon) and Hiroki Matsukata (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade; Ichi).
Nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, this year 13 Assassins was the winner of four Japanese Academy Awards (for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting and Best Sound).

In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon may well prove to be a suicide mission.
Following weeks of training and preparation, Shinzaemon and his men head off on a perilous journey through the mountains, hoping to ambush Lord Naritsugu and his entourage. However, on finally coming face to face with their target, the 13 samurai discover Naritsugu’s men hugely outnumber them. Disregarding the odds, the fearless assassins continue with their plan and initiate a bloody showdown that they cannot allow to end until Naritsugu lies dying.
13 Assassins (cert. 15) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Artificial Eye on 5th September 2011.

Also HMV are doing an awesome looking exclusive DVD and Blu-Ray release!!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Pieces-Fantastic Release From Arrow Films.


Hello Folks!
Well i have just seen the Arrow films DVD release of 80's slasher Pieces and all i can say is WTF????
I never got chance back in the day to catch up with this and was recently listening to the great podcast Motion picture massacre when Vaughn reviewed it, it sounded crazy so i had to get it and boy I'm glad i did, it really is quite insane to say the very least.
The story starts off with a small child innocently sitting in his room doing a jigsaw puzzle when his mum comes in to discover that the jigsaw he is doing is of a naked lady and flips out big time screaming "You remind me of your father, he's a dirty pervert!" and proceeds to smash up his room, you could say doesn't take very kindly to this so decides to smash her head in with an axe, whack! You see the full gory onslaught and the aftermath with a blood splattered room, in the meantime there is some lady trying to get in the house but she can't so the police come around and they break in to discover the Young boy cowering in the cupboard making out that someone else must have done it, sneaky!
We then flip forward 40 years later to see a you girl on a college campus trying to study quietly on the lawn when a guy in the Bush's starts up a chainsaw so she shouts him to be quiet and emerges to take her head clean off with the chainsaw, wallop! and all this is in the 1st 10 minutes of the film, so you know what your in for and it's great!
Starring the great Christopher George who is a detective on the hunt for whoever is chainsawing people to death you can really see where a hell of a lot of slasher movies got their idea's from such as the Wes Craven classic Scream series which bears more than a nod to this film, college campus, killer on the loose, many suspects, twist ending, you get the picture.
Released under the spanish title "Mil gritos tiene la noche" in 1982 it instantly caused a huge stir of protest for the level of violence, With the movie TheTexas chainsaw massacre you never got to see any real gore or chainsaw chopping but in this you certainly do and nothing is left to your imagination, the scene that caused particular alarm amongst the censors was the death of the tennis playing girl, this scene seems so real even if you watch it today and the reason for that is(no she didn't die!) is that they used an actual dead pig as a skin double and we see in close up the chainsaw tearing through the flesh, on the chainsaw note the tagline on the original cinema poster was "You don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre" Genius!
Also on another little note type fact, the most WFT? moment surely has to be when the undercovercop playing a tennis teaching coach is walking around the campus at night a chinese guy jumps out at her and starts doing kung before collapsing then waking up and says "Sorry, i must have had some bad noodles" then runs off, i kid you not, the reason this guy is in the film is because the producer Dick Randall was also at the time working on Kung-fu films and the guy was playing a Bruce Lee imitator in another one of his films so he gave a cameo, Needless to say that the film was a success for the makers from a quite low budget it grossed over $2 million at the box office.
So we do find out who the killer is of course after countless killings, dismemberment in a lift, poolside limb removal and a great death scene on a waterbed and i have to say if like me you have yet to see it do so, and if you have already seen it this release is a definate must have for your collection,
8/10 Jonny T.

Press Release.


From cult Spanish exploitation king, director Juan Piquer Simón (Slugs; Monster Island), comes Pieces, a brilliantly perverse 80s slasher starring Christopher George (The Exterminator; City Of The Living Dead), Lynda Day George (Beyond Evil; Mission: Impossible) and Jack Taylor (The Ninth Gate; Conan The Barbarian) that proves “you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.”
Jigsaw puzzles can be maddening. They can drive you to distraction. You might even go so crazy as to take your own mother down with an axe... and that’s only the beginning for one repressed teenager.
On a Boston university campus, forty years later, young girls are missing out. Missing out on hands, feet, arms and heads as a certain puzzled psychopath carves a bloody swathe through the college’s female population. Only one tough cop has the stones to bring him in, but can he track down the slayer before all the girls are mincemeat?
Described by as “sick, sleazy, demented and twisted… one of our guiltiest of guilty pleasures… deliriously fun”, Pieces is a must-see movie for 80s exploitation movie aficionados and slasher fans everywhere.
Pieces (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Arrow films on 5th September 2011.
Special Features
Introduction by star Jack Taylor; “Pieces Of Jack: An Actor’s Experience Of Spanish Splatter” – Actor Jack Taylor recollects his experiences of performing in “Pieces”; “Pieces of Deconstruction: Looking Back At A Grindhouse Gorefest” – “Hostel” producer Scott Spiegel, filmmaker Howard S. Berger, Fangoria’s Michael Gingold and horror historian Santos Ellin Jr. reflect on the lasting legacy of “Pieces”; audio commentary by Fangoria magazine’s Tony Timpone; reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork; double-sided fold out artwork poster; collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, author of “Nightmare USA”; original 1.66:1 (16x9) anamorphic aspect ratio; original English and Spanish mono audio options.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Wrekage-Reviewed and Contest.

Hello people,
Just got to see The Wreckage and i must say i was pretty impressed!
I thought it just looked like another slasher/ Supermarket DVD shelf filler but to me it seems to have more to it that pushed it above the usual DVD fodder.
The story starts with 2 young boys and their junkie mother at home when the local dealer arrives and interrupts the young boys TV watching threatening them etc, they don't take too kind to this and one of the boys flips out and gets a gun and proceeds to shoot the dealer square in the chest and then kills his mother, We then skip forward to see a criminal escape from jail who we later find out is the Psycho young boy that many years before committed the double murder.
We switch to a deserted car park where a young girl has broken down and awaiting her boyfriend to arrive and help when she is approached by a guy who offers his truck to keep her warm,you know what he's really after, after many times of saying no he attacks her and she makes a run for it screaming when we see the man killed, bang dead!!
We then get to meet the main cast that will be with us(well most of them!)throughout the movie, They arrange a local drag race and it takes place only for the belt to snap on their car and after an altercation with the other driver they are left stranded, the only local place they can find is the local "Wreckage" yard which guess who's hiding out there??
We see the first victim get shot in the stomach and the guy decides to run and get help, eventually the police turn up at the scene with paramedics by which time there has been more death, The thing i liked about it is the fact that you initially see just 4 people and think that OK here's the victims maybe one will survive so that leaves 3, you know the formulaic slasher film rules but with the arrival of the police and paramedics that certainly ramps up the body count considerably, the guy that arrives who owns the wreckage yard is really quite hilarious as well, a real Billy Bob character!
The film then follows the great formula of death after death, some very inventive as in the Final Destination films including a great death scene involving a car crusher, the killer is pretty cool looking as well, sporting a welding mask and overalls, very menacing!
So in summing up if you like your slashers this is a film for you or generally enjoy a horror film with a not too long running time and some great moments it's well worth checking out.
7/10 Jonny T.



An automobile wrecking yard after dark provides the perfect location for a nail-biting slasher with a killer twist in Wreckage, directed by John Mallory Asher (One Tree Hill; Dirty Love) and featuring an attractive cast of young up-and-coming talent that includes Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad; Big Love; The Last House On The Left), Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Cameron Richardson (Harper’s Island; Point Pleasant), Kelly Kruger (Mysterious Skin; The Young And The Restless) and Mike Erwin (Chaos Theory).

When their car’s fan belt snaps during a drag race on a county road several miles outside their home town, best friends Jared (Erwin), Kate (Richardson), Rick (Paul), and Jessica (Kruger) find themselves stranded with two options: walk all the way back home or try their luck on finding a spare belt at a nearby scrap yard. Choosing the latter, but arriving after nightfall and finding the yard closed, they decide to climb the gate and go in search of the required part. Their situation goes from mildly inconvenient to seriously lethal in an instant when Rick’s careless horseplay with a loaded pistol leaves Kate wounded and in desperate need of medical attention.

Meanwhile, the local sheriff’s office has just received notification that a serial killer has escaped from the state prison and is thought to be hiding out somewhere in the area. Alerted to the situation at the wrecking yard by Jared, the police and ambulance crew arrive on the scene but can find no immediate sign of Rick, Jessica or the injured Kate. Moments later, the discovery of a mutilated body places Jared in the frame as the prime suspect in a murder investigation and leads to a long night of bloodshed and mayhem as a mysterious killer stalks the yard determined to slay everyone and leave no witnesses.
Wreckage (cert. 15) is out now on DVD (£12.99) by Chelsea Films.


So folks i have been very kindly give a copy of Wrekage on DVD for 1 of you lucky people to win!
For your chance to win just answer this simple question.

Aaron Paul the star of Wreckage was in which classic Wes Craven Remake?

A-The hills have eyes.
B- The Last house on the left
C-A nightmare on Elm Street

For your chance to win just email me at with A,B OR C.
Contest will close on August 31st and the lucky winner will be informed by email,
Good Luck!
Jonny T.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Midnight-Arrow release the Russo Classic.

Hello folks,
Yet another title that has eluded me over the years but with the release of Midnight from the great label that is Arrow Films i finally got to see it, It's written by John Russo the co-writer of the all time classic horror Night of the living dead and it shows,From the very opening scene involving a girl with her foot trapped in a bear trapped growling in an evil way and surrorunded by a weird family that have chase her, the mother proceeds to tell the children that she is possesed and goads on one of the young boys to kill her, he then beats her to death very brutaly and then it starts,great opening with the kind of desolation/loacations that reminded me straight away of Night of the living dead and the atmosphere continues throughout.
We then skip forward a few years and meet Nancy the young girl who forms the basis of the story, her step father is a police officer and also a drunk( played brilliantly by Lawrence Tierney) who tries to force himself upon her until she knocks him out and that is the final straw and she decides to runaway, she get's hit on by some creepy guy who says he'll take her all the way and wants payment in the form of a few motel stops, needless to say she tell him where to go, This is all being watched by two guys in a van across the road who do persuade her to go with them, the film now starts in ernest as it turns into a road trip kind of movie and the guys confess to her that they have no money and have been surviving purely by robbing supermarkets which in time she strarts to get involved with, we then find out that there has been put out a missing persons report on her an the police have decided to track her down. They take a break and sleep in the woods overnight and whilst she is out in the wood the two cops turn up, one played by the great John Amplas, they proceed to quiz them both about the missing girl accusing them of rape and murder and you can see whatever the guys say they aint going to believe them!
I shall stop now as from this point on there are a good fair few shocking moments and twists you don't expect, needless to say she runs into the family now all grown up, practising satanism and as twisted as ever!!With some great gore FX by the master Tom Savini.
It was great to finally see this and it's definately a film worth adding to your collection, the extra's are great as always from Arrow with a brilliant intro from John Amplas who still looks pretty good for his age it has to be said!
8/10 Jonny T.



Affectionately described as “a greasy, grimy, and frequently unpleasant little nugget” by DVD Talk, writer-director John A. Russo’s sordid tale of young runaways, lecherous stepfathers and inbred Satanists, Midnight, comes to DVD for the first time in the UK, completely uncut.
Adapted by Russo (co-writer of “Night Of The Living Dead”) from his own novel, Midnight stars John Amplas (Day Of The Dead; Martin), Melanie Verlin (Monkey Shines) and Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs).
Alone on the road trying to hitch a ride to California to start a new life away from the unwelcome attention of her sleazy stepfather, Nancy hooks up with a pair of good natured petty crooks on a road trip to nowhere special. Things take a dark turn when they decide to camp out in the woods and her new friends meet an untimely end at the hands of a pair of backwoods cops.
Now, Nancy is in danger of being sacrificed to Satan himself by the wayward lawmen and their twisted siblings in an insane attempt to resurrect their mother’s mummified corpse.
Midnight (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Arrow films on 5th September 2011.
Special Features
Introduction by star John Amplas; “Vampires, Rednecks and Zombies: The Fear Career Of John Amplas”; “Midnight At Your Door: The Shocking Sacrifices Of John Russo”; collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, author of “Nightmare USA”; reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork; double-sided fold out artwork poster; presented in its original full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio; original mono audio.

Friday, 12 August 2011

X Marks the spot-From Twisted Central.

Hello folks!
Check out the press release below for a fantastic looking short horror film from Twisted Central called X-Marks the spot. It's great to see yet another indie horror film released and this looks up there with the best of them.Make sure to watch the teaser trailer and i'll keep you up to date with all happenings,
Jonny T.

Horror Writer Takes on Social Media 

Dallas, TX – Twisted Central Productions and Aegis Studios have teamed up to produce X Marks the Spot, a short horror film based on social media.

Tammy Dupal of Twisted Central Productions wrote the script and had Travis Legge owner of Aegis Studios and writer/director of 2011’s Raymond Did It, an Independent slasher flick filmed in Rockford, Ill direct it. X Marks the Spot is their first and hopefully not their last collaboration together.

X Marks the Spot stars Melissa Revels, Aley Krienz, Ty Yaeger and Michael DiIacova. Written/produced by Tammy Dupal, directed/edited by Travis Legge, Assistant Editor Deanne Baker, Associate Producer Rick Roland and boom operator/grips Sara Garcia and Sean Tyler.

“When Tammy approached me initially to direct this I couldn’t have been more excited,” says Travis Legge Writer/Director of Raymond Did It. “And now I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.”

X Marks the Spot is the story of a girl who uses a social media outlet that tracks friends and leads to a disastrous outcome.

The trailer can be viewed:


About Twisted Central:

Twisted Central Productions launched in 2009 by Tammy Dupal. It serves as a go to site for reviews, articles, trailers and contests for the gore/horror genre. Dupal has loved horror films all her life and has incorporated that love in Twisted Central.
Visit to learn more.

For additional information on this press release or to schedule an interview, contact Tammy Dupal at 972.839.3270 or

Monday, 8 August 2011

Black Belt-Review by Jonny T.


Directed by-Shunichi Nagasaki.
Starring-Akihito Yagi,Tatsuya Naka and Yuji Suzuki.

Hello Folks,
Well i just managed to see the awesome film that is Black Belt, Released in Japan in 2007 it's great to see that it's finally getting a UK DVD release on August 8th.
To be honest i had not heard anything of this film until i recently saw a 4/5 review of it in Empire magazine describing it as the best martial arts film to be released this year so i thought i HAVE to see this!
Set in the 1930's it captires this period perfectly with the rise of the Japanese army looking to recruit anyone they can and especially martial artists for hand to hand combat, the story starts in a simple Dojo in the Japanese mountains with the Sensai putting his pupils through the daily routine of there chosen form of Karate, the film opens up with some breathtaking cinematography of the hillside and waterfalls, the perfect setting.
The sensai is training up them to see which one will be his rightful succesor and take on his Black Belt, we then see the arrival of the Japanese soldiers looking to order the shut down of the dojo and take the pupils into war and train the others in Karate.The scene unfolds brilliantly with a fight with 2 of the pupils who are told just to defend the attack and not attack back, needless to say the soldiers have no chance but with honour the do not attack back just defend, tis is where the main general is floored and asks the pupil to finish him, but with the strict law he doesn't and the general cannot with the shm of loosing we find out later has committed hararakari.
Unfortunately the sensai passes away and the pupils are embroiled against there will to enrol into the army that brings up a ton of maoralty questions between the as to what is right and what is wrong.
The film unfolds with all the morals and honour that you would expect from the Japanese at this period of time and plays out brilliantly with twists and turns that you never see coming which adds massivley to the over all authentic feel of the movie.
I won't go onto to spoil the movie but needless to say as the press release says there are no CGI no wire work or special FX it's all full on hand to hand combat and to be honest i rewound it a couple of times thinking to myself that someone must have been hurt at somepoint!
It all comes to a great finale where the film switches to black and white the back to colour that is done with awesome effect ala Tarantino's classic Kill Bill,Earlier this year i got to see the Donnie Yen classic IP Man which in turn got me to re-watch other classic such as Once upon in china, Dragon tiger gate, Iron monkey to name but a few and i would definately reccomend this one to be up there with the all time greats.
8/10 Jonny T.




Set to do for karate what “Ong Bak” did for the martial art of Muay Thai, Black Belt takes a “no wires, no CGI, no special effects” approach to portray the real bone-crushing force of hand-to-hand combat in uncompromising fashion.
Directed by Shunichi Nagasaki (Heart, Beating In The Dark; Shikoku) and starring leading Japanese black belt karate experts Akihito Yagi (High-Kick Girl), Tatsuya Naka (High-Kick Girl) and Yuji Suzuki (Godzilla: Final Wars), Black Belt has been hailed as one of the most authentic and powerful feature film depictions of karate ever.
The year is 1932 and in Japanese occupied Manchuria corrupt military forces have begun taking over the karate dojos for their own future benefit. Amidst this chaos, the master of one such dojo dies before passing on the “Kuro-obi” to a worthy successor, instead leaving it the hands of one of his apprentices, who must decide who deserves it most. After burying their master, the three most likely candidates are forced from their dojo and into the employment of the military to serve as martial arts instructors. Their individual responses to their fates lead each man on a vastly different and very personal path, at times pitting the former colleagues against each other as they seek the true understanding of their master’s teachings.
The deep-rooted values of honour, loyalty and friendship are all put to the test as the competition to become the next deserved recipient of the prestigious “Kuro-obi” intensifies, ultimately leading to a brutal showdown that holds potentially tragic repercussions for all those involved.
A martial arts movie with both brains and brawn, Black Belt will appeal as much to art house audiences as it will to action movie fans looking for something a little bit more cerebral that the usual fight flick fare.

Black Belt (cert. tbc.) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by MVM on 8th August 2011.

Stills from Black Belt.


Friday, 5 August 2011

The Walking Dead-Season 2 Preview!

Well after many a delay and roumours such as season 2 budget cuts and Darabont walking off set The Walking Dead season 2 is set to be with us in Otober, i have found some great looking pictures and a trailer which you may have seen already but hope you enjoy, pictures include the zombie with the very odd looking eyes which caused people to be outraged at the look of certain zombies, god bless the geeks! so here you go folks, bring back the dead!!
Jonny T.

Press Release from Dreadcentral
In this latest season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" TV series, the survivors arrive at Hershel's Farm, where we will meet Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), a vet (as in a veterinarian); his daughter, Maggie (Lauren Cohan); and Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), the middle-aged ranch foreman who’s such a sweetheart that he all but loses it when he accidentally shoots a fellow survivor. The new cast members join series regulars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale, Steven Yeun as Glenn, and Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes.
Look for the series premiere on October 16th during AMC's annual Fearfest.

The walking dead season 2-Pictures Courtesy of AMC.

Season 2 Trailer.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Don't Be Afraid of The Dark-Del Toro.

Hello all,
I've just come across some great new looking stuff from the Guillermo Del Toro produce's remake of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and it's looking pretty good,Coming this October this looks like another great film to look forward to an also more news is emerging slowly but surely  on his version of Frankenstein, watch this space!
Jonny T.

A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
Don’t be Afraid of the Dark stars Guy Pearce (Ravenous, L.A. Confidential) and Katie Holms (The Gift) as the grown ups, and Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia) as the littlest protagonist. The movie was directed by Troy Nixey.

Stills from the movie!



Del Toro Comi con interview on Don't be afraid of the dark.