Monday, 29 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
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.
THE SPARE PARTS MAY BE YOUR OWN.
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Monday, 22 August 2011
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.
Friday, 12 August 2011
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,
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: http://youtu.be/3jPDenK2aWg
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 http://www.aegisstudios.com/ to learn more.
For additional information on this press release or to schedule an interview, contact Tammy Dupal at 972.839.3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 8 August 2011
Directed by-Shunichi Nagasaki.
Starring-Akihito Yagi,Tatsuya Naka and Yuji Suzuki.
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.
“A THINKING PERSON’S MARTIAL ARTS SAGA… DEFTLY BALANCES THE YIN AND YANG OF VIOLENT CONFRONTATION AND MORAL REFLECTION.” – VARIETY.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
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!!
Press Release from DreadcentralIn 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
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!
SYNOPSIS.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.