Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The spine-tingling Insidious Chapter 2 coming soon - goodies to celebrate!

Insidious Chapter 2 is supernatural horror at its best. A nerve-shredding sequel to the box office smash hit Insidious. Renowned director James Wan and the Blumhouse family prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that scares should be a mixture of great characterisation and suspense. A modern day reimagining of vintage horror mixed with incredible direction makes for one of the most intense cinematic experiences in recent years.

To celebrate the release of Insidious Chapter 2, courtesy of Entertainment One, we have Insidious goodies to give away! Insidious Chapter 2 comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Twin Pack on 6th January.


Here is what you can win!
Insidious Chapter 2 T-shirts, torches, dice and holder.  A Blu-ray.

All you have to do to win is tell me the answer to the following question.
Who Directed Insidious 2?

Simply email me the answer to jonnyscultfilms@gmail.com

Contest ends on Monday 6th January 2014 and is open to UK residents only,
Good luck!

Friday, 20 December 2013


Yes you read it correctly, I Saw The Devil is set for a remake, So after recent remakes and massive flops that were Carrie and OldBoy it seems that Hollywood has learnt nothing. In my opinion I Saw The Devil is one of the best Asian films EVER made. If you've not seen it I strongly advise you do. Don;t wait for Hollywood to fuck it up and see that one 1st just watch the Korean original. I personally am very bored with Hollywood all it seems to be is Marvel movies, Lord of the rings movies, Transformer movies.Yawn. But they shall continue no doubt especially with the latest Hunger Games movie making well over $600 million dollars! Ah well, rant over!
Jonny T.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Here it is the trailer for Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes!
Bring on the monkeys!!!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips DVD out January 27th

Is pleased to announce the DVD release of

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

The debut film of Lee Won-Suk

Starring:  Lee Si-Young (Couples, Killer Toon)
Oh Jung-se (King of Pigs, Behind the Camera, Petty Romance)
Korea / 2012 / 116 Mins / In Korean with English subtitles / Colour

Out on DVD

January 27th, 2014

DVD Special Features
Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with 5.1 Surround Sound
Interviews with the Cast & Crew, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer


For the past five years, Choi Bo-na (Lee Si-young) has been overworked and underpaid as a second assistant director for TV commercials. Sorely lacking social skills, self-confidence, fashion sense, and aesthetic polish, she is casually disregarded by her work colleagues and knows that her career is going nowhere but can't do anything about it. One night she hits rock bottom. Stranded on a beach in the middle of nowhere after a grueling outdoor shoot, she comes across an eccentric middle-aged man selling inspirational videos. He urges her to buy his masterwork, "A Manual on How to Use Men," telling her that it will change her life, and give her the skills she needs to find success and happiness. She doesn't believe him for a second, but she buys the video. After reluctantly following the step-by-step instructions, Bo-na's life takes a drastic turn. She begins to experience professional success and men suddenly start flocking to her, including top star Lee Seung-jae (Oh Jung-se) who initially treated Bo-na with disdain, but later falls head over heels in love with her.

Presented by Daisy & Cinergy Entertainment
Co-presented by ISU Venture Capital Co., Ltd  Production Sopoong Film
 “How to Use Guys with Secret Tips”
Starring LEE Si-young  OH Jung-se  PARK Young-keu  KIM Jung-tae  LEE Won-jong
Director of Photography KIM Sun-ryung  Lighting LEE Dong-jin  Art CHOI Im
Costume CHOI Seo-jin  Make-up & Hair KIM Yi-sook  Sound LEE Soon-sung
Editing KIM Chang-ju  KIM Woo-hyun  Music MOGG
Co-producers LEE Sung-woo  JUNG Jae-wook
Producers KIM Hyun-shin  EOH JI-yeon  YUN Chang-suk
Executive Producer KIM Won-kuk  Co-Executive Producer CHAE Yoon 
Screenplay by NOH Hye-yeong  HA Soo-jin  LEE Wonsuk
Directed by LEE Wonsuk

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Hello Folks,
Well it's here, the official trailer for Godzilla 2014! I personally can't wait to see it although in saying that I have yet to watch the trailer because i am off to see the the Hobbit film on Friday on one of those big 3d Imax thingy screens and apparently it will be showing before that, All i can say is please please please don't screw it up Hollywood!!!! Coming MAY 16TH 2014.
Jonny T.



Saturday, 7 December 2013

Disney Takes Over ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise

Yes it’s true, Disney now hold the rights to The Indiana Jones Franchise. But the deal struck see’s paramount keep hold of the rights for the four previous movies. So it seems that George Lucas’s retirement fund will like his neck expand even bigger! Since the news was announced last night there has of course been a huge fan backlash but did any of them see the last movie?? You have to surely admit that it was truly dreadful, CGI monkeys, Aliens, Unfunny references to the last few films, So as with Disney now owning Star Wars and Marvel who knows what the next movie or probably ten will turn out like, Harrison Ford as pretty much made the role his as such an iconic cinematic figure so will they replace him??So get ready to see Indy's whip cracking at you in 3D or they may just make a Lego Indian Jones movie! I guess only time shall tell.
Jonny T.

This from VARIETY magazine.

“The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise.
Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm.

Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.
Disney also had to buy the rights from Paramount to market and release “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which earned Paramount a considerable sum in return.

Disney has not officially announced that a fifth “Indiana Jones” film is in the works.
While promoting his Relativity film “Paranoia” in August, Harrison Ford expressed interest at another crack at the whip but, as of right now, no writers have been hired to write a script.

Sources say that Steven Spielberg, who directed the previous films, would still be interested in helming future pics but, like with the other installments, a story would first need to be hashed out before Spielberg would ever commit. Insiders also added that while George Lucas has sold his stake in Lucasfilm to Disney, he still may have a part in developing the story like he and Spielberg had done in the past.

That said, Disney will likely move quickly to get a film in motion, given Disney’s desire to monetize its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm.

The last installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” grossed $783 million worldwide. The entire franchise has earned $1.9 billion.”

Friday, 6 December 2013

The thrilling and hilarious action romp "The Bounty" arrives on DVD this January!


 The Bounty
On DVD from Monday 6th Jan. 2014

The writer of crossover hit “Shaolin Soccer” brings us a rumbustious roundhouse kick to the senses with “The Bounty”. Prepare to be dazzled by this visually stunning Hong Kong action-comedy.

Fung Chih Chiang, Writer-Director (Shaolin Soccer)

Chapman To (Infernal Affairs; Initial D)

Alex Man (As Tears Go By)

Fiona Sit (2 Young; Break Up Club)


Incompetent bounty hunter Cho is given a chance to land a big score from the police if he can catch a most-wanted fugitive criminal. His excursion takes him to a small island in which he finds himself stuck at the bizarre “Lazy Inn” inhabited by an imaginative yet unstable maid, her awkward father and a cowardly coconut man…

Cho is thrown into a comedy of errors, in which misunderstandings run as much riot as the local triads. He’s not only looking for answers, he’s looking to escape. He’s having to fight the local gangs and get to grips with the people looking after him in this rollercoaster ride of laughs, action and drama!

We feel that Writer/Director Fung Chih Chiang takes no time reminding us of why his debut “Shaolin Soccer” made such a splash here in the West. He continues to excel in a unique style of storytelling that harks back to the likes of “The Three Stooges”. With Jackie Chan focusing on more dramatic projects, the likes of Chapman To can fill his boots easily with his warm brand of humour. Comedies like this are becoming harder to find, so it’s great to see someone holding the torch for this slapstick style. “The Bounty” is genuinely one of the most imaginative, energetic and truly laugh out loud action-comedies and a true original that needs to be seen to be believed!

Special Features:

BORGEN "TRILOGY" trailer unveiled

Arrow Films’ Nordic Noir imprint has today unveiled a brand new trailer for theirBORGEN “TRILOGY” Box Set, which will be released on December 16th, just in time for Xmas.  

Available on DVD & Blu-ray, the Trilogy sees all 3 series of the Danish political drama together in deluxe packaging, complete with embossed and glossed government seal. For fans that have already purchased series 1&2, a stand-alone series 3 Box Set will also be available.  

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The Amazing Spider Man 2 - Trailer

Hello Folks,
Yes it's arrived the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2! Well i have to say that the 1st one or the remake or the reboot or whatever it was in my opinion was anything but Amazing but made millions so of course your going to get more CGI heavy hokum! So anyway enough of my ramblings here is the trailer.
Jonny T.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

YOU'RE NEXT comes to DVD & Blu-ray from Lionsgate UK 13TH JANUARY 2014






Directed by Adam Wingard

Starring Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Joe Swanberg, Ti West


YOU’RE NEXT was one of the most talked about horror films of 2013 from the new and critically acclaimed horror talent behind VHS, VHS2 and A Horrible Way to Die. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett the film comes to DVD and Blu-ray 13th January 2014 with a whole host of fantastic extras including the making of documentary – No Ordinary Home Invasion.

Starring Sharni Vinson (Bait, Step Up 3D) in her most kick-ass role to date, and one of the best horror performances in recent memory, the film is a must have for horror fans. Starring alongside Vinson are acclaimed filmmakers Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, VHS) and Ti West (The ABC’s of Death, VHS) and horror/ cult favourite Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond).




'You're Next' - a chilling warning scrawled in blood on a neighbour's wall, starts an evening of bloody mayhem for the Davison family.

A lively reunion is abruptly brought to an end when a gang of mysterious killers, disguised in animal masks, wage an all-out assault on the Davison's secluded home. Using a series of sophisticated traps, axes, crossbows and machetes, the family are slaughtered one by one until nowhere is safe. But neither the attackers, nor their victims, have counted on Erin (Vinson); an innocent girlfriend who has the killer instinct to fight back...


·          No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You’re Next

·          Audio Commentary with Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton

·          Audio Commentary with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cabin Fever 3 - Patient Zero Trailer and poster hits!

Hello Folks, well where did this come from?? I have to admit I did realy like the 1st Cabin Fever but the second one was terrible! Looking like a straight to DVD release for this one, May be good or baaaaad, hopefully bring you a review soon!
Jonny T.

Cabin Fever: Patient: Zero is directed by Kaare Andrews.

SynopsisWhen a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Award-winning horror Banshee Chapter arrives in the UK this January!

“It is batshit crazy - but also proper, jump-out-of-your-seat scary”
Little White Lies

Banshee Chapter

On DVD & VOD from Monday 27th Jan. 2014

From Executive Producer Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) ‘Before the Door’ pictures comes this jump-out-of-your-seat horror that will terrify with its unique blend of fact, conspiracy and the paranormal. ‘Banshee Chapter’ is the deserved winner of Total Film’s ‘Scariest Movie Award’ at Film4 FrightFest and is “guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn” (Time Out)!

Zachary Quinto, Executive Producer (Star Trek)

Blair Erickson, Writer-Director

Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs; Shutter Island)

Katia Winter (Dexter; Sleepy Hollow)

Michael McMillian (True Blood)


A young journalist (Katia Winter) with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of a strange government research chemical that might have caused the disappearance of her close friend (Michael McMillian). After tracing the substance to the desert ranch of an infamous retired novelist (Ted Levine), she's drawn into an experience of terror and frightening entities that she cannot escape.

The labyrinthine trail of evidence leads her into the disturbing world of black ops chemical projects, unexplained radio transmissions, and shadowy disfigured entities in the blackness of night. Anne will do anything to uncover what lies behind her friend’s disappearance. But to her horror, she discovers that it wants to find her too.

Not only did it have us jumping out of our seats, it left us with that same unsettling sense of paranoia we experienced after watching The Ring for the very first time! Banshee Chapter uniquely blends the suspense-driven horrors of the 70’s with the creepy mythology of J-horror to create some truly terrifying scares. The fact that it’s based on real documents, actual testimony, and evidence researched and uncovered from decades of a horrifying secret program run by the CIA makes it beyond creepy and therefore a must-see!

Hot Quotes:

Winner of Total Film’s ‘Scariest Movie’ Award at Film4 FrightFest 2013

Winner of ‘Scariest Movie’ Award at Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2013

“Guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn” - Time Out

“It is batshit crazy - but also proper, jump-out-of-your-seat scary” - Little White Lies

“Highly Entertaining. Guaranteed to make you jump” - SciFiNow

“A solidly unsettling picture” - Kim Newman, Screen International

“”A heady, terrifying mix of 1960s ‘counter culture’ paranoia, mind-warping hallucinogens, Hunter S Thompson-style gonzo mania and Lovecraftian weirdness." - Nigel Floyd, Time Out

“I actually jumped out of my skin…Nothing has made me squeal so far like this, the most unlikely of scary movies” - HorrorTalk

“Comes up with some new ways to terrorize the eyes and ears and take you on trips few films are creative enough to go.” - Mark L. Miller, Ain't It Cool News

“The scariest film of Film4 FrightFest 14th - Make no mistake, The Banshee Chapter will have you on edge.” 4* - Stuart Wright, Britflicks.com

“Enthralling, enjoyably scary and very well crafted” 4* - Dread Central

“Banshee Chapter is a surprisingly effective horror with plenty of real scares that had people jumping out of their seats. A solid scare fest” - Entertainment Focus

“Blair Witch clashes with The Ring… Truly Terrifying” - TheGeekAgenda

Special Features:

Behind the Scenes


Friday, 15 November 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 6th Jan. 2014

Insidious Chapter 2 is supernatural horror at its best. A nerve-shredding sequel to the box office smash hit Insidious. Renowned director James Wan and the Blumhouse family prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that scares should be a mixture of great characterisation and suspense. A modern day reimagining of vintage horror mixed with incredible direction makes for one of the most intense cinematic experiences in recent years.

James Wan, Director (Fast & Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw)

Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Girls, Watchmen)

Rose Byrne (Damages, X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids)

Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Iron Man 3)

Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time, Black Swan)

Leigh Whannell (Cooties, Saw, The Matrix Reloaded)

With Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) still coming to terms with the death of parapsychologist Elise, the Lambert family move into his grandmother Lorraine’s home. However all is not well as Josh and Renai continue to experience the demonic forces that are set on turning their lives to chaos.

With Josh’s increasingly bizarre behaviour, Renai is forced to seek help to protect her family and in uncovering the truth she soon learns the terrifying reality… Josh didn’t come back alone.

“Very scary indeed” - Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

4* - MovieScope

“Scarily Entertaining” - SFX

4* - Empire

4* - Boxofficebuz

“Rapid-fire scares” - Andrew Ewart, The Sun

“Chilling stuff… just as scary the second time around” - Tom Fordy, Loaded

Special Features:

· Peripheral Vision: Behind The Scenes

· Ghostly Transformation

· Leigh Whannell's Insidious Journal

· The Haunting Of Insidious

· Work In Progress: On Set Q&A

· 3 x Spectral Sightings Webisodes

Insidious Chapter 2

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 6th Jan. 2014

Big Bad Wolves - 6th December



“This is the best film of the year”


“Brilliant…a true masterpiece”


A film by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

Release date 6th December 2013
Certificate TBC  Running time 110 Minutes

Thursday, 14 November 2013

NOAH Trailer and Poster Arrives!

So the end of the world is coming, Mean and moody Russel Crowe is playing mean and moody Noah, Aside from Crowe in the lead role, there's Jennifer Connolly as Noah's wife Naameh, Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Watson as Noah's daughter Ila, and Ray Winstone as Noah's nemesis Tubal-Cain.Trailer below, not sure what to make of it myself, Apparently test screenings haven't gone well and all the animals are CGI, There is also talk of 11ft angels called "Watchers" It's either going to be not too bad or truly dreadful, You can find out in March 2014.
Jonny T.

BORGEN "Trilogy" Box Set released for Christmas



Arrow Films’ Nordic Noir label is pleased to confirm that the highly anticipated third and final season of BAFTA award winning Danish political drama, BORGEN, will be released as a DVD & Blu-ray box set in time for Xmas, on Monday 16th December 2013.

Also released on the same day is the "TRILOGY" box-set, which will see every episode of the seminal Nordic show housed together in deluxe "Black mist" packaging, complete with embossed and glossed Danish government seal.

One of the most popular foreign-language programmes ever shown in the UK, BORGEN achieved record-breaking ratings for a Nordic series debut when it first aired on BBC Four back in January 2012, and was awarded the prestigious "Best International Award" at the BAFTAs later that year. A second series followed to mass acclaim in early 2013, capped with a visit.

Created by Adam Price, who’s next project is a collaboration with House Of Cards writer Michael Dobbs, BORGEN’s crossover appeal works on many different levels. Hailed as Denmark’s answer to the West Wing, the series has been lovingly embraced by straight-laced drama-lovers, subtitled television enthusiasts and die-hard politicos alike. Recounting the same intelligence, depth, and commitment as The Killing, BORGEN richly rewards those willing to look a little further afield to get their TV fix.

Such has been the cultural impact of BORGEN in the UK; the show is frequently referred to by MPs, and mentioned when discussing world and EU Politics, as well as our own coalition government.

In BORGEN Season 1, we met Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), a brilliant politician who becomes Denmark’s first ever female prime minister. We followed her through the early stages of her premiership, as she juggles the high demands of her profession with her personal life.

As Season 2 began, Birgitte has been in power for two years, years that have severely taken their toll on her family. She must now balance her role of PM with that of divorcée and single-mother. Politically, she earned the respect of both her allies as well as enemies, but tensions between the parties reach fever pitch over Denmark’s participation in the Afghanistan war against the Taliban.

In the closing moments of Season 2 we saw Birgitte, a whisker ahead in the polls, call a snap election... it was an election she would sadly go on to lose. Season 3 begins 2½ years later and the Birgitte Nyborg we now know is a very different woman to the one we left at the end of Season 2. She has left politics completely, relinquishing her party leadership to make way for new blood, and is now a highly-paid speaker in business circles, who sits on the boards of several blue chip corporations.

Journalist Katrine Fønsmark (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and Birgitte’s former spin doctor Kasper Juul (Pilou Asbæk) now have a child together, Gustav, but are sadly not living happily ever after... their relationship came to an end and they are living apart, sharing custody of their son whilst juggling their ever-more-demanding political broadcasting careers. 

Katrine is now the leading presenter of TV1, whilst Kasper has been given his own show alongside the station’s head of news Troben Friis (Søren Malling).

Meanwhile, Birgitte Nyborg’s old friend and mentor, Bent Sejrø (Lars Knutzen), is becoming increasingly disillusioned with the political situation in Denmark and the compromises the Moderate Party are making under its new leadership... still in touch with Birgitte, can he persuade the former Statsminister to return to the arena?!

Release DateMonday 16th December 2013
LanguageDanish (English subtitles)
Running Time10 x 58 mins
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Running Time30 x 58 mins
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Saturday, 9 November 2013

My Weekend of MAYHEM!

My weekend of MAYHEM!

Well MAYHEM Festival has come and gone for yet another year and what a fantastic festival it was! Not only were there were some great films shown yet again but one of the highlights for me had to be the idea to show the Lon Chaney classic The Unknown with the backing music superbly performed by the 8MM Orchestra, Truly Breath-taking.
The festival opened up with the bizarre PuffBall  directed by Nicholas Roeg who was also in attendance for a great Q&A session, Followed by another superbly organised event which was the showing of the Nicholas Roeg classic Don’t Look Now shown in St Marys Church which again was a great addition to this year’s festival, Pretty much packed out complete with an organist it made me see the film in a whole different light, As with last year’s Showing of the Classic The Shining when you get to see such films back on the big screen it adds so much to them, A truly great opening Night. The night ended with the showing of Haunter which unfortunately I had to miss but heard good things about it and really looking forward to the DVD release!

So onto the Friday, 3 films ending in Discopath! 1st up was The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, From the directors of Amer this was a truly visual mind fuck to say the least, It was obviously a homage to the best years of Dario Argento and stunning, The 1st 45 minutes was transfixing and the longer it went on the more insane it got, One definitely to look out for on DVD and must be watched with a clear mind and high volume! After that I needed a beer, so straight to the bar before the next movie,Delivery, Also in attendance was the Director of Delivery and thoroughly nice and very interesting chap Brian Netto. An
interesting take on the found footage genre with the 1st half playing out like one of those cheesy American reality shows, brilliantly done I must say. The young lady in the lead role then discovers that she is pregnant and what turns out to be joy at 1st quickly turns out to be a nightmare, kind of a mix of Paranormal Activity and Rosemary’s baby, But the ending was one of those “What the fuck just happened! “ A truly shocking ending which I shan't spoil. So with that I needed another beer and duly got one. Onto a film I was really looking forward to Discopath. It was late, for me anyway! But with the beer flowing we decided that we would indeed stay for Discopath and I am very glad we did! A grind-house style homage to the creation of disco with a guy that when he hears the funky beats he kills! Yes it had a simple plot and more cheese than the bass player from Blur but it was a blast, especially the 2 cops on foot chase scene, definitely one for you to keep an eye out for. There was a Halloween themed 70’s Disco in the bar afterwards at midnight but by the time that came around I had drank my fair share of the Broadway's Polish lager selection to have the mind to get in a taxi and head on home ready for the big Saturday that was to come.

So Saturday opened up with the really quite Insane The Demon’s Rook, directed by and starring James Sizemore this was an 80’s tribute at its loony best, The tale of a boy that grows up in the backwoods when one day he finds a glowing hole within the woods and decides to enter it, He emerges many years later looking like an acid induced cross between Jesus and Charles Manson! It transpires that whilst he was in the hole he met a demon master who teaches him his ways then is killed off by 3 bad ass evil demons that follow him up onto earth to find him and kill him. The thing I liked about this and this was explained by festival organiser Chris Cooke was the fact that all the FX were practical, The demons make up was insane as was a guy that got transformed into a demon as their slave and looked like a cross between Quasimodo and the toxic avenger! There was gore by the bucket load, a great zombie attack and insanity in pretty much every shot, Great stuff!

Next up on the Saturday we had Kiss of the Damned which due to work commitments I had to miss but did return for The Borderlands with a Q&A session with cast and crew. The Borderlands is a British film directed by Elliot Goldner, Starring Gordon Kennedy and Robin Hill. It’s a found footage tale of a mysterious haunting in a remote church, So the two fellows go to investigate and what turns out at 1st to be fun and a bit of a laugh soon turns very dark indeed, Gordon Kennedy's character is known as the Deacon and has been sent by the Vatican to investigate the claims and his side kick Robin Hill is known as a “Tech” guy who has all the equipment they will need including audio and great use of head camera’s. Upon their arrival they meet the priest who has taken on the church and they are shown a video taken by him and set out to disprove him, but they couldn't be more wrong. What stood out for me was the mix of humour and scares, not solely reliant on jump scares but the sound mix is used to maximum effect, making me jump a good few times and nearly spilling me beer! A low budget affair but brilliantly done with a solid cast and crew, Great Q&A after especially from Gordon and Robin who bounced of each other with much hilarity. Definitely one for you to look out for. Now months ago me and my good lady had booked tickets to see Pokey La Farge at the rescue rooms in Nottingham so unfortunately I missed out on the Saturday night movies Scary Shorts, The Machine and The classic Life-force but I heard great things about The Machine on the Sunday and I'm very much looking forward to catching up with it, To be Fair Emma had agreed to attend the whole festival with me so I thought it would only be fair to go to the gig and then it was on to Sunday and what a great final day it was!

So the final day was here, what better way to spend a cold wet November Sunday than in a nice warm cinema with movies! Up on Sunday we had Wake in fright, Painless, BAFTA presented In Fear, The Unknown, Big Bad Wolves as well as the annual quiz The Flinteragation!
First up was Wake in Fear, A kangaroo killing lost classic from the Ozploitation genre, Recently rediscovered a while back it tales the tale of a teacher who finds himself stranded in a small Australian town. Now I thought after seeing it that you could really tell the influence it had on such modern day Ozploitation films such as Wolf Creek, It had a real desolate and desperate feel to it, brilliantly shot and a great addition to this year’s festival. Now onto what I must say was the best film of the festival for me, Painless ((Insensibles) The story opens up with a girl in the woods with her arm on fire but feels no pain, Another girl approaches her and is asked to try at which point she is dowsed in petrol and goes up like a bonfire! The movie cleverly flits between the story of children in the 1930’s who feel no pain, much to the disdain of the local towns government who see them as a danger and duly lock them all away in a mental asylum in individual padded cells complete with strait jackets, their only reprieve is the arrival of a Jewish doctor who has managed to escape Nazi Germany and offers them help, The modern day side of the story is equally intriguing as our main lead is involved in a superbly filmed car crash with his pregnant wife who is killed in the crash but they manage to save his child. But that’s not the only bad look he is having, He is diagnosed with cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant that will only work from his mother and father, so he heads off to see them only for his mother to reveal later that they are in fact not his biological parents, His quest begins to find his real parents and the mysteries that surround it.It’s visually a striking film with its fair share of twists and brilliant acting, well worth a watch in my opinion.

Next up was the BAFTA presents IN FEAR, Now it has to be said that from all the films shown at Mayhem what i could tell from people’s reactions this was the film of the weekend that divided people’s opinions the most, For me I liked it, It tells the tale of a young couple who make their way to a remote Irish island to attend a music festival, Being together for just two weeks the randy young fellow has decided not to tell his girlfriend that before the meet up with friends he has booked a hotel for the night which at first she seems not to keen on but eventually comes around to the idea, The head off and with this being a horror film they obviously lose both signals on mobile phones and the sat nav,  They drive along many a deserted road before coming to a sign for the hotel, They follow the sign that leads them to another sign and yet another sign then eventually back to where they started. Confused they try again but to no avail. Eventually it starts to get dark and the petrol is low, Frustrations mount and come to a head when the girl thinks she spots someone hiding then they do eventually see someone in the road….I shan't say any-more as this may probably spoil it but as I said I really enjoyed it, it was a nice easy watch with a good few jump scares and twists. So I’d say on In Fear don’t expect too much and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

Next up and a festival 1st was the Todd Browning/Lon Chaney classic silent movie The Unknown, This was a 1st in the fact that it had live accompaniment by the brilliant 8mm Ochestra The film tells of Lon Chaney and his love for a lady, But as you would expect this is no ordinary love story, Once again touching on Todd Browning's love of the travelling circus as seen in his later movie Freaks, Lon Chaney plays a character that is said to have been born without arms and performs his act's including knife throwing with his feet, Chaney in this is brilliant, it's stunning to see him perform some crazy things with just his feet but then it is revealed that he and his dodgy sidekick know the secret that he does in fact have arms, But he uses the lie that he doesn't to try and win the love of a lady that cannot stand to be touched, Very similar in tone to Freaks the black and white shadowing show Chaney's expressions brilliantly, An insane ending and such a classic, Although saying that it does make me a little sad every time I see a Todd Browning film and think that his career was basically ended because of his movie Freaks and the outrage that followed whilst films like The Wizard of Oz had midgets aplenty and was applauded by all things Hollywood. The 8mm Orchestra it had to be said did a fantastic Goblin Style soundtrack to accompany the film perfectly. A great event.  

So with 3 films done we headed to the bar for The Flinterrogation, A yearly horror quiz hosted by David Flint of strange things are happening and it's always fun, This year was no different apart from my score which was embarrassingly bad! The quiz this year used Broadway's Cafe Bar to maximum effect in having the questions project on to the wall, Some hilarity ensued, People whispering answers, Last minute answers changed and I came nowhere, but hey folks it's not about the winning it's the taking part, right?
One last film was shown on Sunday, Big Bad Wolves but unfortunately we didn't make it to the showing as friends had travelled down to have a beer (or 3!) and to take part in the quiz and I felt it would be a little rude to say hello for an hour then back into the cinema but I was itching to go back in! So hopefully I will catch it soon and bring you my review of Big Bad Wolves.

That was my weekend of  MAYHEM and what a great time we had, Chris Cooke and Steven Sheil did a really fantastic job this year, Especially on the St Mary's church showing and The Unknown 8mm Orchestra, I would like to thank them for organising such a great festival as well as all the staff at Broadway who always no matter how busy it gets always seem to find the time to talk to you and keep the whole thing flowing amazingly and friendly.So I got home Sunday night and raised a glass of Vino to MAYHEM and on the Monday I felt lost! Not being able to see what time the next film starts or what shall I have to eat later and I wonder what Beers I have yet to taste at the bar, Detox starts this week!! 
I will give this years MAYHEM a solid Spinal Tap style 11/10 (Or is that 12? That was an in joke relating to the quiz questions!)
See you next year MAYHEM!
Jonny T.