Saturday, 8 September 2018

Boar - Reviewed!


"In the harsh, yet beautiful Australian outback lives a beast, an animal of staggering size, with a ruthless, driving need for blood and destruction. It cares for none, defends its territory with brutal force, and kills with a raw, animalistic savagery unlike any have seen before."

Hello Folks!
Well we all love a giant pig movie don't we? One of my personal favourites is the Ozploitation classic Razorback so when i got offered a screener for Boar i jumped a the chance, Sadly it's definitely no Razorback.

It stars John Jarrat in a nice guy role for a change and horror legend Bill Mosley but for me even those two couldn't save it. It's basically a film of two halves ad you do get to see plenty of the Boar and he is huge but the biggest  problem for me lay in the difference between the puppet version that looked pretty damn good and the CGI version which i must say for me personally looked terrible!
There's gore a plenty and it goes along at a decent steady pace but i got bored (sorry) and by the end i really didn't care about any of the characters who lived and died.
In saying that it's not the worse movie i have ever seen and there is some good standout out deaths but in summing up as a whole film it just didn't work for me personally, It's a decent watch if the weathers shit and there's nothing on but i wouldn't go out of my way or get too excited about seeing it, 
5/10
Jonny T.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 2018 edition


Hello folks,
I heard a little rumour on the vine of grapes last week that this week MAYHEM were going to release the full 2018 line up, Monday, nothing, Tuesday, nowt, Today.............hello email its here!
Once again it looks obscure and classic in equal measures basically shit hot, Demons on the big screen arrrrhhhhh  #i'mdoingafunkydance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've put the press release below with all the listings, links and all you need, Come on folks do your selfs a favour and get it booked, I'll bring you anymore updates as i get them as always, see ya there!
Jonny T.


Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 2018 edition



Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and guested screenings each year.



Mayhem 2018 starts as it means to go on with Scottish zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opens the festival on Thursday 11 October, and will be followed by a Q&A with director John McPhail. Aislinn Clarke will present a screening of her found-footage chiller The Devil’s Doorway, set in one of Ireland’s notorious Magdalene asylums. Writer-director Marc Price (smash-hit zombie flick Colin) will also attend the festival to present his action-packed crime-thriller Nightshooters, where things get messy when a hapless film crew on a late-night shoot accidentally record a gangland execution.



Mayhem’s 14th edition will play host to no fewer than three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of Nosipho Dumisa’s Cape Town-set Hitchcock homage Number 37, slow-burning science-fiction indie Prospect, and – as previously announced – Shinsuke Sato’s live-action manga adaptation Inuyashiki.



Already proving popular following last month’s announcement and certain to be festival highlights are Panos Cosmatos’ cosmic fever dream Mandy, starring a truly top-form Nicolas Cage, and Japanese box-office sensation One Cut of the Dead.



Delving into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of Erik Blomberg’s strange and supernatural 1952 Finnish folktale, The White Reindeer, and the Dario Argento-produced 1985 cult classic Demons.



This year’s edition also includes screenings of horror anthologies Nightmare Cinema and The Field Guide to Evil – both previously announced – as well as preview screenings of Brazilian director Dennison Romalho’s macabre mortuary horror The Nightshifter, Nicolas Pesce’s darkly comic Piercing, starring Mia Wasikowska, the hilariously bad-taste splatterfest Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and haunted-house horror The Witch in the Window. Colin Minihan’s grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive will close the festival.

The ever-popular short film programme and Mayhem’s fiendish film quiz, The Flinterrogation - hosted by author David Flint - both return to round off this year’s line-up.

Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £65 until 10AM on Monday 10 September,  at which time individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes – at the standard price of £75 – will be made available. For more information, 



Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.
  

Monday, 3 September 2018

Summer of 84 - Reviewed



Hello Folks,
Today i bring you my thoughts on the newly released Summer of 84.

"After suspecting that their police officer neighbour is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous."

As you probably can tell from the HUGE success of Netflix "Stranger Things" it seems that the 80's are back in style, I was around in the 80's and boy was that a style! 
So what you get with Summer Of 84 is your obligatory 4 boys, Geek, Punk, Fat Kid and kind of normal but believes  in every conspiracy theory going kid as well as the hot blonde next door babysitter, BMX's, Nights creeping around with torches, you get the 80's picture.



So when the conspiracy guy who is also  paperboy delivers his daily paper to his neighbour the local cop he asks him into his house to give him a lift downstairs with something, They end up in his dark room where he tells the young boy of his love for photography, We then get to find out from a local news story that another young boy has gone missing, Immediately geek kid swears to his friends that  he has seen a photo of the missing boy in the cops basement.
So they all assemble in the 80's tree house of course and make a plan to see if it is or isn't the local, Popular and friendly cop.

I must say i had a real good time watching this, It's stacked to the rafters with all things retro, The acting is solid as is the direction and pretty much all the characters, It really does keep you wondering throughout if the killer is the cop or someone else, no spoilers from me but one thing i will say is with all of it's comedic elements throughout the ending really took a dark and sinister twist.
Well worth a look in my opinion, By no means a masterpiece but worth keeping your eye out for, 
7.5/10
Jonny T.



Thursday, 23 August 2018

Mayhem Film Festival announces 5 Films for this years line up!




Hello Folks,
Its coming to that time of year again where one of the UK'S best film festivals is nearly upon us, Yes that right i'm talking about Nottingham's very own MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL,
Literally about 20 minutes ago i received an email announcing 5 of this years films, As always it looks bizarre, Diverse but bloody marvellous once again!
 I have stuck the press release below and as soon as i know more so will you,
Enjoy and don't forget to get your super priced early bird tickets!!
Jonny T.




 Mayhem Film Festival announces THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, MANDY, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD and NIGHTMARE CINEMA



As its 14th edition creeps ever closer, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the next set of titles from this year’s programme.



Mayhem is to present a screening of Aislinn Clarke’s found-footage chiller The Devil’s Doorway. In rural Ireland in 1960, two Catholic priests are sent from the Vatican to investigate reports of miraculous activity in a remote home for ‘fallen women’, only to discover that altogether darker forces may be at work. Mayhem is pleased to welcome director Aislinn Clarke to take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Showing in the festival’s coveted Friday late-night slot, Nicolas Cage goes full... well, Nicolas Cage with a fantastically high-octane performance in Panos Cosmatos’ cosmic revenge thriller Mandy. Pacific Northwest, 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.



Next up in this year’s programme is Colin Minihan’s grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive. On the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Jules and Jackie become embroiled in a merciless fight for their lives against the most unexpected of adversaries - each other. As violence rains down upon their idyllic forest getaway, the women engage in a frenzied physical - and psychological - battle that tests the very limits of their instinct to survive.



Also screening at this year’s festival is Shin’inchiro Ueda’s unmissable micro-budget zombie movie, and Japanese box-office sensation, One Cut of The Dead. Playing to sell-out audiences since its release, the film has made more than 250 times its budget, and counting. During the making of a small-scale zombie flick, all hell breaks loose when a real zombie outbreak erupts on set - a gleeful horror-comedy packed with seriously entertaining monster mayhem and an epic 37-minute single-take opening.



Wrapping up this second wave of announcements, Mayhem presents Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology uniting masters of genre cinema - including Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror) and Joe Dante (Gremlins) - for five gruesome tales of terror featuring sinister surgeons, brain-spiders and killer nuns.



Mayhem’s full line-up will be announced early September. Discounted Early Bird Passes are still available to purchase.



Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11 – 14 October 2018. For more information, please visit  http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/







Sunday, 10 June 2018

REVENGE - Reviewed



Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.
Director: Coralie Fargeat
Writer: Coralie Fargeat
Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

So, I got offered to review a screener for a new film called "Revenge" I read the synopsis and to be honest i just sounded like yet another rape revenge movie, But then i did a bit more digging and saw that it was director Coralie Fargeat's new movie and read some great reviews for it so i thought why not, Emailed them back and i was sent the screener, I can tell you what i'm glad i did!
It's story is basic and tells of a young lady who goes away for a weekend with a married man to a remote location when two of his friends turn up to go on a hunting trip.
The night before they go they all get a little drunk and the young lady starts dancing and flirting wit all three of them.



The following day her man goes off to sort some business and one of the guys from the night before goes into her room and he obviously got the wrong signal the night before but won't take no for an answer, You can guess what happens next.
Her man then returns and she is obviously in a shocked state and tells him what has happened and he basically tells her to keep it quiet and gives her a slap!
After this she goes for the escape and runs into the desert, The three men realising that she may tell the authorities what happened the hunt for her then begins.......



From that moment onward it's pretty much non stop pursuit, gore and violence, There are only 4 actors involved and all of them play great roles, The direction is superb as are the locations, There are bits that are totally WTF moments and a bit silly if i'm honest but there is enough great moments for me to forgive any of the silly bits. One thing that did stand out for me was the transformation of the leading lady Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz from bimbo to full on revenge machine is superb.
Also i mentioned the gore and it is in bucket loads, The make up/Effects are some of the best practical effects i have seen in a long long time.
So in summing up i would say that for me Revenge is one of my highlights of 2018 so far and well worth you seeking out upon its release, Bloody marvellous!
8/10
Jonny T.




Sunday, 20 May 2018

MAYHEM comes to the UK on digital 18 June and DVD 16 July







Hello folks,
Some great news for you today, MAYHEM is getting a UK release! Coming to Digital on 18th June and DVD 16th July its definitely a movie you need to see. I was fortunate enough to see it at Nottingham's Mayhem Festival and i have to say it was definitely  one of the festival highlights. Similar in tone to The Belko Experiment i would say but has a lot more dark humour and buckets of gore! I've put all the details below,
Enjoy,
Jonny T.







Fresh from raucous, sold-out festival screenings across the globe, Kaleidoscope and SHUDDER are excited to announce the UK digital and DVD release of the stylish and savage MAYHEM – the brilliantly executed action-horror-comedy which sticks two fingers up at office politics and then proceeds to rip out the charred heart of humdrum 9 to 5 society today.



Delivering buckets of inventive blood-drenched splatter and barbed, witty social commentary, director Joe Lynch’s frenetic thriller asks how far you would go to get ahead at work if your darkest impulses ran unchecked.



MAYHEM is available to download from 18th June and on DVD from 16th July before heading to streaming service SHUDDER in the autumn.



Derek Cho (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client (Samara Weaving, Ash vs Evil Dead) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.






MAYHEM received its World Premiere at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival to critical praise followed by sold-out international screenings including Fright Fest 2017.



Certificate: 18 / Run Time: 86 Minutes


MAYHEM is available to download from 18th June and on DVD from 16th July.



Saturday, 24 March 2018

My Friend Dahmer - Reviewed




I'd heard a lot of god things about My Friend Dahmer so i thought i'd give it a go and here are my thoughts.
Based on the early life of one of Americas most prolific and twisted serial killers My friend Dahmer tells the events of his college days that led up to his first human kill. He had killed many times before but mainly small animals and had a collection of roadkill that he kept in a shed in vats of acid because he liked to see the bones. The film opens with Dahmer the school loner on his school bus and as they drive past a man jogging it immediately grabs his attention as well as jumping straight into his homosexual fantasies. The jogger plays a repeated part during the film as he also jogs daily past Dahmer's home which a young Jeffery  notices and extends his passing interest to eventually hiding in the bushes daily to see the guy jog past unknowingly playing into his murderous/sexual fantasies.
He eventually comes out of himself a little bit when one day his father buys him some dumbells and tells him to get fit and get noticed, Basically get a life and some friends. He does start to work out but then puts on an act at school that he calls "The Spaz" basically mocking the disabled. This gets the attention of a group of boys who want to get a club together with Dahmer at the helm, He agrees and looks like he has finally been accepted, Looking like his life is turning around his mum announces that she and his father are splitting up and her and his brother will be moving out to go live with his grandma. Jeffery then starts to hit the booze and drugs , his downward spiral starts with his drinking and his trying to shock people getting more and more extreme and out of control.
Ross Lynch who used to be a star on the Disney Chanel plays Dahmer brilliantly and creepily looks very much like a young Jefferey.



I personally have read a lot and seen a lot of documentaries on Jeffery Dahmer and it does stick to his story superbly. I wouldn't say you would need to know a lot a about Dahmer to enjoy this which is good. It certainly is a slow burn but never drops off so slow that it loses your interest. All i can say is don't go into this expecting a "Serial Killer" movie and for me personally it was very refreshing seeing such subject matter from a fresh perspective.
All in all it's a definite high recommend from me.
8/10.
Jonny T.





Saturday, 17 February 2018

Henry Rollins Returning in ‘He Never Died 2’!





Hello folks,
Some great news today that Henry Rollins will return in He Never Died 2, reprising the role of an immortal cannibal named Jack. Jason Krawczyk is back in the director’s chair.

Having seen the first film at MAYHEM festival a couple of years back i loved it, There was talk of it maybe being made into a TV series but just announced is the sequel and i personally can't wait! Filming is set to start in May so i'll keep my eye out for more news and update you as i find out more, The synopsis has been released (below) and it sounds amazing! I woud say if you have yet to see the first film make sure you do!
Jonny T.



“After saving his estranged daughter from his criminal past in the original movie, Jack is now a vagabond attempting to keep his supernatural compulsion in check. Along the way, he confronts depraved sadists similar to his own long life of destruction and must defy his inner demons and strike a balance of revenge and responsibility.”