Monday, 23 September 2019

Tigers are not afraid - Reviewed.

"A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war."

Well. I have had Shudder for quite a while now and to be honest i have never really watched much on it, I saw on twitter the other day that someone i follow had watched a film called "Tigers are not afraid" and was raving about it so i decided to give it a go and i am very glad that i did.

It tells the story of street kids in Mexico that are orphaned through the local  cartels killing off their parents and that is how they are all brought together by their tragedies, The main character in it is a young girl called Estrella, Her mother has been kidnapped and she hangs on for slim hope that on day she may return.
During one of her school days there is a shooting that takes place and whilst the children cower on the floor the teacher gives her three sticks of chalk and grants her three wishes,Needless to say these don't turn out well.
The school is then closed until further notice when Estella starts to feel things in her apartment relating to her mother, On her own and terrified she decides to leave and hook up with a young gang of street orphans led by a young boy named El Shine.

They have tales about the children being kidnapped by the cartel and taken to satanic rituals and eaten, The theft by El Shine of one the cartels leading members phone opens up something far more dangerous than any of them could have hoped for.

Ok so it sounds like a bunch of kids on a dangerous adventure but this certainly isn't Stranger things!
The locations and story are grim, A true reflection of the life of these kids, The acting from everyone of them is top notch as is the pacing, At first after seeing the poster and trailer i felt that both were a little misleading but i guess that's what the selling point  is, Its far from your usual Insidious/The Nun jump scare movie. It has so much more depth and heart than the whole of that franchise put together, It certainly has it's creepy moments and some genuinely sad moments, So in summing up don't be taken in by the western style poster and marketing, This has way more depth than a creepy poster and trailer, Seek it out when you can you won't be disappointed. This has also renewed my interest in Shudder along with the excellent Witch in the window, With the Creepshow series also coming soon to Shudder i'll be going through it a lot more and if i find any more gems i'll be sure to let you know.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Logan Marshall-Green stars in taut psychological thriller 'The Invitation' arrives on Blu-ray 4 November

‘Tense and elegant…treats its audience like adults’


The Guardian

‘Relentlessly creepy…classic can't look but can't look away cinema’

The Independent

‘Tense, moody thriller’

The Telegraph

‘A masterful exercise in unbearable tension’

Bloody Disgusting

‘Slow-simmering psychological thriller…this is an Invitation you should RSVP with a will attend’

From acclaimed director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer’s Body, Destroyer) comes taut psychological thriller The Invitation, which premiered to great acclaim at London Film Festival and now gets a Blu-ray release, complete with a slew on special features from Second Sight on 4 November 2019.

Reluctantly accepting a dinner party invitation from his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard – Into the Woods) at the house they once shared, Will (Logan Marshall-Green – Spider-Man: Homecoming, Prometheus) and his new partner Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi – Roots, Ballers) gather with old friends to toast new beginnings.

But Will and his ex-wife share a tragic past, and as paranoia mounts and tensions build, he begins to wonder what is real and what is imagined. As the claustrophobic evening grows increasingly sinister, Will starts to realise the lives of everyone he loves might be in danger…will they make it through the night?

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Toby Jones 'glows' in psychological thriller Kaleidoscope directed by brother Rupert Jones - coming to DVD 23 September

Intricately crafted, infinitely wrongfooting psychological thriller…A sharply styled debut feature’


On digital 12 August 2019

On DVD 23 September 2019

‘Slippery psychological thriller…facts of the story are fractured and distorted, seen through the prism of a broken mind’


The Observer

‘Haggard, painful, longing, poignant, confused, alarmed, amused, dejected, sinister... [Toby] Jones can be all
these things without saying a word. You're with him all the way, trying to decode the mysteries of his life and psyche’

Time Out

GARNERING CRITICAL acclaim on its theatrical release, one of Britain’s greatest actors of today Toby Jones ‘glows’ (The Guardian) as the lead in Kaleidoscope, a bleak, nightmarish psychological thriller written and directed by brother Rupert Jones in his feature film debut.

This intense thriller ‘adds a decidedly 21st century bent to Hitchcockian suspense’ (Spectrum Culture) and is set to arrive on UK digital platforms on 12 August 2019, followed by its DVD release on 23 September 2019. The cast includes Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Cecilia Noble (Danny and the Human Zoo) and a stand out turn from national treasure Anna Reid, MBE (Last Tango in Halifax).

A sparse, drab flat, on a housing estate in London, loud frantic knocking and a dog barking.  We meet Carl Woods (Toby Jones – Don’t Forget the Driver, Detectorists, Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy), an ex-prisoner with dreams of starting a gardening business, as he’s abruptly awoken from his sleep on the sofa.  He goes to the door…no-one is there. Exploring the house, he notices lipstick traces on a glass, an ashtray full of cigarette butts,  he goes upstairs and finds a shocking discovery, a dead body in the bathroom. But is everything as it seems?

As the narrative twists and turns we follow Carl’s footsteps as he chats with his neighbour Monique (Noble), prepares for his first date in 15 years with someone he met online, Abby (Matthews) and gets a message announcing an impending, unwanted visit from his overbearing mother (Reid)…

With time running out, Carl’s relationship with his mother and the ramifications of his night with Abby now collide in dramatic, surprising, unforgettable ways.

Thursday, 12 September 2019


Hello Folk,
News came in today to Jonny HQ(A place that doesn't actually exist) that British Classics Fright and Soon the Darkness are getting a BLU-RAY release! I have seen both these films in the past on dodgy 5th gen VHS and DVD and they are British gems of the highest order, So to see them both getting (finally) a BLU-RAY release is awesome.  I've put all the details below of release date and watch this space for reviews of these releases coming very soon,
Jonny T.

Two genre-defining British horrors from the 70s, both fully restored and on Blu-ray™ for the first time, FRIGHT and AND SOON THE DARKNESS will be released courtesy of Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics Collection on 14TH October 2019 and are available to pre-order now: And Soon The Darkness Blu-Ray and Fright - Blu-Ray

FRIGHT (1971)

Directed by Peter Collinson (The Italian Job, Straight on Till Morning), this original British slasher film from 1971 stars Honor Blackman (Goldfinger), Susan George (Straw Dogs), Ian Bannen (The Flight of the Phoenix), George Cole and Dennis Waterman (Minder)

Young babysitter Amanda (Susan George) arrives at the Lloyd residence (Honor Blackman and George Cole) to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child's biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution.

Pre-dating the release of Halloween by seven years, FRIGHT was the groundbreaker for the ‘terrorized babysitter’ variation of the ‘home invasion’ horror genre.


RUN TIME: 87 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Interview with Susan George; Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery


Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phebes, Wuthering Heights) AND SOON THE DARKNESS is a unique and suspenseful thriller starring Pamela Franklin (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and Michelle Dotrice (The Blood on Satan’s Claw).

Two young English nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice) embark on a cycling holiday in the French countryside. They happen upon a mysterious man, Paul (Sandor Eles), who seems interested in them. Cathy is intrigued by the man, but suspicious Jane wants to continue on the journey. The two split up but when Jane returns to the village where they are staying, her friend is nowhere to be found. Frantic, she searches for Cathy, but who can she trust, and will she find her in time.

AND SOON THE DARKNESS cleverly confounds expectations and extracts the maximum amount of suspense, sustaining jeopardy and a sense of claustrophobia despite the story all taking place in wide open spaces in complete daylight.


RUN TIME: 99 mins

EXTRAS: Interview with Kim Newman; Audio commentary with Brian Clemens & Robert Fuest; Audio commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth

Sunday, 8 September 2019


Hello Folks,
It's that time of year again, The time that this years line up for the fantastic MAYHEM festival has been revealed!
Running from October 10th-13th this years line up looks as always superb and diverse as ever, Lots of world cinema this year that always proves hugely popular as well as the obscure, A Nicolas Cage classic and of course the  mind boggling quiz!
The line up is below and i'll do a more detailed breakdown in the next few days,
Get those tickets booked!

Thursday 10 October

7.30PM - EXTRA ORDINARY // Dirs. Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman

9.45PM - DANIEL ISN'T REAL // Dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer

Friday 11 October

1.45PM - VIY (12) // Dirs. Konstantin Ershov & Georgi Kropachyov

3.30PM - SWORD OF GOD (THE MUTE) - UK Premiere // Dir. Bartosz Konopka

6PM - GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR // Dir. Travis Stevens

8PM - COLOR OUT OF SPACE //Dir. Richard Stanley

10.45PM - THE HIDDEN (15) // Dir. Jack Sholder

Saturday 12 October

12PM - THE POOL - UK Premiere // Dir. Ping Lumpraploeng

1.45PM - SHE NEVER DIED // Dir. Audrey Cummings

3.30PM - SOMETHING ELSE // Dirs. Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella

6PM - Short Film Showcase // Dir. Various (Full line-up announced soon)

8.15PM - THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL - UK Premiere // Dir. Lee Won-tae

10.30PM - VAMPIRE'S KISS (18) // Dir. Robert Bierman

Sunday 13 October

12PM - BULLETS OF JUSTICE // Dir. Valeri Milev

1.45PM - DOOR LOCK // Dir. Kwon Lee

3.45PM - WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! // Dir. Kirill Sokolov

5.15PM - The Flinterrogation

6.30PM - VIVARIUM // Dir. Lorcan Finnegan

8.45PM - COME TO DADDY // Dir. Ant Timpson