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.”

Friday, 17 November 2017

DELIVER US (Liberami) Out Now on DVD - Reviewed


Deliver us is filmed in Palermo and follows two priests who daily tasks are basically dealing with people who believe that in some form or other are possessed and yes it is as crazy as it sounds. From the opening scene of a lady on a chair filmed from behind and sprinkled with holy water, Shes then touched by the priests religious cloth and she goes bat shit crazy!And non of this is staged, no actors involved, all full on belief and its really quite unsettling in places.
As a non religious person myself i struggled to get my head around how people can do/believe in all this but they certainly do, big time and it's equally as fascinating as it is disturbing.
The people travel from hundreds of miles around to meet the special priests and are mostly distraught, You do get to to see and learn of the stories of the people desperate for some form of exorcism and forgiveness, for some sadly it is their last hope, But for others is it just attention seeking? I was really glad when about halfway through even the priests admitted that even they thought that some of the people are just pure attention seekers, The priests themselves are proper hardcore and take no  prisoners, I was surprised at how hard-faced and very straight to the point they were with most people but to be honest it must do your head in no matter how committed you say you are to the cause dealing with that everyday!
So, Are they possessed? Is there a Satan and a God to save those who he is trying to posses? Well probably not but to these people the whole thing is more than real and it must be a shit scary world to live in. That for me made is what made it so fascinating and indeed jaw dropping in places.
A documentary you really should see and a very high recommendation from me ,
8/10,
Jonny T.

DELIVER US (LIBERAMI) IS OUT NOW AND AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.


A Documentary by Federica Di Giacomo

Venice Film Festival, 2016, Horizons Award, Best Film Winner
Nominated, Best Documentary at the 30th European Film Awards 2017
(Cert 15/ 89mins)

DELIVER US (Liberami) is available on DVD 30th October #DELIVERUSFILM






SYNOPSIS

Exorcism is still a fact of contemporary life. Every year, more and more people claim that their illnesses are caused by demonic possession. Father Cataldo is a veteran, one of the most sought-after exorcists in Sicily. Every Tuesday, many believers follow his mass of liberation, searching for a cure for some adversity for which there does not seem to be a label or a remedy.

The Catholic Church reacts to this crisis by nominating priests as exorcists in increasing numbers and by organizing training courses for them. In order to respond to the rising number of requests for deliverance from evil, all French dioceses have installed at least one exorcist. In Spain, the archdiocese of Madrid is desperately trying to fill seven additional positions.

In Rome and Milan alone, the number of exorcists has grown from six to 12, and the Church has set up an emergency call center. In the US, the number of exorcists has increased tenfold over the last few years.


DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

2009  Housing |documentary feature script by Federica Di Giacomo and Antonella Gaeta directed by Federica Di Giacomo
Produced by B&B Film and RaiCinema, broadcast on RaiUno and Rai5 Locarno Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, CHP Rotterdam, HotDocs Toronto, Marfici Argentina, Thessaloniki Film Festival, DoxBox Siria

2006  Il lato grottesco della vita (The cave side of life) |documentary feature written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Federica Di Giacomo, broadcast on Rai3 and Cult Torino Film Festival 2006 (Cipputi Award, Avanti Award), Etno Film Fest 2007 (best documentary), Libero Bizzarri Award, Uruguay Film Festival, San Paulo Film Festival

2003  Suicidio perfetto (The perfect suicide)|short film written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Tiburtina Studios
2001  Close Up |short film written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Teatro della Limonaia, Firenze
Sa Luna
script by Federica Di Giacomo

2000  Los colores de la trance |documentary feature
written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Federica Di Giacomo, broadcast on BTV Spain

Sunday, 22 October 2017

MAYHEM FESTIVAL - So long till next year Sunday.






It was the final day of MAYHEM and it had flown by for all of us, A breezy Sunday morning and we all needed something to blow away the cobwebs and the hangovers, So we headed to the bar for a strong coffee (I had 3 sugars in mine!) and then back upstairs to screen 1 for the first film of the day....

That film was Top Knot Detective and if anything could wake us up this certainly was it! Personally i am a HUGE fan of the Baby Cart series, Sonny Chiba, Lady Snowblood  etc.and i can honestly say the makers of Top Knot Detective most certainly must be as well. Done in a documentary style a tells the story of a failed Japanese TV series from the 90's. It has it all, The squirting blood, Dodgy sets, Laughable special FX, Some of the jokes may be lost on a few people but there is more than enough other material to make anyone laugh and we certainly did. I had to bite my lip after to stop myself having a gushing geek ramble. I personally can't wait to watch it again.Loved it!








RIFT was the next movie of the day, A slow burn creepy if slightly predictable film. There was a great video message from the director to the audience at MAYHEM before the film as well. The main premise of the movie is with main main character Gunner gets a call in the middle of the night from his ex boyfriend Einar. Worried about the state of his mind he decides to drive to Einar's parents remote cabin to see if all is well but it certainly is not. Like i said it certainly is a very slow burn and may not be to everyone's taste but it's beautifully shot and the acting was top notch.  I was especially impressed by the lead guy Gunner played by Bjorn Stefansson.




Next up was the quiz, The Flinterrogation, We usually have ago, We usally come nowhere! we were 50/50 to play or not then we thought ah sod it lets do it and we came 3rd! Got a great prize bag full of Blu-Rays and a TAG poster! We split the prizes and headed off for dinner and a couple of pints to celebrate Mikes birthday as we had pre-planned weeks before. This means we missed the reading of unmade hammer script ZEPPLIN VS PTERODACTYLS but by all accounts it was stunning as was last years unquenchable thirst of Dracula, Events like the reading really make MAYHEM stand out for me. I wonder what they will have planned for next year? Great news by the way on last years reading is that BBC Radio 4 and Mark Gattis have picked up on it and will be doing there own version, I would highly recommend that you keep your ears out for that as it was a fantastic story and fingers crossed one day it and Zepplin VS Pterodactyls will get finally made into full length movies.



We headed back for the next movie MAYHEM showing at MAYHEM! Starring Steven Yeun (Glen off of The Walking Dead) it tells the story of a world wide virus "Red Eye" that temporarily makes you lose your mind, There was a recent case where someone literally got away with murder because the were  red eyed up! MAYHEM is a non stop gore filled fun ride from start to finish, Honestly it never lets up, it's great! If you've ever had a bad day at work and would like to get back at your bosses this is your perfect fantasy movie. For me, One of the best of the festival. Like last years Dolph Lundgren film "Don't Kill It" i wasn't expecting that much was massively surprised how good it was.One you really must see.








Last but by no means least we had DEAD SHACK, Another great comedy horror to finish MAYHEM just as Double Date started it. Basic story of a Dad and his new lady decide to rent a Shack in the middle of nowhere so they and the kids can have a bit of bonding time, On arrival the kids decide to have a walk through the woods and discover another shack where they find and see all manner of gory oddness, Freaked out they run back to their place to get the Dad and prove to him whats going on, He's had a few beers to say the least but agrees to go with them.........
Its a fun ride of a movie with once again plenty of gore, No spoilers but the final kill was brilliant!





So with the final film done we said our goodbyes and jump in the taxi, yet again this year MAYHEM was superb, Weird and twisted but all in all a four day fun filled ride, I was off on the Monday, I woke up early made myself a cup of tea and thought sod it i'll put a film on! Thank you to all involved in MAYHEM, Keep up the great work and see you all again next year,
Big Love,
Jonny T x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

MAYHEM FESTIVAL -SUPER SATURDAY!




Saturday at MAYHEM.
So Saturday morning at MAYHEM was upon us, This year I had the flyer at work and my apprentice Joe was saying how good it looked and decided to get himself a Saturday pass and he loved it, Next year he’s going for the whole weekend pass, He’d never seen an Asian film before so he was in for a great treat with the first two films of the day TAG and A Day. Which blew him away!


So first film of the day was TAG –A film by the brilliant Sion Sono, The opening ten minutes or so had the whole audience aghast, if you’ve ever seen any Final Destination movies you get the gist! I can’t really tell you too much about it as it would give it away but the running time of just under 90 minutes was perfect, The lead character Mitsuko was played by various actresses throughout the film and all were brilliant, Just as you things are starting to calm down and get back to normality/reality your brain is twisted again.




Near the end I thought “Ah I get it know” but then another slap around the brain and I was wrong again! Brilliant throughout, Mind bending and Gory as hell, A bonus was that we came 3rd on the Sunday quiz and Emma won a poster for TAG which is currently awaiting a frame. Great stuff.



Next up was “A Day” Another brilliant Asian gem brought to us by MAYHEM, And Joe who’s first time at the festival said this was his favourite of the day. From first time director Sun-Ho Cho (South Korea) It tells the story groundhog day style of a Dr who wakes up on a plane on the way to meet his daughter but before he manages to get there she is knocked down by a Taxi and killed, During his immediate grief he wakes up again on the plane and has to hatch a plot to get to her before she is mowed down again, It may sound quite repetitive but as it pans out there are more people involved in the reoccurring nightmare that he is living. Some fantastic acting and shocking scenes, Brilliant twists keep you guessing right until the final frame, a brilliant film you really need to see as soon as you get chance. A definite highlight for me of this year’s festival.



Most Beautiful Island was up next, Another directorial debut from Spanish born Ana Asensio, She also plays the lead role of Luciana, She is struggling for money and generally in life when her friend Olga (Natasha Romanova) offers her the chance to attend a party, She has to dress smart and just do what they say, Sounds dodgy but the money is really good, What follows is a slow burn but I did really enjoy the build-up, The payoff was a little disappointing but it was in my eyes one of those movies that kept me gripped, Definitely a director to watch out for and well worth a watch. Short running time of around 80 minutes felt just right.


Next up we had one of my favourite parts each year at MAYHEM  Scary Shorts. A collection of shorts from around the globe and what MAYHEM was originally built on. You are handed a list as you enter screen 1 that contains a brief description/country and general info of the upcoming shorts. There were some superb ones again this year but the stand out ones for me were Blood Shed DIR: James Moran, A very British tale of a man who loves his possessed shed a little too much! AMY DIR: Gustavo Cooper, With a running time of just 6mins 46 sec, it was creepy as hell, The opener Don’t Ever Change DIR: Don Swaynos was hilarious with a brilliant twist, What Metal Girls Are Into DIR: Laurel Vail had both funny, Gory and brilliantly filed, Be sure to keep your eyes out for these shorts!




 PREY was up next directed by Dick Mass who was also in attendance! A lion is on the Rampage around Amsterdam, That pretty much sums it up but boy it was fun. It especially took off when the leading ladies ex turns up from the UK, One legged and equipped with a souped up wheelchair and a rifle, Full steam ahead! If you’ve ever seen any Dick Mass movies before such as Amsterdamned or Saint it has a very familiar fun feel to it.





Last up was the 4K Restoration of Suspiria, I had seen it already earlier in the year at the Cinema so decided to get an early night and be fresh for the early start on Sunday, By all counts everybody who saw it loved it, Many people I spoke to it was their first time watch and what a great place to see it. Another classic screened by MAYHEM.