Sunday, 31 January 2016

Review: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) (January 2016)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) - al out monster mash!!
By 1964, the character of Godzilla was becoming an anti-hero/friendly monster to Japan. In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) (released the same year as Mothra vs Godzilla [1964]), Martians take over the mind of a Princess (Akiko Wakabayashi) in Japan. She can predict things like the coming of monsters: Rodan (from Rodan [1956]), Godzilla and King Ghidorah (who hatches from a flaming meteorite!). She is in trouble as agents and an hitman are after her in a James Bond-like plot!

Also, in the midst, we get to see the Larva Mothra (aided by the twin fairies: The Shobijins) who must take control of the fighting Godzilla and Rodan and convince the warring monsters to team up and defeat Ghidorah! Will Mothra succeed or will the earth be torn apart in this Sci-fi-Monster Mash?

Ishiro Honda would return to direct to BIG G sequel. Another blockbuster of a creature-feature! Great special effects and creative looking creatures from Director of Special Effects, Eiji Tsuburaya.

Followed by: Invasion of the Astro-Monsters (1965) - HERE!



Monday, 25 January 2016

Review: The Final Girl - "Halloween VHS 80's Horror" - Short Film!! (January 2016)

The Final Girl - Horror with a Twist - Starring Jessica Messenger!!
Horror can come in all shapes and forms... The Final Girl (2015) is a 4 minute horror short directed by Liam Banks from last Halloween. The story is short and simple, a young lady (played by actress Jessica Messenger) is chased through the woods by axe killers... however, will she go down without a fight with this "twisted" ending? The film also stars Phil Martin as "Baghead" and John Miles as "Babyface".

A nicely film-graded short with tension and a ghoulish, green tint - influenced by 80's horror - with movie grain on top! Liam Banks was really using his head for this clever little outing and has many one-minute short horrors on his Youtube - Super Freak Media! The chemistry between actress Messenger and Banks seems a good one - as they both worked on My Sweet Valentine, too - See, HERE! Dark, twisted horror for a dark night! You should also check out Mr Creak, as well - It was featured on BBC3 Horror Short season: THE FEAR, See Below:


Email: superfreakmedia@hotmail.com



Friday, 22 January 2016

Review: Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) (January 2016)

Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)... will the BIG G Destroy Japan, again?
It was time to cross over the Kaiju monster Franchise, again from Toho. It's Mothra vs Godzilla (1964). A giant monster-sized egg washes up on shore in Japan where the natives, news and media have been taken in by it's attention! Before the scientists get to study the egg, greedy corporate business men claim the giant item for themselves in order to display for their own gain. It is revealed that egg belongs to the Adult Mothra - from Mothra (1961) and the twin fairies known as The Shobijin warn the men to give the egg back as this upsets mother-nature's earth balance! The business men also want the twin Shobijin.

Godzilla rises from the ground and throws a fit and wants to destroy Japan in his usual rage! It's up to the ageing Adult Mothra to try and save the day with a plea from Japan to prevent the destruction from Godzilla. What is in the egg? Will Mothra be able to save Japan in time?

Another full-color, Tohoscope outing sees a vengeful Godzilla take on Japan, it's military and Mothra in this film cross-over. Mothra is a huge moth-creature with a giant wing-span able to destroy cities and fight the BIG G - however, this time she is on the side of humanity! Ishiro Honda would direct, again. Akira Ifukube would also score the film! The film also stars in a leading role, Akira Takarada (Gojira [1954]). It was released in the USA as Godzilla vs the Thing!




Thursday, 21 January 2016

Review: King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) (January 2016)

King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) - Epic Monster Battle!!
An epic a cross-over in King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) sees the two famous monsters go head-to-head when Kong is taken from Faro Island! Before hand, Kong battles a giant Octopus and is put to sleep using native-tribal music and a mysterious drink medicine - it makes him groggy! Once shipped back to Japan, King Kong battles with the legendary, Godzilla who awakens from an iceberg and destroys a may-day submarine. Who will win in this epic battle of the ages??

The Big G's and KK's first color outing in Tohoscope sees more suit-motion action where as Kong was previously stop-motion in the monster classic, King Kong (1933). Both monsters battle and are around the same size to make this one a fair fight... or is it? G overcomes Kong, but the giant ape gains super-powers from lightening and electricity in order to combat Godzilla!

A fun film which might appeal to fans and young adults a-like! It's very colorful and the monster action takes comical turns, but kinda charming at the same time!

Ishirō Honda would return to direct from Gojira (1954). Eiji Tsuburaya would return to be the director of Special Effects, whilst Akira Ifukube would score the film and many other films in the long-running series.

Followed by: Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) - HERE!



Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Review: Godzilla Raids Again (1955) (January 2016)

Godzilla Raids Again... Watch out Osaka, Japan!!
The King of the Monsters returns in Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Two pilots land near Iwato Island whilst schooling for fish back in Japan, where they encounter two giant monsters fighting on land! After a brief battle, the two monsters fall into the sea where it is left to report the prehistoric findings to the homeland of Japan! It is later revealed that one of the monsters is Godzilla (Gigantis the Fire Monster - in the USA version!) - the other is known as Anguirus - a new spike-backed creature that had mutated from the dinosaur age!

Osaka is about to witness a prehistoric home-coming in the two monsters when they show up in Japan and on land, again some time later where fire flares from attack planes are used to try and distract Godzilla from the homeland! Will Osaka survive? Will the two beasts fight to the death? How will Japan stop a second Godzilla creature - thought to be killed at the conclusion of Gojira (1954)? Find out in GRA!

It seems a typical 50's B-Movie monster movie in the classic Godzilla Franchise! It might ring true for some entries following the 1954 metaphor for Anti-Nuclear Testing - a tough act to follow in any genre!! GRA aka Gigantis, the Fire-Monster! is a lot of fun, if not flawed in places for the typical cinema fan! This film introduces the BIG G's friend/early nemesis: Anguirus! He is an important part of the G History from Toho in my opinion,

This film was directed by Motoyoshi Oda, this time by in this rushed sequel to cash in on the original! Music by Masaru Satô.

Followed by: King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) - HERE!



Sunday, 17 January 2016

Review: Monsters in the Dark (January 2015)


Monsters in the Dark (2015) is a horror short made on only £50 and filmed within two nights. In the lead female role is actress Francesca Louise White as Karen and Nathaniel Francis as Daddy Bear. It was directed by Luke Mordue

The film opens with a former boyfriend and girlfriend couple who drive passed the woods and see something strange which leads to even more stranger going on. Mummy and  Daddy Bear watching! In the tradition of films like The Strangers (2008), we have masked killers on the loose!

The film also opens with some cool Depeche Mode-sounding music, that what I thought it was sounding like, anyway! It opened the film into the darkness and at night when MITD was filmed in the two late night evenings. Francesca Louise White seems to be the voice of reason in this horror "don't step out the car! Let's get out of here" she warns her ex-boyfriend. There are images in this film that show the audience the tension where the actors don't see the killers! This used to build the tension and I have a feeling that filming at night was extra creepy, given the type of film. Some nice tension-building! I would say that humans are the real monsters and poor Francesca finds this out as horror leading lady in "Monsters".

It certainly isn't a bad effort of a short. Given the budget and few nights shooting, it looked a lot of fun! It is creepy and stays faithful to horror! A great female victim lead in Francesca - creepy performances by Mummy and Daddy Bear, too. Nice ambient sounding horror score that sets the mood perfect for you to turn down the lights! "If you go down into the woods, today...".

Note: Nathaniel Francis was also in The Confusion of Tongues - see, HERE.

"Monsters in the Dark"... Starring Francesca Louise White!


Monday, 11 January 2016

Review: Love Me Tinder (2016) - Short Film! (January 2016)


Men Behaving Badly's Caroline Quentin stars in this short film from Sami Abusamra - Love Me Tinder. It is doing the festival circuit and will soon be released on Youtube/Vimeo. The main plot ensues when an older woman (Quentin) meets a younger man (Tom Lorcan) under awkward circumstances. It's a depressing one, but maybe quite real in it's approach to coming of age dramas that lead to empty rooms! There are flashbacks, too which structure the story. There is an ex girlfriend haunting the young man.

Quentin is charming, she is really into character where as Lorcan plays it straight. A few young love-hurt folks might be able to relate. There is a gloomy tone to the short, but nicely shot in quiet rooms fell with shadows and ambiance. I would give this short a 3 & 1/2 out of 5 stars! It was worth watching again and good luck to the circuit run! I had to feel for both lead roles in this quirky, little drama short! Very somber and heartfelt.

Caroline Quentin stars in "Love Me Tinder"


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Godzilla 1985... Coming to Blu-Ray? (January 2016)

Coming to Blu Ray?
The Kaiju rumor mill has gone wild with a heavy touted release of Godzilla 1985 and it's Japanese counterpart! A blu-ray release has been going around here on Twitter. There has been a blu ray cover and case in images and small videos. The copyright release is due to go free this year from a previous company, so that a future release could go ahead? For more info, check out Godzilla1985.com. The release would be American-released, so finger's crossed for those G-fans awaiting this release of an unreleased classic!!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Digi Con (Doncaster) is Showcasing Indie Film in Feb, 2016 (January 2016)

Digi Con, 21st February - 2016 - Doncaster!
Get your cosplay geek on people, it's Indie Film time at Digi Con (Sunday 21st February - 2016). The annual cosplay and video gaming convention will be showing Emma Dark's Seize the Night short-film Horror. Not only that, it will be showing The Railway Carriage starring actor, Dean Sills, too!

Digi-Con Returns to Doncaster in February 2016 with its Doncaster Comic-Con! This time we are running a 1 Day event with even cheaper tickets to make sure you all have an amazing time! Tickets on sale now and Selling Fast! Book yours today at www.doncastercomiccon.co.uk

Sunday Feb 21st at the Doncaster Deaf College!

Over 50 stalls of Geeky Traders
Comic Artists and Writers
Special Celebrity Guests
Movie Props and Displays
Cosplay Competition
Gaming Demos
Movie Vehicles
And Much, Much More!

Traders Message THEM if you would like a stand!

Costume Groups:
The U.K. Ghostbusters
The Super Heroes
Gotham Cosplayers UK

Cosplay Guests:
Hull-Harley Quinn
Digi Jutsu Pro
Harley's Asylum

Displays/Other:
Steve Jackson Games MIB
The Simpsons Sofa
KITT for hire UK
Genesis Dalek
Battlestar Galactica Fleet

The Railway Carriage starring Dean Sills! 
Seize the Night (2015) by Emma Dark.



Monday, 4 January 2016

Interview: Alicia G - Singer & Model (January 2016)

Alicia G Interview: Model & Singer.
Miss Alicia G started out on Reality TV, and may be even because of it, she's decided to hit back with pop and hip-hop in a new musical career that seems to be expanding into 2016. She's a sweetheart as well from Buffalo, New York. Here is an interview with the blonde, bombshell singer who is sure to set heartbeats racing this year with her new career direction:

Alicia, what can you tell us about your new music and style?
"My music is a combination of hip-hop and rap. What I love about my music it's very meaningful and heartfelt to me, yet bold and still fun for all ages. I want my music to have a meaningful impact not only just on the young but also the old and give people a sense of guidance through my life experiences that I talk about in my songs.  "Everyone in this world deserves to be truly happy.-ALICIA G" One thing is for sure I have lived a crazy life and I have a lot to say and a lot to talk about!"

How did you get into music?
"Music has always been a part of my entire life. My grandfather playing the piano in a 12 piece orchestra and my father even supported his way threw college playing the drums in a band."

 "I got my start Years ago when I use to compete all across the country in national beauty pageants. I started competing in pageants since I was 11 months old which made me very comfortable in front of the camera. Besides competing in pageants I was attending private grade school. During that time I was also taking singing lessons and classical piano lessons. I originally started training in classical music singing opera at the age of 13, but as time went on I grew to enjoy and love Rap and Hip-Hop. I love rap the best because you can tell a story through your lyrics that can relate to everyday life. I was professionally trained in acting, modeling and dancing which included tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip pop and modern. I competed in gymnast and cheerleader which I loved dearly. Even though I was extremely busy I still was an honor roll student my entire life throughout school."

Any plans to go into acting?
"Absolutely!!! My huge goals in life are to pursue and expand my career in music and acting. My goal is to one day walk the red carpet being a star!  I was on and stared in reality TV shows, talk shows, indie films, music videos and musicals. So acting actually has always played a big role in my life. I would love to work more in feature films, television series or even more reality TV shows. Regardless tho, I want to be a successful role model and positive image to young people of today facing the every day challenges of life, social media and the obstacles they face between pure pressure and how the media influences them. I want to show people that whatever adversity comes up in their life there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Never give up on your dreams or abandon your family or your true friends. Always stay on your true purpose in life and be true to yourself this will bring you success and happiness."

Any favorite movies you like to watch?
"There are many good movies out there I can't just choose one, but I will say I do love the movie "Catch Me If You Can". I must say Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my all time favorite actors. He is a true inspiration for my acting career and the way he just captures the audience attention and truly lives the role is just amazing. I also do enjoy a lot of comedy movies as well because I love to laugh and smile."

What does 2016 hold for Alicia G?
"What I have next planned on my route to becoming a success is the releasing of my hit single "Pretty Girl" on January 12, 2016. The distribution is going to be threw Universal. There is going to be a national campaign and press releases along with FM radio Spins on all P1 stations (main stations) all over the US and overseas in over 52 Countries on all major FM radio stations where it will get charting on the Billboards! I am looking forward to be in a lot of blogs, magazines, radio interviews and podcast as well. Along with writing new songs, new music videos, shows and appearances and television opportunities that have recently came up. I am also in the process of writing a tell-all biography of my true life story. Which I am very excited about! "The Real Me - Alicia G"."

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Godzilla: Resurgence - New Images (Confirmed) (January 2016)

"Shin Gojira" - Burnt & Scary-Looking!!
Images leaked last night and they were confirmed that they were official of the new Godzilla movie - Godzilla: Resurgence (2016) - coming out in Japan, later this year! Godzilla is looking a more zombie version of his old self with burn-scars and stands taller than that of Godzilla (2014)! It still looks like the classic suit-motion technique, just a major, major face-lift compared to old designs! It's the stuff of Nightmares as the director has been quoted in recent times! Some fans are NOT HAPPY, but we can only see what 2016 brings in for this new, re-vamped classic Kaiju Monster from Toho Studios, Japan. However, some SPOILERS have just come out via Bloody Disgusting.

A close-up of the new Nightmare!! "Shin-Godzilla!"


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Interview: Bayden Redhsaw on "The Thin Man" (2016) (January 2016)

New artwork for a new Indie Horror: The Thin Man by Bayden Redshaw.
Bayden Redshaw and his brother, Dylan have been making films for a few years, now! Their horror legacy of The Thin Man: The Curse Is Here (2016) is looking like it's finally getting a distribution deal to being released this year. The boys are from Western, Australia and they are still in their late teens!

Are you excited about the new release of The Thin Man: The Curse is Here (2016)?
"I am more than excited, I'm all pumped up brother! Redshaw Pictures mania is gonna be running wild! I  can't wait, I've waited for this feature film to finally be released for 2 years now, we already made another feature film version back in 2014 but it wasn't what we wanted it to be, the first half of the film was rather decent but the second half was very poor and didn't have a lot too it. so we did countless rewrites of the film in a script... one of them I'd be very interested in making as a sequel... but we finally made a last second decision in mid 2015 to film an unscripted version with Myself, Jordan Stopforth and Dylan Redshaw... and it turned out being something amazing."

Why did you decide to redo the original feature? - Please See Previous, Interview!
"Because The Thin Man needed to be perfect for me, as perfect as it could've been with what resources I had. I knew I could've done better than the film that was made back in 2014 and we did it much better in 2015. We were really unhappy with the way the 2014 version turned out, we felt it didn't represent The character of The Thin Man well or the story of The Thin Man well"

What inspired The Thin Man feature?
"The short films we made actually, Ever since making the first short film for Halloween Creep Tales! I thought I had struck gold, it was an idea that I had come up within an hour one night in October and I wanted to make a short film on a brand new urban legend... but something different and something that does NOT involve mirrors like bloody mary and candy man. So we came up with the idea and we actually shot the first short film on that same night that we come up with it"

Finally, who is releasing your new film?
"Parade Deck Films, they are an independent film distribution company in Portland Oregon. I look forward to them releasing my debut feature, they seem very promising and have a lot of good connections! Hopefully, if things go well with this first release and if it does well... maybe I could make another good film and send it their way again! Who knows? I'm open to partnering with any label for a release of any of my films as long as they treat me right and things go well with the release."

Bayden Redshaw - Director and actor in TTM: The Curse Is Here (2016)

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Review: Red Dahlia (Short Film) (January 2016)


Synopsis: "One night Katie, a psychology student, starts having frightening episodes of sleep paralysis. Through her nightmares, she starts remembering something obscure about her past. Something that's determined to become her reality!".

Red Dahlia (2015) is a Psychological Horror/Thriller that runs at 16 minutes. A young uni student, Katie (Luna Wolf) is troubled with connections to her past. One night, after leaving her own birthday gathering - her nightmares come back to haunt her! Is it real? Is it not? She approaches one of her teacher to get answers...

The short film looked a lot of fun to shoot using student locations and unnerving editing with eerie sound effects! The children's point of view in flash backs make it even more chilling! There is a connection to the the lead actresses past in all the weird flashbacks and awaking nightmares going off! The whole thing is quite disturbing when the mystery unravels towards the end!

A good, solid effort, student film with some brave visuals covered for the low budget. It seemed like a project that really wants to go somewhere and I hope it does. See Trailer, Above.

Directed & Story by Ilaria Ferrandino
Written by Ilaria Ferrandino & Jonathan Tuppen
DOP: Jonathan Tuppen
Produced & Sound Design by Hanna Aarrestad
Set Design, Costume & Make-up by Inisa Aga
Edited by Jonathan Tuppen, Ilaria Ferrandino & Inisa Aga

Starring:

Luna Wolf
Oscar C Harvey
Lesley Harvey
Tancrède Chartier 
Maria Humm 
David Lye

Red Dahlia: Psychological Horror/Thriller.

Friday, 1 January 2016

MMBF: Calling all Young "HORROR" Film-makers via Emma Dark (January 2016)


Calling all young film-makers, this is your chance to shine in 2016! MMBF (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund) are holding a young director/film-maker award where Emma Dark from Seize the Night will mentor and help your production come to life! The award is London based. Please, visit: website. There are prizes and psychical awards, too. Your film idea could move onto the next level... For full terms and conditions, visit: Film Freeway. The competition is now open from January, 1st - 2016 - Good Luck. Email: mmbfawards@mmbf.co.uk

AJ Singh (Left) with Award-winning Emma Dark.




Steve Lawson - Director (Interview) (January 2016)

Steve Lawson (left) with the Legendary Richard Ng.
Steve Lawson is a gentleman I met why back in 2000. I was so impressed by his short filming skills on The Office Fight (2000) and many other various films that he had done through college and university, even in school. It's been some years and he has a new film out on release to small cinemas: Survival Instinct (2016).

What can you tell us about Survival Instinct?
"Survival Instinct was loosely based on a short film called Dead Lane that I made many, many years ago about a motorist who is pursued across the countryside by a serial killer. For the feature version I obviously had to flesh out the story a lot more and make it more plausible, and the end result is somewhere between Deliverance and Eden Lake - it's a real edge-of-your-seat thriller but with some great characters and performances. I think it's the best film I've directed to date and I'm thrilled that it has been picked up for theatrical distribution by Film Volt."

You've met some famous, Legendary faces in action film? Who influenced you the most?
"Of the film-makers that I have met, I would say John Woo influenced me the most. It was movies like The Killer and Hardboiled which really made me aware of certain types of camera movements and editing techniques that I still use today. I recently re-watched The Killer and I still find the editing to be absolutely amazing."

Tell me about your older films?
"How far back do you want to go?! I started making amateur films in the 80's when the technology was horribly limited, and carried on doing so throughout the 90's as cameras and editing equipment slowly improved. The first big revolution for low budget film-makers was the Mini-DV format, and I did two features on that called Insiders and The Silencer. The Silencer was kind of a revenge movie like Death Wish or The Exterminator but mixed with Hong Kong-style fight scenes and stunts. Some of the acting wasn't great but I think for the time it was an impressive achievement and it got released on DVD. After that I took a few years away from making films but with the increasing availability of really good, cinematic cameras and HD editing software I was tempted back into it as it now really is possible to make cinema-quality films for a ridiculously low cost. So I formed Creativ Studios Ltd. and produced a slate of three genre features which are Nocturnal Activity, KillerSaurus and of course Survival Instinct. I also now have an independent studio in Leicester which is available for other indie film-makers to use."

What are your memories of The Office Fight (2000) - short?
"Back in the early 2000's I used to get together with friends and shoot action scenes just for fun. It was just something to do and I suppose a way of learning film-making skills. That particular fight scene was shot in a day and the only thing I really remember was that the floor was really hard in the location we were filming in. I only had to fall down on it once as I played a minor role as a bad guy, but the martial arts guys who did all the fighting were falling on the ground all day with no padding whatsoever so they must have gone home with a lot of bruises!"