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Honey Holmes... Werewolves & Hair Changes! (Interview) (December 2014)

She's like a chameleon, she's actress Angela HolmesAngela grew up performing in drama group productions and dance shows then aged 16 started delivering papers around the stages at Shepperton Film Studios. After going on the gigantic & incredible sets, playing Frankenstein pinball machines with Kenneth Branagh and watching closely those performing on screen it wasn't long before Angela had caught the screen acting bug - Imdb. Holmes is also a dancer and in 2013, she landed a number of leading roles in short indie films and a web tv series No Place Like Holmes. She's even appeared on QVC tv programming as a model. Since then, she has landed herself a few roles with horror director Dan Brownlie. Her roles include the upcoming: Cute Little Buggers, Bad Moon & Girl Force.
Can you tell me a bit about your role in Bad Moon Rising?
"Of course, Hi! :-) Pip is a very spiritual being who is in touch closely with her subconscious and 'senses' and 'feels&#…

Singer Carl Batten: Tattoos & Doomsday Outlaw! (Interview) (November 2014)

Carl Batten is the lead singer for Midlands rock/metal band Doomsday Outlaw. The band was formed in late 2012 and includes members John "Ironfoot" Willis(Drums), Gavin Mills(Guitar), Indy (Bass) and Steve (Guitar). Batten is the front-man and is also a tattooist. Check out the band's website and facebook page.

How did Doomsday Outlaw come about?
"John and Steve got things started off sometime in 2012 with Gavin, and Josh on bass. I saw their advert for a vocalist and the list of influences which got me interested. I got in touch and was meant to go for a try out. John got in touch about an advert that I had online for new members for a band I had been messing about with that had fizzled out due to some of the guys wanting to stick to covers (not a fan of covers). Willis was concerned about time, commitment so I bowed out and Al Jones got the job."

"I was kicking myself the next day! My poor girlfriend had earache moaning! I rang John a week or later but I'…

LarynxXx: Nottingham Metal Band!! (A Look Back) (November 2014)

Back in 2000, I was looking to form a band on the Nottingham scene. I had met a number of music players until I had met Roy "Swampi" Beetham - a five-string bass-player. He was into bands like Fear Factory and NIN - he was into industrial metal. After some time and in late 2001, I had met a guitar player and Swampi on the scene through Doomsday Outlaw's drummer, John "Ironfoot" Willis. Later came a drummer who was willing to be the backbone to the LarynxXx machine in late 2002. The band lasted until early 2004 and they had a number of local and far out gigs including The Godless Festival (please, see below for the live show). Along the journey, a Home Video was made charting the band's adventures on the rock scene. A crowd favorite song was the track "Death Trap" in which I had written lyrics to in 2001. Rock on, Guys & Gals!! Also, check out the Soundcloud.

1) Intro - 0:00 2) D-evil's Brew - 02:10 3) Electric Funeral - 07:05 4) (…

Hitman Hart: Wrestling WIth Shadows (1998) (Review) (November 2014)

I love a wrestling documentary and this one is worth picking up if you are a Bret Hart fan! November always sees WWE - Survivor Series and it seems appropriate to talk about this film. Bret Hart is in talks with WCW and leaving the then WWF (WWE), however stronger forces are at work to prevent that in the form of Vincent Kennedy McMahon
Between 1996 and 1997, Hart was followed by a film crew in the WWF. There are ups and downs such as life, but director Paul Jay gets Bret to talk about his family and Hart Dungeon days with his father, Stu Hart. The summer of 1997 saw the Hart Foundation reunite with Bret, Owen Hart, The British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart (the father of Natalie Neidhart who turns up in the ring at one point) and the late Brian Pillman (sadly others have passed on too). It was America vs Canada in the WWE - fans were split and Bret was only lukewarm to turning Heel on his fans in the company. In the mean time, WWE Monday night rivals, WCW are out to offer Hart a better de…

I see a Bad Moon Rising... on Indiegogo! (November 2014)

The concept came when actresses Dani Thompson and Jessica Ann Bonner were filming Christmas Slay (see my Interview with Steve Davis) this year in Bulgaria. The girls were staying up late and heard the sound of wolves! The next day, the girls grabbed sound-man Danny Allen (Invasion of the Not Quite Dead) to film some nearby "found-footage" style shooting in a derelict nearby school where the werewolf horror concept was born on this project after some writing!

Can you help Bad Moon Rising? For as little as £10, you can grab yourself an IMDB Thank You Credit in the film with a video-recorded message from the set. Movie Credits also start from £100 for serious Producers and they will also go on IMDB for your resume. Please, checkout and share the Bad Moon Rising - Indiegogo Page.
Synopsis:Scream Team is a seemingly successful TV show, pretty much Towie meets The X Files. It's a structured reality show in which it's three stars Lucy, Jordan and Pip go around the World inv…

Tim "Ripper " Owens... The Man! The Myth! (November 2014)

In the early 2000's I got into the band Judas Priest and picked up JP Live in London dvd from ebay! I also obtained the Demolition (2001) cd and Jugulator (1997) album from on line after such heavy metal viewing. I must say that Tim "Ripper" Owens is the man! The guy has faced so much from critics for trying to fill Rob Halford's metal boots on two albums. Afterwards, Ripper moved on to Iced Earthand made a blinder of a concept album about Gettysburg/9/11/America in 2003 on "The Glorious Burden"
After that and leaving Iced Earth, Tim seemed on track with a new band of his own called Beyond Fear - in which I saw them Live with Anthrax in 2006. I lose track of the guy's projects and cover bands, but he keeps going strong and entertains many metal fans in the likes of Dio Disciples. The guy has a great vocal range, if not flawed slightly compared to his Idol peers in which he steps up to! Tim is all right in my eyes...
Previously, Owens was in a metal c…

Super Ghouls N Ghosts/Ghouls N Ghosts (A Retro Game Classic) (November 2014)

When I love a video game... I love it! Super Ghouls N Ghosts/Ghouls N Ghosts is a classic! It's got fantasy horror, zombies, monsters and of course ghouls and ghosts! In the summer of 2008, I played and completed the emulator version after constant re-runs on Youtube. You play as Knight Arthur on his quest to save the princess from the devil himself. It's a tough game... get hit once and your in your underwear. Get hit again and it's lights out! It's the follow up to Capcom's Ghosts N Goblins from 1985 and Ghouls N Ghosts was also a classic arcade game made to eat the quarters and money! Luckily, the Super Ghouls N Ghosts/Ghouls N Ghosts sequel, there are more magical weapons to pick up in the ghost worlds of frustration! In SGnG, you can double jump in which you after to master if your going to survive this quest! However, be warned - in each game, you have to complete the game twice by picking up a magic weapon hidden in the chests if your ever going to make it …

Bret Hart vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin @ Wrestlemania 13 (A Retro Look-Back) (November 2014)

Blood, sweat and hate! Bret Hartvs Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13 is a favorite of mine from in the day! Their infamous feud started around later 1996 and they had a previous match atSurvivor Series 1996 in another classic match! Hart had won the match, but the battle continued at the Royal Rumble (1997) in which Austin cheated to win! After injustice after injustice to re-capture the Championship belt (having lost it to flamboyant Shawn Michaels at WMXII) Hart and Austin met at WM13. This match was to be an "I QUIT" match in which there was NODQ and special referee Ken Shamrock (from Ultimate Fighting) was employed to keep track of the action!
This match didn't disappoint and there was plenty of Wrestling/Fan interaction drama! Hart went in as the face, but Austin was getting the cheers!

The stage was set, Austin entered the ring through broken glass where Hart didn't even get time to finish his pre-match Interview! Immediately, Austin when for Hart. At one point,…

Evil Toons (1992)... Beyond Good, Beyond Bad!! (Dvd Review) (November 2014)

Growing up I caught Evil Toons(1992) on then-cable TV in the mid-90's. It promised that it was Roger Rabbit meets The Evil Dead! It at least promises loads of over-the-top acting and lovely model Scream Queens. It stars the late David Carradine, Arte Johnson, Dick Miller, Monique Gabrielle, Suzanne Ager, Madison Stone and Michelle Bauer as Mrs Burt. Burt (Miller) has a cleaning company and hires four women to clean an isolated house. They find an old book, a dagger and a soul shred and when one of them, Megan, reads an incantation, she unleashes an evil beast in our world. - IMDB. The cartoon beast is a horny demon that likes to have it's way with the young ladies until one is left to try and stop the evil!

The Scream Queensare nice to look at... the concept isn't brilliantly executed. The cartoon monster is hardly seen and the veterans like Carradine, Johnson and Miller are there just for show! Well, what do you expect? It is a Fred Olen Ray production! It must have been…

Kookie Katana - Actress/Model (Interview) (November 2014)

Kookie Katana is very cool in my eyes! I first found out that she had worked with the lovely Dani Thompson and is a keen cosplay fan playing the likes of Lara Croft in still images (modelling). Her roles in film include ZWOS 2(2015) (in which she also was a weapons assistant on the same film) and Self Induced Nightmares (2013) with young horror fan and film maker, Antoni McVay also from Newcastle upon Tyne.
What are your favorite kind of photo shoots? "My favorite kind of photo shoot might actually surprise you, as I do a lot of lingerie, glamour and work that requires most of my body and tattoo’s to be on show but my favorite type of shoot is actually high fashion and couture work. That has always been the reason why I fell in love with modelling and I would love to do more of it."

How did you get into acting?
"I have always wanted to be an actress and make it to the big screen so when I saw a casting come up for zombie extra’s on ‘Zombie Women of Satan 2’ which was filmin…

Eileen Daly, The Courtesans (1998 - 2014), Name Changes... "Beyond X-Factor, Beyond the Norm!!" (Interview) (November 2014)

Miss Eileen Daly has been on the scene for over 20 years in indie film, television and horror. It was in 2014 when Daly and her boyfriend Ben took to the X-Factor as musical duo The Courtesans. They managed to get through to boot-camp, impressing the judges, but left shortly. However, this didn't stop the quirky pop/rock outfit from pursuing their talents and music on line. With songs like "Doll", "Garden of Love", "Webcam Girl" and "Haven" - they have turned up on Youtube - HERE. Miss Daly is also known for the film Razor Blade Smile (1998) - a dark cult British vampire indie flick from Redemption! Please check out The Courtesans Official website and the Official Facebook page.
Where did the Courtesans start?
"Well it started a long time ago now, I wanted a band, I was modeling at the time for Agent provocateur, and things couldn't get any better in my life. I had a film company called Redemption films making and distributing horror…

RIP Anna Nakagawa (November 2014)

Last month the Godzilla community was in mourning after hearing about the loss of Anna Nakagawa aka Emmy in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991). She was a fan favourite and fans had learned that she had passed away from endometrial cancer. Below is a tribute I put together in the memory of Anna...

Ghost Shark (TV Movie - 2013) (DVD Review) (November 2014)

When teenager Christy Bruce disappears from a high school beach party, her severed arm is washed ashore a day later. When a drunken sea captain starts boasting he has killed the great white responsible for the murder, he soon becomes a hero to the small sea side community. However, it soon becomes clear that the Christy Bruce murder was NO normal shark attack but in-fact the work of a supernatural killer beast who has returned from the dead to exact vengeance on all human kind...
As far as Sy Fy Channel original movies go, I enjoyed this one! The tag line "Don't. Get. Wet!" was hilarious. The Ghost Shark is a super natural being that attacks through it's victims getting wet! Easy? Stay out of the sea? No! Don't drink coffee, don't even turn on the hose or sprinklers in the streets. The Ghost Shark will get you!
Yes, it is silly and goofy, but Youtube fans will get to see movie and dvd collector Shawn C Phillips aka Coolduder in some over the top scenes. There…

Come into the Light Films! Indie Derby Film Company (November 2014)

I enjoy plugging local film companies and Light Films, Ltd. is only in Derby. Real life married couple Tom Wadlow and Chrissa Wadlow are huge film and video production fans. Tom directed a number of shorts before doing his zombie feature Wasteland a few years ago. In describing the company: "We are professional filmmakers, experienced in capturing opportunities on film. Our lead director studied and spent his early career at Universal Studios in LA, and so we are confident we can meet ALL of our clients' film and video needs. Our expertise stretches from corporate web-videos and training videos, right through to events and wedding videography." The future looks bright as more features are in production such as the Rat Catcher Trilogy starring Mem Ferda and Scott. I got to be in Wasteland myself as a zombie and it was a pleasant experience and you've seen me blog in the past and touch wood it will have a release date soon! Please, see my REVIEW.

I admire Tom and Chri…

Arrow Films & Dvd... RULES!! (November 2014)

It's about time that a company like Arrow Films came along! Those long lost horror and cult classics have made their way back onto the market and fans are lapping them up like flesh-hungry zombies! The titles Arrow release come on Blu-Ray and DVD with nice re-mastered transfers in forgotten titles and previously ropy cut copies. However, you must hurry as some of their steel-books are LIMITED and the dvd copied come with cardboard slip-sleeves and packed full of features... rare ones, too! The prices are not bad, either as some titles go for only £5 in retail stores like FOPP. Who can forget titles like Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979), The Deadly Spawn (1983), City of the Living Dead (1980) and George A Romero'sDEAD Trilogy? They release classics old and retro! And not just Horror, with titles like The Burbs (1989) and With Nail & I (1987)... this is a company to be re-conned with! Did I mention? Their titles are Region Free?

I urge you all to follow them on Facebook, HERE.

The Toxic Avenger (1984) Returns... to BLU RAY! (Blu-Ray review) (November 2014)

Troma Entertainment have always be brash, funny and very tongue-in-cheek! The Toxic Avenger(1984) is NO EXCEPTION! 88 Films has remastered the toxic-waste classic onto blu-ray and dvd for 2014. 
Tromaville is a vile and dangerous place where crime is up and rising. Our hero, poor little Melvin is a good-hearted mop-boy at the local gym. Unfortunate for him, the meat-heads don't like him and tease and try to humiliate the poor boy until one day, poor little Melvin lands in a barrel of toxic waste in the polluted city! Don't worry guys, this is only Melvin's beginning as the Toxic Avenger as he transforms into a crime-fighting monster hero, hell-bent on cleaning up the city once and for all! 
Director Lloyd Kaufmanhas a sense of humour. The film is fast-paced, violent, funny and disgusting all at once! Toxie was followed by sequels and a spin-off children's cartoon series in the later 80's. Kaufman would go on to direct other Troma classics like Class of Nuke 'Em H…