Some fans were outraged at the return of the popular zombie-drama, The Walking Dead (2010 - Present). Were you? Negan finally appeared at the end of season 6 to hold Rick Grimes and crew hostage in the apocalyptic word of the undead! There was gore, there was violence and even emotional scenes which might upset long-term fans!!
I enjoyed this episode, and please check out the video below, which may contain Spoilers...
Inner Voice (2016) is about a young lady (played by Kaz B) who suffers from Mental Health problems and is bulimic. It was directed by low budget film-maker Jason Impey and the short film covers the topics all-out grimly. I assume it was to raise awareness, but I enjoyed what the film was trying to achieve to the audience.
The film isn't for the young ones, but I thought Impey did a good job at creating such social issues in-which Kaz B played the suffering lady. This isn't horror or terror, but it could be to some. It's also not for the squeamish, I felt. There is a clever mirror effect in there, too. The short runs for 7 minutes. Warning: Contains Female Nudity!!
It's time to Turn Heel (2016) in a gory, but head-on horror film from Jason Impey & Matt Freckingham. Low budget stuff indeed sees a VHS-dust damaged horror style film about Verne, a bullied child who loves to watch Wrasslin' (Wrestling) tapes and old videos. We soon are treated to hardcore metal singing as the now vengeful Verne goes after his tormentors in the woodland as they camp out!! Verne also wears a Wrestling Mask whilst taking matters into his own gory hands!!
TH runs for 20-odd minutes and is shot very raw, but looked fun! The soundtrack is pumping from Heavy Metal and the film grain is out to give it a grind-house feel, too. It turns up the gore factor half-way through the madness when Verne gets his revenge!!
A guilty pleasure of a horror film. Also, please check out Cherish (2016) - see, HERE.
The sequel to The Evil Dead (1981) came in Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) by director Sam Raimi and Starring a returning Bruce Campbell with a higher, yet still low budget Production. It's a sequel/remake of the first film, but is a lot of fun, but came with criticism due to the first cult classic being made on a shoe-string!
I enjoyed ED2 in it's higher budget set once again in the infamous cabin where survivors must make it through the night without being possessed or killed by the unknown evil force. BC plays Ash, a cowardly hero who dons a chainsaw and many weapons to fight the Evil Dead after losing his girlfriend, Linda - again!
The set up brings in new characters and special make-up effects by KNB Studios who do a cracking job. Some are a little cheesy as you can see the possessed Henrietta's (played by Ted Raimi) monster bodysuit falling apart as she rags lead actor BC, about. There is some classic stop-motion effects in there, too. Classic stuff!!
Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, was the setting this past weekend of the infamous Mayhem Film Festival for 2016. I admit, I only watched the shorts and enjoyed Liam Banks' "Sandman" (2016) and "Nasty" (2015) by Prano Bailey-Bond. The total of the shorts lasted two hours and were held upstairs to a packed audience and full-house of ticket buyers. All the shorts were well put together for the Saturday evening, but the following stuck with myself... Sandman: A simple story of a claustrophobic tale of a woman at night, afraid to go to sleep and based upon a Creepy Pasta short story. Jump cuts and uneasy effects were the order of the day in this film. A low budget, but others seemed to mention this film afterwards, too. Nasty: A young boy is obsessed with old VHS/video tapes of the horror of yesterday-year! It was told with video grain and was quite original and disturbing. One for fans of The Evil Dead (1981) - See, REVIEW - and general video-nasty fans!
I first heard about Fragments of Fear through Georgy Ragazza, Richard Gladman(RIP) and friends a few years back. It's taken it's time, but is set to air on Youtube come late October for Halloween-time! I got to Interview the Producer and Editor, Ragazza for the series. Please, see the FOF Official website. Tell me a bit about Fragments of Fear?
Fragments of Fear was born in a pub down a side street in Brighton a little shy of three years ago. Rick (Gladman) had always wanted to develop some kind of TV show, I was involved in theatre at the time and wanted to do more TV, and we hatched out a basic plan for a series of original horror stories, all narrated by different story tellers.
He provided the initial talent, I named it and gave it a logo, and the rest is history! Rick and I shared production duties, he dealt with the talent scouting and publicity, and I took care of the organisation, creative vision, and the website.
Obviously, we had discussions about our old favourites …
It'll soon be Halloween and the prankters are out in full force! If you haven't heard by now, a new "crazy craze" is sweeping the nation in this Killer Clown Craze! People (or no gooders) dressing up to try and get a reaction from the public. It's the unknown, I find disturbing about all this with random people dressing up as Pennywise the Clown, for example, just to jump out on the vulnerable. I see the fun side, too, but NOT the taking it too far side either! After all it is October in the Halloween month, but when will all this painted-face madness stop?
Whatever you are doing this Halloween, be good, stay safe and DON'T tease children, elders or the certain at unease. Thank You!!
Jason Davitt was introduced to myself through a friend and was told that he did his own film and sequel. The film is Vampires: Brighter in Darkness which could be seen in the Twilight-esq-region. However, I would say that it's more for adults and I thought the low budget gave this a charm. Yes, even the director told me that VBID was conceived very cheaply, but it works. It was originally a TV series on Sky TV. The budget might put others off, but I want to stress that, that doesn't really matter too much. It's interesting to see what is going on in the underbelly of non-mainstream cinema! Synopsis:"What happens when a seemingly innocent blind date turns out to be with a 1500 years old Vampire! A tale of Hunger, Lust, Desire, Love and the Supernatural!"
It's a LGBT-themed horror fantasy, I'm not going to lie. I could see it's target market. The performances and acting wasn't bad. Some were sad at the CGI effects, but that doesn't matter too muc…
Blood splattered horror in Sam Raimi'sThe Evil Dead (1981). ED originally started out as a 30 minute short featuring Bruce Campbell as a possessed monster stalking his girlfriend in a quiet, secluded cabin in the woods! Fast forward some years later and investors would see this crude horror short from director, Sam Raimi and help fund a feature we love and know today... The Evil Dead! ED the feature is a simple story of five friends that go to a far off cabin where they find a tape recorder in which they play back a demonic spell - from the previous owner! Things take a turn for the worst as one by one the are possessed and turned into hideous demons from nightmares! The only way to stop them are to dismember them one by one as we are left with very few survivors! Sam Raimi would use dutch (crooked/titled) filming angles to show the point-of-view of the evil unknown force in the woodlands and the cabin pans with spooky sound effects. A true horror technique which has been repeated i…
Summer's Night (2014) is a short horror film produced by Mitsuko Studios. It is featured in Self Induced Nightmares - a horror anthology. Produced and Written by Antoni McVay. Directed by Ian Lawlor. Synopsis:Summer drives to the last cabin at Chopley Woods to spend some private time with her partner. Sam, a serial killer, roams the nearby woods, searching for new victims. When Sam spots the cabin he finds his latest prey.
I thought that this was an interesting short that tries NOT to be Cliche in it's characters. There is some Lesbianism, horror and blood which fans may dig! It was nicely shot in the woods and in a quiet-looking cabin. There is a killer on the loose and bodies pile up at the start... However, once we get into the main story, there are darker twists and turns!! Cast: Juliette Strange, Sara Rose Dickson, Simon Craig, Kookie Katana, Rochelle Kneale, Ashleigh Gloyne and Graeme Donaldson.
What a perfect month (October/Halloween) to dig out and watch: 100 Years of Horror - Hosted by Christopher Lee (RIP). I first saw this on the old Sc-Fi Channel in 1996 during my College days! It was on beyond the early hours of the morning and features the late Christopher Lee introducing clips of different horror genres and films to educate and fright a new audience!
The full dvd box set came out a few years back and the episodes were spread out onto x5 discs! Lee would talk over clips over classic horror films starting at the silent era. Some modern horror is covered, too as each episode runs roughly for 20 minutes! A great box-set to sit down to at Halloween or any day, to be honest! The dvd is also Region Free.
DISC ONE Dracula and His Disciples - There's more to Dracula than just Bela Lugosi, as the cinema's various incarnations of the carnal count are examined.
Blood-Drinking Beings - Dracula wasn't the only blood-sucker immortalized on film. Here is some of his "…
Low budget film time in Cherish(2016). We open with VHS screen with the video-tape playing what looks like snuff (it isn't don't worry, so far...) with some scary killer handling fake human intensetines before carrying them out in a plastic-bag! Cut to the next scene inside a house a house wife/girlfriend is in the bath giving herself an abortion! Cue the happy music as a couple go to the park in the next scene. The visuals are broken up by more VHS fuzz and satanic goings-on: Cue the Black Metal music and masked torturers!
Be warned... there is some GRAPHIC STOCK FOOTAGE in there, too and PORNOGRAPHY. Very dark stuff, indeed! The female is disgusted (as is the audience) at this VHS footage in-which it gets played by the boyfriend of the couple! This is all building up to some nasty stuff by the masked people... There involves a lot of fake blood and Irony towards the end and NO real Credit titles!
It was clever to have this no-budget 25 minute film to have a VHS effect plast…
The Blob (1958) is a classic of the sci-fi/horror genre. It stars the late Steve McQueenofBullitt (1968) fame. A meteorite lands on earth where a naive old man investigates it as it opens to reveal a gooey substance which attaches itself onto his hand! Luckily, a nearby couple (one played by McQueen) find the guy on the road and try to save his life as reasonable teenagers. The Blob is growing and feeding on the humans, doctors and nurses it comes into contact with in this small town. It's that simple!
A great schlock-horror film that was designed for the drive-ins! At one point, The Blob attacks a movie theater where the audience are watching an old black and white film. They run from the cinema screaming (and laughing). The teens are so helpful to the authorities in this film as McQueen plays it quite nerdy with his girlfriend, to try and save the day and the town from the space menace!
It's a fun film. I first watched it on Channel 4 really late at night in 1990, I recall. …
Grand Macabre (2016) is the latest short from John H Shelton. It centers around a young man who is mourning the loss of his dead Grandma! However, when he tries to contact her through a spirit board at night, it turns into a very long one indeed, for the curious.
This short features John H Shelton and Steven Chamberlain. The voice overs were done by Actor Steve Pollard and Georgy Ragazza as Grandma's Voice. A special Thank You to everybody that helped out on the Production - Happy October and Happy Halloween!!