Thursday, 18 April 2019

Dark forces invade HORROR CHANNEL in May

Dark forces arrive on Horror Channel in May when the UK’s most popular genre TV channel unleashes INVASION SEASON: a collection of Saturday night alien attack sci-fi movies. 


 The line-up includes Chris Gorak’s Moscow-set apocalyptic fantasy, THE DARKEST HOUR, Colin Minihan’s wonderfully effective sci-fi shocker EXTRATERRESTRIAL, Scott Stewart’s compulsive alien home-invasion thriller DARK SKIES and the high velocity alien battler drama SKYLINE, directed by Greg and Colin Strause.

Full film details:

Sat 4 May @ 21:00 – THE DARKEST HOUR (2011) *Channel Premiere



Young entrepreneurs Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) find themselves stranded in Moscow, alongside fellow travellers Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Anne (Rachael Taylor), fighting to survive when an alien attack devastates the city. They must somehow fight back against a deadly invisible enemy that can find and disintegrate them at any moment.

Sat 11 May @ 21:00 – EXTRATERRESTRIAL (2014) * Channel Premiere 


Still reeling from her parents' divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.

Sat 18 May @ 21:00 – DARK SKIES (2013) *Channel Premiere 


The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force. They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it’s too late.

Sat 25 May @ 21:00 – SKYLINE (2010) 


The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light which is hypnotically drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world unravels, a band of survivors soon discover they must fight against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extra-terrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power?

There is also the UK TV premiere for Roxy Shith’s blood-thirsty psychological thriller PAINKILLERS and channel premieres for pulp horror anthology, TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS, helmed by Freddie Francis and Neil LaBute’s horrifying racial drama LAKEVIEW TERRACE, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson,

Plus, the channel also premieres Paul W.S. Anderson’s RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, with Milla Jovovich, returning as iconic heroine Alice. 


Horror Channel: Be Afraid
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138



"DEATH TRENCH" on DVD & Digital 6th May

INGLORIOUS BASTARDS meets OVERLORD and OUTPOST in this terrifying, blood-soaked, gore-filled, stomach-churning zombie horror. 

In the final days of WWI a shell-shocked tunneller leads an Allied team into a hidden German base… 100 hundred feet below the trenches. The Germans have lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into deranged killers. 

The Allies find themselves trapped underground with hordes of the infected, a rapidly spreading disease and a team of German Stormtroopers dispatched to clean up the mess. The only thing more terrifying, is what lies beneath it.

Rossif Sutherland (TV's The Expanse), Robert Stadlober (TV's Das Boot), Ted Atherton (TV's The Expanse), and Adam Hurtig (Cult of Chucky) star.

View the trailer on YouTube

By the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

"The Scroll of Morlok" - crowdfunding campaign

Director Dash Finley got in touch to tell us about his horror short "The Scroll of Morlok", starring Rae Gray (Fear the Walking Dead), which is currently in production and are seeking funds to help complete the project. 

Filmed in the style of a silent horror film, like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The story follows Kelly, a young film buff running an indie movie theater. She’s found a print of her obsession - a long lost silent horror classic - The Scroll of Morlok. Kelly projects the film, unfurling the story of a waifish HEROINE who, along with her FIANCÉ, stumbles upon a horrific murder at a country estate. A shadow passes through the light of the projector, giving Kelly the sense that she may not be alone.

With creeping dread, she realizes that what she does in the theater is mimicking exactly what’s happening in the old film. When the movie’s Heroine and her FiancĂ© notice bloody footprints belonging to the mysterious killer; Kelly notices the same footprints in the theater, leading to a billowing curtain. Then, both in the cinematic world and in ours, a ghoulish monster emerges— MORLOK, a wraith-like phantom out of time, his rotted flesh caked over with stage make-up. Terrified, Kelly realizes she has inadvertently freed the fiendish supernatural villain from his celluloid prison! 

View some of the finished footage below.


To learn more about the project and to help donate visit the films Seed and Spark page.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

TERRA FORMARS (2016) - UK BD review

Takashi Miike's live action adaptation of the popular Japanese comic and animated series TERRA FORMARS makes its UK debut this month on Blu-Ray, courtesy of Arrow films.

Set several hundred years into the future, Earth is looking to colonise Mars and have altered the atmosphere, seeded vegetation and introduced insect life, which are supposed to transform the environment ready for humans.

But when the crew of a space ship crew sets down with orders to kill all the bugs ready for human colonisation, they are surprised when instead of finding lots of little cockraoches, they're confronted instead by 7ft tall humanoids. 

It seems evolution happens at a lot faster pace on Mars and there was a reason this particular band of criminal misfits, which range from Yakuza hit-men and terrorists to computer hackers and serial killers, were chosen for this special mission.

Each crew member is given a DNA shot which will transform them into an evolved insect hybrid, with a special power that will enable them to fight these anthropomorphic insects. If you've seen The Guyver (Mutronics) you get the idea.

Not your typical Takashi Miike film, this bizarre sci-fi tale, which just gets even more bizarre as it goes on, is one that I can only really recommend to fans of the original comic, animated series or fans of Japanese manga. Regular sci-fi fans may wonder what on earth they were watching, as indeed I did. Which wasn't helps by the fact the film is in Japanese with English subtitles, so you really do need to pay attention to whats going on.

The film comes with the following special features

Making of (87mins) - A feature length behind the scenes documentary on the making of the film

Cast Interviews - The 6 principal cast members are interviewed about their roles

Outtakes (4mins) - A series of goofs and gaffs that were cut from the film.

Trailers - The original theatrical trailer and 2x teaser trailers are included.

Stills Gallery - Essentially a photo gallery of on set production stills. 

The first pressing also contains a fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Tom Mes. Author of 'The Cinema of Takashi Miike'.

TERRA FORMARS is out now on UK BD from Arrow Video.   

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and BEHIND THE MASK Get New Fright-Rags Apparel

A film doesn't need to be a box office hit to have an enduring legacy, as evidenced by genre favorites like Big Trouble in Little China and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Fright-Rags has released new apparel from the pair of cult classics. 


Ol' Jack Burton says to get to Fright-Rags for the Big Trouble in Little China collection, which features four new tees from the John Carpenter film, a replica of Kurt Russell's wardrobe tank top, and four enamel pins, including Lo Pan with light-up eyes. 


Paradise lost? Fright-Rags found it in the Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon collection. It includes four shirts from the meta-slasher, including one that pays homage to Friday the 13th, along with a pair of socks and a flip-open Leslie Vernon enamel pin.

Big Trouble in Little China and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

Bunnyman : Grindhouse Edition

Director Carl Lindbergh is set to re-release the original Bunnyman film. Originally released in 2011, ANOC productions is unleashing the ultimate version of the film via Amazon on April 19th 2019.

The “NEW” Director’s Cut is titled "Bunnyman : Grindhouse Edition" and will feature never-before-seen footage! The film has also been re-edited, to show Lindbergh’s truest vision of the film. The film’s release it timed specifically for Easter !

This is director Carl Lindbergh’s true vision of the film. He says of this remake/directors cut: “What initially started as a simple idea of doing a director's cut of the film, evolved into a full remake of the film. The original Bunnyman was completely recut with approx. 50% of the film being new footage (incorporating deleted scenes, new VFX etc.), and the score was completely redone.

These changes go way beyond a simple directors cut, however it's not an entirely new film either. When revisiting the film, we realized there was much more we could fix then initially anticipated. These changes make Bunnyman : Grindhouse Edition the definitive version of the original Bunnyman film. The film was remade in the spirit of Grindhouse/Exploitation films of the 1970’s.” 

 "Bunnyman : Grindhouse Edition" will be available on Amazon.com from April 19th.

View the trailer below...




Tuesday, 9 April 2019

THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE - UK BD review

A killer is stalking the friends and family of a prominent Swiss diplomat in Dublin, Ireland in Riccardo Freda's unique Giallo thriller THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, which comes to UK Blu-Ray this month from Arrow films.

Set in Ireland, when the dead body of a young woman is discovered in the boot of a limousine, owned by Swiss diplomat Ambassador Sobiesky (Anton Diffring - Fareinheit 451, The Man Who can Cheat Death), the police are not convinced that he knew nothing about the victim.

As more mutilated bodies turn up, having been attacked by an acid throwing, razor wielding killer, who were all known to the ambassador, or his family and with the Ambassador refusing to cooperate and  hiding behind his diplomatic immunity. The police decide to use some unorthadox methods to investigate him.

Hiring a private detective, Norton (Luigi Pistilli - Your Vice is a Locked Room and I have the Only Key), a former police officer kicked off the force for beating a suspect to death, the police use him to get close to the family and see what he can turn up. But with more bodies piling up, will he be the next victim?

Certainly one of the more unusual Italian Giallo's I've reviewed, taking place in the Republic of Ireland for a change, rather than mainland Europe. THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE is never-the-less a good, solid, violent Italian murder-mystery

This release marks its UK Blu-Ray debut and comes packed with the following special features

English and Italian soundtracks - The film gives you the option to watch the film either with the English dubbed track, or its original Italian Soundtrack. If you select the latter, you also get the option of English subtitles and the film will play with it's Italian credits.

Audio commentary - Giallo connoisseurs Adrian J Smith, webmaster of the Horrorpedia wiki, and David Flint, Editor and Publisher of Reprobate magazine provide a running commentary track of the film.

Of Chamelians and Iguanas (21mins) - Cultural critic Richard Dyer discusses the film and it's impact on the Giallo genre. Considering Cipriani (25mins) - DJ and Soundtrack collector Lovely Jon gives discusses Stelvio Cipriani's soundtrack to this and some of his other films.

The Cutting Game (20mins) - An interview with assistant editor Bruno Michell discussing how he got into movies and his work on the film.

Red Queen of Hearts (20mins) - Actress Dagmar Lassander is interviewed, discussing her film career and her involvement in this.

Original trailers - the films original Italian and English language trailer are included.

Photo galleries - A collection of on-set still, promotional lobby cards, posters and promotional artwork are included which you scroll through using the skip button on your remote.

A nice selection of extras, but most will probably only appeal to die hard Giallo fans being largely comprised of critics giving their two-penneth on what they liked about the film. Though due to the film's age it was probably hard to track down any surviving members of the production. The interview with Dagmar Lassander was nice though and the commentary track with critics Flint and Smith was rather fun to listen to, which were both major plus points and I also liked the option of being able to watch the film in either English or Italian with the respective titles.

To summerise, if you enjoy Italian Giallos, you would well be advised to seek this one out, boasting plenty of violence, blood, female nudity and more red-herrings than you can shake a stick at, that will keep fans of Italian cinema very happy. 

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk