Monday, 16 October 2017

New trailer for STRANGER THINGS 2 - On Netflix 27 Oct.

Checkout the new trailer for Series 2 of STRANGER THINGS, coming to Netflix Oct 27...


It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Visit Stranger Things on Netflix.

Stranger Things 2 debuts on October 27th. 


68 KILL - on UK DVD and Digital November.

STUDIOCANAL is excited to announce that the exhilarating and unpredictable crime caper 68 KILL comes to DVD and Digital Download from 27th November 2017.

Blending quickfire thriller with bracingly visceral belly laughs, 68 KILL introduces Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds) a simple guy scraping by as best he can by flushing septic systems for a living.

Thankfully, Chip’s girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord, 90210) has her head screwed on. When she suggests that they relieve a sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed… or never wanted to admit.

Outsmarted at every turn by headstrong women, Chip finds himself with a gun in his hand and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of a colossal mess.

68 KILL is a dark, violent, hilarious and psychedelic trip into Americana that has already caused a stir at film festivals and is sure to leave a satisfyingly sour taste in the mouth of any thrill-seeking film fan.

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



 

Ian McKellan to voice the Demon in the stage adaptation of THE EXORCIST

Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon. The trailer which features a preview of McKellen’s devilish new role can be viewed here.

From 20 October at the Phoenix Theatre, the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop!”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan's strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul…

“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”

As previously announced, Jenny Seagrove will play Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Elliot Harper as Father Joe, Isla Lindsay as Sharon, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Tristram Wymark as Burke and Clare Louise Connolly as Regan.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

Multi award-winning Ian McKellen has had a 55 year long career on stage and on screen. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has played Romeo, Macbeth, Iago and King Lear and at the National Theatre, has appeared in productions of Coriolanus, Richard III, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull. He gained his first Oscar nomination for Gods and Monsters and his second for Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is Magneto to Patrick Stewart’s Xavier in the X-Men movies, Richard III and most recently Mr Holmes. He is currently starring in King Lear in Chichester and was last seen on stage in London with Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land.

The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell (Five Guys Named Moe), Composition and Sound Design by Adam Cork (London Road), Projection Design by Jon Driscoll & Gemma Carrington (Brief Encounter) and Illusion Design is by Ben Hart (Impossible). Associate Director is Alexander Lass.

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Charing Cross Rd
London
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PLEASE NOTE this production contains material which may shock and offend. Recommended age guidance 18+.

First Performance: 20 October 2017
Booking to 10 March 2018

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THE SHINING - in UK cinemas this Halloween.

Distributors Park Circus celebrate this coming Halloween with a re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s classic "The Shining"


Screening in over 100 UK cinemas – for one night only, on 31 October – audiences can enjoy this remarkable thriller on the big screen once again at cinemas throughout the UK, plus selected European and Latin American territories.

Accompanying the film on its release to cinemas is a bonus seven-minute documentary, Work & Play: A Short Film About The Shining (2017), directed by Matt Wells for Park Circus.

See the Shining on the BIG screen this Halloween.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Mayhem Film Festival 2017 Report - Day 3.

Day 3 of Mayhem was another mixed bag, with a number of foreign language films, a bizarre art film and a classic Italian shocker.


First up was the extremely bizarre Japanese gore fest TAG by Sion Sono (Dir - Suicide Club). Watching 120 school kids getting cut in half in the first 2mins of a film in a bizarre coach crash, is a good way to start. But from there on in, things get really wierd for the one lone surviving schoolgirl.

Having survived that incident, she then finds her appearance changed and thrust into yet another massacre, which she survives only for her appearance to change once again and be thrust into another gory nightmare.

Very bizarre and surreal, not to mention extremely violent, I think I understood the ending (which I won't spoil) but  it really was a job to know what to make of it, other than I enjoyed it. 

Check out the trailer and see for yourself on YouTube

Moving from Japan to South Korea for our second film of the day, Sun-ho Cho's A DAY. In which a highly decorated doctor stops to help at a road traffic accident, only to discover his daughter is one of the victims.

Waking up to find it was a dream (or so he thinks) he is then alarmed to find himself living the same day, over and over again as he attempts in vain to try and prevent the accident from happening. But help comes from an unexpected source when he discovers he may not be the only one living the same events repeatedly.

Kind of like Groundhog Day meets Final Destination, this was one of the most tense films I've seen in a very long time and was really taken aback by it. If you get chance, see it!!!!
 
View the trailer on YouTube


Changing pace with our third film was Ana Asensio's MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. Set in New York, Luciana (played by the director herself) is an illegal immigrant, struggling to get by, doing cash-in-hand work from ads on Craigs list.

So when she's asked to entertain some guests with some other girls at a special "party" for which she'll be paid $2000 it seems too good to be true. Needless to say, upon arrival, things take a very sinister turn as she wonders what she has let herself in for. But as it turns out, its not what she (or we for that matter) think...

Whilst the film is  competantly shot, acted and edited, for me it was just way too slow. The end premise was "interesting" (which I won't spoil for you) but I just felt it took too long to get there and explain everything. But then, I do kind-of have a short attention span and prefer faster paced films and the other audience members seemed to like it .

Visit the Director's Twitter page and Official Website.

View the trailer on YouTube.


After a quick break, there was the Short Films Showcase, which this year featured 12 widely different horror themed short films from around the world. However, in the interestes of Brevity I shall be reviewing those seperately in their own review section.


Then it was back to the feature films with the UK premiere of PREY from Dick Maas (Amsterdamned).

A series of deaths around Amsterdam from what appears to be a wild animal leads police to believe there's a Lion on the loose. Enlisting the help of a zoologist (Sophie Van Winden) and a wild game hunter (British actor Mark Frost) they set out to trap the lion, with hilarious results.

The passengers of a tram are swiftly devoured, a delivery boy on a moped is chased around the back streets and an entire family on a farm are devoured whilst the incompetant police end up shooting at each other in a series of botched operations to catch the beast.

Sporting a wicked streak of dark humour, in which absolutely NO ONE is safe, children the elderly, the disabled. This was a brialliantly fun film, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.

Director Dick Maas was there to talk about the film and take audience questions, footage of which will appear on my YouTube channel shortly.


Visit the directors Facebook and Twitter pages.

View the trailer on YouTube.


Day 3 closed with a screening of the newly restored version of Dario Argento's classic shocker Suspiria. A film that all good horror fans should be more than familiar with, and if not, you should hang your head in shame. 

Jessica Harper stars as the new student at an exclusive ballet school in Germany, who discovers not everything is as it seems there.

When one of the girls is murdered, it marks the start of a series of bizarre dissapearances at the school, which she discovers, in an extremely bizarre plot twist, may have something to do with the school being founded by a coven of witches 100s of years ago.

Visually stunning, featuring a whole slew of brutally graphic murders and an appearance by a rather young looking Udo Kier (Mark of the Devil, Iron Sky, Blade), albeit dubbed with an American accent. This new restoration is undoubtedly the best it has ever looked and was a real treat seeing this on the big screen. Not sure when this version will be released to Blu-Ray in the UK, but it can't come soon enough!

View the trailer on YouTube
 
And thus concluded Day 3.

Read my reviews of Day 1 and Day 2.  

The Mayhem Horror festival is on between 12-15 October, at the Broadway cinema, Nottingham. For more info visit… http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mayhem Film Festival 2017 Report - Day 2.

Day 2 of Mayhem kicked off at 3pm on Friday, in what has become known as the "wierd" slot, where they show the films that are kind of difficult to categorise and this film was certainly no exception to that


BITCH by writer and director Mariana Palka revolves around a downtrodden housewife (played by the director herself) and her husband Bill (Jason Ritter - Freddy Vs Jason), who basically lives for his executive job, paying her and his family little or no attention.

Having finally reached the end of her tether, she suffers a break down, closets herself in the basement and proceeds to act like a dog. Walking on all fours, barking and howling at people and deffacating everywhere. Forcing the extremely inept father to try and cope with bringing up their 4 kids on his own and trying to work out how to deal with her.

A jet black comedy, which I assume was trying to make the point that neglecting your family and burying your head in the sand whenever there's a problem will eventually bite you on your arse.  The film seemed to be well received by the audience, but again was a bloody wierd one to describe.

You can see an interview with the director chatting about her film on YouTube.

The next film of the day goes on to prove that the female of the species is certainly more deadly than the male in 68 Kill from director Trent Haaga (Dir - Chop , Actor - Tales of Halloween).

Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler - TVs Criminal Minds) is a gullible young man, who's coerced by his psychotic girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord in one of her typical psycho roles) into ripping off her 'sugar daddy'. Only to realise just how psychotic she really is, when the robbery goes wrong and she kills the guy and his wife.

When they are then forced to abduct a girl that witnessed the killings, he realises they've gone too far and he takes off without her. But it seems his 'captive' may be just as bad as his ex. And to top it off, when they are ripped off by another women they encountered on their travels, it seems he's in a whole lot of trouble, particularly as Liza wants her money back.

Hilariously violent and downright wrong in places, this one was a laugh riot, filled black humour and was loved by the audience.

You can view the trailer here on YouTube.


Director Simeon Halligan's HABIT was a substantial change of pace and one that will certainly make people think twice about ever visiting a massage parlour.

Set in Manchester, deadbeat Michael (Elliot james Langridge - Northern Soul) strikes up a friendship with a young girl, Lee (Jessica Barden TV's Coronation Street, and Hanna) who manages to get him some cash-in-hand work as a doorman at her uncles 'Massage Parlour' *COUGH* "Brothel" *COUGH*.

But it isn't long before he realises there's something very, VERY sinister about this particular Gentleman's establishment and not just with the clientele that visit. I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but think Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (without the singing) crossed with Texas Chainsaw Massacre (but set in Manchester).

Based on the book of the same name by Stephen McGeagh, this is an exceptional gritty tale set around Manchester's criminal underbelly which boasted quite a few familiar faces from British Soap Operas, including Roxanne Pallet (TVs Emmerdale and Lake Placid 3, Wrong Turn 6) , Joanna Mitchell (TV's Emmerdale,  and Before the Dawn, Bait) and Loius Emmerick (TVs Brookside, and Layer Cake) and seemed to go down well with the audience.

Director Simeon Halligan and Producer Rachel Richardson-Jones were in attendance to chat about the film afterwards, along with lead actor Elliot james Langridge who introduced the film, before having to dart off to another engagement. Footage of which will appear on my YouTube channel shortly


Visit the film's Facebook, Twitter pages and the Director's Website.

View the trailer on YouTube.


With it being Friday the 13th, the evening closed rather aptly with a screening of Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D, which we watched wearing the old fashioned red and blue specs.

I'm sure all good horror fans know the story, but for those who don't. Picking up after the events of part 2, Jason is still prowling around Crystal Lake and comes accross a group of teens holidaying at a cabin a bit further round the shoreline, which he proceeds to hack to bits with various sharp implements after acquiring his now famous Hockey Mask.

Filmed to cash in on the short lived boom of 3D films of the early 1980s, complete with objects being deliberately shoved directly into the camera lens (the 3D effect did kind of work, though some scenes were better than others), it's certainly lost none of its charm over the years, which had the audience laughing hysterically at its outright cheesiness.

It would appear this screening was taken from the US DVD, as the intro titles were in 2D, as per the current US release. Despite the titles being in 3D on the original print, which was a shame. But aside from that, it was great seeing some classic 80s 3D cheese on the big screen with a festival crowd.

View the trailer on YouTube.
 
And that was it for Day 2.

Read my reviews of Day 1

The Mayhem Horror festival is on between 12-15 October, at the Broadway cinema, Nottingham. For more info visit… http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/

 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Mayhem Film Festival 2017 Report - Day 1.

It's that time of year again, when horror fans from all over the East Midlands, and further besides, make their annual pilgrimage to the Broadway arts cinema in Nottingham to bear witness to the spectacle that is the "Mayhem Horror Film Festival" for another four days of Horror, Sci-Fi, Cult and Exploitation films and more!


This year kicked off with the hilariously funny, not to mention brutally bloody, feature film debut from director Benjamin Barfoot , "DOUBLE DATE".  

In this ultimate 'Battle of the Sexes", Jim (played the writer, Danny Morgan) is a hapless 29 year old, who is useless with women and still hasn't lost his virginity yet. So when a couple of rather nice looking girls take an interest in him and his friend Alex (Michael Socha - TVs "Being Human"), he can't believe his luck.

However, as the old adage goes, "if something appears too good to be true, then it probably is". Seems these girls have been preying on men for some time and if they get their way, it won't be Jim's virginity that he loses. 

But first they have to get them home, which proves extremely difficult, as things invariably go awry, in a series of farcical escapades involving Jim's devout christian parents, Alex's drunken trailer-trash father (played rather aptly by Dexter Fletcher) and a series of spiked drinks, which culminates in an extremely bloody, not to mention, politically incorrect end fight, as the two lads dicover what the girls want with them and a slapstick battle ensues!

Also starring Kelly Wenham and Georgina Groome (in a much differant role to her character from "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging"), the film went down a storm with the crowd, who laughed throughout. 

Director Benjamin Barfoot, Producer Matthew James Wilkinson, writer and lead actor Danny Morgan and co-star Georgina Groome were in attendance to chat to the audience afterwards and field questions, footage of which will appear on my YouTube channel shortly.


The film is actually released to UK cinemas THIS weekend, from Friday the 13th of October. If you get the chance, go see it.

Visit the films Facebook and Twitter pages.

View the trailer on YouTube.


The  second and final film of the evening, "M.F.A.", kept with the theme of women vs men, but substantially different in tone and style, as it asks the question, if the law won't do anything, is vigilante justice ever justified?

Art student Noelle (Francesca Eastwood - TV's "Heroes Reborn") is not best pleased with the response from her college after being sexually assaulted during a party at one of the fraternity houses. When they do little or nothing about the allegations.

Discovering she is not the first person to have suffered such an ordeal on campus, and the college seems more interested in covering things up than dealing with them. She subsequently sets about tracking down those who've got away with their crimes, and making them pay the old fashioned way.

But although the first killings appear to be accidents, the more people she kills, the more confident she becomes in getting away with it, and the more brutal the murders become. Soonafter, she finds the police are on her case and no one is going to look the other way this time.

Directed by Natalia Leite and written by Leah McKendrick, who also co-stars as Noelle's room mate Skye. The film was rather like a female "Death Wish", but set on a college campus and was again, certainly well received by the audience. If you've seen "I Spit on Your Grave" or "Angel of Vengeace" (Ms. 45) this film makes an excellent companion piece to those.

Visit the films Twitter page.

View the trailer on YouTube.

And that was it for Day 1

The Mayhem Horror festival is on between 12-15 October, at the Broadway cinema, Nottingham. For more info visit… http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/