Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Watch 'Benny Loves Killing' free for the next week and a half

Ben Woodiwiss' feature Benny Loves Killing is free to view online between 1st and 10th July courtesy of the fine folks at Cinema Zero, a fantastic bunch of guys who are commendably working to break the mould of old-fashioned distribution models. Their manifesto is pretty much everything I tried to get people to understand in Urban Terrors. Cinemas are dead, long live cinema.

Benny Loves Killing "follows the struggles of a student making a horror film, only for her life to fall apart".
It is "a tense, claustrophobic love letter to cinema". Woodiwiss previously wrote Blood + Roses. The film stars Pauline Cousty and Canelle Hoppe (London Voodoo, Hellbreeder).

Once you've watched the film, you can watch it again because there's also a commentary version on the site with Ben and producer Nick Jones discussing the making of the film.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Addicted becomes Rehab becomes The Clinic

Sean J Vincent's The Addicted, which is now available on DVD and VOD in the States, is onto its third title here in the UK. Safecracker DVD originally announced the UK release as Rehab but this has now changed again to The Clinic. There was an American film a couple of years ago called Rehab, but then there was one called The Clinic too.

The UK release date is sheduled for 28th July. Expect a review over on my main site this weekend.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Scar Tissue coming to cinemas next month

Scott Michell's Scar Tissue, which was shot back in 2011, gets a long-awaited release in a few weeks, with a limited theatrical from 25th July and then VOD/DVD on 4th August. Here's the press release blurb:

Detective Sam Cross (Charity Wakefield – Sense & Sensibility, Mockingbird Lane, The Raven) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police SWAT team. 

But now, decades later, he's back… 

Luke Denham (Danny Horn - Dr Who) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them. SCAR TISSUE is a shocking, gripping and stylish thriller from the producer of The Seasoning House that reminds us how the past can be impossible to escape – evil leaves its mark.

A Sterling Pictures production, the film also stars Shaun Dingwall (Dr Who, Rock & Chips), Helen George (Call The Midwife), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs) and screen legend Kenneth Colley (most famous for playing Admiral Piett in the original Star Wars trilogy and Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian). Original music for SCAR TISSUE is composed by Mark Ayres, famous for his work on Dr Who in classic era of the 80s, and more recently as part of the reformed BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 

Scar Tissue is produced by Michael Riley (Vampire Diary, The Seasoning House) and co-produced by Tim Dennison (Evil Aliens, Room 36) and either of those names is good enough for me. Music by Mark Ayres is the icing on the cake. Oh, and make-up effects by Paul Hyett, of course...

Friday, 13 June 2014

Jason Impey reviewed in Fangoria!

I just got the latest Fango (issue 333, with Godzilla on the cover) and was reading the Dump Bin Diaries section at the back where this month Trevor Parker reviews a two-disc, seven-feature pack from Columbia River called Psychopaths and Maniacs. It turns out that two of the features are by the Northamptonshire Cronenberg, Mr Jason Impey himself.

Of Naked Trip, Parker says "Impey is a natural onscreen, but this dry, talky, short feature does him no favours." He certainly prefers Zombie Lover: "the best overall entry by a country mile, offering a bit of romance and a weirdo Nazi subplot pired with some competent backyard zombie action."

There's a third BHR title in the pack (which was released last September) too: Will Metheringham's The Photographer, described as "awful - wth the exception of a tidy, understated, electronic score." The non-British films in the set are Scarlet Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest, A Season in Hell, The Brisbee Cannibal Club and Fetish Dolls Die Laughing. Parker recommends avoiding this set at all costs but frankly I'm sold!

You can find Psychopaths and Maniacs on Amazon.com for about eight and a half bucks. I piked it up from Play.com for four quid with free postage. Bargain!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Football meets British horror in 'Kick'!

I've come across a number of new titles this week but here's one that stands out because it's (a) different and (b) topical. With less than 24 hours to go before the World Cup starts, I've come across Kick, a new British horror film about football.

My initial concerns that this might just be yet another sub-Rise of the Footsoldier violent thug picture dissipated as I watched the terrific trailer. Basically, two football fans bribe their way into a Premier League stadium but then get trapped inside with a psycho. Lots of blood and body bits sliced off in this entry into the sport/horror mash-up genre.

Starring Rik Young (Beowulf, Voodoo Moon), Kellie Shirley (Whacked, The Sick House, EastEnders), Daniel Bayle, Richard Strange (Harry Potter 7, Inkheart), Nicola Posener (Axed) and Simone Kaye (Dead of the Nite), the film is written and directed by Marcus Warren.

I can't wait to see this one. Find out more at http://kickunited.com, Facebook or Twitter


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Archive video about Doghouse featuring Jake West, Emily Booth... and Bob Keen!

Collecting images for my 2009 Jake West interview, I came across this fascinating historical document. Back in 2007, Carnaby Films created an eleven-minute pre-production featurette for Jake's film Doghouse, with Jake himself, Emily Booth and the great Bob Keen, who was at that time attached to do the make-up effects. The whole thing was shot in Bob's workshop at Pinewood (where I filmed a featurette about King Kong, around the same time).

I hadn't seen this for ages but it's still on YouTube, so here it is. Particularly interesting are some of the early design sketches for the various zombirds.


Friday, 2 May 2014

Poster for The Wrong Floor

Here's the utterly brilliant poster for The Wrong Floor, created by ace artist Tom Hodge.

Can you find me?

Come up with a tag line for the movie, post it on the Facebook page, and if it's chosen you'll win all sorts of goodies including a name-check in the credits.