Monday, 28 July 2014

A Vault of Victims coming to DVD in September

A new British horror anthology from Will Metheringham and friends is lined up for a US release in September through WorldWide MultiMedia. Metheringham, director of The Photographer: Inside the Mind of a Psycho, has teamed up with his missus, Maria Lee Metheringham, and their mate Anthony Brems for the three segments of A Vault of Victims.

Death, Murder, Love Triangles, Evil Teddy Bears and Sex Galore. Three wickedly sexy tales in this terrifying anthology that are sure to make your blood curdle while fulfilling your deepest fantasies. In Sweet Mirror: A timid girl finds an escape from her sexual repression in a mysterious old mirror. Her new confidence allows her to confront her inner demons. In Terror the Bear: An evil teddy bear plots the demise of a group of self-absorbed students. In Hidden Camera: Steve's secret recordings are found by his girlfriend Lyndsey and her plan for revenge is death. Horrifying, deadly and dangerous consequences abound behind this Vault of Victims.

Here's the Facebook page and here's the trailer. Astute BHR fans will spot that the middle story, Terror the Bear, ploughs a similar furrow to Karl Holt's award-winning 2006 short Eddie Loves You. That's alright - there can never be too many films about psychotic cuddly toys!



Metheringham is apparently finishing off a feature called Snuff Reel and also prepping a sequel to his debut - The Photographer 2: Inside the Dark Room.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Can't wait to see: C Thomas Howell in Siren Song

Here is the trailer for Siren Song, the first feature from Benedict Mart. Shot in Cornwall earlier this year - during all those really bad storms - this tale of cannibal psychos on a creepy island is the first British horror title on the CV of B-movie legend C Thomas Howell, a man more commonly to be found in the output of Fred Olen Ray or The Asylum. And those who know me will understand that this is far from  a criticism - quite the opposite!

Siren Song focuses on two friends, one of whom pursues a relationship with a mysterious woman who part owns a guest house and who he has been dating online. Problems occur when guests at the isolated guest house begin to disappear and the guys discover the truth about the woman and her monstrous sisters and how they must escape from a mysterious island if they want to survive beyond dawn.

Ben tells me: "I had the idea a couple of years ago and commissioned a friend Lisa Edwards to write the story retelling the Siren myth with their song sung though the web. Also with the outbreak of the horse burgers scandal, what are we eating? Both ideas intertwined so well together.

"We had a fantastic team from the camera department headed by Tobias Marshall who with the help of  the gaffer, Martryn Culpan, lite up Polperro Harbour during one of the smaller storms. The production designer Heather Dunn did a fantastic job in set dressing the siren 'hotel'; many of the rooms got a complete face-lift to fit our narrative. Also our editor Tom Kemplen fine-tuned the narrative of the film and post house team Onlinepp gave their outstanding commitment to the project, which we are very grateful for."



Friday, 25 July 2014

25 British Horror Revival titles available on TheHorrorShow.tv

Online horror source TheHorrorShow.tv continues to be a good place to find some of the best new British horror. Their current list includes a full 25 BHR titles, as detailed below - with links to my reviews where they exist. (NB. The site does fall down somewhat on its tagging,m so their 'British horror' tag omits a lot of these and includes a couple of decidedly non-British films.)

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!