Thursday, 28 August 2014

[Frightfest Review] - Creep

Stars; Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Director; Patrick Brice
Writers; Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Running Time; 82 mins

A videographer answers a Craigslist ad for one day of filming in a remote location. Despite his client's unusual requests all seems fairly harmless until night falls and the truth behind his client takes a frightening turn.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

[Frightfest - Review] The Babadook

Stars; Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney
Director; Jennifer Kent
Writer; Jennifer Kent
Running Time; 95 mins

Single mum Amelia is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband at the same time battling her son's obsession with monsters. Strange spooky occurrences start to take place and Amelia finds herself questioning whether she is on the verge of a breakdown or if there really is a malign presence stalking her and her son.

Monday, 25 August 2014

[Frightfest Review] - The Sleeping Room

Stars; Leila Mimmack, Joseph Beattie, Christopher Adamson, Julie Graham
Director; John Shackleton
Writers; Alex Chandon, Ross Jameson, John Shackleton
Running Time; 75 mins

Blue, an orphaned 19 year old call girl living in Brighton falls for her latest client Bill and is intrigued by his renovation project of a Victorian house that used to be brothel.  When a secret room is uncovered Blue learns of its link to her family which could hold the answers to her mother's death. As she delves deeper Blue suddenly finds herself at the heart of an unsettled score with only one possible and fatal outcome.

RIP Lord Richard Attenborough 1923 - 2014

Richard (Lord) Attenborough, who died today aged 90 was one of cinema's most prolific talents both in front and behind the camera. In a career that has spanned six decades Lord Attenborough has entertained, moved, terrified and enthralled movie audiences around the world in many of filmdom's most famous and legendary titles. Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Flight of the Phoenix, 10 Rillington Place, Ghandi, Cry Freedom, Jurassic Park, and Shadowlands are just the fragment of the tip of the iceberg that is Lord Attenborough's career. He has enjoyed success in the US having worked with many of cinema's greatest living and sadly departed talents. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

[Frightfest - Review] The Green Inferno

Stars; Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Daryl Sabara
Director; Eli Roth
Writers; Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo
Running Time; 100 mins

UPDATE; The Green Inferno is now available in the UK on DVD, BLU-RAY and VOD

Idealistic suburban student activists travel to the Peruvian jungles in their fight to protect the land and its tribal inhabitants. After a successful campaign resulting in the cessation of mass deforestation the activists fly home only for their plane to crash in the jungle.The survivors are carted off by the indigenous natives where they quickly realise their fate is a culinary one.

Friday, 22 August 2014

[Fright Fest - Review] Zombeavers

Stars; Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe
Director; Jordan Rubin
Writers; Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplin, Al Kaplin
Running Time; 85 Mins

Zombie fever gives way to beaver fever as a metal drum containing toxic waste turns a secluded forest's beaver population into bloodthirsty ravenous zombies. A group of fraternity students holidaying in the log cabin fight for survival against the raging Zombeavers.

[FrightFest - Review] The Guest

Stars; Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Ethan Embry
Director; Adam Wingard
Writer; Simon Barrett
Running Time; 100 Mins

Laura and Spenser Peterson, and their children Anna and Luke are surprised by the arrival of David a soldier claiming to a friend of older son Caleb killed in action. When they ask him to stay he at first appears as a source of comfort and support but beneath the friendly demeanour masks a sinister figure with dark motives that could jeopardize the Peterson's lives.

The Sleeping Room Crowdfunds Efforts for Release to Wider Audience

Movie Mogul Film, the company that succeeded in crowdfunding their latest production The Sleeping Room making it the first feature film to raise funds through equity based crowdfunding, is calling to the crowd again for support. Ahead of the film's premier screening at this year's Film4 Frightfest International Horror Film Festival, the company has announced the launch of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for funds to support the film's print and advertising efforts. The money raised will be used to promote the film to as wide an audience as possible through film festival screenings and other marketing activities. Movie Mogul Films is looking to raise £15,000 in 30 days and in exchange offer donors rewards that would appeal to film fans especially lovers of the horror genre.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

RIP Robin Williams 1951-2014

In the film Dead Poets Society written by Tom Schulman teacher John Keating (Robin Williams in what I feel was his best role) attempts to save his class of young aspirants from a life of mediocrity by inspiring them to think for themselves. In it he quotes from Walt Whitman; "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" In answer to Keating's question Williams has contributed extraordinary verses to the powerful play lighting up the screen and our lives with his emotionally charged performances as an actor and his boundless frenetic energy as a comedian. His body of work is immense and although some could rightfully be buried in the landfill of awful forgettable movies (Cadillac Man, Hook) Williams' legacy is a plethora of incredible performances all of which deserved a nod from his peers. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

[Review] Oculus

Stars; Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane
Director; Mike Flanagan
Writers; Jeff Howard and Mike Flanagan
Running Time; 104 Mins  
Release Date;  13th June 2014

Eleven years after the brutal slaying of their parents, two siblings return to the family home to unearth proof that a malevolent supernatural force was behind their deaths.

Avid horror fans will not necessarily find anything new or original in this supernatural thriller. Malignant spirits occupying household items, possession and hauntings as well as blurring of principle players' realities have been the staple of films such as British horror anthology From the Beyond The Grave (which featured a ravenous mirror), The Shinning, and of course any of films within the Amityville series. However this is still a high quality film worthy to be included in the horror genre.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

[Review] The Raid 2; Berandal

Stars; Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian,
Written/Directed by; Gareth Evans
Running Time 150 Mins
Release Date; 11th April 2014

Following the bloody aftermath of the first film, rookie cop Rama now finds he is a target of the corrupt cops who had sent him and his team on the suicide mission to take down a brutal drug lord. To unmask the corruption at the highest levels and to protect his family Rama agrees to infiltrate the crime families to obtain the necessary evidence. However he soon finds himself caught in the middle of a rising feud between Jakarta's biggest crime families and thus a cat and mouse game of survival ensues.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

First Feature Film In Equity Based Crowdfund Success

Supernatural thriller, The Sleeping Room, has become the first feature film to raise funds through equity based crowdfunding. Using the UK based platform Seedrs, Sleeping Room has succeed within 10 days in raising £10,000 from 37 investors in over six countries. The funds will go towards the film's completion. The success of Sleeping Room's crowdfunding efforts once again is an indicator of how the UK is leading the way in the continued growth of equity based crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

[Review] Third Contact

Stars; Tim Scott-Walker, Jannica Olin, Oliver Browne, Cristiana Dell’ Anna
Writer/Director; Simon Horrocks
Running Time; 85 mins


Whilst battling his own depressive demons psychotherapist David Wright becomes alarmed when two of his patients commit suicide and decides to investigate the cause. Clue after clue lead the increasingly obsessive therapist on the precipice of his mental stability that lead to questions of existence and a glimpse of the thin veil between life and death.
Good science fiction is as much about the journey into and future of the human condition as it is about alien invasions and space travel. "Third Contact" definitely falls into the former taking the viewer on a chilling journey into the dark recesses of the human psyche, a form of warped inner space exploration wrapped in a gripping piece of cinema.