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‘Darkness Wakes’ Review

Stars: Aisling Knight, Richard Kilgour, Jill Buchanan, Samantha Schnitzler, Matt Veckman, Nick Bridge-Butler, Bjorn Franklin | Written and Directed by Simon Richardson

Hired to be a cat-sitter for an odd couple, the Farrows, college student Charlotte is given the run of a creepy house in the middle of the woods for a few days for an extravagant amount of money. The kind of money that students can’t turn down – of course there’s a reason that a meagre cat-sitting job comes with a huge pay packet… There’s a catch. There’s always a catch. A pretty big catch in this case given that this is a horror movie!

The clue is in the name of the couple who hired Charlotte. The Farrows. Hmmmm… Farrow. Where have I heard that name before? Could it be that this particular creepy couple are named after Mia Farrow? Star of Rosemary’s Baby,
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No One Can Hear You Scream: Life and Death in Space Horror

Tony Black on space horror…

The release this week of Life, the new science-fiction horror film from Daniel Espinosa, may herald for many a revelation if they’re unfamiliar with a sub-genre all of its own – the space horror movie. Espinosa’s film is entertaining, if workmanlike, and will be enjoyed primarily by people unfamiliar with the cavalcade of pictures it pilfers from across its running time, but can it really hold a candle to the movies it’s professing to update and sit alongside? That’s arguable.

What matters is the aforementioned sub-genre it now sits within, as it’s as rich and full as the wide variety of other sub-genres in horror or indeed science-fiction. Life, like many other movies we’ll mention here, owes its existence and a huge debt to what may not have been the first sci-fi horror movie, but is undoubtedly still the grandmaster.
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Interview: Director Norman J. Warren on Inseminoid, Prey…and Bloody New Year!

In honor of the last day of 2015, Shock unearths an interview with Bloody New Year director Norman J. Warren. The eccentric exploitation films of British filmmaker Norman J. Warren are certainly flawed and nowhere near as angry or socially-minded as his contemporary, Pete Walker, but they have a charm all their own. Film like…

The post Interview: Director Norman J. Warren on Inseminoid, Prey…and Bloody New Year! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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‘Tower of Evil’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jill Haworth, Bryant Haliday, Dennis Price, George Coulouris, Anna Palk, William Lucas, Anthony Valentine, Jack Watson, Derek Fowlds, Derek Fowlds, Gary Hamilton, Candace Glendenning, Dennis Price, Robin Askwith, Seretta Wilson | Written by Jim O’Connolly, George Baxt | Directed by Jim O’Connolly

Set in deserted lighthouse on fog-shrouded Snape Island, the terror of the Tower of Evil begins when a nude, crazed woman slaughters a sailor who visits the island. When she is taken back to civilization, she is found to possess an ancient relic; and so the authorities mount an expedition to solve a mysterious series of psycho-sexual murders…

I distinctly remember the very first time I saw Tower of Evil, it was on British TV – around the same time as the classic BBC 2 Horror double bills, so around 1993-95 – and, as someone who equated British horror with the likes of Amicus and Hammer, seeing the gloriously
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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them.
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Prematurely with ‘The Centerfold Girls’ at Late Nite Grindhouse

The most beautiful girls in the world… Some are for loving… Some are for killing!

Banned In Iceland! 35Mm Film Print!

Synopsis

A reedy man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude body of a young woman—her throat slit– along an otherwise empty beach. Soon a number of other beautiful women turn up dead, their throats also cut open. Nurses, students, stewardesses… what’s the common thread? All were centerfold models for a popular men’s magazine, prey to a bloodthirsty psychotic with a straight razor!

Framed by an unusual three-story arc and jam-packed with delectable nudity and grim violence, The Centerfold Girls is an exploitation masterpiece, a depraved hell-ride through the skuzzy Seventies grindhouse circuit where sleaze and mean-spiritedness prevailed. Starring Tiffany Bolling (The Candy Snatchers), Aldo Ray (The Psychic Killer), Ray Danton (The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond), Francine York (The Doll Squad
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Six More of Our Favorite Underrated Horror Film Directors

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Six More of Our Favorite Underrated Horror Film Directors
The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre community and mainstream entertainment culture, showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in film history, but many more talented directors go largely unsung for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we recently kicked off a recurring segment that gives much-needed credit to those groundbreaking horror filmmakers who aren’t always given the praise they deserve. [You can check out part one here and part two here.] Since the first two installments proved popular, we're back with another round, and this time we present not five, but six more of our favorite underrated genre film directors. Mike Mendez Director of The Gravedancers and Big Ass Spider, Mendez and frequent collaborator Dave Parker (Coldwater, The Hills Run Red) helped to inspire the popular Showtime series Masters of Horror, but
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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
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The 9 Most Shameless 'Alien' Ripoffs

A distress signal from deep space. A blue-collar crew of astronauts discover a derelict space craft. A star beast of unknown origin chases them through dark pipe-lined corridors until there's only a few (if one) left. After the blockbuster success of Ridley Scott's sci-fi tinged haunted house movie "Alien" busted some blocks in 1979, it was only a matter of time before the low-budget copycats followed suit.

Not only were many of these knockoff movies kinda cool, but they turned out to be a proving ground of ideas and talent for future entries in the "Alien" franchise, including "Aliens," "Alien 3" and "Prometheus" … for realsimo. The first "Alien" was in itself a shameless "homage" to classic B-movies "Planet of the Vampires" and "It! The Terror from Beyond Space," so it's only fair that flicks like this week's Vin Diesel monster mash "Riddick" should take a page or seven from its playbook.
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FEARnet Comes To Flashback Weekend Chicago 8/9-11!

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FEARnet Comes To Flashback Weekend Chicago 8/9-11!
Celebrating it's 2nd decade as Chicago's largest and longest running Horror Convention, the Flashback Weekend returns to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois on August 9th-11th. And FEARnet will be there as a sponsor providing some cool goodies and swags to attendees (while supplies last). On top of the usual plethora of dealers booths, special events and screenings and more, a slew of genre celebrities will be on hand for autographs including legendary director George A. Romero, actor Danny Glover, reunion casts for 'Pet Semetary,' 'The Lords Of Salem,' and 'Dawn Of The Dead.' There will also be a slew of cool screenings at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 located right next door to the Crowne Plaze which include 'You're Next,' 'Hatchet III,' the never-before-seen lost 'Trancers' sequel 'Trancers 1.5: City Of Angels.' Sounds like an awesome time!
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Flashback Weekend Schedule Includes Dawn of the Dead Reunion, George A. Romero Q&A

The final schedule for Flashback Weekend has just been released. The annual horror event is taking place in Chicago next week and features a Dawn of the Dead reunion, George A. Romero introducing a screening of Night of the Living Dead, and much more.

Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running horror convention featuring a huge horror dealers room, special events, and major celebrity guests including legendary director George A. Romero in a rare convention appearance. Flashback Weekend also dedicates itself to the preservation of the big screen horror experience by featuring big screen horror presentations at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 (located next to the convention hotel).

Special film screenings include a 35mm 45th anniversary screening of the original “Night Of The Living Dead” introduced by George A. Romero, “Pet Sematary” introduced by Mary Lambert and the cast, and the World Premiere of the unseen Pulsepounders

Trancers sequel
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Flashback Weekend Features Danny Glover, George A. Romero, and a Dawn of the Dead Reunion

Unless you live in Toronto, there haven’t been too many chances lately to meet the man responsible for the zombies we know and love today. If you live anywhere near Chicago, you’ll want to make your way out to Flashback Weekend.

Taking place from August 9-11, the popular horror convention will have a Dawn of the Dead reunion, with George A. Romero appearing every day to spend time with fans. We have an update on the guests and events, including the addition of Danny Glover:

Danny Glover at Flashback Weekend 2013! Flashback Weekend is proud to announce Danny Glover as a special guest at the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention. Mr. Glover is an actor, producer and humanitarian with a commanding presence on screen and stage for over 30 years. In the horror genre, he battled the Predator in “Predator 2″ and he matched wits with Jigsaw in “Saw
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George A. Romero to Appear at Flashback Weekend Next Month

Unless you live in Toronto, there haven’t been too many chances lately to meet the man responsible for the zombies we know and love today. If you live anywhere near Chicago, you’ll want to make your way out to Flashback Weekend. Taking place from August 9-11, the popular horror convention will have a Dawn of the Dead reunion, with George A. Romero appearing every day to spend time with fans.

Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running horror convention featuring a huge horror dealers room, special events, and major celebrity guests including legendary director George A. Romero in a rare convention appearance. Flashback Weekend also dedicates itself to the preservation of the big screen horror experience by featuring big screen horror presentations at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 (located next to the convention hotel).

Special film screenings include a 35mm 45th anniversary screening of the original “Night Of The Living Dead
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The Lords of Salem (2012) Movie Review

Rob Zombie has continually been a director whose works have divided the horror community, “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects” having found lovers and haters in roughly equal numbers (his “Halloween” remake and its bizarre sequel mainly the latter). His latest effort, “The Lords of Salem” is sure to do the same, though perhaps for different reasons, a full-on piece of satanic madness with a focus firmly on atmosphere and shocks rather than sense, packed full of the usual parade of familiar genre faces, including (inevitably) the director’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, plus Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead”), Dee Wallace (“The Howling”), Judy Geeson (“Inseminoid”), Meg Foster (“They Live”) and a long list of others. Sheri Moon Zombie plays Heidi, a recovering drug addict DJ working at a popular rock radio station in Salem with her colleagues Herman Whitey Salvador (Jeffry Daniel Philips, “Halloween 2
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‘The Lords of Salem’ Review

Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison, Maria Conchita Alonso, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig | Written and Directed by Rob Zombie

Darling (or deviant, depending on who you ask) of the horror genre, rock-star-turned-director Rob Zombie is back with his fifth live-action feature film, The Lords of Salem, a story of witchcraft and satanism in modern-day Boston.

Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) works as a DJ at a local Boston radio station along with fellow DJs, Herman Whitey Salvador (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Herman Jackson (played by the legendary Ken Foree). Following one of their late night shows, Heidi receives a square wooden box containing a vinyl record addressed only to her, with only a note proclaiming “A gift from the Lords” to identify it. Assuming it is merely a PR stunt by an ambitious band, Heidi gives the record a spin
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Top Five for the Week of March 25!

Last week’s most viewed commentaries!

Three titles hold over from last week, two new enter the battle. So let’s just get right to it. Same rules as last week; new releases don’t count.

Jack Hill on The Big Doll House

Jack Hill recalls the making of his mega-hit, the Roger Corman/Cirio Santiago jungle prison flick that started the avalanche of busty-broads-behind-bars pix that packed the drive-ins throughout the 70s.

Lloyd Kaufman on Tromeo and Juliet

The Bard gets Troma-tized. The story’s the same, but Troma adds all the toilet humor, explicit sex scenes and gratuitous gore that old Will thoughtlessly left out of his version.

David DeCoteau on Inseminoid

Judy Geeson is a universe away from to Sir With Love as an astronaut abducted and inseminated by a yucky alien who causes her to start slaughtering and devouring her fellow crew members before giving birth to slimy muppet-like baby aliens.
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David DeCoteau on Inseminoid

Judy Geeson is a universe away from to Sir With Love as an astronaut abducted and inseminated by a yucky alien who causes her to start slaughtering and devouring her fellow crew members before giving birth to slimy muppet-like baby aliens. Laudably unashamed of its own trashiness, Norman J. Warren’s intergalactic gorefest was trimmed a bit for release in the Us in 1982 as Horror Planet. It can be seen in 5 parts here.
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The curse of outer space horror movies

Aside from Alien, why do so few outer space horror movies succeed artistically or financially? Ryan takes a closer look…

Mention the words, “deep space horror” and the first film that springs to mind is probably Alien and its sequels. If you wanted to earn extra film buff points, you might mention It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) or Planet Of The Vampires (1965), two films which inarguably provided the template for Alien’s monster-on-a-spaceship premise.

Beyond Alien, has there really been another outer space horror movie, released since 1979, that has matched it in terms of filmmaking quality or box-office success? The answer, as the following examples illustrate, is no. Alien’s sequels were, of course, a success, but they were buoyed by the reputation of Scott’s original, and it could be argued that Aliens was based more in the action genre than horror.

Most other deep space horror movies have either been low-budget,
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Satan's Slave Ordered to Come to DVD

Another lost classic has been resurrected by the loonies over at Scorpion Releasing. Dig on all the details regarding Satan's Slave and find out how you can get your own devilish servant below.

From the Press Release

On March 20th, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present Norman J. Warren's Satan's Slave. A young girl (Candace Glendenning, Tower Of Evil, Flesh And Blood Show) moves in with her Uncle Alexander (Michael Gough, Batman, Berserk, Konga) after her parents' car mysteriously explodes. After being taken in by her cousins, she soon begins suffering strange visions. But what she doesn't know is that her planned role in the house is more sinister than she could have expected. Starring horror icon Michael Gough and Martin Potter (Goodbye Gemini) and directed by cult director Norman J. Warren (Terror, Inseminoid), Scorpion Releasing proudly presents the complete uncut version.

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