Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Misc. Horror: Vipco Screamtime DVD Collection

Like me, you may own around twenty Vipco DVDs. The quality is poor, and let's be honest, so are many of the films they released. Not many of us will have seen what 45 Screamtime titles look like together. If you've ever dreamt of owning them just so you can say you do or just to have them on your shelf (there are no other reasons), dream no more! See the pictures below, and get it out of your system.

...I'm just itching to put on my badly cropped, censored version of Spookies.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

15 Second Review: Pretty Dead (2013)

Pretty Dead combines found-footage and zombies. That summary probably sets alarm bells ringing for most, since a) both subgenres are over-saturated, and b) Diary of the Dead already got there a long time ago (and was not especially inspiring). Now, set those worries aside because there is life in the old corpse yet. Pretty Dead uses both tropes to great effect. The found footage element lends credibility to the realistic, scientifically plausible zombie narrative. The latter is the film’s trump-card. Pretty Dead is an invigorating take on the zombie movie. The narrative documents 24 year old Regina, who believes she is gradually transforming into one of the undead. Her self-diagnosis is tempered by a medical examiner’s more plausible explanation that Regina is suffering from Coutard’s syndrome. Those conflicting viewpoints impel the narrative forward. Being a transition-narrative, Pretty Dead will no doubt draw comparisons to I, Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain, although Pretty Dead is its own beast (and is also a more rewarding experience for my money). Pretty Dead benefits from strong central performances and great chemistry between Carly Oates and Ryan Shogren. Although it is not perfect – the film’s restricted budget occasionally shows, for example – Pretty Dead is an intriguing debut from writer/director team Joe Cook and Ben Wilkins, who have created a genuinely interesting and refreshing film on limited resources. Well worth watching.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Censorship: Extended Cut of Evil Dead 2

Movie are reporting that Evil Dead 2 is being released by German company BMV Medien for its 2th anniversary, and will apparently feature two and a half minutes of previously unreleased footage

The set can be pre-ordered here.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Cultural Oddities: Some German Guy...

...plays TMNT on the Gameboy. It is no secret that I love TMNT and 8-bit gaming, but I found this video really funny.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Short Film: One Last Dive (2013)

One Last Dive from jasoneisener on Vimeo.

Well worth a minute of your time - this is a super-efficient set-up: in 60 seconds Eisner manages to create a creepier atmosphere than most films manage in 60 minutes

Friday, 26 July 2013

Mystery Film Rejected by BBFC?

This cropped up on my RSS feed today:

This intrigued me for several reasons, but mainly because so little information is offered. I ran a search for "Super Spectacles in the World", but it came back empty, so I haven't been able to find out if this film even exists: it is possible that the entry is a default "test" - I am not sure if this has been intentionally or accidentally released on the public website. 

If anyone knows about the film, please drop me a line.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Trailer Trash: American Burger (2014)

I've been a bit quiet on here lately - I'm working on several chapters and on updating my website. I'll be back on the blog properly soon. In the meantime, "enjoy" this god-awful trailer

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Trailer Trash: I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

Here's hoping that it is better than Savage Vengeance (1993) and I Spit on Your Grave Too (2000)

Friday, 19 July 2013

Errol Morris on Mass Killing

In run up to The Act of Killing, Erroll Morris (Standard Operating Procedure, The Fog of War) has written a lengthy essay on mass  killings, which is well worth a read

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Trailer Trash: Resolution (2013)

This one looks intriguing. As a bonus feature, the directors have also taken a less orthodox approach to advertising (see below), which demonstrates creativity. Hopefully Resolution will live up to the hype...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Jonas (2013) to Stream for Free?

Brutal as Hell are reporting that Adam Rehmeier's follow-up to The Bunny Game - Jonas (2013) - will be streamed for free from the movie's official website At the moment, the website is emblazoned with an enormous 'coming soon' banner, but it is sure to be worth checking out when the film is uploaded

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Torture Porn: Out Now!

Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw has been released slightly ahead of schedule - it is now available

You can check out the introduction and contents here for free:

 - just click on the 'sample chapter' link

You can buy direct from Palgrave by clicking here
or from Amazon here
or from Blackwells here
or from Waterstones here

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cultural Oddities: Green Jelly Live 1993

Sure, the performance is ultimately constituted by a load of grown adults running around in costumes, but if all gigs were this jaw droppingly entertaining, I'd go to more concerts.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Torture Porn coming soon!

One month to go until the publication of Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw

As a reminder, you can check out the introduction and contents here for free:

just click on the 'sample chapter' link