Archive for July, 2011

The Dead Undead; having already slogged my way through Zombie Undead in April, the prospect of trudging through the second most tautological zombie film of 2011 was not a exciting one. I expected another cheap Romero rip-off with shallow characters and zero invention. Instead, I got the most explosively ridiculous zombie / vampire mash-up I’ve [...]

Axelle Carolyn’s THE LAST POST to premiere at FrightFest Axelle Carolyn’s directorial debut is hitting Film4 Frightfest on August 28th (one month today!). It is part of the short film showcase and has been produced by British horror auteur Neil Marshall. It will be having its European premiere at 1pm on Sunday. The Last Post [...]

Much anticipated zombie survival flick THE DEAD is set to invade cinemas across the UK from Sept 2, ahead of its US theatrical debut in October. Directed by The Ford Brothers and shot on previously unseen locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa, THE DEAD is unlike anything horror audiences have ever experienced – [...]

Moby Dick author Herman Meville died before anyone acknowledged his book was anything special. It was never well-received in his lifetime and he died without knowing the true impact of his work. Since his death his book has inspired countless writers and filmmakers, been made into films featuring everything from dragons to aliens, and his [...]

Limerick, Ireland, 1188. Some Irish Templar Knights hunt down a red-cloaked figure and lob a giant metal shield at it, which magically turns into a box and decapitates the psychotic beast. Skip forward a few centuries and we find Professor Whelan (Lauren Holly) working on an archiving project in the bowels of an American university, [...]

The Violent Kind is sharp, fast-paced, bonkers, weird, unexpected and – yes – violent. It is also very surprising; surprisingly good, surprisingly likeable and features some genuinely surprising twists and turns. It is a unique and very enjoyable horror / sci-fi film that confuses, amazes and compels. Quality stuff. Young biker / mechanic / criminal [...]

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises [...]

Scream of the Banshee is the latest chilling-feature from the After Dark Originals brand, coming to DVD & Blu-ray 25 July, and to mark the release we have 3 Blu Rays to give away! The film stars Lauren Holly (NCIS, Dumb and Dumber) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator) and is directed by Steven C. [...]

Four women wake up in a “cell”, with no memory of who they are or how they got there. A creepy doctor informs them they’re part of an experiment – what, we do not know. The walls are electrified, the guards wear masks and something horrible is lurking somewhere in the darkness… something with a [...]

Having endured the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I felt compelled to watch the last instalment of an eight film franchise, spawned from seven progressively meandering books by J.K. Rowling. The trailer and all the hype told us this film would be carnage and violence and war and death and that [...]

Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus. There is little that needs to be said about this film that the title doesn’t already say. It’s a film about a huge shark having a fight with a giant crocodile. Plot written. *dusts hands cockily* Okay, so the plot contains more than that. This film is a sequel to the [...]

The Task is a chilling new-feature from the After Dark Originals brand, coming to DVD & Blu-ray 11 July, and to mark its release we have 3 Blu-Rays to give away! Something diabolical is taking place on the set of “The Task” a new reality show in which players complete terrifying missions within the confines [...]

To celebrate the July 18th release of Bane, we are giving away a copy of the gruesome horror to 3 lucky winners. Blending psychological horror with full-on gore, Bane, finally comes to DVD after a successful festival season that saw it win Best Horror Feature at Shriekfest in Los Angeles. Katherine awakes in an underground [...]

After Dark Originals: so far they’ve given us a decent set of releases, having delivered the genuinely enjoyable Husk, Prowl, Seconds Apart and Fertile Ground in 2011. The Task is their latest release, but it’s sadly the runt of the litter and seriously fails to impress. Seven contestants are dragged off the street and handcuffed [...]

Nazis – they failed miserably in taking over the world. Yeah, they tried really hard and killed a lot of people, but they still utterly and completely failed. Yet – according to the history of film – they had hundreds of nefarious schemes involving everything from releasing monstrous entities imprisoned in another dimension (Hellboy) to [...]

Hobo With A Shotgun is bonkers. It’s funny, nasty, compelling and very, very bloody. A true homage to the grindhouse era that turns everything up to 11, Jason Eisener’s cult classic-in-the-making is lots and lots of fun. If anyone goes into Hobo With A Shotgun expecting a cerebral arthouse flick or a fun-filled romp then, [...]