Archive for April, 2012

London. Leicester Square. Five to seven. It’s raining heavily. The streets thrum with foreign school trips barring my approach to this fair city’s finest filmic emporium: The Prince Charles Cinema. I’m hungry, but there’s no time for even the fastest of food. I don’t want to be late. It is time to keep my appointment [...]

Is it a gimmick? That’s the question I had to ask myself when I watched Silent House. Filmed like it was filmed in one shot (but – clearly – isn’t) Silent House prides itself on being “real fear in real time”, and although deeply affective on a scares-you-witless level, story wise it doesn’t branch new [...]

After yet another brief hiatus, we’re back with the final film in this month’s Homegrown Horror selection with Philip Ridley‘s atmospheric The Reflecting Skin. Starting with a quick retrospective of lead Viggo Mortensen, listen closely as we clumsily dissect the themes and subtext of this slice of Americana-through-a-British-lens, with all the usual off-topic diversions soundtracked [...]

So, it seems that every other horror release these days falls under the umbrella of found footage, shaky cam, faux documentary nonsense. Grave Encounters is no exception, using the guise of a fictional Most Haunted-esque TV show under which to operate. What separates it from the slew of films treading familiar ghostly ground is that [...]

Win tickets to a pre-release screening of Silent House – in cinemas May 4th To celebrate the forthcoming release of terrifying new horror Silent House starring Elizabeth Olsen which is released on May 4th, we have five pairs of tickets to a pre-release screening of the film in London to give away! The screening will [...]

Like the flesh-eating undead themselves, the zombie sub-genre will not die. Not with a head-shot or a cheeky bit of decapitation. Not with global economic recession or producers sighing heavily when they receive a new script called “Zombie Explosion 5”. Luckily most horror fans love zombie films and they especially love GOOD zombie films. Unfortunately [...]

Think all teenagers are monsters? I guess you were right… Movie Mogul Ltd, the film company behind horror thriller Panic Button, have announced that their new feature film MONSTER PROECT has gone into development. Movie Mogul MD John Shackleton will write, direct and co-produce. Check out the teaser poster artwork below: Described as a “cross-genre” [...]

Ghostly horror GRAVE ENCOUNTERS comes to DVD and Blu-ray on April 23rd 2012. But what’s it all about? Lance Preston and the crew of “Grave Encounters”, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. All in the name of good [...]

Joss Whedon is a genius. For those who don’t know this, watch Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity and a couple of episodes of Dollhouse. Occasionally he slips up and creates an appallingly horrible episode of Glee or that unfortunate future episode of Dollhouse, but is The Avengers / Avengers Assemble / Marvel Avengers Assemble / Go! [...]

What is Cassadaga? I don’t mean the word – that relates to a town and university our protagonist goes to – but what is Cassadaga the film? Why am I asking you? Because I don’t know. And I watched it… Cassadaga is a random string of events, jumbled together and called a horror movie. It’s [...]

When you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big “absolutely no surprise whatsoever”. Dear horror filmmakers: please stop making prologues featuring skimpy-clothed women running through the woods. It’s really really boring and – because of its familiarity – lazy, predictable and amateurish. Welcome to Break. Unfortunately this dull start is immediately [...]

Five friends, one log cabin located deep in the woods and a cellar filled with creepy shit. Sound familiar? Oh, and there’s a scary old hillbilly who owns a petrol station. Yet the marketing suggests this isn’t what it seems. So what is the big secret of The Cabin in the Woods? Well I’m not [...]

Grab a beer. Maybe some vodka. Jam your tongue firmly in your cheek and throw your brain in the bin. Welcome to Kill Keith. Despite the marketing artwork shamelessly plagiarizing Tarantino’s two-film killathon, Kill Keith is nothing like Kill Bill. For a start, Keith never wears a yellow jumpsuit, holds a sword or even comes [...]

No one likes a silent house. They’re always creepy. And this particular silent house looks bloody terrifying… SILENT HOUSE is a “re-imagining” of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda (released as Silent House in the UK) and stars Elizabeth Olsen, the non-crap sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley and star of cult hit Martha Marcy May [...]

Week two of Homegrown Horror month takes us to XTRO, the notorious sci-fi horror with a streak of sick through the middle. Will Jamie and Sarah give it the respect it deserves? Who is that third voice in the background? Why it’s Rosie, of course. Rosie joins us to talk XTRO and mock Sarah. We [...]

THE RAID – if you’ve not heard about it yet, you bloody well should have! Is it horror? Not really, but the fine folks at Frightfest debuted the UK Premiere at Frightfest Glasgow, so if it’s good enough for Frightfest, it’s good enough for Gorepress! So what is THE RAID? Sometimes I like to write [...]