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Written, produced and directed by award winning filmmakers Paul Feeney, Ryan McDermott, & Sean Candon, Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders is a high concept independent short film filled with numerous memorable characters, laugh out loud moments, original creature effects and a taste of true British comedy with a sprinkle of horror. Mark Macready and [...]

People of Gorepress, I stand before you as a man of the future. I have seen the ravaged plains of 2013 and it’s not pretty. The Mayans got their calculations wrong by a few weeks, we’re all going tits up in the first week of February. 2012 was the final full year of human civilisation, [...]

Despite the fact that the title breaks our site a little bit, I watched this horror spoof without prejudice. After recently watching Superhero Movie and being surprised how funny and charming it was, I thought that perhaps my blanket avoidance of all spoofs after Scary Movie 2 has been unfounded. Or has it? The short [...]

Hi there reader types, it’s me, Jamie. I’ve been pretty quiet on the site these last few weeks, I did a bit of focusing on my personal blog, Lets Get Dangerous_, and a bit of work on a short film that I plan on shooting in the summer. Obviously, you lot will get all of [...]

Remember Italy? At one point, their chief export was sleazy gore movies made on a shoestring. In the early 90s, that seemed to come to a close. The Gore Farms shut up shop and all those fabulous directors joined the unemployment line. Well, that’s how it looked to the rest of the world at least. A [...]

You know the drill, a group of high school students go somewhere to do stuff they shouldn’t be doing while an unknown attacker picks them off in various ways. It has been a staple of the genre since it began, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in the foreseeable future. All The Boys Love [...]

Throughout Women in Horror Recognition Month, sites like ours have spent the last 28 days extolling the virtues of females in various roles within the genre we all share a strong love for. “It’s something that should be all year round” says Hannah Neurotica, the founder of Women in Horror Recognition Month. “My hope over the [...]

From the co-writer of not-very-good Argento flick Mother Of Tears and the shockingly bad Tobe Hooper fiasco The Toolbox Murders comes this excellent blood soaked horror comedy. With pedigree like that you would be forgiven for not expecting a whole lot from Autopsy, but this is one movie that delivers, in spades. The plot is [...]

Accountant Ken has an unwelcome guest living in his lower intestine, a demon manifested of his repressed ill-will to the world. Named Milo. When people in Ken’s life start showing up brutally slain, supposedly by a rabid raccoon, he teams up with his psychiatrist (Peter Stormare using all of the grim intensity in his arsenal) [...]

As a former West Yorkshire resident, it was fairly well documented in the village of Hebden Bridge (which I once called Home) that one local resident, Emmerdale‘s Dominic Brunt, was a huge fan of zombie cinema. The TV vet, both in terms of his character in the Yorkshire soap and his long term status on [...]

So this was co-written by the guy who wrote Se7en. Think about that for a few minutes. I mean it, just take a moment or two to ponder that. Feel free to look again at the cast list and at the cover. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the movie is bad or anything, [...]

What was the last really good psychological body horror you saw? The Fly, right? At the very least, it was probably directed by David Cronenberg. This movie isn’t directed by that particular legend, but by the eyes behind The Exorcist, William Friedkin. It is, however, equally as taut, intense and gripping as any list-topping horror [...]

If you read my Top 10 Horror Flicks Of The Decade, you’ll already know the spot that Cabin Fever holds in my heart. Eli Roth moulded a near perfect homage to the classic gross out movies of yore. Being such a fan of that original, I waited patiently, and with trepidation, for Ti West‘s sequel. [...]

So Castle Freak, eh? Were you really expecting much from this Full Moon release? I know I wasn’t. I guess that’s why I was blown the fuck away. We all know that Stuart Gordon can be a hell of a director when he really puts his mind to it, but he has his name on [...]

Lucio Fulci is an institution, or should be in an institution. It is one or the other, I generally forget which. With such genre “classics” under his belt as Zombie Flesh Eaters, City Of The Living Dead and The New York Ripper, Fulci has become a legend of horror cinema if not an acquired taste. [...]

Trent Haaga is one of those people that managed to grab me at a very young age. It was his work on Troma’s Edge TV – a show that Troma made to air in the UK – that put him in that list of people whose careers I just had to follow. Following his split [...]

Anti-hero Lloyd returns home fresh from a three month stretch in the local chokey to reunite with his pregnant girlfriend and their repugnant group of pseudo-friends. They have a plan to infiltrate their dilapidated old flat block so they can install a pirate radio aerial for a drug dealing DJ. Inside the block lurks a [...]

Alien was a great movie. Ridley Scott made an excellent film laced with tension and excellent visual effects. David Decoteau must have taken one look at it and thought “You know what this needs? This needs boobs and cheap gore. Also those effects, they gotta go!” And then, together with funding from Charles Band’s Full [...]

To kick off, I am a firm believer that zombie films don’t have to follow any rules, the living dead don’t have to adhere to a strict code of no running this and no talking that. The fact of the matter is this, if you make a good movie nobody really cares if it breaks [...]

After much hype and a long road, I finally found my way to a copy of the Soska Sisters’ inaugural film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. You’ve all seen it by now, so this review might be moot. But I’m writing it anyway. Dead Hooker in a Trunk is an everyday cautionary tale of four [...]

Manchester’s premier purveyors of horror, Grimm Up North, are back with a couple of screenings to keep you screaming through the holidays. Grimm are presenting two screenings this month that contain a mix seasonal classics and future classics. Kicking off on the 14th December with a double bill presentation of this year’s much-discussed V/H/S and [...]

I picked this flick up today, for pretty cheap. I grabbed a horde of cheap movies, six for £10 and this was in there… Suffice to say, I wasn’t expecting much. I will admit though, it exceeded all of my expectations. A bunch of criminal types are dumped on an island in a sort of [...]

Tobe Hooper is one of those funny directors, one real smash and a couple of other successful flicks under his belt, yet people talk of him like he is one of the greats. He is not a bad director at all; he certainly has a definitive style. This was his first attempt at film making [...]

Back once again, with the final look into prison life featuring Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. A film that we tenuously included in the horror genre because of the gore quotient included. We’ll be spending a week in the hole for that little indiscretion… We also take a bit of time to talk about the [...]

New French Extremity Month takes an even darker turn than expected with pregnancy trauma flick, Inside. A battle of wits between two people; one is evil, the other is just a bit of a dick. Sounds kind of familiar, no? As always, our in-depth discussion of the film is preceded by some quick fire reviews [...]

We thought about wrapping up New French Extremity Month with a screwball comedy about French clowns who spend their off days picking flowers and dancing through fields. Somewhere along the line, wey instead decided that a brutally visceral film about the nature of revenge might be a bit more fun. And now, here we are; [...]

Semester two of High School Horror month is upon us, and it’s already time for our junior prom. Join us as we dust off dad’s old powder blue tux and feverishly pick out the cheapest corsage as we delve into the world of 1980s Canadian slasher, Prom Night. For extra credit, we take a look [...]

In the third semester of High School Horror Month, the Gorecast examination board take a look at Herb Freed‘s by-the-numbers slasher entry Graduation Day to see if it is allowed to graduate or whether it is doomed to a summer of studying. Featuring a cast of instantly recognisable faces, including Linnea Quigley, this flick divides [...]

An apt way to end the month of high school slasher films, Sarah and Jamie discuss 1981 horror spoof, Student Bodies. A movie that effectively lampoons everything else we have watched this month, what could be more fitting? Along with the detailed discussion of this week’s cult classic we also give you a super special [...]

Join us in the Two Tubs pub in Bury for this placeholder podcast because the show we had planned fell apart at the last minute. You read it right, Jamie and Sarah are in the same room. Not since October’s Grimm Fest have they occupied the same space and recorded it for you aural pleasure. [...]

In an attempt to piggyback on the success of other podcasters and professionals in the industy, we’re embarking on a month of guest reviewers. Each guest we welcome over into the Gorecastle brings with them a film selection that they want to share with both us and you. Kicking off the month, we are delighted [...]

It’s week two of Guest Picks month and this week our guest is a twofer, part horror writer, part podcaster, all man; Kelley is the second angriest member of the Night of the Living Podcast crew, as well as the author of a collection of ‘suburban horror’ short stories in his book These Lonely Places. [...]

For week three of Guest Picks Month, we invited filmmaker Jamie Hooper to join us in the Gorecastle to chat movies and disagree on stuff. Hooper is the writer/director of Plastic Love, a fetishistic love story about obsession and loss which will be doing the festival circuit in 2013. For Jamie’s featured film, he picked [...]

For the final week of Guest Picks month, we roped in one of the Gorecast’s best friends to come and chat with Sarah and Jamie at the Gorecastle. Zombiehamster’s Colin McCracken graced us with his presence, with his choice of feature discussion in the shape of Dario Argento’s Phenomena. In our preliminary discussions, he suggested [...]

Welcome one and all to our month long celebration of female directors as part of Women in Horror Recognition Month. Each week we’ll be discussing a  genre flick from the fairer sex, kicking off with American Mary. Currently working its way through the hype machine, the Soska Sisters’ film has been lighting up festivals and [...]

It’s week two of Women in Horror Recognition Month and we’re back with another female directed horror entry. This episode we focus on Amy Holden-Jones’ 1982 slasher flick Slumber Party Massacre, join us as we attempt to give our most investigative podcast to date. Listen in as we do our best to examine the themes [...]

After yet another hiatus, join Dangerous Jamie and Exasperated Sarah for the triumphant return of the Gorepress Gorecast as we pick up where we left off at Female Directors Month as part of our Women In Horror Recognition Month coverage. Sure, WIH Month is long gone but the spirit lives on in all of us. [...]

After spending much time battling SkyNet over two different providers, we’re back. Sure we’re bloody and the T1000 killed loads of teenage boys, but we’re back to bring you more horror movie waffle. This was meant to be an apology for not getting the episode to you last week. It sort of works, right? Anyway, [...]

After getting our hot air balloon caught on a pylon, we’re finally in India. A few days later than scheduled but hey, at least we made it! This week’s slice off of the World of Horror comes from The Ramsay Brothers, Bollywood’s first family of horror. Purana Mandir was made in 1984 and terrified an entire [...]

Before we start, we have to apologise. The reason this episode is late is entirely down to the fact that it took Jamie a whole day to reconcile misspelling ‘cemetery’. It’s a condition, and he’s working on it. But hey! We’re back for another week of Female Director focused shows due to February being Women [...]

It was with much trepidation that I entered this retread of The Evil Dead, a film so close to my heart that I have the protagonist’s face and chainsaw permanently etched into my left arm. The Evil Dead was one of the properties primed for remaking as soon as the trend took hold. Fans eased [...]

I loved this film. It’s that simple. Firstly, Fred Olen Ray isn’t just a director; he is a directing machine, making tiny budgets stretch like the tube tops on his lead actresses. The man can do very little wrong, I’m pretty sure that none of his extensive back catalogue has ever lost money. Sure, that [...]

To call this flick a horror movie would be a travesty against horror, it’s a low budget piece of boob-based farce nonsense. The director has no distinguishable pedigree but has clearly been raised on a steady diet of Charles Band, Jim Wynorski and Fred Olen Ray without their wealth of experience. Everything about this production [...]

When I first heard the plot of Fido, it was still very much in the making. I was excited. A zombie flick set in a world where the undead were given menial jobs is a total extension of the Romero view of the world. I thought we were going to see serious subtext that discussed [...]

Freaked is a film very much of its time that has somehow managed to gain longevity based off of its wacky college boy humour and its surreal glee. It tells the cautionary tale of letting success get to your head, as Ricky Coogan (Bill & Ted’s Alex Winter) takes a high paying job as the [...]

Today was LANDIS DAY and you’d better believe that it was awesome, as expected. I got about four hours sleep and felt rougher than a rabid dog all day, but it wasn’t enough to dampen my excitement

The final day is upon us, and I am somewhat rested after getting the closest thing to a full nights sleep I’ve seen all weekend. It was a shame to have missed Black, but sod it, sleep wins.

If yesterday was Landis Day, and what a day it was, then today was David Hess Day, which was just as exciting. David Hess is an absolute legend, and he didn’t disappoint at all.

Its day four in the big horror house, and I am starting to look like an extra from La Horde. I’ve been flagging for a few days but Jesus, this is looking ropey. I swear I won’t fall asleep during any more movies.

And so it begins. I landed at the pub at about 4:30pm and hooked up with some forum folk and a few twitter types; excitement levels were visibly high, not least from me. At around 6pm we made our way over to the Empire to prepare for Triangle.

So, I boarded the train on Friday afternoon, with Steel Panther blaring in my ears (as it so often is), I could tell by the smirk of the girl opposite me that she dug it. A quick change at Preston got me well on my way to Glasgow… I felt a little bit guilty asking [...]

Adam Green is a director with a bright future, although I think he may surprise a few genre lovers somewhere along the way, I’m pretty sure that some of the Hatchet fanboys are unaware his first movie was a romantic comedy that was picked up by Disney. After directing the wonderfully old school Hatchet, and [...]

Shot for shot remakes are an unusual beast, why would anybody want to see the exact same film again? Gus Van Sant showed us that this can rip the shine from even the most classic of movies, but out of an almost arrogant defiance, Michael Haneke went and did it anyway. Remaking your own movie [...]

On hearing a few key details about this movie, you can’t help but imagine a low budget gore romp: Former lesbian’s new born baby craves blood, while baby’s grandmother lactates and obsesses over having another child. Grace could, most definitely, not be described as a romp of any kind. Grace is essentially a suspense thriller [...]

“King of Japanese grotesque movie” or so says the DVD cover. It would be fair to say this movie has only garnered the level of furore surrounding it due to the BBFC’s decision not to allow it an 18 certificate, meaning that Grotesque is the first movie to be banned in four years. Last time [...]

England in the 50′s was a pretty grim place, awash with various shades of grey and littered with dark, foreboding alleyways. Full of stiff upper lips and starched collars, the London of this movie is no different. A long distance killer is knocking off a seemingly random assortment of folk, using strange devices to shuffle [...]

Living in a coastal town is difficult. You have the seasonal trade to worry about, flash floods can be a problem and fishing isn’t without its perils, TV’s Deadliest Catch can attest to that. But those are just the standard day to day problems of living on Amity Island or the nameless shore town in [...]

Jamie has access to a snazzy camera and uses it to record himself venting his spleen on the topics of new Philip Ridley movie Heartless and his love for the now done and dusted TV show Lost in this, his third Gorepress Vlog.

The beard is back! In his second vlog, Jamie gives us his thoughts on upcoming movies Super 8 and The Black Death and their trailers. Plus, a few Gorepress updates.

Since Jamie’s been bogged down with an epic amount of Uni work and miscellaneous other commitments, he decided it was the perfect excuse to record the first ever Gorepress vlog. Hear his voice, see his beard and enjoy the rambley goodness.

I remember the first zombie flick I ever saw. I was 9 years old and I had stayed up way past my bedtime to watch a Channel 4 showing of Night Of The Living Dead. I had seen horror movies before; down at my buddy’s house, we would raid his dad’s extensive Video Nasties collection [...]

Don Coscarelli, in his 36 year tenure in moviemaking, has made 10 movies. Six of those are in the horror genre. Four of them are the Phantasm series. Almost half of his filmmaking catalogue is a classic horror franchise. That’s pretty impressive. Add to this the fact that his Tall Man is one of the [...]

Astron-6, the team behind Troma-released splatter festival Father’s Day, are back with a new feature and it is everything you hoped it would be and more. From what I gather, Manborg was shot in a garage with a green screen and an ass-ton of ingenuity. Utilising the core members of the Astron-6 team, along with [...]

I’m sure you heard how much we loved the Troma release of Astron-6‘s previous flick, Father’s Day, over at the Gorecast just a few weeks ago. Well Astron-6 are back with a new micro-budget retro feast for fans of classic B movies in the shape of Manborg! Having lit up London Sci-Fi Film Festival this year, Manborg [...]

As the festival season continues, Grimmfest have released their full movie program for October’s five day descent into the macabre. With a hearty mix of premieres and classics in store, this year looks to be the best yet. Beginning with a preview night on Wednesday 2nd October, Grimm 2013 runs right through until Sunday 6th [...]

Being a resident of this fair city, I’m always looking for exciting new genre-based activities to spend my money on and meet interesting people at. When Grimm Up North was originally announced, I was really excited to have a fully fledged festival right here in my home town. Now alongside the main event in October, [...]

Yes kids, it’s finally that magical time of the year! Time to start carving those motherfucking pumpkins, kid, and sliding the razor blades into the fun-size Mars bars. It’s almost trick or treat o’clock! Over the years, the run up to Halloween has been signaled by one momentous tradition. You all know what I’m talking [...]

I had fond memories of this, dating back to when I was just a nipper. I remember being 13 and mistaking it for a sequel to Bava’s awesome Demons flicks… I bought it on VHS, and ran home to watch it. Needless to say, that scruffy 13 year old absolutely adored this flick. The plot [...]

Like many, I discovered Adrzej Zulawski‘s Possession through its inclusion on the original Video Nasties list. Being 16 and familiar with gialli and the decadent excesses of European cinema, I felt that I was prepared. Let me tell you this; I wasn’t. 22 years later, I’m still not sure if I’m ready for this film. [...]

Brian Yuzna is a force to be reckoned with when dealing with genre films, he started off his career producing flicks for Stuart Gordon mainly and somewhere along he decided to take over directorial duties. This, in my humble opinion, was a mistake. This little-seen flick mixes it metaphors like a bull in a whorehouse, [...]

In my role as a bad movie apologist I spend a lot of time talking about Psycho Cop Returns, it is one of my all time favourite bad movies, hell it is probably one of my all time favourite real movies. Directed by Adam Rifkin (under the alias Rif Coogan) who is well known for [...]

Ryan Reynolds continues his quest to undermine the stability of comic book movies in this adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov’s 2001 Dark Horse Comics release. Despite being a fairly forgettable jaunt into cod occultism and action movie cliches, someone clearly thought that this warranted the sort of care and attention reserved for first tier Marvel [...]

I’ve been led to believe that Silent Hill is the most frightening of gaming franchises. Having not played them, I can only imagine. My exposure to puzzle-based survival horror stopped at the first Resident Evil game when I realised that I had a hard time finding a connection with these characters due to their limited [...]

How many movies can you think of that paved the way for a genuine Youtube sensation? Not that many, surely. Well the seemingly endless amount of Garbage Day spoofs, skits and remixes just go to prove that this flick made a massive impact on people, for all the wrong reasons. There are tonnes of other [...]

Kicking off with a well directed title dragging sequence, you would be forgiven for expecting good things from this After Dark release. Unfortunately this film fails to deliver on almost all of its promise. Apparently based on true events, the story follows a young girl named Faith who, having moved to escape her obsessive ex [...]

Everybody loves a horror anthology; following genre classics like Creepshow right through to TV stalwarts such as Tales From the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. It’s a formula that often works with little effort, because if you don’t like a story, another will be along any minute. It’s an easy starting point for low budget [...]

Sodium Party is the feature debut of Irish filmmaker Micahel McCudden. Written after the birth of his daughter with a view to sharing his unique vision of the world with her, it marries a bleak outlook with eldritch melodrama to create a captivating non-linear thriller. It shot in 2010, so may not be entirely appropriate [...]

Directed by Paddy Breathnach and starring Arielle Kebbel, Red Mist focuses on a group of medical students who are systematically eliminated by a comatose co-worker. A bit like a modern day Patrick. It is currently available at all good DVD retailers . Back in May, I had a chat with writer, Spence Wright, to pick [...]

Three years ago (almost to the day!), I was surprised by a little modern slasher called The Collector. I had expected another Saw-inflected torture flick with little to offer. What I actually got was a fun, Home Alone-with-horror flick with some great tent-pole moments and interesting murder gizmos. In that review, I was aware of [...]

Like some sort of horror Home Alone, The Collector is a home invasion slasher with elements of “torture porn” in which a masked killer sets up traps for an unfortunate family and a burglar who breaks in to steal a rare ruby. Arkin is a safe cracker with family trouble, he cases a family home [...]

Getting revenge on the high school bullies is every goth teens wet dream, in the past these fantasies have led to massacres such as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold’s senseless shootings in Columbine High School. These attacks have been discussed and dissected in films such as Heathers and Elephant, but none have been so nasty [...]

Rob Zombie is one of those directors. We all saw House Of 1000 Corpses, many of us loved it. Then he brought out The Devil’s Rejects and we just about went apeshit for that. He showed a whole tonne of promise with those first two movies, then pissed all over it, Halloween-style. The Haunted World [...]

The opening scenes might be more WTF than WOW, although it quickly becomes clear that this is just another run-of-the-mill drive-in move, rushed to theatres to capitalise on the success of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The title is tacked on purely as a marketing device to reel in the fans of that classic. I don’t [...]

So it is the morning of FrightFest and before I stick on my glad rags for the opening night’s festivities I thought I would talk a little bit about the six movies I am most excited about.

After a lackluster trailer, you could be forgiven for thinking Pascal Laugier had gone all sell out on us. The trailer for The Tall Man looked identical to the myriad other lazy horror trailers that I spend my life avoiding on the off chance I want to watch one of these films and don’t want to know [...]

Six years on from their buddy cop deconstruction, Hot Fuzz, the British nerd’s dream team are back and it’s fitting that they have chosen to close their Blood and Ice Cream trilogy with a tale of five former friends reuniting to, once again, traverse familiar terrain. This is how I imagine that most of us [...]

Troll 2 is somewhat of a cult in the States, only a cursory glance at the documentary Best Worst Movie shows the mass adoration for this little flick all over college campuses and late night boozy film sessions with tanked up frat boys and true lovers of bad genre cinema. And it definitely is bad [...]

Everyone has that one movie that changed their life, that experience that completely altered the way they viewed the world. For some people it is Citizen Kane, for others it might be Twilight. For me, it was Terror Firmer… I was 14 when I had my first Tromatic experience, Channel 4 were running Troma flicks [...]

As you might be aware, things are a bit rough for me at the moment. All this GoreZone stuff (see Sarah’s last blog if you’re not familiar with it yet) is stressing me out and upsetting me like you wouldn’t believe. I am pretty sure they will come to their senses when they consult a [...]

Wrong Turn isn’t exactly a big business franchise but it must have made a decent enough imprint on someone’s wallet for them to bust out a further adventure of the mutant killer hillbillies. The first was a fairly low key success, the second was a gore-hound’s wet dream and a whole lot of fun. When [...]

Two years on from Declan O’Brien’s lacklustre third installment to the Wrong Turn franchise and here he is again with another straight-to-DVD backwoods cannibal romp. When the Monster Ark director took over the series with Left for Dead, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth but O’Brien has gone some way towards [...]

Based in the sleepy Washington town of Port Gamble, ZMD features a number of disconnected townsfolk fight against zombie hordes, the religious right, and casual xenophobia in this satirical zombie comedy. Zombies Of Mass Destruction is a slightly too on-the-nose allegory of the current Iraq war, leaving no room for interpretation. Even the title is [...]

I was very much underwhelmed by the first [REC] movie, some of you may be aware it was effectively heralded as the second coming of horror cinema. Seeing it with that fact leaping around in my mind diminished my enjoyment somewhat, as what I actually saw was a fairly run-of-the-mill cinéma vérité take on the [...]