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12 months, 365 days, too many minutes to count… where has 2011 gone? In movie-land it’s been a significantly mixed bag, with many of the superb movies having limited cinema releases or being straight-to-DVD, whilst the multiplexes have been bulging with absolute shitebags. No change there. Film in general saw another insane boost in comic [...]


WHAT THE HELL IS FRIGHTFEST? Seriously, you don’t know? Fair enough. Well, Frightfest is an annual horror film festival held in central London over the August bank holiday weekend and brings together some of the newest, freshest horror films to hordes of ravenous horror fans. Originally conceived in 2000 by Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray and [...]


On August 26th, we see the fifth film released in the Final Destination horror franchise. To celebrate / commiserate this fact, I decided to watch all four Final Destination films (roping in my unlucky lady Jess for the ride) and looked at how the films have developed, changed, and garnered enough attention to create a [...]


Before I get into the main chunk of the review, let me preface it somewhat beforehand. Dominic Burns’ Cut has the distinction of being the world’s first single continuous-shot horror movie; a very impressive accomplishment by all means. Having had some experience in film-making, I can only imagine the logistical nightmare it must have been [...]


2010 was a mixed bag for the majority of us – it was twelve months of joy, pain, fun, boredom, insanity and horror. The credit crunch bit further into our wallets and purses, special UK snow surprised our transport systems to death and the British government once again dropped its boxers and crapped on the [...]


Date: Thursday 25th November 2010 – One Month until Christmas Day Place: Carnaby Street in Central London What: There is a cage. Inside is an emaciated Santa Claus, staring darkly at passersby. Two men are selling him… for the bargain sum of $85,000 dollars. The men warn there can be no drinking, no smoking, no [...]


Puppets, marionettes, killer kids, mythical midgets, re-animated killers in cookie form, they all have the potential to be horrifying. And hilarious. A recent conversation about German Troma flick Killer Condom inspired me to take some time out recently to compile a list of my favourite Miniature Killers from some classic and questionable horror movies and [...]


Not words you ever want to hear in relation to your bedroom skills, but “So Bad it’s Hilarious” is a phrase I’ve batted around more often than “Cack-badgers” and “I love you Emily Browning”. It relates to horror films that are incredibly, incredibly bad, but are so inept that it’s genuinely fun to watch them. [...]


The Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) is well known for being an aggressively independent cinema, still managing to keep itself alive and kicking in the Westend of London, despite not being an Odeon, Empire, Vue or Cineworld. The building is tucked round the back of Chinatown, just off Leicester Square, and screams independent cinema from the [...]


Zombies, music, dancing, breasts, brains, blood and one pervert clown. These are a few of my favourite things… Gorepress have been invited to many interesting events in the past – screeners, interviews, premieres and set tours – but the e-mail we received in the middle of June was probably the strangest. It was an invitation [...]


When I was thirteen years old, I saw a movie that changed my life. Up until that moment, my parents hadn’t really allowed me to see many horror movies, my Mother being a proud member of the ‘Ban this depravity’ brigade that emerged following the tragic murder of James Bulger in 1993. As soon as [...]


This was first published in HORROR 101: The A-List of Horror Films & Monster Movies, and is reproduced here (with a few updates to include comments on the remake) by kind permission of the good people at Midnight Marquee (thanks Gary & Sue!) and the book’s creator, editor and my good friend Aaron Christensen, for [...]


Three young women – Kim (Jaime Winston), Lisa (Sian Breckin) and Tammi (Nichola Burley) – are on holiday in Spain when they meet up with four young men – Josh (Julian Morris), Bluey (Tom Burke), Marcus (Jay Taylor) and Sean (Robert Boulter) – who invite them to party on the yacht which they’re “babysitting” and [...]


Looking at the modern remake of the seminal 1960’s existential-horror series, The Prisoner. I grew up watching the re-runs of The Prisoner when I was a teenager, and it fucked with my head. I’m not exaggerating, it utterly messed me up – I would have Kafka-like nightmares of being trapped by normality, go into school [...]


Unless you’ve been stuck in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds for the past three years, you’ll have noticed that 3-D is making a comeback. This time, however, it’s not the red/green cardboard glasses nightmare of old – it’s the future of cinema. Apparently. What is 3-D? What is 3-D? Theatre. That is 3-D. Real life [...]


I can’t say that back when I heard the announcement that Rob Zombie would be helming a remake of John Carpenter‘s classic Halloween that I was thrilled, not because I’m one of those people who hold a film in such high reverence that I consider a remake to automatically be verboten (after all, Carpenter himself [...]


As 2009 comes to a close, the Gorepress team members come up with their personal choices for the top 10 horror movies of the 21st Century so far…


Christmas comes but once a year and is a time for friends, family and obscene over-indulgence. The scene is a familiar one; the whole tribe is stuffed with turkey and roast potatoes, their bodily organs literally floating in a veritable sea of mulled wine when someone inevitably insists that you all watch a festive movie [...]


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 [...]


I can’t recall a time when I didn’t adore zombie movies. In my mind, there is no better way to spend an evening than to kick back with a few beers, some mates in tow, and watch a flick in which a few people do battle with marauding hordes of the undead. They contain two [...]


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 [...]


It only comes once a year, and it’s more exciting than Christmas. Whether you like carving the pumpkins, dressing up like a devil or lobbing eggs at Mrs Granger’s house, Halloween has a thousand memories for us all. The only problem is there’s so much to do. Yeah, the 31st is reserved for drunken costume [...]


Preview of Thirst plus Q&A session with Writer/Director Park Chan-Wook 5th October 2009 – Curzon Cinema – 18:10 The Curzon Soho is an intimate cinema with a lot of charm and a real love of independent and foreign films – the walls ooze with an understated intelligence and adoration of movies that move, surprise and [...]


Snuff. Apart from an older generation (and fans of period dramas) to whom the word may conjure images of powdered tobacco being snorted from ornate tin boxes, for the rest of us, especially the cine-literate, the word is associated with death, in particular the (alleged) real on-screen murder of another human being for the purpose [...]


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.