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Review: Hard To Be A God – “A film that the world is not ready for”

Review: Hard To Be A God – “A film that the world is not ready for”

Hard To Be A God is one of the best films I’ve ever had the displeasure of viewing. Soviet and Russian filmmaker, Aleksei German, has created a masterwork which is about as easy to sit through as a gastroscopy. If I asked if you wanted to plonk down and watch a three hour long, black-and-white Russian film about the depravity of human existence, you’d...

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day Five – Tales of Halloween, Nina Forever & more

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day Five – Tales of Halloween, Nina Forever & more

Day Five began with very sad news to wake up to, finding out that true Master of Horror Wes Craven passing away in the night. Like every horror fan, Wes was a massive part of my horror education, and managed to blow the genre wide open not just once, or twice, but thrice, with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and then Scream. Although...

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest: Day Four

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest: Day Four

My goodness, yesterday was fantastic! Wonderful shorts as an amuse bouche, before lunching on the magnificent Frankenstein, and squeezing in a hearty and fulfilling dinner of the rock-and-shock-tastic Deathgasm, and crazy Turkish remake documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off for dessert. Saturday whizzed by in a blur of genre fan ecstasy, and really brought home to...

Live for Films at Film4 Frightfest 2015: Day 3 – Deathgasm, Another Me & more

Live for Films at Film4 Frightfest 2015: Day 3 – Deathgasm, Another Me & more

So, Day Three, Saturday, excellent. I’m still thinking about how bloody good We Are Still Here was, but there was a whole heap of new, cool features to see today: Frankenstein, Another Me, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off and Deathgasm; and I was going to check out some shorts too. I didn’t think I was going to make the Short Film Showcase, due to Southern...

Film4 Frightfest 2015 review: Frankenstein

Film4 Frightfest 2015 review: Frankenstein

Bernard “Candyman” Rose’s Frankenstein stars Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Danny Huston (American Horror Story) and Xavier Samuel (The Loved Ones), and is a modern retelling of Shelley’s story with “the monster” being created via 3D printing. Once the creature (Samuel) starts to exhibit signs of decay, his creators, the Frankenstein’s...

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day Two – We Are Still Here, Final Girl & more

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day Two – We Are Still Here, Final Girl & more

After a shaky Cherry Tree start yesterday, Film4 FrightFest pulled it back and took the roof off with a double whammy of pretty much the best thing ever – Turbo Kid – and barnstorming, garden-wrecking mutant wasp hi jinx – Stung. Now, in full swing, and with full days worth of programming, Film4 FrightFest gets serious. Today saw me checking out Pod, The...

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day 1

Live for Films at Film4 FrightFest 2015: Day 1

Yay! It’s that time of year again! You can keep Cannes, and London Film Festival is lovely, but, for me, Film4 FrightFest is the one. An incredible five day festival of fear that showcases the very best in horror and genre cinema from all over the world. It’s my blood-drenched Woodstock, my jump scare nirvana. The Thursday of Film4 FrightFest is...

Film4 FrightFest 2015 review: Stung – “an all-out creepy crawly creature feature”

Film4 FrightFest 2015 review: Stung – “an all-out creepy crawly creature feature”

Stung is directed by Benni Diez, and stars Jessica Cook (Awkward.) and Matt O’Leary (Brick). This is Diez’s first feature, but he has previously made some shorts, as well as supervising the visual effects on Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. His previous visual effects experience serves him well here, as getting the effects spot on really puts the...

Terry Marcel on the Hawk the Slayer sequel, and a prequel TV show

Terry Marcel on the Hawk the Slayer sequel, and a prequel TV show

“Hawk the Slayer’s rubbish!” In Spaced, Bill Bailey laid out two people for saying that, and quite rightly so. Hawk the Slayer not only helped spark the popularity of sword and sorcery movies, but is heaps of fun and quintessentially English. Written and directed by Terry Marcel, and starring John Terry (Lost), Jack Palance (Batman), Bernard Bresslaw...

Win Zombie Fight Club on DVD

Win Zombie Fight Club on DVD

Win a copy of Zombie Fight Club on DVD! The Raid meets Dawn of the Dead in this crazy zombie smackdown! While the zombie apocalypse brings Taipei to the brink of collapse, an apartment block in the corner of the city becomes riddled with crime. But things go from bad to worse when it’s overrun by zombies; infecting the residents, bystanders and even a SWAT...