Ginger Nuts of Horror
They say don't sleep with dogs in case you catch fleas. If only someone had reminded Dawn (played by Joanne Mitchell). Dawn and Bex ( played by Victoria Smurfit) run a small cafe situated in an indoor market, in-between fighting of the unwanted comments and lecherous advances of the male market stall owners, they dream of owning their own proper bricks and mortar coffee shop.
It is a pity that they only have half of the capital required to see their dreams come true. The banks won't lend them the money, and with each passing interview with a bank manager their dreams of owning their own shop drift ever further away.
Enter Jeremy (Jonathan Slinger), a charming local business man who takes a shine to Dawn, and after a bedroom dalliance he offers to put up the remaining capital. Dawn is obviously over the moon about this and when she tells Bex, they agree to meet Jeremy and see their dreams come true. Jeremy's terms and conditions however are rather extreme and it is not long until Bex, true to her nature sends Jeremy on his way with more than just a flea in his ear, but not before he leaves them a little parting gift of "pay me £10,000 in administration fees or face the consequences". It's not long before Dawn and Bex realise that he means business and their world descends into an ever decreasing circle of hell.
THE END IS HERE
This movie has been placed in the horror genre but it’s really a cross genre masterpiece. Though the premise is catastrophic sci-fi and much of how the people of Perth Australia respond to the news that asteroids have struck the earth in the north Atlantic is horrifying or tragic, this movie is also romantic in that the essence of humanity put on display for the viewer and man’s potential to rise above his own weaknesses and limitations during crisis to act with courage and love is remarkably profound to say the least.
This Night the Blood Will Flow
Blood Moon is a werewolf horror movie by writer, Alan Wightman, and director, Tom Wooding. Both have extensive experience in TV productions but this is their first feature length foray into the horror genre. Nearly the entire cast have extensive acting experience and it certainly makes a difference in the quality of performances. The main character, Calhoun, played by Shaun Dooley, has appeared in The Woman in Black, The Awakening and Eden Lake as well as the TV series Broadchurch. The Bank Robber, Hank Norton, was Agent Clay in Hellboy.
'Black Eyed Children: Let Me In' is a film weighted down with a wide variety of problems. 1st of all is that of identity, this is attempting to be, as stated by the filmmaker, a documentary. As a documentary this is somewhat lacking in credibility as it is largely obvious that many of the interviewees lack a sense of subject matter which would be essential to lend any kind of credence to their claims.
Be Careful Who You Get Close To....
Sometimes the best horror films are not what most traditionalists would class as horror. Rather than having some sort of monster running amok killing people the horror comes from a more subtle place, where the horror results from a persons decent into madness and loss of self control. Where we the viewer begins to feel like a tawdry voyeur, one that is unable to tear their eyes from the screen.
Some roads should be left untravelled.
The Lake on Clinton Road is the debut feature film by writer / director DeShon Hardy. For many of the actors / actresses this is either their first feature film or first acting gig whatsoever. Leah Jones, who plays the main character, Jillian, does a good job despite her limited experience. Overall the acting is a mixed bag. Some of them are horrible, some mediocre. Sadly, the two best performances are in the intro only.
They label this movie as being based on a True Story. Actually, Clinton Rd. has numerous urban legends surrounding it. The writer has incorporated a few of them into the movie, albeit in a disjointed manner that doesn’t really make any sense unless you go read up on them, however, the underlying story only comes close to having anything to do with but one of them in particular.
Three girls decided to have a fun night out at a house that is supposed to be owned by the relatives one of the girls. However the penny soon drops that this is not the case and when someone decides to check on the house and the noise of them having a party all hell breaks loose, when they accidentally kill him. What would do do in that situation, I bet you won't do what the three girls do?
I have a confession to make. I scare very, very easily. Mostly from films - though there is the occasional book or story that'll do it - but it has to be a certain kind of film. It generally tends to be something that values atmosphere over spectacle, a slow-building sense of dread over cheap 'jump scares'. I tend to prefer films that make you, as a viewer, work a bit to get the most from the film. Films that prey on your sense of anticipation and expectation to draw you in. Films that rely on your imagination as much as what you're seeing unfold on screen. And boy, do I have an overactive imagination...
We’re in serious danger of finally killing off the vampire, having reduced it first to fight fodder for leather-clad super models, and then to a glittery masturbation aid for sullen teenagers. If Dracula arose from the crypt today he’d last about two seconds before somebody kicked his head off with a stiletto or bored him to ashes with shitty dialogue. Now more than ever it’s time to remember that the vampire, when done right, is the greatest of movie monsters, and in this spirit we turn to Thirst (or Bakjwi); a fascinating vampire tale told by legendary director Park Chan-wook, which asks the simple question— can you continue to lead a moral existence while thirsting for human blood?