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Rogue Director MJ Bassett’s Top Five Action Movie Influences

Rogue Director MJ Bassett’s Top Five Action Movie Influences

With explosive set-pieces and a horde of rampaging wild animals, former wildlife photographer MJ Basset delivers a killer slice of action cinema, with a shrewd critique of poaching and the black-market animal trade. To celebrate the release of Rogue, director MJ Basset tells us her top five action movie influences.

“There’s no point blowing stuff up if the characters around the explosion aren’t of consequence.”

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TOM ATKINS Signature Tee, KRAMPUS Activity Book & Christmas Horror T-Shirts from Fright-Rags

TOM ATKINS Signature Tee, KRAMPUS Activity Book, & Christmas Horror T-Shirts from Fright-Rags

Deck the halls – and celebrate the birthday of a genre legend – with Fright-Rags! Just in time for the holidays, unwrap Krampus merchandise and Christmas horror apparel, plus a Tom Atkins tee.

“…and now the earth will run with blood again!”

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Limited Edition BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER T-Shirt from Local Boogeyman 💜

Limited Edition BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER T-Shirt from Local Boogeyman

Homework. Cheerleading practice. Killing vampires. No one said high school would be easy. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I can’t believe I’m in a graveyard with Local Boogeyman hunting for vampires on a school night.

“Sometimes it takes more than just good looks to kill.”

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Waxwork Records Presents FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN Original Motion Picture Score

Waxwork Records Presents FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN Original Motion Picture Score

Waxwork Records is excited to present Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Original Motion Picture Score by Fred Mollin. Released in 1989, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is an American slasher-horror film written and directed by Rob Hedden.

“The city that has seen it all ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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CultFilms Presents Liliana Cavani’s THE NIGHT PORTER 4K Restoration on Blu-ray and Digital (30 November)

CultFilms is proud to present the 4K restoration of Liliana Cavani’s provocative classic The Night Porter (1974), with brand new extras that explore the film’s controversial history and make it ripe for re-assessment. The Night Porter has been controversial since its initial release in 1974. Now, Liliana Cavani’s story of obsessive passion and tragic destiny is presented in this definitive 4K restoration, overseen by Cavani herself and finally doing justice to her challenging and extraordinary vision.

“The most controversial picture of our time!”

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Limited Edition GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN Blu-ray & DVD Box Sets Available from The Film Detective (USA / 20 November)

Limited Edition GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN Blu-ray & DVD Box Sets Available from The Film Detective (USA / 20 November)

The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films for today’s cord-cutters, announces the release of Richard E. Cunha’s science-fiction classic, Giant from the Unknown (1958), on limited edition Blu-ray and DVD.

“The creeping terror had rose from the depths of the unknown!”

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Ashfall (2019, South Korea) London Korean Film Festival 2020 Review

Ashfall (2019, South Korea) London Korean Film Festival 2020 Review

The South Korean film industry is known for crafting quiet, poignant dramas about family and society, but give the Koreans any genre and they’re usually guaranteed to step it up a notch. In the case of Ashfall the genre is the ‘disaster movie’. The South Korean film industry has had several previous disaster flicks – 2009’s Haeundae saw a tsunami destroy Busan, 2016’s Pandora imagined a Fukushima-like nuclear catastrophe and 2019’s Exit depicted a toxic gas cloud engulfing Seoul. However, none of these movies were on such an epic scale as Ashfall (aka Baekdusan).

“No option for failure.”

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Relic (2020, Australia / USA) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

Relic (2020, Australia / USA) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

There is horror and pity in witnessing the mind of a loved one as it unravels and fragments. This is the misfortune of Kay who is called by concerned neighbours when her elderly mother Edna disappears from her isolated home in the woods. Taking her own daughter Samantha with her for moral support, they set off to the old family house to see what might have become of Grandma Edna. The first feature from Japanese-Australian Natalie Erika James’, Relic manifests its horrors slowly, perhaps influenced in part by the bleak emotional mood of J-horror family drama.

“Everything decays.”

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UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

Having survived the violence and turmoil of his previous existence, Luc Deveraux has started a family and is working as a technical consultant on the Universal Soldier programme. The new generation of cyborg soldiers are overseen by the S.E.T.H. supercomputer and are even more deadly than before. Danger arises when S.E.T.H. becomes sentient and tries to negate Deveraux by kidnapping his daughter. With his family at stake, Deveraux has no choice but to return to action.

“The future has a bad attitude.”

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SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

The time Jackie Chan is on a mission of revenge. As a young boy, he witnesses the slaying of his father at the hands of a deadly masked kung fu assassin. Once Jackie is old enough, he trains as a mute at a Shaolin temple to learn the techniques that will enable him to one day avenge the death of his father. What he doesn’t realize though is that he is actually training in the lair of the man he seeks to kill! Jackie has to gradate and defeat a gauntlet of mysterious robotic wooden men who throw every kung fu style at him…

“Let me teach you what it takes to fight in the Wooden Men Lane.”

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Limited Edition THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT T-Shirt from Local Boogeyman

The Last House on the Left rests on 13 acres of earth over the very center of hell… Police believe Local Boogeyman may still be in the Los Angeles area, so to avoid fainting, keep repeating: “It’s only a t-shirt, only a t-shirt, only a t-shirt…”

“Mari, 17, is dying. Even for her the worst is yet to come.”

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The Truth Will Out (2020, UK) Review

The Truth Will Out (2020, UK) Review

A low key, documentary/found footage horror film from Portsmouth, England based Trash Arts, The Truth Will Out, is a skillfully made movie worth checking out. Although it doesn’t break new ground as far as the genre goes, and while it isn’t full of action and cheap scares, the film thrives on its great acting and photography. A hit reality show, Hard Streets UK, hosted by the completely obnoxious and degenerate Thomas Laboss, is on its way to interview the Braussau family, Gypsies who claim to be true Wiccans. Along for the ride are Thomas’s sound and recording engineers, Stanley and Darren.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is a petrified penis apparently.”

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