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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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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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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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Zardoz (1974, UK / USA / Ireland) Review

Zardoz (1974, UK / USA / Ireland) Review

Director John Boorman’s cerebral and eerily dystopian sci-fi tale Zardoz was released in 1974, not long after Boorman’s iconic Deliverance, and saw the director team up with Sean Connery, three years after his final official appearance as James Bond and light years away from anything either had done before.

In a post-apocalyptic 2293, Zardoz, a colossal stone head, floats over desolate plains, pausing to receive grain from masked horsemen, vomiting weapons as payment from its grimacing mouth.

“Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death.”

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“One Life for Yourself, and One for Your Dreams.” In Memory of Sean Connery

"One Life for Yourself, and One for Your Dreams." In Memory of Sean Connery (25 August 1930 - 31 October 2020)

Friends, Britons and fellow James Bond fans, lend me your eyes – I come to praise Sean Connery, not to bury him. One of the last few movie stars left over from the dying days of the studio system, and arguably the most famous British actor of his, or any, generation, Connery embodied the old Hollywood male lead aesthetic better than most of his contemporaries.

“I must be dreaming.”

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Skylin3s (2020, USA / UK) FrightFest 2020 Review

Skylin3s (2020, USA / UK) FrightFest Review

Years have passed since the Earth’s skyline hypnotized humanity with its other-worldly blue light; an alien race descending from the skies to steal our brains! For those that were unfortunate to look directly into the light, they became bio-mechanical killer extraterrestrials known as ‘Pilots’. Fortunately, humanity was able to survive! Forming a resistance, skyline survivors fought off the alien invasion; re-engineering the ‘Pilots’ biology so their humanity could be restored. Now the ravaged Earth’s survival depends on the peaceful coexistence of the human race and extraterrestrial ticking time-bombs…

“There is only one thing harder than winning a war… Keeping the peace.”

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FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020 Interview with Director Liam O’Donnell, Skylin3s, Beyond Skyline

FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020 Interview with Director Liam O’Donnell, Skylin3s, Beyond Skyline

In anticipation of Skylin3s‘ world premiere closing FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020 on the 25th October, Attack from Planet B discussed with Liam O’Donnell his desire to create an Aliens-esque “international team of badasses” space movie.

“If we are going to do this, I’m going to lean all the way in, you know?”

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SKYLIN3S World Premiere to Close FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020

SKYLIN3S World Premiere to Close FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020

Several years have now passed since other-worldly blue lights first descended from the skies as the alien invasion of Earth began. The once-killer extraterrestrials known as ‘Pilots’ have had their biology altered so they can now peacefully coexist with humans on a ravaged future-Earth. When a lethal new alien virus emerges, military commander General Radford warns that without action, the Pilots will revert to their unstoppable, human-hunting form. To save the Earth, super-powered human-alien hybrid Captain Rose Corley must lead a team of elite soldiers on a deadly mission…

“To save our world, she must invade theirs.”

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Cannibal XXX #1 (2020, UK) Review

Cannibal XXX #1 (2020, UK) Review

Artist/writer/creator Paul PJ Johnson has been a consistent and prominent figure on the UK independent comics scene for the past 7-8 years. Being well known for his character Razor Bastard is only half the story, as Johnson’s versatile imagination and unique artistic style has seen him also release some absolute gems, such as the epic graphic novel Death Truck and the amazing Once Monster. Now he’s back, with what may be his most raunchy, most graphic, and most violent creation: Cannibal XXX.

“Yeah, what’s the worst? You drop your toast, butter side down? … Oh yeah, being eaten alive by fucking cannibals!”

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Celebrate Star Trek Day with Shout! Factory TV’s All-Day Marathon (8 September)

Celebrate Star Trek Day with Shout! Factory TV's All-Day Marathon (8 September)

Shout! Factory TV proudly presents a marathon of Star Trek documentaries in celebration of Star Trek Day on the 8th September, the anniversary of the original series’ 1966 broadcast debut.

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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Waxwork Records Presents John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records Presents John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records is proud to release John Carpenter’s Escape from New York Expanded Original Motion Picture Score. Released in 1981, Escape from New York is a science fiction action film co-written and co-scored by John Carpenter.

“The world’s greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him.”

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Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

A grubby and disheveled young man wanders through the Norwegian countryside. He’s clearly distressed and disoriented. He sticks to lonely places and avoids people, but everyone has to eat and eventually he ventures close to town. Trying again to escape into the woods, he is harassed by a gang of youths. The encounter is one he attempts to evade, but it ends up being far more disastrous for the bullies, than for him. In Mortal, director André Øvredal again delves into Scandinavian mythology as his did in Trollhunter.

“He’s been in the woods all this time?”

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