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The Dead of Night Film Festival (Sunday 13th October 2019)

The Dead of Night Film Festival (Sunday 13th October 2019)

The Dead of Night Film Festival returned to Liverpool and this time there were more short films (and a quiz too!), all for the low price of £12 for the day. In total there were three feature films and nine shorts screening on Sunday 13th October.

“Made for horror fans by horror fans.”

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Dead Celebrities (2018, UK) Review

Dead Celebrities (2018, UK)

Meet Mick, he’s a psychopath who wants to be famous and he’s found a way of achieving his dream – but Mick is no ordinary killer, he knows a secret. A secret he shares with Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, and other dead celebrities.

Dead Celebrities is misleading, with the narrator Mick seeming like he has a fetish for dead celebrities, or at the least, a conspiracy theorist with his tales of a get famous quick scheme. However, as the story unfolds there are attempts to make his tale seem credible.

“Who doesn’t want to be famous?”

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Liverpool Horror Festival (Saturday 17th August 2019)

Liverpool Horror Festival (Saturday 17th August 2019)

Liverpool Horror Club brought back their horror fest to Seaforth on the 17th August and it was still a bargain. Like last year’s Liverpool Horror Festival there was a small selection of stalls, but there were several new ones boasting some unique artwork.

“A full day celebration of all things horror!”

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the Future of the X-Men Films

X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the Future of the X-Men Films

Last month saw the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise, to largely negative reviews. Most focused on the underdeveloped characters, the villains, and the fact that it didn’t bring anything new to the genre. X-Men meh sums it up. Now, after a few weeks, I think it’s time to look at some of the good points of the film, where it ultimately failed, and what’s needed to make the X-Men stand out in the saturated superhero film genre. The X-Men comics are about discrimination – about being different – and this needs to be referenced…

“Every hero has a dark side.”

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The Haunting of Hill House Triple Threat: 1959 Book vs. 1963 Film vs. 2018 Netflix Series

The Haunting of Hill House Triple Threat

I needed to know for myself how far Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House had diverged from the 1959 book and if it had actually improved on it. So I read the book first and then watched the 1963 film, The Haunting, which I’d heard was a classic. I must admit I enjoyed both of them – and found them very different from one another – so I decided that so I decided that all three needed to be compared.

“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!”

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018, USA / UK) Review

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

It’s rare that I write a review of a film I really hated, but Goosebumps 2: Happy Halloween held such promise I’ll make an exception. The first film had a fair few faults of its own, such as straying from the source material. But for the most part, the original stayed true to the tone of the books and had some good comedy moments. The second film however has fewer comedic parts that made me laugh, but at least does feel true to the tone of the books – more so than the TV series – with the main plot being similar to Night of the Living Dummy.

“Halloween comes to life.”

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Castlevania (2018, USA) Season 2 Review

Castlevania (2018, USA) Season 2 Review

Netflix have done a brilliant job at exploring the Castlevania story with this season, which is twice the length of the first and has a lot more Dracula. For anyone who didn’t see the first season there’s only two things you need to know: First- Dracula has declared war on the human race after the Church killed his wife. Second- Trevor Belmont (the last descendant of the famous monster fighting family) and Sypha Belnades (a witch) have joined forces with Alucard (Dracula’s son) to defeat the vampire lord himself.

“In killing my wife, humanity has proven to me that they don’t deserve the Earth… We will scour them off the land!”

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The Haunting of Hill House (2018, USA) Season 1 Review

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

People have been raving about this Netflix series for a while now. Even Stephen King has praised it, so I’ve given it a go. The Netflix series differs from the novel. The advantage of only being loosely based on the novel is with the differences the Netflix series has made. Eleanor “Nell” Vance, for example, was the main character in the novel, but by mid-season the dynamic changes, so you don’t know what is going to happen.

“A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret. Grief, anger, guilt. But, in my experience, most times they’re just what we want to see.”

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018, USA) Season 1 Review

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

In the original series you could really root for Sabrina as she learns witchcraft and all the negative aspects that came with it but here the stakes are much higher, not just regarding whether she will be a mortal or witch, but to be a witch she has to sign her name in Satan’s book and he could call on her at any time. There’s a stronger sense of Sabrina’s desperation to learn about her family history and what had happened to her parents, along with the struggles of being a half witch, giving the series a bit of a Harry Potter feel, even though the original Sabrina comics and 90s series predate it.

“Happy birthday, witch.”

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The Dead of Night Film Festival (Sunday 21st October 2018)

The Dead of Night Film Festival (Saturday 21st October 2018)

Liverpool Horror Club (LHC) and Two-Headed Snake Entertainment presented their second The Dead of Night Film Festival – this time in Liverpool – and like all LHC events there was a great club atmosphere where everyone is friendly, and you can chat to the people involved in the festival and the films.

“Liverpool’s only horror film festival!”

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Liverpool Horror Festival (Saturday 11th August 2018)

The Liverpool Horror Festival took place in a new venue this year, known as the Invisible Wind Factory which is a re-purposed warehouse, so is really grungy and suitable for a horror festival.

“A celebration of horror!”

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5 Non-Marvel or DC Comic Book Film Adaptations

5 Non-Marvel or DC Comic Book Film Adaptations

With the release of Avengers: Infinity War and a packed year of comic book films to come, mainly adapted from Marvel, it’s important to note it’s not just the big two [including DC Comics] that release comic book film adaptions.

“You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.”

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