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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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Razor Blade Smile (1998, UK)

Razor Blade Smile (1998)

This late 90s vampire tale is an essential watch for any fan of low budget indie gore and Hammer classics. Lilith Silver is the ‘girl power’ embodiment of modern vampires. In skin tight PVC, Silver is an ass-kicking, sexually confident vampiric hit woman, using her undead attributes to carry out the most daring executions. But life is never simple and her choice of career brings her to the attention of occult group The Illuminati who are hell bent on preserving their own existence against whoever is hiring her to eliminate them. Armed with their skills in dark magic and with Mason-like influence in the police and government, The Illuminati set out to take down Lilith ‘The Angel of Death’ Silver, in a gory, sexual game of cat and mouse.

“Part Seductress. Part Assassin. All Vampire.”

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The Stomach (2014, UK)

The Stomach (2014)

Coerced by his scheming brother and locked away in a grimy upstairs flat, sickly Frank is the talented, money-making half of a peculiar business endeavour in which paying punters communicate with deceased acquaintances via his distended stomach. With a tube in his mouth and a stethoscope pressed against his grotesque gut (bloated with the manifestations of the dead), good ol’ Frankie acts as a middle-man between this world and the next.

“Your inside his stomach…”

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The Order of the Dragon by Phil Hore (2016, Australia)

The Order of the Dragon by Phil Hore

The first in a trilogy of novels by Australian author Phil Hore, The Order of the Dragon introduces us to two very different characters: the learned, dryly humorous Amun Galeus, and his hulking friend Sebastian Vulk. While this might sound like standard bickering buddies fare, the novel doesn’t descend into cliché: it’s a fun, pulp horror piece that starts off slow, but once it hits its stride, rockets like a freight train.

“My name is Amun Galeas and it is hard for me to fathom that I now live in an age of instant communication. But then again, I’ve said similar things about many an age for as long as I can remember…”

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The Meg (2018, USA / China)

The Meg (2018)

Sometimes you go to the cinema with a certain expectation. After seeing trailers for a film promising non-stop excitement or tear-jerking performances, you buy your ticket and prepare to either be blown away or disappointed. After watching trailers for The Meg I can assure you, that you will get exactly what you expect from this movie featuring Jason Statham and a 75-foot prehistoric shark.

If you want a tense thriller like The Shallows or a hydrophobia-inducing classic like Jaws, then you might want to skip this one.

“Pleased to eat you.”

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An Interview with Actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2, In the Mouth of Madness

An interview with actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2

Fright Night Part 2 would only work if its main vampire – following the iconic Jerry Dandrige – was strong. Regine Dandridge, the sister of Jerry, was played wonderfully by Julie Carmen. Sultry, sexy with a huge element of danger, Carmen truly became part of the Fright Night universe with this performance.

Fright Night Part 2 would have evaporated into the ethers if it were not for some dear loyal souls who originally saw the film and who continue to talk about the effect it had on them while growing up.”

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Evil Ed (1995, Sweden)

Evil Ed (1995)

Remember the days when films were captured on, well, film? You don’t? Whippersnapper. Respectable and reserved editor Eddie Swenson does. So when he’s transferred from his quiet, restrained art house section, to the brash, blood soaked vistas of the splatter and gore department, he realises why watching hours and hours of video violence may cause one to lose their head. You see, his predecessor went out with an, errrm…bang, after chowing down on a hand grenade. So Ed’s boss Samuel Campbell ‘promotes’ him to a domain that produces the ‘Loose Limbs’ series.

“It’s a no brainer.”

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DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

Network is proud to add two early 1970s cult favourites to their ‘The British Film‘ collection: a brand new high definition remaster of the 1972 renowned horror classic Death Line (aka Raw Meat); and the hard-hitting 1971 thriller Assault (aka In the Devil’s Garden).

“Beneath modern London, buried alive in its plague-ridden tunnels lives a tribe of once humans. Neither men nor women, they are less than animals… they are the raw meat of the human race!”

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Indicator October (Hallowe’en) 2018 Blu-ray Titles

Indicator October (Hallowe'en) 2018 Blu-ray Titles

This Hallowe’en, Indicator presents a selection of horror classics from two masters of the macabre: William Castle at Columbia, Volume One, the first of two limited edition blu-ray box sets dedicated to one of American cinema’s most iconic filmmakers; and Jacques Tourneur’s terrifying Night of the Demon (1957).

“Who will be the next in line to defy the curse?”

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The Rage (2017, UK)

The Rage (2017, UK)

Catastrophe can — and often does — happen in the blink of an eye, even in places that should be prepared for any eventuality. In The Rage, even a laboratory working with a dangerous virus, one place where everything had better be under strict control, can see all its safety protocols fall apart in an instant, leaving nothing but chaos behind. One moment, Joe and Terry, fellow lab techs at New Bio Energy Labs, are having a nice chat on a Monday morning, and the next Terry is on the floor writhing in pain and screaming in terror. It’s a great example of a compelling short made on very little budget.

“This is not a drill.”

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