Written and directed by Shinichiro Ueda, One Cut of the Dead begins with an impressive 37 minute long take set in an abandoned Japanese water filtration plant. “It’s just an urban legend… On record, this place was built for water filtration. But the Japanese army used here for some sort of experimentation… Human experimentation. Like…bringing the dead back to life.” Shinichiro Ueda’s movie injects the zombie trope with new life; thus reanimating the sub-genre. This is not Dawn of the Dead, nor is it Shaun of the Dead. Instead, One Cut of the Dead celebrates low-budget filmmaking.
When I first watched Hell House LLC I’ll be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Found footage movies have run their course, but I was genuinely impressed. It had some genuinely creepy moments. Two years later we are given its sequel, Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel. Now, because I was so surprised by the first installment I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately after a mere ten minutes into the movie it was evident this wasn’t going to fulfill me with the same joy.
“This hotel has a long history of unexplained events being caught on camera…”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to kick off 2019 with the deluxe vinyl release of The Prowler original motion picture soundtrack by Richard Einhorn. Released in 1981, The Prowler is one of the earliest films to become part of the American-Slasher genre.
“It will freeze your blood.”
By now, everyone should be familiar with the Slenderman phenomenon. The internet is full of stories and videos claiming that it is a real creature or being. Slenderman’s background and motivations have never been satisfactorily explained and there are lots of stories that contradict one another. It is in this vein that Flay was created. Seeking to explain the origins of Slenderman and tying it into the genocide of the Native American people by European settlers, Flay gives us an origin for Slenderman that is brutal, sad and rather unsatisfying.
“Come out and flay with me.”
Terror Films has acquired the rights to director Richard Stringham’s debut feature film Close Calls. Morgan MacKenzie – a troubled teen – finds herself grounded by her father. Bored and left alone to deal with her ailing and crazy grandmother, Morgan soon becomes the target of a psycho caller. As the night gets weirder, paranoia begins to set in and Morgan is forced to face some of her worst fears and inner demons as she starts to believe that everyone she knows is either plotting against her or trying to kill her.
“Experience the terror in Morgan’s head. Pray she won’t pick up the phone … and end up dead.”
Lionsgate UK are pleased to announce three more cult classics joining their Vestron Collector’s Series. Originally released by Vestron Video, these classic horror and sci-fi titles are restored and remastered on Blu-ray, and packed with hours of special features. Lionsgate UK presents Class of 1999, Parents, and The Unholy on Blu-ray, 25th February.
“It’s the last lesson you’ll ever learn!”
The highly anticipated sequel to Hell House LLC, entitled Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel, was initially released September 20th 2018 on the genre streaming site Shudder. After a three-month exclusive window on this platform, Terror Films will make this exciting haunter on several more digital services.
“Eight years following the tragic events at the Abaddon Hotel, an investigative new team went searching for answers. The truth was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined.”
We are here to discuss a horror movie that uses the formula of found-footage. No matter how many times you review a film that uses this technique you can’t help bring up The Blair Witch Project. Unfortunately there will always be comparisons. Films have tried to replicate this style, but rarely succeeded in finding that magic ingredient The Blair Witch Project possesses. Fortunately Hell House LLC breaks the mold. Going into this movie I’ll be perfectly honest I didn’t expect much. In my defense I have had to suffer numerous found-footage movies over the years that are absolute trollope.
“New York’s scariest haunted house tour.”
Cinémathèque Française is honoring Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, for his 50 years of independent filmmaking. The Cinémathèque will also screen two of Kaufman’s most important films on January 4th, in Paris, France with Kaufman himself in attendance.
The Max Linder Panorama Theater is also screening The Toxic Avenger in its uncut glory on January 3rd.
“The first superhuman-hero… from New Jersey!”
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.”
Using their backgrounds in punk and skate ‘zines, design, and production, Super7 have released their newest official 3.75″ ReAction Figure collaboration with punk icons The Misfits.
“Too much horror business…”
When Netflix dropped Spanish director Paco Plaza’s new film Veronica earlier this year, I doubt even they predicted it would get the attention it’s had? Some people have dubbed it “the scariest film ever!” and it’s supposedly based on a real events, so naturally I had to check it out to see what all the fuss was about. I’m a fan of Plaza’s [•REC] movie so I knew he would cook up some decent scares.
The story is set in Madrid in 1991 and focuses on teenager Veronica.