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.
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“This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!”
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.”
Indicator pride themselves on championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of their first restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, their presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range which will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever. March’s selection also includes Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic, and John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers.
“Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Indicator presents a genre-spanning quartet of London-set films, all starring, written and directed by some of Britain’s most celebrated and iconic talents, and released on Blu-ray for the first time. First, two uncompromising thrillers from the more conservative half of the 1960s: The Third Secret (1964); and Psyche 59 (1964). Next, two films which explore sexual freedom as the ‘Swinging’ decade comes to a close: Take a Girl Like You (1970); and A Severed Head (1971).
“The screen prowls the lonely place where lust hides!”
Waxwork Records is excited to announce the long awaited re-pressing of The Warriors. This deluxe double LP features the re-mastered 1979 original soundtrack, in addition to the vinyl debut of the complete film score by Barry DeVorzon.
“They could run New York City.”
Fright-Rags has explored sour ground to unearth new merchandise from Pet Sematary, Night of the Living Dead and Die Hard. If that wasn’t enough Fright-Rags have also created Dead Neighbors, a short film that imagines what may have inspired George A. Romero as a young boy.
“Sometimes dead is better.”
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