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Under the Tree (2017, Iceland)

Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2017)

There’s an old saying about how you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. You also can’t generally choose your neighbors, and sometimes they can be even harder to avoid than family. It can be a real risk to try to befriend a neighbor, because if it all goes wrong somehow your only option is to pack up and move, and that’s a hassle nobody wants. Still, in Under the Tree, both sets of neighbors would have been much better off if they’d fled to opposite sides of the country. Admittedly Iceland isn’t a very big country, but that might have worked.

“Two families. One tree. A bloody mess.”

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THE PREDATOR, TEEN WOLF & SLASHBACK VIDEO Merchandise from Fright-Rags

THE PREDATOR, TEEN WOLF & SLASHBACK VIDEO Merchandise from Fright-Rags

The hunt has evolved in The Predator! Fright-Rags celebrates the release of the newest entry in the Predator franchise – in theaters now via 20th Century Fox – with officially licensed apparel; plus new t-shirts from Teen Wolf and Slashback Video.

“Predators don’t just sit around making hats out of rib cages. They conquered space!”

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Lionsgate presents DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE on DVD and Digital Download 15th October

Lionsgate presents DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE on DVD and Digital Download 15th October

Five years after an epidemic nearly wiped out the world’s population, Dr. Zoe Parker lives in an underground bunker among a small group of military personnel and survivalists, working on a cure while fighting armies of the undead. When a dangerous patient from Zoe’s past infiltrates the bunker, Zoe discovers he just might hold the key to saving humanity… or ending it.

Ramping up the action and bloodshed, and with plenty of nods to the 1985 classic, prepare yourselves for the next bloody chapter…

“Join the undying war.”

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An Interview with Actress/Author Barbie Wilde, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, The Venus Complex

An Interview with Actress/Author Barbie Wilde, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, The Venus Complex

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Morecambe and Wise, Sooty(!), Charles Bronson, Laura Dern, Johnny Rotten, Iggy Pop, Clive Barker… Apart from all being huge stars across various mediums (especially Sooty), they all share one specific thing in common… Barbie Wilde.

“At the Hellbound audition, I met Tony Randel, we had a chat, and the next day, I got the job. It’s funny, because I nearly didn’t go to the audition, as I thought that they were looking for someone to play the Chatterer character and I found that particular Cenobite far too scary in the first film.”

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Waxwork Records Presents KONG: SKULL ISLAND Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records Presents KONG: SKULL ISLAND Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records is proud to present the deluxe double LP release of Kong: Skull Island original motion picture score. Kong: Skull Island is an action packed 2017 American monster film that rebooted the King Kong franchise, and was nominated for ‘Best Visual Effects’ at the 90th Academy Awards.

“We are dealing with a monster from a bygone era.”

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John Wick (2014, USA)

John Wick (2014)

I’m not a fan of action films. You know the ones, purely ‘Action’. I hate car chases. DESPISE ‘em! I hate things exploding left, right and centre. I hate overly-long gunfights. They annoy me and make me all fidgety. John Wick is an action/thriller, directed by two stunt men and stars Keanu Reeves. “WHY ARE YOU WATCHING THIS, YOU FUCKING MASOCHIST?!!” I hear you shout, and you’d be right to ask. I dunno. But I’m SO glad that I did! John Wick is an ex-hitman, grieving for his recently deceased wife. When the son of a mob boss takes a liking to Wick’s car and decides to take it, bad things happen.

“Revenge is all he has left.”

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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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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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The Lords of Salem (2012, USA / UK / Canada)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Let’s get one thing straight from the start: I love Rob Zombie. From his early days in White Zombie, his carnival-like album covers, concerts and music videos, right up until his 1st feature film in 2003, House Of 1000 Corpses. This was further enhanced by the excellent and gritty The Devil’s Rejects. Then came 2012’s The Lords of Salem a refined, mature mixture of his previous attempts that has not only made me change my opinion on where Zombie was headed, but also on what I now expect from cinema itself every time I sit down to watch a film with a low-to-modest budget.

“Heretic. Witch. Devil.”

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Girls Night 2 (2018, France)

Bloody Mary (2018)

It’s extremely rare that a director creates a sequel to a short film, but director David Teixeira obviously felt he wasn’t finished with his tale of ‘Bloody Mary’.

The first film told the story of three friends, Jess, Alyson and Chloe who spend the Halloween weekend at their friend’s country home partying. Late into the night they accidentally summon the legend of ‘Bloody Mary’ after speaking her name three times. We now pick up the story with Jess staying with her friend Pierre, trying to recover from the incident the year before.

“Bloodier. Heavier.”

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