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Possessor (2020, UK / Canada) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

Possessor (2020, UK / Canada) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

If David Cronenberg was the prime mover of the horror sub-genre known as ‘body horror’, his son Brandon is taking it to the next level. With Possessor, his second feature after debut Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg starts with a scene that braces you for the bloodletting that will come… A young woman stands in the bathroom of a hotel and stabs a long metal electrode into her skull as blood seeps around the wound. Her face runs through a gamut of emotions as the electrode fulfils its mysterious purpose in her brain.

“You have a very special nature. One we have worked hard together to unlock.”

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Signature Entertainment Presents Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR in Cinemas (UK / 27 November)

Signature Entertainment Presents Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor in Cinemas (UK / 27 November)

From the visionary mind of writer-director Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets.

“No body is safe.”

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Rabid (2019, Canada) Review

Rabid (2019, Canada) Review

Sylvia and Jen Soska, known as The Soska Sisters, have made quite a name for themselves directing, writing and acting in some of most visceral, brutal horror films of the last ten years. Their breakout film, 2009’s Dead Hooker in a Trunk, attracted more attention for its controversial name than the movie itself. However, it established the style and mystique the Soska name would bring to independent film. I have to give Sylvia and Jen props for taking on the re-imagining of one of Canada’s greatest director’s best films.

“You’ve just had reconstructive surgery… You can’t take your bandages off just yet!”

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Verotika versus Rabid ’77

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner we have the classic 1977 David Cronenberg film, Rabid. In the opposite corner, we have the Glenn Danzig opus, Verotika. Is one a better film than the other? Will the cult classic crush the newcomer or will the Master Misfit cut new horror film ground based on his comic book kingdom?

If you’re like me, your interest in anything Danzig related was piqued the moment it was announced he was working on a movie. Unfortunately, the promise faded with ever passing time…

“Pray it doesn’t happen to you.”

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Tattoo Horror PERFECT SKIN Bleeds Ink (September 10th) on DVD through Indican Pictures

Tattoo Horror PERFECT SKIN Bleeds Ink (September 10th) on DVD through Indican Pictures

Tattoo artist Bob has just found out he has Parkinson’s – a disease that will end his life long career. With the clock ticking, he has become obsessed with creating one final masterpiece before his body deteriorates. Just then he meets Katia, a young Polish woman with perfect, unblemished, untouched skin. He needs his final canvas, so he offers Katia a free tattoo; his final work-of-art. However, Katia likes the skin she is in and rejects his offer. The two characters collide in Bob’s tattoo parlour, with Katia’s life set to be turned on its head, in this exciting tale of creativity corrupted by madness.

“His masterpiece. Her body.”

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David Cronenberg’s RABID (26 August) & Lost 90s Horror SKINNER (23 September) Head to Blu-ray from 101 Films Black Label

David Cronenberg's RABID (26 August) & Lost 90s Horror SKINNER (23 September) Head to Blu-ray from 101 Films Black Label David Cronenberg's RABID (26 August) & Lost 90s Horror SKINNER (23 September) Head to Blu-ray from 101 Films Black Label

101 Films is proud to present Rabid, the enduringly tense and gruesome horror on two-disc special edition Blu-ray – scanned from the original camera negative at director David Cronenberg’s preferred aspect ratio (1.66:1) – and Skinner on special edition dual-format Blu-ray/DVD, in all its sinful, sleazy and violent glory.

“Pray it doesn’t happen to you.”

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Steven Soderbergh Presents PERFECT in Cinemas from 17 May (USA) and on VOD from 21 June

Steven Soderbergh Presents PERFECT in Cinemas from 17 May (USA) and on VOD from 21 June

Produced and scored by Flying Lotus, executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by Eddie Alcazar, Perfect introduces Garrett Wareing as an emotionally-troubled young man. His mother, played by Abbie Cornish, sends him to a clinic, where modernist serenity whispers soothing promises of perfection. By planting plug-and-play characteristics directly into his own body, he is relieved of his dark, twisted visions, but his body pays the price for purity of mind.

“I wanted you to be perfect, but I can’t help but wonder… is perfection something this world needs?”

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Get Lucky This Saint Patrick’s Day with Fright-Rags’ LEPRECHAUN & THE FLY Apparel

Get Lucky This Saint Patrick's Day with Fright-Rags' LEPRECHAUN & THE FLY Apparel

With Saint Patrick’s Day ☘️ fast approaching, Fright-Rags have launched a line of Leprechaun apparel. Fright-Rags have also been working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it: The Fly t-shirts. Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.

“Your luck just ran out.”

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The Stomach (2014, UK) Review

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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Wishmaster (1997, USA) Vestron Video Blu-ray Review

Wishmaster (1997)

In the mid-1990s there was a void in horror cinema. When Wishmaster was announced, it was met with excitement. This was a horror movie created by horror fans for horror fans. Executive produced by Wes Craven, directed by special make-up effects artist Robert Kurtzman, starring horror icons Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Joseph Pilato, and scored by Harry Manfredini, Wishmaster appeared to have the ‘killer’ team. What could go wrong?

“Be careful what you wish for.”

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