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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 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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Bad Acid (2015, UK)

Bad Acid (2015)

Bad Acid is a lesson for those who crave fame at all costs, however fleeting, and delivers in every area for classic horror fans; leaving us guessing right until its ambiguous end. With only a hint of gore in the form of crime scene photographs, it really is a fine example of how to stimulate the senses through suggestion rather than brute force – a little like hypnotism, albeit, erm, real – and manages to conjure some genuine laughs and hair-raising moments in the process. Fancy a trip? If so, let David Chaudoir’s unconventional horror short, Bad Acid, consume you…

“Famous, I was! Everybody knew my name.”

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Fractured Visions Film Festival Comes to Tramshed Cinema in Cardiff (UK) 29-30 September

Fractured Visions Film Festival

Fractured Visions Film Festival – a celebration of all things horror – is headed up by filmmaker Phil Escott and genre academic Dr. Mikel J. Koven. The festival was designed to help spotlight both emerging talent within the horror genre and those who have helped build it. Over two days, Fractured Visions will be showing eight new feature films and two classics along with ten new short films.

“The main goal of the festival is to help filmmakers avoid the sharks that are circling the UK film industry.”

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Indicator July 2018 Blu-ray Titles

Indicator July 2018 Blu-ray Titles

This July, Indicator presents a chilling selection of classic British genre cinema, all packaged in lovingly produced Limited Editions, including Blu-ray premieres and extensive collector’s booklets. On 23 July, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Three: Blood & Terror, the next volume in its acclaimed series of limited edition Blu-ray box sets dedicated to British cinema’s most iconic film production company. Also available on 23 July, Indicator presents Arthur Lubin’s Gothic thriller Footsteps in the Fog (1955).

“Close enough to kiss…or kill!”

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Ghost Stories (2017, UK)

Ghost Stories (2017)

It’s a while since we’ve seen a cinematic anthology of horror tales, but Ghost Stories revives that tradition with a trio of supernatural stories in the style of English portmanteau movies of the 1960s and the Ealing classic Dead of Night. The film’s writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have adapted Ghost Stories from their successful stage show. (Nyman is an actor, writer and magician who has devised productions for Derren Brown; Jeremy Dyson is actor, writer and co-creator of The League of Gentlemen) Their film offers a tribute to an array of old-school horror tropes.

“We have to be very careful what we choose to believe.”

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