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The Worst Horror Films of the Decade: Part 1 (2010-2014)

The Worst Horror Films of the Decade: Part 1 (2010-2014)

I have watched a lot of shite during the past decade, and whilst I can appreciate schlock, the following movies really got under my skin. This is my own personal purge; from 2010 to 2014.

“You have a darkness that rivals my own… It will be a very special pleasure to rip you apart.”

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SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

Inspired by a real-life race that is still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is an epic sword slasher from director Bernard Rose and the team behind 13 Assassins and The Last Emperor.

Visionary director Takashi Miike also returns to the big screen with the wildly entertaining Tarantino-esque crime thriller First Love.

“For 260 years, Japan cut itself off from the world.”

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Liverpool Horror Club Presents Tetsuo: The Iron Man Screening Tonight (21st September) at No Face Tattoo!

Liverpool Horror Club Presents Tetsuo: The Iron Man Screening Tonight (21st September) at No Face Tattoo!

Liverpool Horror Club’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man screening is part of this year’s Scalarama which is held across the United Kingdom during the entire month of September. This year’s theme is Identity.

“Together, we can turn this fucking world to rust!”

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Fifteen Years of Fantastic Fest: Celebrating the Weird and Wonderful Genre Films from Across the World!

Fantastic Fest 2019

Reaching the milestone of fifteen years, Fantastic Fest blasts off with the widest selection of weird and wonderful genre films gathered from across the world to screen in Austin, TX, from September 19-26, 2019, bringing a diverse array of global filmmakers for a highly-controlled explosion of curated cinematic mayhem.

“Our fifteenth year is a one-of-a-kind of celebration of the cinema we champion: brilliant and out-there.”

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Karate Kill (2016, Japan / USA) Review

Karate Kill (2016)

Japanese wannabe actress Mayumi is abducted by an absolute nut-job called Vendenski and his hysterically seedy cult – Capital Messiah. They’re feared throughout the criminal community for reasons that are beyond me, but nobody seems to be able to touch them, until Mayumi’s brother, Kenji, travels over in search of his missing sister. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Kenji is a Karate Master, wouldn’t you just know it? This now sets the wheels in motion for Kenji to stroll around L.A. all brooding and a fish out of water, but cracking skulls as he’s doing it.

“He is no Mr. Miyagi.”

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Epic Movies of the 1980s: Aiming for the Extraordinary

Epic Movies of the 1980s: Aiming for the Extraordinary

The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.

“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”

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Revisiting Hideo Nakata’s Chilling Tale of Technological Dread: Ringu リング

Revisiting Hideo Nakata's Chilling Tale of Technological Dread: Ringu リング

In March 2019 Arrow Video is re-releasing Hideo Nakata’s Ringu in celebration of its 20th anniversary; restored from the original negative in vivid high definition.

Ringu is based on a novel by Koji Suzuki, (known as the ‘Japanese Stephen King’) and for any western viewer this film is the starting point for any exploration of modern Asian horror.

“How did the rumours about the video even start in the first place? This kind of thing… It doesn’t start by one person telling a story. It’s more like everyone’s fear just takes on a life of its own.”

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One Cut of the Dead (2017, Japan) Review

One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな!) (2017)

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.

“Making a zombie movie, on a live broadcast, in one take?”

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ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Limited UK Theatrical Release from 4th January 2019 Courtesy of Third Window Films

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Limited UK Theatrical Release from 4th January 2019 Courtesy of Third Window Films

One Cut of the Dead opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that this warehouse is the site where military experiments once took place…

“Don’t stop shooting!”

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COMET TV: Monster Summer Giveaway

COMET TV: Monster Summer Giveaway

“We need an exterminator, one that would drive away King Ghidorah.” Comet TV and Attack from Planet B want everyone to enjoy their summer, catch some rays and protect themselves from an atomic-breathing beast, by giving one randomly chosen person the firepower to win Monster Summer merchandise. “Are you serious?”

Competition ends Friday, June 15th 2018

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5 Essential Female Directed Horror Films from the 1980s and 1990s

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

It may be International Women’s Day, but there are numerous female filmmakers, writers, actresses and artists that are making history every single day.

“The light that’s leaving that star right now will take a billion years to get down here. You want to know why you’ve never met a girl like me before? Because I’ll still be here when the light from that star gets down here to Earth in a billion years.”

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980, Japan)

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980)

I heard of this anime film years ago but heard such bad things it put me off, then last week I found a good review on it that mentioned the plot and I thought I’d give it a go. Firstly like many other reviewers I must admit this is probably the craziest Dracula plot ever. It’s based of Tomb of Dracula issues 40-75 and as such there’s a lot going on…

Overall this film is very true to the comic and has a good storyline but it’s too rushed. The visuals in part are faithful to the comic but frequently seem low budget. If you liked Tomb of Dracula I’d definitely recommend this. If you’re looking for a different Dracula film you should enjoy it.

“Darling, I want to tell you about the man I used to be before I became the cursed slave of Satan.”

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