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Defarious (2016, USA) Review

Defarious (2016)

Defarious is gorgeously shot, with a tinged-blue colour pallet reminiscent of 80’s retro horror, with hints of slasher genre thrown in. Pallante is able to build the atmosphere well with an easy on the eye leading lady – Janet Miranda (as Amy) – and a wonderfully large environment to broaden its scope. As Amy roams the house her visions manifest into a crazed killer or demon, which raises the questions of what’s reality and what’s only in her head. Overall Defarious hits a few marks. Not as unsettling as it thinks it is, but is a nice nod to the inspired classics of the 1980s.

“Fear is all in the mind.”

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Assault (1971, UK) Network Blu-ray Review

Assault (1971, UK) Network Blu-ray Review

Adapted from Kendal Young’s 1964 novel The Ravine, Sidney Hayers’ Assault is a vicious psychological thriller. Tessa Hurst, a 16-year-old pupil of the Heatherdene School for Girls in London, decides to take a shortcut home through the woods – through an area known as the Devil’s End. Unbeknownst to Tessa, she is being stalked by an unseen assailant who, upon making himself known, proceeds to chase her as she flees in terror. With nowhere to run Tessa is assaulted, partially stripped, and raped.

“If you go down in the woods today…”

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An Interview with Actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2, In the Mouth of Madness

An interview with actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2

Fright Night Part 2 would only work if its main vampire – following the iconic Jerry Dandrige – was strong. Regine Dandridge, the sister of Jerry, was played wonderfully by Julie Carmen. Sultry, sexy with a huge element of danger, Carmen truly became part of the Fright Night universe with this performance.

Fright Night Part 2 would have evaporated into the ethers if it were not for some dear loyal souls who originally saw the film and who continue to talk about the effect it had on them while growing up.”

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DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

DEATH LINE & ASSAULT on Blu-ray 27th August from Network

Network is proud to add two early 1970s cult favourites to their ‘The British Film‘ collection: a brand new high definition remaster of the 1972 renowned horror classic Death Line (aka Raw Meat); and the hard-hitting 1971 thriller Assault (aka In the Devil’s Garden).

“Beneath modern London, buried alive in its plague-ridden tunnels lives a tribe of once humans. Neither men nor women, they are less than animals… they are the raw meat of the human race!”

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Waxwork Records Presents QUEEN OF EARTH Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records Presents QUEEN OF EARTH Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records proudly presents the debut film score release of Queen of Earth. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry, and starring Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, 2015’s Queen of Earth is an American psychological thriller. Scored by composer Keegan DeWitt, the beautiful-nightmarish music of Queen of Earth captures an auditory mental breakdown.

“You fucking animal. You unrepentant piece of shit. You click your tongue and you revel in the affairs of others. You are worthless.”

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Super Dark Times (2017, USA)

Super Dark Times (2017)

Sometimes in film, a mood or feeling transcends the writing, itself. Kevin Philips’ debut feature, Super Dark Times is one of those films. The overall moodiness and aura of this teenage drama/horror film creates a skin-crawling dread that stuck with me long after viewing it. Super Dark Times is a teenage drama film that feels closer to horror at many points, and because of this, may scare off some fans of either genre. It is also extremely well-crafted and wonderfully moody, which is why it is a film that should definitely not be overlooked.

“If anybody asks, we’re already fucked.”

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Waxwork Records Presents THE BABADOOK Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records Presents THE BABADOOK Vinyl Soundtrack

Waxwork Records presents the soundtrack to the 2014 Australian psychological horror film, The Babadook; directed by Jennifer Kent. The narrative and film engulf the viewer in themes of personal loss, grief, despair and ultimately, recovery.

“You can’t get rid of… The Babadook.”

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Waxwork Records Presents ROSEMARY’S BABY and DON’T LOOK NOW Vinyl Soundtracks

Waxwork Records Presents ROSEMARY'S BABY and DON'T LOOK NOW

Waxwork Records proudly presents the deluxe re-press of their previously, long sold-out vinyl release of Rosemary’s Baby; the most comprehensive presentation of the original film score to ever be pressed to vinyl. In addition to the re-press of Rosemary’s Baby, Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1973 British-Italian thriller, Don’t Look Now.

“What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!”

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Death Note (2017, USA)

Death Note (2017)

Based on the Manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note is a huge franchise in Japan. The Netflix remake rather misses the entire message of the original Death Note – which is that power corrupts. It barely touches on the themes that gave the original depth and intrigue and lacks its tension-building storytelling, which left the viewer wondering where the latest development might lead, and who would win. It’s the version for people who can’t cope with subtitles.

“Every human spends the last moments of his life in the shadow of a death god.”

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The Blair Witch Project (1999, USA)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project is ‘The Cardiff Giant’ of modern horror films. The film employed the now common trope of “found footage” to give an authentic and haunting atmosphere to the story. The movie was also one of the first to use the internet to reinforce the found footage concept, going so far as to hire actors to pose as policemen for interviews and post pictures of artifacts found at the crime scene.

“In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary… A year later their footage was found.”

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Split (2016, USA)

Split (2016)

Split is a grindhouse film in disguise, particularly repulsive for the cavalier way it blames women for the degeneracy of McAvoy’s character.

What makes Split so frustrating is that it could have been Shyalaman’s best film. Visually the film is perfect and the sound strikes the right balance between serene and scary, much like a Hitchcock film. The tension is palpable in the psychiatrist’s scenes, and the gripping terror of the girls is captured perfectly as their predicament grows worse.

“An individual with multiple personalities can change their body chemistry with their thoughts.”

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Don’t Look in the Basement (1973, USA)

Don't Look in the Basement (1973)

Directed by S.F. Brownigg and released in 1973, Don’t Look in the Basement is an independent horror film that was unfortunate enough to fall foul of the UK media upon it’s 1981 home release; yet fortunate enough to not be prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act in 1985.

For me, Don’t Look in the Basement was an impulse buy on home video, spurred on by the film’s cult status and history as a ‘video nasty’.

“The line between sanity and madness can be crossed in a single step. And with this step you enter the nightmare world of terror. On the day the insane took over the asylum!”

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