London 1888; the Jack the Ripper murders are gripping the nation and the people of Whitechapel are growing increasingly scared. Chief Inspector Abberline is struggling to figure out who the killer is, and with the added pressure from above to catch the murderer his demons begin to get the better of him. But there is someone out there who wants to help…watching…in the shadows…waiting to strike. Mixing Jack the Ripper and Batman is a formula I’ve been waiting for since reading the steampunk/superhero mash-up Gotham by Gaslight back in 1989.
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – an homage to the atomic age of cinema – continues with Chapter 4: The Chief that Fell to Earth and Chapter 5: The Day Wales Stood Still.
“I served in World War II and there was no Creature from the Black Lagoon shooting no ray-guns at me.”
Liverpool Horror Club (LHC) and Two-Headed Snake Entertainment presented their second The Dead of Night Film Festival – this time in Liverpool – and like all LHC events there was a great club atmosphere where everyone is friendly, and you can chat to the people involved in the festival and the films.
“Liverpool’s only horror film festival!”
Broke Horror Fan presents two brand-new VHS tapes loaded with Halloween horror: the indie horror anthology Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) and a double feature of two horror shorts, Dark Roast and Root of All Evil.
“Punk’s not dead… yet.”
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s – continues with Chapter 2: 20 Million Miles to Wales and Chapter 3: Attack of the Humanoids.
“If I don’t save the world, then who the hell will?”
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.”
Written and directed by Siôn Griffiths, Humanoids from Outer Space is a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s; an homage to Ed Wood, Tommy Wiseau, and the atomic age of cinema.
“Their mission is to destroy humanity. Can these alien humanoids be stopped?”
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…”
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.”
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.
To achieve a successful short film firstly you need to have a solid idea. Having such a short space of time to tell an entire story is an extremely difficult feat, but when it’s done right it’s a joy.
Girls Night from director David Teixeira tells the story of 3 friends, Jess, Alyson & Chloe, who are kindly permitted to use their friend’s home for the weekend and have a girls only Halloween party. It’s here that the legend of ‘Bloody Mary’ comes up…
“Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary.”
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…