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HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 29 March)

HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 29 March)

Noyo’s a sleepy little place, where nothing much happens. So why are people being attacked and killed by things that come out of the water? The answer involves pollution and mutated sea life that’s developed a taste for death. As the ‘orrible humanoids lay siege to Noyo, it’s up to the great Doug McClure, to put a stop to their murderous rampages. Humanoids from the Deep is cheesy, sleazy classic, lovingly presented by your pals at 88 Films.

“From the caverns of the deep… It strikes! Between life and death, there is… Humanoids from the Deep!”

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An Interview with Director Giles Alderson, The Dare

An Interview with Director Giles Alderson, The Dare

If you are looking for a scary movie to watch All Hallows’ Eve, may I suggest The Dare? You may, however, want to look away during the inventive torture sequences that Director Giles Alderson and co-writer Jonny Grant have concocted! The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery.

“There’s a video… and I look frazzled! Proper done in. Nightmares for weeks. But it was worth it! Just.”

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An Interview with Screenwriter Jonny Grant, The Dare

An Interview with Screenwriter Jonny Grant, The Dare

The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery exploiting humanity’s most irrational fears; succeeding in its simplicity to leave you traumatised! Co-writing this blood-soaked horror, screenwriter Jonny Grant breathes new life into the art of splatter – The Dare is definitely not for the squeamish!

“I really didn’t want to go down the route of violence for violence sake. I wanted our villain to be conducting these acts because they resonated deeply with him; the violence was personal to him and his past.”

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The Dare (2019, Bulgaria / USA / UK) Lionsgate UK DVD Review

The Dare (2019, Bulgaria / USA / UK) Lionsgate UK DVD Review

Directed and co-written by Giles Alderson, The Dare could easily be dismissed as a copycat of the movies that led to the mid-2000s resurgence of the splatter subgenre; unfortunately labelled “torture porn” by film critics and horror detractors. James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Saw (2004), and Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005) are both seen as the pinnacle of the subgenre; the first to be labelled “torture porn” due to their emphasis on extreme violence and sadism, and never surpassed by the countless thrillers that followed. But despite a certain familiarity, The Dare breathes new life into the art of splatter.

“Let the evil out.”

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Mutant Blast (2018, Portugal / USA) Review

Mutant Blast (2018, Portugal / USA) Review

From the moment Mutant Blast entered my psyche I couldn’t shake this nostalgic feeling I was having. Distributed by the legendary purveyors of bad taste, Troma Entertainment, it is undeniable that the golden age of this independent studio has left an impression on director Fernando Alle. Mutant Blast is a low-budget, gore-drenched, post-apocalyptic action/horror film that evokes the Class of Nuke ‘Em High-style of gross-out humour.

“Dolphins are diabolical creatures! But you can’t wrap that around your heads, because you think dolphins are cute… The truth is, dolphins are motherfuckers! MOTHERFUCKERS!”

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The Beyond (1981, Italy) Shameless Blu-ray Review

The Beyond (1981, Italy) Shameless Blu-ray Review

Directed by the prolific master of the macarbre, Lucio Fulci, The Beyond is the second film in Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell‘ trilogy; a series of horror films all connected by a unifying theme, and actress Catriona MacColl. In each of these films, one of seven gateways to hell is activated, bringing misery to those unfortunate to stumble upon the doors of death.

“The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places… And from the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth.”

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The Butcher (2016, USA) Review

The Butcher (2016)

The Butcher is one of the many, many horror movies that seem to have been inspired directly by the murderous antics of one Mr Edward Gein. For those inexplicably unfamiliar with his work, Mr Gein was a serial murderer who haunted Plainfield, Wisconsin in the late 1940s and early 50s. Though he was from a small town and his “career” lasted barely half a decade, Gein made himself a name in the serial killer community for the – how shall we put it? – joie de travailler with which he went about his work. Almost all of the tropes beloved of the serial killer movie – the suit made of human skin, the mock-crucifixions, the skull crockery – have come from the details of Ed Gein’s trial.

“You are what’s on the menu…”

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Slugs (1988, Spain / USA) Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Slugs (1988, Spain / USA) Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Arrow Video are quickly becoming heroes to horror fans that cut their teeth on the genre in the 80s. Regularly releasing the type of titles that you would be fascinated with in your local independent video shop, it gives those of us who excitedly gorged on the type of low budget horror these shops stocked a chance to re-watch them with modern eyes, and those too young to rent them a chance to finally get their hands on them.

“They ooze. They slime. They kill.”

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THE EVIL DEAD/EVIL DEAD 2, HOUSE/HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY & THE WARRIORS Merchandise from Fright-Rags

THE EVIL DEAD/EVIL DEAD 2, HOUSE/HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY & THE WARRIORS Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Whether you prefer Sam Raimi’s 1981 indie horror landmark or his black humor-injected 1987 sequel, Fright-Rags returns to the cabin in the woods with new The Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2 merchandise.

You are also cordially invited to spend an evening with Fright-Rags, Roger Cobb and his friends. Four t-shirts have been created for House and House II: The Second Story. Don’t forget to come out to play with The Warriors apparel. Can you dig it?

“Horror has also found a new home.”

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Evil Ed (1995, Sweden) Review

Evil Ed (1995)

Remember the days when films were captured on, well, film? You don’t? Whippersnapper. Respectable and reserved editor Eddie Swenson does. So when he’s transferred from his quiet, restrained art house section, to the brash, blood soaked vistas of the splatter and gore department, he realises why watching hours and hours of video violence may cause one to lose their head. You see, his predecessor went out with an, errrm…bang, after chowing down on a hand grenade. So Ed’s boss Samuel Campbell ‘promotes’ him to a domain that produces the ‘Loose Limbs’ series.

“It’s a no brainer.”

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

In the pantheon of horror and exploitation geniuses, no star shines brighter than Herschell Gordon Lewis’s. He invented the splatter/gore genre single handedly and was a true auteur when it came to his approach to producing his films.

“Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror!”

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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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