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Horror Brought to Life: Varsity Blood (2014) at the CUT!

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So it’s one of the hottest days of the year and I’m sitting in a sticky basement, chilled beer in hand with about 50 sweaty film fans. More shorts and tees than the regular, leather, studs and fishnet, but there’s still the same range of long hair, no hair, a bewildering variety of states in between and a whole host of tatts adorning the exposed skin. Yes, it’s our monthly CUT! filmshow at London’s Horse Hospital.

Tonight’s offering is Varsity Blood and its from writer (and this time director) Jake Helgren, the same guy who brought us  Bloody Homecoming. No Prizes here for guessing what’s going to happen. It’s Halloween and the anniversary of the death of the Principal’s daughter in a terrible tragedy at Hogeye High. So, what else would you expect the cheerleaders and football jocks to do after the big game other than to buy a load of beer and…

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The Bunnyman Massacre 2 (2014)

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Image sourced from imdb.com

Right, so the big yellow school bus pulls up to collect a wee girl, only she keels over dead, a kid yells “Bunny!”, only the driver doesn’t notice the guy in the blood specked cuddly bunny suit, with the shotgun and the chainsaw. Yeah I think you can imagine what happens next.

Back at the ancestral ranch Joe is making jerky out of people when Bunny comes home for his tea. Yes we are in the fly-specked, sweaty deep south of the good old USA where everyone is just that bit monster batshit loony and before long Bunny and Joe have found a bunch of girlie backpackers trekking through their particular bit of backwoods wilderness to entertain. Needless to say Bunny and Joe’s idea of entertainment involves torture, maiming and death, utilising a variety of power tools and other instruments.

Leaving out the ludicrous plot, this deeply misogynistic…

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The Child Eater Review

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Image sourced by jofletcherbooks.com

The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack is one of those split world novels. In our reality Jack Wisdom dreams of children in pain, but then puts it all behind him as he grows up and falls in love with Rebecca Vale and they have a son, Simon. Now Rebecca is just a bit witchy and Jack can cope with that, he’s a suppressed psychic himself, but then he catches her apparently bathing Simon in fire. Then its divorce and Rachel’s ultimate death from an aneurysm, as she paints a future warning for Simon on the wall of her apartment.

In a reality far, far away Matyas dreams of becoming a famous wizard and learning to fly. Fortunately, he gets taken in at the wizard school by Viel, who teaches him everything she knows. Still unsatisfied Matyas sets off on a quest to find the secret of flight, a quest that will ultimately stand…

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A Dose of Crabs

Hello Crabbies

Hello Crabbies

Is that the correct name for more than one or am I trying out for a headline writing job at News International?

C'mon I can take the lot of you

C’mon I can take the lot of you

We saw these wee critters just over the sea wall at Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.

Sex rears it's ugly head

Sex rears its ugly head

They want to be careful, they are but yards away from the very tasty seafood restaurant Bodegon Las Tapas

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Return to Terra(pin) Island

All five of Epping Forest’s Terra(pin) Island residents have survived into another year

Terrapins Epping Forest

Terrapins Epping Forest

Five is the most I have seen in one go, there may of course be more lurking in the depths, One lady I have spoken says she has counted eight.

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Woodpecker and Son

One of our most welcome garden visitors is a green woodpecker who enjoys probing the lawn for ants. The other weekend he or she turned up with a recently fledged youngster.

Woodpecker and son

Woodpecker and Son

The juvenile is on the left. As you can see unlike the adult it has a speckled breast, a bit like a thrush. I did manage to get a slightly better shot of the youngster a bit later. Unfortunately they are quite easy to spook so the pictures were taken at the extreme range of the camera’s zoom and through a window.

Juvenile green woodpecker hunting for ants

Juvenile green woodpecker hunting for ants

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Review

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A middle aged man returns to the Sussex country village where he grew up for a funeral. On his way to the wake he stops of at the house of his childhood friend Lettie Hempstock. Lettie is no longer there, but staring at the duck pond that Lettie swore was an ocean, he recalls what happened to them when he was seven years old.

With his family falling on hard times, our unnamed hero has to give up his bedroom to a lodger, an opal miner from South Africa. He first gets to meet Lettie and her family when the lodger gasses himself in the family car and a train of supernatural events is set rolling. You see Lettie’s family are not exactly what they seem. The Hempstock house may be as old as the Domesday Book, but the three women are far older and possess…

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