Frankenstein – The Metal Opera Live now available for Download

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Hothouse favourite Frankenstein the Metal Opera is now available as live video and digital download.

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 Frankenstein: The Metal Opera (Live) is available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in the world in high definition, courtesy of digital retailer VHX. The live album will also be available from the iTunes store. The video was filmed during the show’s run at The Space, London from 28th October until 1st of November 2014 and all money made from sales will go toward future productions of this rather super piece of musical theatre.

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Frankenstein: The Metal Opera (Live) is available to download direct from

 The full show is also available to purchase as a live album via iTunes

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The Silence by Tim Lebbon – Book Review

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Live on the Discovery Channel a team of scientists open up an ancient cave system in Moldova, keen to discover what new forms of life have been concealed within over the past millenia. Is it a bad idea, yes of course it is because what they unleash on the world are the vesps. They may be blind, but these bat-like creatures have an insatiable appetite for flesh homing in on anything that makes a sound and stripping it to the bone in seconds. What’s more they reproduce more rapidly than rabbits on fertility hormones..

Through TV and social media Ally and her family watch the vesps sweep across Europe devouring everyone in their path. Ally’s dad, Huw, decides to escape the oncoming horde by fleeing to his old family home in an isolated part of Scotland.You see when it comes to surviving the vesps, Ally’s…

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Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) – One of my Hammer Favourites

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Oh I do like the Horror Channel on Freeview. On Wednesday evening they transported me back to the early 1970s when I used to sneak into the late night horror double bills at the Muswell Hill Odeon . Forget about kitchen sink drama and the odd worthy epic in the early 1970s, Hammer Horrors and Carry Ons were the British films that put bums on seats in your local Odeon or ABC and Hammer even got a Queen’s Award For Industry!

Now as the permissive era of the 1960s morphed into the 1970s, Hammer ramped up the sex and nudity content of films like The Vampire Lovers (1970).

Although pretty mild by today’s standards these films hit the late night cinema circuit as I hit puberty and a handy early growth spurt that got me safely past cinema ushers. Roy Ward Baker directed The Vampire Loversand the following year…

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Wastelands 2 – Book Review

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Wastelands 2 is as you would expect the follow-up to John Joseph Adams’s Post Apocalyptic anthology Wastelands. Number Two contains another 30 stories of the world’s end in all its variety and forms from the biological Armageddon of Tananarive Due’s Patient Zero and Anne Aguirre’s Foundation to the climate change meltdown of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Tamarisk Hunter and the post-nuclear landscape of Joe R Lansdale’s Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back.

As with most anthologies I found some of the stories more enjoyable (is that the right word? we are dealing with the end of humanity after all), but the good news is that there are no real stinkers in Wastelands 2. Now while the subject matter may not seem to offer much to smile about there are even some remarkably optimistic stories in this collection including David Brin’s…

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The Samurai

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peccadill0_TheSamurai_3Jakob Walski (Michel Diercks) is a cop in a dead-end small town close to Germany’s border with Poland. A bit naive, but basically a good guy, Jakob has trouble keeping order with the gangs of local youths not much younger than himself. He also leaves bags of meat scavenged from the butcher’s shop out in the woods to keep a wolf from invading the town.

Then a mystery package turns up at Jakob’s police station addressed to the Lone Wolfe. That evening Jakob receives a call from the mysterious Lone Wolfe asking him to deliver the package to an abandoned house. When Jakob arrives he hands the package over to a wild-eyed man (Pit Bukowski) in a wedding dress, who opens it up. Oh dear it’s a Samurai sword, something tells me it won’t be a good night on Jakob’s beat tonight.

As the Samurai rips through Jakob’s little town…

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Butterfly Skin by Sergey Kuznetsov – Review

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butterflyskin.jpg.size-230A serial killer is stalking the streets of Moscow. The victims are all female and tortured to death in the most gruesome fashion. Ksenia is the ambitious young editor of online Moscow newspaper Evening,ru. She’s determined to make a name for herself and decides to track down and trap the killer by creating a website dedicated to his work. Problem is that as Ksenia gets closer to the killer she realises that her fascination with his savage crimes reflects her own dark sexuality and desires.

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Butterfly Skin has been described as Russia’s answer to Silence of the Lambs and the unnamed killer is certainly at least on a parr with Dr Lecter with regard to the gruesome cruelty of his modus operandi. Ksenia though is a much more interesting and complex character, perhaps closer to Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander…

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Indie Buzz – Seize the Night Trailer

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Seize-the-Night-PosterThe Hothouse is getting pretty hot under the collar about forthcoming Brit Horror short Seize the Night. It’s a vampire thriller in the mould of Underworld or Blade and stars Hothouse pal Emma Dark (formerly known as Darke Morte) as vampire assassin Eva.

Emma told us ‘The story follows EVA, a renegade vampire assassin, on her action filled journey to the truth. The film opens shortly after she has escaped from a secret government compound, a center for the most nefarious biological experiments. Following her escape Eva is confronted by her life long enemy and is forced into a situation of such gravity she may have to deal with the devil she knows best in order to fight a far greater evil.”

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Emma is more that just the leading actor she is also producing, co-writing, co-directing (with Donato Cinicolo) and editing the picture which will be…

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