The Fiance (2016) – We talk Bigfootism? with Writer/Director Mark Michaels

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The Fiancéis a Bigfoot movie with a difference. Dallas Valdez is dodgy businessman Michael who falls for the lovely Sara (Carrie Keagan) the daughter of a Russian Mafia Don. Michael intends to pop the question to Sara over the weekend out at his secluded woodland cabin and is just relaxing to some hot jazz (on vinyl naturally because that’s the kind of trendy guy Michael is) when a dishevelled Sara turns up at the door. She’s met a Bigfoot and not just your ordinary kind of walking carpet monster, this one has bitten her and passed on his condition. Michael’s happy weekend is about to take a whopping great nosedive.

fiance3 Michael likes listening to jazz on vinyl and drives a Lexus let’s face it he deserves what’s coming

Now there’s been a lot of Bigfoot movies over the past few years like Abominable (2006, basically Rear…

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Frankenstein Created Bikers (2016) – UK Premiere at Billy Chainsaw’s Subterranean

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As the first snows of winter swept though old London town, a bunch of us hardy horror fans braved the icy elements to enjoy the dark delights of the capital city’s top extreme transgressive film club Billy Chainsaw’s Subterranean at SE1’s Underdog Gallery.  And what a night it was, kicking off with Bugs, the William Burroughs inspired third part of Chainsaw and Collier’s cut up Triptych that began with Flies and Goats. A pretty intense audio-visual experience none of these Chainsaw Collier cut up shorts will ever be available to see outside of indie film screenings so watch out for on in your area.

The sensory overload continued with Jason Atomic’s Satanic Mojo Manifesto with Black Acid Introduction combining extreme occult and psychedelic visual and aural imagery with an overlaid spoken word pice from Mr Atomic, a pretty intense piece.

And so onto the main feature James Bickert’s

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Salient Minus Ten – New Poster Reveal

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With Alan Austen (Letters from a Bomber Pilot, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) replacing Dean Sills as Adam Harper, the lead character in Emma Dark’s new Sci-Fi Horror Salient Minus Ten this new promo poster (designed by the multi-talented Emma) has just been revealed.

A further development is the addition of internationally renowned filmmaker Philip Bloom, who joined Salient Minus Ten as Director of Photography at the time of the recasting. Philip’s credits include working cinematography on Lucasfilm’s World War II drama Red Tails, in addition to projects for the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky, CNN, CBS, Discovery, FOX , NBC and many independent production companies. Philip is well-known globally for his advocacy of DSLR technology to create cinematic looking imagery, sparking the imagination of numerous independent filmmakers.

Salient Minus Ten wrapped principal photography in late November 2016…

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Angels of Music by Kim Newman

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From the mid 1800s Erik the Phantom sends a succession of female agents on daring missions against the cream of the Parisian and international criminal underworlds. Known as the Angels of Music these agents work in gangs of three to investigate a series of crimes from a plot to marry off the social elite to mind controlling automata to an attempt to set Europe at war.

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Yes its Charlie’s Angels with Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera as Charlie and as you would expect from the magpie mind of Mr Newman our Angels are drawn from a variety of literary and cinematic sources including Conan Doyle’s the Woman, Irene Adler from A Scandal in Bohemia, George du Maurier’s Trilby and  F Marion Crawford’s  Unorna from The Witch of Prague. So too are the many and various villains and a whole host of incidental…

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Counter Clockwise (2016)

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Time Travel, yeah it looks like fun on Dr Who, but as geeky scientist Ethan (Michael Kopelow) discovers in Counter Clockwise it is an almighty pain in the arse when all is said and done.

counter future or past ouch coming up?

Ethan wasn’t even trying to invent a time machine when his matter transference experiment goes wrong. No Cronenberg style mess when the one-eyed pooch gets zapped from transference machine A, no nothing arrives in machine B for hours, then doggie is back with even the single eye right in the socket where it should be. So naturally Ethan has to give it a go, only to find himself six months ahead in the future with his lab locked up and his mum in a coma. As if that’s not bad enough he is also wanted for the murder of his wife and sister.

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Friday Morning Creature Features – The Renown Pictures Monster Collection

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I love late 50s early 60s British sci-fi, especially if it has some kind of monster in it and The Renown Pictures Monster Collection contains four Brit movies from that monochrome era (except for Gorgo which is in colour) plus four similar vintage flicks from the good old US of A and a not so vintage bit of 70s filler on three DVDs and all for about £22.


Let’s start with the good stuff: Womaneater (1958) stars Hollywood veteran George Coulouris as Dr James Moran, a scientist and explorer who has returned from the Amazon with a tree from which he is harvesting a serum to reanimate the dead, the drawback is that the tree needs regular feeding and not with Baby Bio. Starlet Vera Day is the eye candy who having been sacked from a fun fair beauty pageant, becomes his secretary, and then falls foul of Moran’s evil…

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Egomaniac (2016)

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In the Hothouse dungeon we are great fans of Brit filmmaker Kate Shenton, whose second feature-length horror flick, Egomaniac premiered at London’s Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 and is now out on the festival circuit.

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Kate wrote and directed the darkly comedic story about filmmaker Catherine Sweeney (Nic Lamont) who wants to make a zomromcom. However nobody is interested in funding her film unless she puts s talking dog in it. The wickedly funny movie follows Catherine as compromise follows compromise to get the film made even at the cost of her own sanity.

ego As time goes on Catherine’s grip on reality loosens

I suspect there is a touch of autobiography in the finished film and having knocked about on the horror scene for a while I recognise some of the situations and people Catherine gets involved with. The indie film screening close to the film’s start where Kate’s short

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