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.

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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.

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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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Remnants (2016)

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Detective Fenter (Hugh McCrae) thinks the case is going to be a dunker (over by breakfast) when Coroner Poe (Tonya Adamski) calls them in, but some dead weird shit is going on down at the Kenner house.

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Remnants is directed by David Ugarte, award-winning director of grindhouse short Hell of a Deal, The Crate and Fifty Two. Written by Eric Joel LaFuente and Corey Schubert we think it’s a well paced little shocker worthy of a 555/666, but why not decide for yourself here.

 

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Creepy (2016)

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Earlier this year we were deeply impressed by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s touching ghostly love story Journey to the Shore,  Kurosawa’s latest release Creepy,  is a very different film indeed.

27644675384_42d5b56bc5_o Former cop Takakura just can’t help himself when he hears about the missing Hondas

Following a suspect’s attempt on his life former cop Takakura (Hideroshi Nishijawa) is making a new start in a new neighbourhood as a lecturer in criminal psychology. However despite his desire to forge a new life away from the force, Takakura can’t resist the temptation of an unsolved missing persons case and tracks down the cop who originally investigated case, Nogami (Masahiro Higashida). Three of the Honda family vanished, the only survivor being the daughter Saki (Haruna Kawaguchi) who was away on a school trip at the time. Nogami arranges for Takakura to interview the now grown up Saki.

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NightmARes (2016)

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Could augmented reality be the future of Horror? Well let’s see what happens when Victoria (Victoria Morrison) tries on Tom’s (Ashley Pekri) headset?

Well it didn’t end well for Victoria in James Mansell’s short NigtmARes did it?
James told us: ‘NightmARes was imagined as a horror version of Pokemon Go…gone horribly wrong!  The film came from the idea of what the next generation of immersive horror games would become, but clearly there’s something a little wrong with this game.
Apparently Seth Sherwood, the writer of Leatherface and Kailey Marsh fromThe Blood List are very keen to work NightmARes into a larger project. Let’s hope so, the possibilities seem limitless.
Intriguing short with big potential we give NightmARes a 666/666

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Maul Cop – Chewed over with Andy Walker

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While the big studios are churning out a depressing quantity of sequels, reboots and remakes, original horror’s brightest hope is the independent sector and there is some really innovative and inspiring work out there from filmmakers like Kate Shenton, Lawrie Brewster, Merlyn Roberts and Emma Dark. It shows that if you have the determination to bring your work to the screen you can do it, but how to get started?

Well my mate Andy Walker has just produced and starred in his first short  Maul Cop so I asked him how he went about it:

‘I did a one day introduction to cinematography course with Synergy Media in Romford, and was asked if I wanted to then do a short (three or four sessions) course going into a little more depth. I, of course said yes.

So we did one session with more theory and we discussed with Matt, the…

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Even Lambs Have Teeth – DVD Competition

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lambs Katie (Tiera Skovbye) and Slaone (Kisten Prout) have had a bad day

Dreaming of a shopping trip to New York City Katie and Sloane take off to the countryside to earn a few dollars working on an organic farm. Only they accept a lift from two hunks driving a blue pick-up truck. Will these kids never learn about people out in backwoods America who drive pick-ups?

Naturally they are drugged with a portion of Mom’s apple pie and, stripped, chained up and being raped and abused by all the local psychos that inhabit small town America. When Katie’s FBI agent uncle comes looking for them, head psycho Boris Carlson (Patrick Gilmore) decides to kill them, but makes the mistake of leaving the girls in the care of his cigarette smoking side-kick (Graem Beddoes) while he goes out looking for some new meat.

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