Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Mayhem Film Festival open call for short films and launch Early Bird passes!!



Hello Folks!
Jonny T here with news that my favourite film festival MAYHEM has just announced they are once again looking for your short films and also that the early bird passes are also now available! the festival runs again for a glorious 4 days from 12th-15th October.

No line up has yet been announced but i expect as with previous years that it will once again as we say in Nottingham "Smashing duck!" which basically means bloody marvellous. Take for example last years showing of RAW,We are the flesh,  Head Shot and Don't Kill it, To name but a brilliant  few.
I've stuck all the details you need for now and keep your eyes peeled for more updates from me and MAYHEM as they are announced.
Jonny T.



Mayhem Film Festival open call for short films and launch Early Bird passes

Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2017, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October.

Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £65 for four days of exciting previews, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To purchase an Early Bird pass, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/tickets or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.

Mayhem are also now on the look-out for short films for the ever popular ‘Scary Shorts’ section of their programme. Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the ‘Scary Shorts’ remains the most loved and one of the most popular screenings in the festival’s schedule. There is no fee for submissions, and programmers for the festival are accepting local, national and international entries.

Filmmakers can submit their entry for free until midnight on Friday 18 August. To submit your short film, please email Melissa Gueneau at mayhemfilmfest@gmail.com  

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017 and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year’s edition. For more information, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

LIFE - Reviewed




"A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth."

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds

Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with my review of my recent cinema trip to see sci-fi/horror movie LIFE.

I saw the trailer a while back and got quite excited then avoided anything else to do with it as to avoid spoilers. Tickets booked, off we went.

From what I had seen it was kind of ALIEN looking and I tried to put that fact out of mind but struggled with it because of the classic ALIEN was always in the back of my mind!
Some big star actors couldn't save it for me. Don't get me wrong there were some genuine great moments that made me cringe but overall the whole threat/scare level wasn't there. The ending was supposed to be a twist but honestly I personally could see it a mile off.
The visuals were great, Set aboard the international space station you had that thing as in the movie Gravity where things were constantly spinning that looked good, The first death (no spoilers) was pretty gross but honestly the CGI blood was dodgy as fuck, I reckon they must have added that afterwards when the budget had been just about spent!


The Mars alien jelly blob continues on a rampage throughout the ship and it's intelligence grows with it but unfortunately the tension didn't for me anyway.
The ending obviously leaves it wide open for a sequel/franchise and to be honest with all my moans i'd happily watch a follow up, Not the greatest but and easy watch that gets a little too much sentimental with character reflections on their lives at points but if you fancy something with a good bit of gore in space it's not that bad.
6/10 for me.
Jonny T



Saturday, 29 April 2017

Weekend Of The Dead 2017 tickets available!




Hello Folks,
Jonny T here bringing you news of this years Weekend of the dead 2017. This years event is held once again at the 235 Casino in Manchester the weekend of 4th and 5th of November.
I attended last years and it was amazing! I've been attending festivals for many years now and i have to say this is one of the best i have even been to. Years ago there used to be these things called Film Fairs where it was mainly dealers selling rare VHS, Figures and posters etc. There were a few of these that started to bring in guests and i have been lucky enough over the years to meet some great people such as Tom Savini, Michael Berryman and even the late great Ingrid Pitt. The film fairs have now become massive events that are now "Conventions" or "Comic Cons" whilst this is great for fans it usually means thousands people, Hours of queuing and ridiculously priced autographs, I think one of the craziest ones I've heard of late was John Cusack who was charging £80 for an autograph and more if you wanted a photo whilst he was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses!!
Now as you probably know and it's quite obvious from the blog logo i am a massive fan of the Romero zombie films, Early last year i saw on Facebook a group called weekend of the dead that were holding a convention in Manchester featuring starts of Romero classics Dawn, Day and Land of the dead, i had to go. So i put it to my wife and big man Gav and the tickets were booked and we counted down the days.
We travelled up from Nottingham on the Sunday morning to Manchester and easily found the place about 10AM. To our surprise when we arrived the were no big ques, No herding around like cattle no pushing and shoving and that turned out like that all day it was brilliant and very relaxed there were a lot of people there but the organisation was superb.  We had a look around some great merchandise stalls and purchased tickets for which autographs we wanted and they were all very responsibly priced. We entered the main room which was set out with the actors on their tables around the side  and a stage at the front where a Q&A panel was set up and it had just started with Eugene Clark (Big Daddy) from Land Of The Dead.  The Q&A panels continued throughout the day with some truly fascinating stories  and planned with enough time intervals for you to get your stuff signed, Grab a coffee and have a chat with the guests. Like i say it was so relaxed and the organisers and guests were all so nice it was a welcome return to conventions for me. Since the convention i have become friends with a lot of people there and looking forward to seeing them all again this year.

2016 line up, Great photo!



The line up for this year has been announced and it is every much as awesome as last year! I have put  the links below for your tickets and everything you need to know. Hope to see you there!
Jonny T

OFFICIAL SITE LINK FOR TICKETS.

2017 AMAZING GUEST LINE UP!

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK GROUP

WEEKEND OF THE DEAD ON TWITTER


VIDEO FROM LAST YEARS SHOW, LOADS MORE ON YOUTUBE AS WELL!!








Some of my photo's from last year














  

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Official UK trailer for comedy horror BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL!!





Presents
First look at the the official UK trailer for Japanese horror comedy  …

BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL
(AKA THE JAPANESE EVIL DEAD)

Cert 15 (TBC)

RELEASED ON DVD 24 APRIL 2017





“… gory, insane and fun. Sayonara, baby …”
Infernal Cinema

The cellar door has been opened and the official UK trailer for comedy horror BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL (AKA THE JAPANESE EVIL DEAD) has escaped!

Trapped inside a haunted house, a body builder battles a gruesome ghost, hell-bent on revenge in Shinichi Fukazawa's tongue-in-cheek splatter comedy.  Originally released in Japan as The Japanese Evil Dead, BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER is an affectionate tribute to Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD films, featuring an incompetent, square-jawed anti-hero and grungy stop-motion effects.

DVD Special Features include a step-by-step artwork gallery by Graham Humphreys (THE EVIL DEAD, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), original Japanese trailers, an extensive behind-the-scenes photo gallery and two 'making of' video clips.

Released on 24 April 2017 by Terracotta's Asian horror label 'Terror Cotta' and available for the first time on DVD with English subtitles. Find out more about the body builder's daily workout and ghost killing tips on Twitter: @BM_bodybuilder

Synopsis:

After a surprise phone call interrupts his daily workout, beefy body builder Shinji agrees to meet his photojournalist ex-girlfriend to help with her research on haunted houses. Accompanied by a professional psychic, they visit an abandoned house once owned by Shinji’s father. But inside the house a dark secret lingers and they find themselves trapped and tormented by a relentless ghost with a 30 year grudge ...

From the land famous for cursed VHS tapes, comes a 'forgotten video nasty'. Unleashed from a mysterious Tokyo cellar and available for the first time in the UK, the Bloody Muscle Body Builder invites fans of bizarro, lo-fi cinema on a far out journey ... into hell.

Genre: Horror | Year: 2014 | Cert: 15 (TBC) | Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles | Running Time: 62 minutes




Directed by: Shinichi Fukazawa
Cast: Shinichi Fukazawa, Asako Nosaka, Masaaki Kai

“… Shinichi Fukazawa’s splatter masterpiece …”
Attack from Planet B

“… a stand out cult classic in the making.” 8/10
The Rotting Zombie

"A cracking, gory, Japanese slice of horror heaven" 7/10
The Geek Legion of Doom


DVD Special Features:
From Sketch to Scary: ‘Groovy’ Artwork by Graham Humphreys
Original Japanese Trailers
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Dismemberment of a Scene
Clip 1: Losing Your Head
Clip 2: Hands Off My Skeleton
Asian horror movies out now from Terror Cotta

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BAFTA nominated I, DANIEL BLAKE comes to DVD and Blu Ray on 27th February






DIRECTED BY
KEN LOACH

WRITTEN BY
PAUL LAVERTY

STARRING
DAVE JOHNS
HAYLEY SQUIRES




AVAILABLE DIGITALLY 13th February 2017
ON BLU-RAY AND DVD 27th February 2017

“AN IMMEDIATE CLASSIC”
THE TIMES

“THE FILM FOR OUR TIMES”
DAILY MIRROR

“INTENSELY MOVING”
THE INDEPENDENT

NOMINATED FOR 5 BAFTA AWARDS INCLUDING BEST FILM
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY AND BEST DIRECTOR

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016 and nominated for Best Picture, Outstanding British Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress & Best Director at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce the UK Home Entertainment release of the critically acclaimed film – I, DANIEL BLAKE – the astonishing story of triumph and adversity in modern day Britain from director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty. I, DANIEL BLAKE is available digitally from 13th February 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th February 2017 and is available to pre-order now from AMAZON



Synopsis-
Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain.

Award winning and critically lauded, I, DANIEL BLAKE is the vital film for our times

CERT: 15
RUN TIME: 100 mins
RRP: £19.99 / £24.99
EXTRAS:
- Commentary with Director Ken Loach and
Writer Paul Laverty
- How To Make a Ken Loach Film featurette
- Deleted Scenes
I, DANIEL BLAKE is available digitally from 13th February 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th

Monday, 16 January 2017

UNDER THE SHADOW - UK Home Entertainment release is set for January 23rd


Hello Folks,
Just a heads up that Under The Shadow has got a UK release date of January 23rd! I've been waiting for this since it's limited run late last year in UK cinemas. I unfortunately missed it in the cinema but having read about it and seeing that it made a lot of peoples 2016 top lists i personally am very much looking for to seeing it. I have secured a review disc so watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.






“The feminist horror film that scared Sundance silly”
THE GUARDIAN

“imagine an Asghar Farhadi remake of The Babadook”
VARIETY

“The first great horror movie of the year”
INDIEWIRE


  
Tehran, 1988. Shideh lives amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion and blacklisted from medical college, she is in a state of malaise. Furthermore, her husband is at war, leaving her alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Shortly after a missile hits their apartment building but fails to explode, Dorsa falls ill and her behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbour that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought in djinn – malevolent spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh finds she has no choice but to confront it if she is to save her daughter








Saturday, 14 January 2017

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER - DVD & BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES




I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital HD Monday 20th February 2017 

SPECIAL FEATURES

2011 TEST FILM - FEATURING 13-YEAR-OLD MAX RECORDS

TEST FILM / FINISHED FEATURE SCENE COMPARISON

MONSTER SHOOT FEATURETTE (**EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY**)

DELETED SCENES

STORY BOARDS & BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS



A dazzlingly original, darkly funny and disturbing gem with a genre-bending twist, about a small town teenager in the US, obsessed with serial killers, who unwittingly discovers the identity of the killer who has been slaughtering residents for body parts.

Featuring a star-making lead performance from 17-year-old Max Records, and an extraordinary turn from Back To The Future’s legendary Christopher Lloyd, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER is the most sheerly entertaining and audaciously offbeat offering since Donnie Darko hit cinema screens.

A big hit when it premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, nominated for 3 British Independent Film Awards, and was a must-see film at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival, it proves that left field indie cinema is alive and kicking, even if the Clayton County killer’s victims aren’t. “Hit the switch John...”





Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are, The Sitter)

Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Laura Fraser (The Missing series 2, Breaking Bad, Talk To Me)

Karl Geary (Gravity TV series)

Billy O’Brien (BAFTA-nominated director, Isolation, Scintilla)

Dan Wells (bestselling author of Mr Monster, I Don’t Want To Kill You)

Robbie Ryan (Award-winning director of photography, Wuthering Heights, Red Road, Philomena, Slow West, Fishtank, I, Daniel Blake, American Honey)



Synopsis:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”.

When somebody starts murdering people in John’s small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues...



I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, directed by Billy O’Brien (who made the award-winning Irish horror hit Isolation), although deliciously unclassifiable, is best described as a sensationally strange horror/sci-fi coming- of-age black comedy. Adapted from the first in a series of novels from bestselling YA author Dan Wells, the tremendously sharp script left-foots the audience at every moment, right up to the deliriously unexpected and thrilling finale.

Lead actor, 17-year-old Max Records, is superb as the teen-turned-detective John Wayne Cleaver, torn between struggling with his own demons, and a real one.
The supporting cast includes the legendary Christopher Lloyd (Doc from Back to the Future) on fabulous form as the Blake-quoting pensioner with a dark secret, Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, and a scene stealing turn from Raymond Brandstrom as John’s best buddy Max.

A British/Irish co-production shot in Minnesota, the same icy small town locale as Fargo, and with similarly strange things afoot, the film refuses to play by the rules, mixing a quirky coming-of-age comedy with the pathos of small town life, and adding dashes of gruesome gore with surreal and heart-stopping moments of science fiction shock, like Napoleon Dynamite crossed with Six Feet Under or Jack Sholder’s tongue in cheek sci-fi horror The Hidden mixed up with Dexter, shot through the retro vibe of TV hit Stranger Things.

Filmed on 16mm by award-winning director of photography Robbie Ryan (Slow West, I, Daniel Blake), the film has a beautifully distinctive and unsettling look, and one of the best end shots in recent memory. Matched with a haunting soundtrack, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER feels wonderfully different and evocative.