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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

James Balsamo's Catch of the Day Red Band Trailer is here!


Not only are we lucky enough to get a trailer for James Balsamo's new film 'Catch of the Day', but the first hundred pre-orders from Acid Bath Productions get a free 'Catch of the Day' T-shirt designed by Nathan Thomas Milliner!

You can check out the Red Band Trailer for 'Catch of the day' by clicking HERE.

Below is the T-shirt design, and I'm sure you will agree, as with the trailer, this looks kick-ass!



Darkest regards......Dani.

Scarlet Fry's Horrorama VHS clam shell is still available!




At the ripe age of nineteen, Scarlet fry began to work on his first film, the shot on video 'Horrorama'. Sadly, this gore-filled anthology never got distribution. The film was shot between 1987 - 1991, and has finally re-surfaced thanks to SRS Cinema. This release is exclusive to SRS Cinema, and is a six short story anthology horror/comedy hosted by Scarlet Fry, that will make you laugh so hard, you might vomit your own blood!

VHS/ DVD/  Clam Shell/ Mini Poster/ Mini Lobby Card are included with the release. This is a limited edition, and only 30 (yes, only 30) will be sold. The price is $25. A bargain indeed!

You can purchase Horrorama from SRS Cinema by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.


Monday, 7 April 2014

Cemetery Temple teaser trailer released.

Here it is! The first teaser trailer from Derek Huey's upcoming film Cemetery Temple. For all of you who keep up to date with my posts here, I am sure you will already be aware of this film, but for those of you who aren't, click HERE to learn all about the film and it's Indiegogo campaign. Without further ado, here is the amazing teaser! Spread the word and share it where you can, and most of all, SUPPORT INDIE HORROR!

To see the Cemetery Temple teaser trailer, click HERE.

Here is a picture taken from the film too, to whet all of your appetites that little bit more.



Darkest regards......Dani.

Formula for a Murder (1985).




Shameless Screen Entertainment bring this little seen Giallo from 1985 to the UK, and I for one couldn't be happier. While many say the Giallo film was in decline around the second half of the eighties (I beg to differ, because around this time, such films as Soavi's Stagefright, Argento's Opera and even Deodato's Phantom of Death were released), Formula for a Murder offers up the goods and creates one enjoyable ride for fans of operatic murder set pieces, suspense filled staking, mystery and bloodshed, traits that are all typical of the Giallo genre.

Joanna (Christina Nagy), a disabled but wealthy heiress is going to be married to her sports coach Craig (played by the always excellent David Warbeck). Joanna went through a trauma as a child involving a priest and a doll, and although she has managed to block this out, when two priests at a local church are brutally murdered, she begins to have dreams and hallucinations of bloodied dolls and mysterious characters. Craig is also informed by Joanna's doctor that she also has a heart condition that could bring on a heart attack if she was to be reminded of her childhood trauma. It seems as if someone is trying to separate Joanna from her wealth, but who could it be, and will they succeed?

There is a difference between this and most Giallo movies, and that is that the movie reveals who is committing the murders, and why, early on. That isn't to say that there aren't twists and turns thrown at the viewer, because there are. It's just a shame that the film reveals so much so early, but in all honesty, it doesn't hurt the film much at all.

The murders are typically bloodthirsty, and the stalking scenes are particularly enjoyable. It is usually these type of scenes that make or break a Giallo (along with the logic used throughout) and while some of the plot twists don't make any sense whatsoever, the moments of violence and suspense are amped up to sometimes over the top levels, along with beautiful photography and great performances from the leads, making for an enjoyable film.

The only thing that really hurts the film is the score. For a Giallo film, it is incredibly cheesy, and also manages to include a piece of music from Fulci's The New York Ripper, which made me shake my head in disbelief. Some may find this fun, but for some reason, I found it irritating.

David Warbeck certainly steals the show, and clearly seems to relish his role in every respect. He also dons a yellow rain mac for what is probably the most memorable scene of the entire movie, but to find out what that is, you are going to have to watch it for yourselves.

This is the first time this movie has been released on DVD, and is another incredible release from Shameless Screen Entertainment. Anyone with even a passing interest in Italian cinema needs to take a look at this rarely seen but pleasing giallo movie.

You can order Formula for a Murder from Amazon.co.uk by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Soulseller Records release Necromantia - 'Nekromanteion - A Collection of Arcane Hexes' on 4th April 2014.



A new double CD from cult Greek Black Metal band Necromantia, featuring demos, splits, early works and more is set to be released by Soulseller Records on the fourth of April 2014.

The Magus states:

"Nekromanteion is the sacred place where the art of Necromantia (Necromancy) is performed. A dark haven, hidden from the common eyes where the necromancer practices and evolves his magnum arcanum. Likewise, this double CD compilation is a collection of almost all our works which are not included in our official albums, meaning demos, promos, splits, compilations, early works, covers etc. It is the first time that all of these rare gems are gathered in a double volume. Necromantia was always a band who followed it's own dark path music wise. We created, not followed. We influenced and gave shape to the musical directions of younger bands and musicians. With Nekromanteion, we offer you a full view of our wanderings through the abyss since our profane birth in 1989..... Be not afraid to look into the Everos, although you must know that Everos will look back into you...... Rejoice...".



The double album even features Pre-Necromantia material under the monicker of Necromancy.

As you can see, this is definitely a must-buy for all fans of black metal, as it shows the roots and progression of one of the greatest bands to hail from Greece, and the founder of the Greek black metal scene, which also includes Rotting Christ amongst many more.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Curse of Chucky (2013).



Don Mancini and Ronny Yu managed to take the third Child's Play sequel and make something different out of the franchise. While that film was played entirely straight, it was laced with buddy comedy moments. Then came Seed of Chucky, probably the only film in the franchise which felt like everyone was just going through the motions.

When I heard about Curse of Chucky attempting to be scary again, I obviously became rather excited at that prospect. After seeing the film, it is safe to say that while it is not perfect, Curse of Chucky is the best Child's Play movie since the first sequel.

The film takes place, nearly for the duration of the movie, over the course of a single night. Nica, a girl who was born a paraplegic, finds her mother dead not long after receiving a mysterious package which contains a Good Guy Doll. Things go from strange to worse as more people start dying, and while the deaths all look like accidents, the Good Guy doll is never far away.

This is how a Child's Play movie should be done! The film is incredibly tense, building tension throughout to a satisfying and blood soaked conclusion. Darknessis used to a great advantage, as is Chucky's mischievous nature, and he is made even more mean spirited by events which unfold and secrets which are revealed throughout the film.

That is another great thing about this movie. Everything gets tied up. There are no loose ends (be sure to watch after the credits to see a grown-up Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) receive a very special gift). The plot twists and turns, leaving old and new viewers of the universe Chucky inhabits breathless and totally unable to predict where the movie is going.

While the murders aren't as plentiful or gory as they could have been, it in no way harms the film, as it seems to be more about suspense and building an atmosphere of fear, and identifying with the character of Nica, who doesn't have the ability to run away, or kick (as many who have said they would do) Chucky really makes the viewer feel helpless.

Chucky looks fantastic. There is some CGI, but again, it doesn't hinder the film. Chucky is one 'Rude fucking doll, man' and he is as psychotic and evil as ever, not getting a line of dialogue for at least the first forty-five minutes of the film, and not seen fully on camera (while he is moving) for the same amount of time. In that way, it replicates the original Child's Play, where you catch glimpses of Chucky moving, but there is always that thought in the back of your mind that it could have been Andy you were seeing.

This is without a doubt, the strongest entry to the series since Child's Play 2, and the fact it gives us fans so many chances to 'geek out' over points made in the other movies, while also tying up every loose-end from the previous entries makes this a definite must-watch. Go get it, because this time, Chucky really does want to play.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Necrophagia release brand new song 'The Wicked' for free download.



For all you Necrophagia fans out there, check out their new song, which was released Halloween 2013, entitled 'The Wicked'. Crushing, dark and heavy as a thousand bloated decaying corpses, any fan of horror, metal and really good, dark passionate music MUST check this song, and the band out!



You can download 'The Wicked' for free from Necrophagia's Bandcamp, by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.