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‘Darkness Wakes’ Review

Stars: Aisling Knight, Richard Kilgour, Jill Buchanan, Samantha Schnitzler, Matt Veckman, Nick Bridge-Butler, Bjorn Franklin | Written and Directed by Simon Richardson

Hired to be a cat-sitter for an odd couple, the Farrows, college student Charlotte is given the run of a creepy house in the middle of the woods for a few days for an extravagant amount of money. The kind of money that students can’t turn down – of course there’s a reason that a meagre cat-sitting job comes with a huge pay packet… There’s a catch. There’s always a catch. A pretty big catch in this case given that this is a horror movie!

The clue is in the name of the couple who hired Charlotte. The Farrows. Hmmmm… Farrow. Where have I heard that name before? Could it be that this particular creepy couple are named after Mia Farrow? Star of Rosemary’s Baby,
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Cinema Retro Issue #36 Has Shipped Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Today!

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Issue #36 of Cinema Retro has shipped to subscribers worldwide. This is the final issue of Season 12. Please subscribe or renew today and help keep the dream alive for the world's most unique film magazine!  

Highlights of this issue include: 

Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Professionals" starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Jack Palance.

*Mark Mawston with a rare exclusive interview with 70's sex siren Linda Hayden

*Cai Ross takes a bite at covering the underrated 1979 version of "Dracula" starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier

*John LeMay uncovers the top secret story of the unfilmed "Romance of the Pink Panther" that was to have starred Peter Sellers.

*Peter Cook continues his celebration of matte painting artists

*Tim Greaves uncovers the fascinating career of British "Sex Queen" Mary Millington

*Mark Mawston concludes his interviews with legendary stills photographer Keith Hamshere,
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Cinema Retro Issue #36 Now Shipping In The UK And Europe

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Issue #36, the final issue of Season 12 of Cinema Retro,  has now shipped worldwide. 

Highlights of this issue include:

Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Professionals" starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Jack Palance.

*Mark Mawston with a rare exclusive interview with 70's sex siren Linda Hayden

*Cai Ross takes a bite at covering the underrated 1979 version of "Dracula" starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier

*John LeMay uncovers the top secret story of the unfilmed "Romance of the Pink Panther" that was to have starred Peter Sellers.

*Peter Cook continues his celebration of matte painting artists

*Tim Greaves uncovers the fascinating career of British "Sex Queen" Mary Millington

*Mark Mawston concludes his interviews with legendary stills photographer Keith Hamshere, who recalls shooting "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and the James Bond films

*Lee Pfeiffer's personal tribute to the late Euan Lloyd,
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Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films

Warners answers the call for Hammer horror with four nifty thrillers starring the great Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The transfers are immaculate -- Technicolor was never richer than this. The only drawback is that Chris Lee's Dracula has so few lines of dialogue.  On hi-def, Cushing's Frankenstein movie is a major re-discovery as well. Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films Blu-ray The Mummy, Dracula has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Taste the Blood of Dracula Warner Home Video 1959-1970 / Color / 1:66 - 1:78 widescreen / 376 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 54.96 Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, George Pastell, Michael Ripper; Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper, Michael Ripper; Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley; Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Linda Hayden, Isla Blair, John Carson, Ralph Bates, Roy Kinnear. <Cinematography Jack Asher; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant.
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12 Sexploitation Films That Will Deprave And Corrupt

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Not only are sex and violence bad for you, but if you were living in the UK in the early 1980s, there was a real danger that they could destroy your mind.

On August 4 1983, the Daily Mail ran an article entitled Taken Over, which claimed that a child had been taken over by a “Video Nasty” – the term used to describe the lurid exploitation films that were available to rent. Uncut and unregulated, and usually sporting outrageous cover art, their appearance on video shelves was enough to start a moral panic in a country where To The Manor Born was a ratings hit.

Using the 1959 Obscene Publications Act, police seized any material they believed would “deprave and corrupt” the intended audience, often citing the covers as reasonable grounds for confiscation. They probably hadn’t seen The Driller Killer, but when the cover showed a drill tearing through a man’s head,
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The London Film Convention Celebrates 80 Years of Hammer in the Shadow of Big Ben

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Iconic Hammer actresses Martine Beswick, Veronica Carlson and Caroline Munro. (All photos copyright Adrian Smith. All rights reserved.)

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(The following article was originally run in November, 2014)  

By Adrian Smith 

With around sixty special guests in attendance, the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday the 7th of November was packed to its domed roof with excited Hammer film fans.

Familiar faces including Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Madeline Smith and Martine Beswick were providing some glamour, but the organisers managed to make the event extra-memorable by securing the presence of Edina Ronay, George Cole, Freddie Jones and others who had not signed autographs at a fan event before. At times queues to meet them ran out of the building and down the street! Other rare UK appearances were made from Veronica Carlson and Linda Hayden, flown in from the Us to meet their fans. It was
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Top 5: Reasons to attend McM Comic Con Birmingham

McM Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham take place this weekend, March 22nd-23rd, at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Unlike the huge event that is McM Comic Con London, this event is on a smaller scale – focusing more on memorabilia and the attending autograph guests. Having always attended the London event we took time out last November to attend our first McM Comic Con/Memorabilia Birmingham and enjoyed it so much we’re heading back this weekend.

But why should you attend? Well here’s out Top 5 reasons to attend McM Comic Con/Memorabilia Birmingham:

1) The Guests

As with any McM event, the guest list for Birmingham is packed with a veritable smorgasbord of actors and actresses from movies, television and anime. Plus for the more grown-up nerds there’s even an appearance from the odd glamour model and porn star!

My personal highlights for this weekends event are
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First guests announced for McM Comic Con / Memorabilia Birmingham

Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!

British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as
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Ten Tigon Tales of Terror

Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.

Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.

Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business
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[The Thirteen] 13 Female Villains & Anti-Heroes in Film

This post will be retroactively published on October 30, 2013. We apologize about the delay but we know you will enjoy the list the same. Thanks for your patience.

With the remake of Carrie being released in a few days, we celebrate this month’s The Thirteen column with our top 13 female villains and anti-heroes! I have culled the staff together and picked the best of all the names given. Caution: There may be spoilers.

Angel Blake from the film ‘The Blood on Satan’s Claw‘ Played by Linda Hayden

I first saw 1971’s “The Blood on Satan’s Claw” a couple of years ago, as an assignment for a long-running podcast that had a knack for uncovering cinematic, oddball gems. I remember saying that Satan’s Claw is like watching a 90+ minute car crash; impossible to look away from. But let’s get to what makes Angel Blake a great villain.
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Fright At Home: October 8th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

It’s Tuesday; new release day! We’re back with Fright At Home to run down this weeks latest DVD & Blu-ray’s that you should be eyeing, and this one’s a doozy. October 8th is jam packed with horror classics, cult obscurities, euro-trash, and even some sexploitation! Truly a massive week for boutique labels and major studios alike. Check it all out below, and repeat after me: “being broke never felt so good, being broke never felt so good…”

Scream Factory’s All Night Horror Marathon Vol.1

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Synopsis:

What’S The Matter With Helen?

Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters star in this stylish shocker set in 1930s Hollywood about two women who come to Tinseltown to start an idyllic new life and end up in a terrifying nightmare. Directed by Curtis Harrington (Queen Of Blood, Games), this relentlessly frightening film also stars Dennis Weaver (McCloud).

The
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The House of Seven Corpses and House On Straw Hill are Coming to Blu-ray

Severin Films will be releasing two cult horror films to Blu-ray and DVD on June 11th. Continue reading for more details and cover art for The House of Seven Corpses and House On Straw Hill:

The House of Seven Corpses: Hollywood legends John Ireland (Red River, Satan’s Cheerleaders), John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath, Vampire Hookers) and Howard Hughes paramour Faith Domergue (Cult of the Cobra, This Island Earth) star in this much-loved 70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor (actually the former Utah Governor’s Mansion with its own grisly history of family bloodshed). Newly transferred in HD from original vault materials and featuring an exclusive archive interview with the legendary horror icon John Carradine as well as a revealing new audio commentary.

Bonus Features:

Exclusive Interview With Star John Carradine Audio Commentary With Associate Producer Gary Kent, Moderated
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Severin to Open Both The House on Straw Hill and The House of Seven Corpses on Blu-ray and DVD

Around these parts if we had to pick what amounted to a hell of a decade for horror movies, it'd be easy to say that the Seventies were up there. Boundaries were pushed as well as the limits of what some would call good taste. Now two of that decade's weirdest films are back from the grave!

From the Press Release

Severin Films has announced the long awaited June 11th Blu-ray + DVD combo Us debut release of the controversial shocker House On Straw Hill and the creepy classic The House Of Seven Corpses.

House On Straw Hill: Banned in Britain as a Video Nasty for thirty years! A shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier (Mark Of The Devil, Flesh For Frankenstein) stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer’s block, who rents a country cottage with his wife (British
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Severin Releases House on Straw Hill, House of Seven Corpses DVD & Blu-ray Plans

Severin Films have announced the long-awaited June 11th Blu-ray/DVD combo Us debut release of the controversial shocker House on Straw Hill and House of Seven Corpses. Some details on both titles below!

House On Straw Hill: Banned in Britain as a Video Nasty for thirty years! A shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier (Mark Of The Devil, Flesh For Frankenstein) stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer’s block, who rents a country cottage with his wife (British 70s sex sensation Fiona Richmond) in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary, played by Linda Hayden (Blood On Satan’S Claw, Taste The Blood Of Dracula) sets in motion a chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery. Film elements were long thought lost or destroyed on this sleazy
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Interview With Celebrated Screenwriter Eric Red

Decades before Bella and Edward went all gooey-eyed for each other Eric Red crafted an extraordinary tale of two young bloodthirsty lovers (and their ragtag, nomadic ‘family’) who make Stephenie Meyer’s teenage duo look positively anaemic by comparison, in the form of the genre-defying 80’s horror classic Near Dark.

Red was also the scriptwriter behind the equally admired serial killer yarn, The Hitcher, as well as directing a number of cult favourites from that era, including Cohen and Tate and Body Parts. He has now added novelist to his already impressive resume with the dark coming-of-age thriller Don’t Stand So Close.

HeyUGuys recently had the opportunity to chat to him about his debut novel, some of his past features and the current state of vampires in pop culture.

HeyUGuys: What initially drew you into the profession and how did you get your start?

Eric Red: I grew
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Writer/Director Eric Red Releasing His First Novel - Don't Stand So Close

Most horror fans know the name Eric Red, writer of The Hitcher and Near Dark and writer/director of Bad Moon and 100 Feet. Now he's published his first novel, Don't Stand So Close, due out on July 1st.

From the Press Release:

Every teenage boy’s wildest fantasy becomes his worst nightmare in this provocative erotic thriller debut novel from one of Hollywood’s masters of suspense. Sst Publications has announced the worldwide publication in trade hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook of famed motion picture screenwriter and director Eric Red’s first novel, the dark coming-of-age story about teenagers Don’t Stand So Close.

Publisher Paul Fry says: “From the very first time I read Don’t Stand So Close, I was hooked. It’s excellently written, erotic, exciting, and compelling. The book draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. Eric Red’s writing is very descriptive and atmospheric,
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Competition: Win a copy of video nasty remake ‘Stalker’ on DVD

Ex-pop singer turned actor Martin Kemp makes his directorial debut with Stalker, a remake of the classic 1976 video nasty Expose which starred Fiona Hayden and Linda Hayden – who also appears in this film alongside Jane March, Colin Salmon, Anna Brecon, Billy Murray and Jeniffer Matter.

Following a stress induced breakdown after producing a bestseller, writer Paula Martin (Anna Brecon) retreats to Bidford House, her childhood holiday home to get away from it all and begin work on her next novel. However, the old house is full of secrets and mystery which distract and disturb the fragile Paula. She calls her agent for help to take the pressure off and Linda (Jane March) arrives appearing to be a godsend and getting Paula back on track. But all is not as it seems. Is Linda a serial killer who’s been stalking Paula for years? With slimy journalist Robert Gainer (Billy Murray
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Strippers Vs. Werewolves: Interview With Charlie Bond

Show me a person who doesn’t want to watch strippers fight werewolves in a scantily-clad battle to the death and I’ll show you a liar. Strippers Vs. Werewolves is the latest feature from Black and Blue Films and there’ll be no prizes for guessing the premise… Like Zombie Strippers and Snakes On A Plane before it, Strippers Vs. Werewolves does exactly what it says on the tin — or DVD cover — and provides straight-up horror and comedy in equal doses.

Thn was lucky enough to steal time away from Charlie Bond, star and producer of the lapdancers-versus-lycans production. Making her feature film debut, the actress and illusionist tells us about her time on set, meeting Freddy Krueger, and her favourite special needs werewolf…

Strippers Vs. Werewolves was your first feature film, how was the experience?

The whole thing was a truly amazing experience. I’d never expected to
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New Issue Of "Little Shoppe Of Horrors" Is Out

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By Todd Garbarini

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Richard Klemensen’s Little Shoppe of Horrors is one of the genre’s best publications. Like Gary Svehla’s beautiful Midnight Marquee, it is a labor of love for its publisher and it is currently up to issue twenty-six. Subtitled “The Journal of Classic British Horror Films” and brimming with images that you probably can’t easily find elsewhere, each issue runs nearly 100 pages in black and white. The front and rear covers consist of beautiful and original color artwork depicting such favorites as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and scenes from such films as Frankenstein Created Woman and Frankenstein Must be Destroyed. Sandwiched between these beautiful color images are enthusiastic letters to the editor, reviews of similar publications, and book reviews to name just a few goodies. Readers can also find in-depth interviews with actors such as Alan Wheatley (from 1981!), Jane Merrow,
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Review: Stalker

Stalker

Stars: Anna Brecon, Jane March, Linda Hayden, Colin Salmon, Billy Murray, Jennifer Matter | Written and Directed by Martin Kemp

“Hey,” I thought as Stalker’s opening scene began; a sequence in which a young woman runs through some woods in the magic hour. “This looks just like that short film I made in media studies at sixth form!” A rather unfortunate indictment to be sure, but hey, I learnt a lot from media studies. Ha ha ha!

Stalker is a remake/reimagining/whatever of the 1976 video nasty Exposé, in which struggling author Paula Martin (Brecon) relocates to a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere with her Pa Linda (March) in order to write her new book, whereupon bad shit starts to go down as Paula battles her personal demons. It’s directed by Martin Kemp. The same Martin Kemp who was in Spandau Ballet and Eastenders. That guy.
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