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Frightfest 2014: ‘X Moor’ Review

8 hours ago

Stars: Melia KreilingNick Blood, Mark Bonner, Simone Kirby, Olivia Popica, Sophie Harkness, Fergal McElherron, Jemma Obrien, James Lecky | Written and Directed by Luke Hymans

Written and directed by Luke Hymans (Dubplate Drama), this horror film, shot in Belfast, tells the story of American documentary film-makers Georgia (Melia KreilingCold) and Matt (Nick BloodSpike Island) who head to Exmoor in the south of England in an attempt to catch, on film, the “Beast of Exmoor” which apparently exists somewhere in the remote grassland of that particular part of Devon. There reason for wanting to capture this so-called “beast” on camera? £25,000 from the local newspaper.

X Moor begins with the two leads looking at a YouTube video that is apparently footage of this “beast”, and Georgia convinces Matt to go to Exmoor with the intention of filming this creature and collecting the cash reward. Our documentarians are greeted early-on, while »

- Chris Cummings

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Competition: Win the Best in Horror on DVD & Blu-ray!

21 hours ago

In celebration of this year’s Film4 FrightFest, we are giving away the best in horror to prepare one lucky winner for the imminent chills, thrills and scares! From the icons of fright, right through to the classic scenes that always leave a chill down your spine, we are giving away the terrifying horrors that everybody knows and loves, both old and new, that take suspense to that all-time teeth-chattering high, so high in fact that you need to experience it time and time again!

This ultimate horror package includes The Shining Blu-ray, The Conjuring Blu-ray, The Exorcist Blu-ray, Poltergeist Blu-ray, A Nightmare On Elm Street 1-7 Blu-ray and Critters Collection DVD!

Are you brave enough to experience the best in horror? Zavvi are offering an extra 10% off Warner Home Video’s extensive range of Horror DVD & Blu-ray throughout August. Browse the offers today: http://www.zavvi.com/offers/warner/horror. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Shortcuts to Hell 2′ finalists announced – Public vote open!

20 August 2014 5:02 AM, PDT

Shortcuts to Hell 2, launched by Horror Channel, FrightFest, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios has revealed the three filmmakers who will face the public vote to decide who has their short film financed, produced and shot as a full-length feature. The winner’s film will be produced by Horror Channel, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015. The completed feature will receive UK digital distribution, its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2015, and a broadcast premiere on Horror Channel.

Chosen from an ultimate shortlist of thirteen entries by a panel of judges, the three finalists are:

All Inclusive

Directed by Michael Down

Synopsis: Two brothers leave for an all-inclusive holiday but only one shows up. One brother searches for the other through the booze-filled hedonistic streets, unveiling the dark side of package trips.

Geoffrey’S Heart

Directed by Stanislava Buevich

Synopsis: Geoffrey is finally home recovering from a recent heart transplant, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Branded to Kill’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

20 August 2014 4:37 AM, PDT

Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa, Anne Mari, Mariko Ogawa, Hiroshi Minami | Written by Hachiro Guryu, Takeo Kimura | Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Writing movie reviews opens up a world that is full of films that I probably would never have had the chance to see.  Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin) is one of these and Arrow Video have taken the movie and given it their usual excellent treatment, providing a chance to see it in its best form.

The story revolves around a hit-man who is ranked three with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice.  When he fails at his latest job the woman who paid for the hit comes into conflict with him, pushing him into a fight consumed with her own death wish.  Finding that his wife also now wants to kill him for his failure and the number one ranked hit-man known as the Phantom »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review

19 August 2014 11:00 PM, PDT

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

It was an invite to a screening like any other, or so I thought. You take your ticket, you take your chances. Sometimes everyone goes home with a smile on their faces, sometimes people go to the emergency room… without any face. I heard from the people that know that a sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City was in town. Looking for trouble. Out to bust some heads and blow some minds. Sin City and me, we go way back. We had history. Once we’d been lovers but time had moved us apart. So when this new bozo turns up, A Dame to Kill For, »

- Jack Kirby

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‘Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season’ DVD Review

19 August 2014 1:51 PM, PDT

Looking at Boardwalk Empire, especially before I started to watch it I thought it was Sopranos in the probation era, but in truth it’s much more.  Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season reaches a time when organised crime was growing and the government was slowly taking notice.  The rise of Al Capone was taking form, and although we do see his rise to power, for the most part this is still the tale of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson and his Boardwalk Empire.

Having started to watch the show in the third season luckily I knew where the story was up to so far, or at least could place enough of the pieces together.  Nucky played by Steve Buscemi is fixing a lot of the problems created by going on the offensive in the previous season and his deal with Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) is in place in the »

- Paul Metcalf

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The Scream Cast – Episode 25: Dotd / Incredible Melting Man

19 August 2014 1:35 PM, PDT

Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, have special guests, throw out future Scream Factory release wish lists, and celebrity interviews.

In this week’s episode Brad and Sean get the opportunity to interview the great J. R. Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door, Robot Ninja) and discuss two movies that had a major influence on him as a filmmaker: Day Of The Dead and The Incredible Melting Man.

Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!

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- Phil Wheat

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Talking in Circles: Episode 31 – Action Hero Draft

19 August 2014 8:56 AM, PDT

Talking in Circles is a pop culture talk show/podcast where hosts Dan, Greg, and Chuck wax poetic about comic books, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else in geek culture. Come for the witty banter stay for the exciting games, hilarious skits, and “crazy but true” news stories.

In a world where The Expendables 3 is a movie that exists the Tic crew is embarking on their first ever Action Hero Draft! Three men walk into this competition but only one may claim victory. Tension is high has they must choose from the greatest action movies in history to construct a movie that will shake the fictitious movie world to its core. It is up to you to decide who’s fake movie would reign supreme above all others.

Check out previous editions of Talking in Circles right here »

- Phil Wheat

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First Look: Empire of the Dead – Act Two #1

18 August 2014 2:50 PM, PDT

This September, the legendary George Romero’s undead epic begins anew in Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1. Written by the horror master himself along with acclaimed artist Dalibor Talajic, prepare for an undead onslaught as zombies and vampires wage war on the walled in streets of New York City! Undead forces are laying waste to the last surviving humans of New York City – but now outside forces seek entry to the once safe haven. An invading militia seeks to take over the Big Apple…

“Act Two opens just a short time after the conclusion of Act One, but in that time all of our major players are advancing their interests,” editor Bill Rosemann explained to Marvel.com. “Zombie wrangler Paul Barnum has added fresh performers to his Circus Maximus, the zombies fighting there may be much more capable than even he imagined, Mayor Chandrake continues his seduction of medical scientist Penny Jones, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Bound’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

18 August 2014 6:34 AM, PDT

Stars: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard C. Sarafian, Mary Mara, Susie Bright | Written and Directed by The Wachowski Brothers

Watching Bound you can’t help but be impressed with its style and understand why people cite its importance to the Matrix movies which were the Wachowski next movies to work on.  Then you realise that this was their first movie and see just why it is so impressive and brave.  Bound is a modern noir that takes two female leads and puts them in the place of power and most importantly a realistic love affair.  This may sound nothing surprising now, but at the time it had never been done in this style, especially by two writer/directors who wanted to make an impact in Hollywood.  Now that it’s getting the Arrow Video treatment, it’s time for Bound to get the attention it definitely deserves. »

- Paul Metcalf

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WWE SummerSlam 2014: Results & Review

18 August 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

It has been a trying time for WWE recently. Since the launch of the WWE Network a lot has happened. Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Title, got injured and was forced to forfeit the belt. Cena won the belt soon afterwards. The Shield split up, Roman Reigns began his ascension to the top of WWE and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose began a feud with one another. Bray Wyatt was squashed by John Cena in a crappy feud, and then Chris Jericho returned to WWE, beating Wyatt in his return PPV match. There were a lot of things wrong with WWE television, and still are, with the product becoming stale and the feuds becoming either too long or rehashed too many times. So, we head in to SummerSlam, and a card that isn’t exactly captivating on paper, though has potential to be very good.

SummerSlam, for the sixth »

- Chris Cummings

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