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Grimmfest 2015: ‘He Never Died’ Review

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Stars: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, Michael Cram, Elias Edraki, Dan Petronijevic, Karl Campbell, Walter Alza | Written and Directed by Jason Krawczyk

Jack’s in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping, playing bingo, and eating the same meal at the same time every day at the same diner. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat. However Jack’s world is turned upside down when a daughter he never new existed turns up on his door step and he becomes embroiled with a group of mobsters…

As a dedicated horror fan, and even moreso as someone who attends a ton of horror film festival and reviews a Lot of movies, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: 9×03 – Under the Lake’ Review

3 October 2015 1:53 PM, PDT

I’m not sure what it is about Doctor Who, but it can have weeks were everything just fits, but then go on to an episode where something just doesn’t click. Under the Lake does a lot right, but also gets the most important thing wrong for me, and that is the dynamic between The Doctor and Clara.

When The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) arrive on an underwater base, they are soon face to face with what appear to be ghost. Escaping from them they find the remains of the bases crew, and an alien ship they’ve pulled off the sea bed. Just who are the ghosts and what is their connection to the ship?

My problems with this episode start straight away, and that is the way Clara is so carefree and adventurous, wanting to “save planets” and “fight aliens”, even when they discover the ghosts, »

- Paul Metcalf

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Competition: Win a copy of ‘Elimination Game’ on DVD!

3 October 2015 1:40 PM, PDT

The Running Man meets The Hunger Games in this futuristic action film!

After a civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, Navy Seal Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell), is falsely imprisoned for the crime. But Rick is offered the chance of freedom – all he has to do is enter and survive a deadly game show, which pits him against some of the world’s most ruthless killers in a series of brutal locations. The rules are simple: kill or be killed.

Can Rick survive the game, win his freedom and find out why he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit?

Elimination Game is out on DVD from 12th October 2015. To win a copy just answer the following question:

On which classic Ozploitation movie is Elimination Game based? Is it:

a) Patrick

b) Stone

c) Turkey Shoot

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire’ – Trailer

3 October 2015 1:18 PM, PDT

American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire, a new indie slasher film that was awarded “Goriest Scene of the Year” by Rue Morgue Magazine, come from director Flood Reed and stars Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, Terminator: Genysis), Shawn Thomas and Tyler Rice.

Already a hit wth critics across the North America – where the film was released this past June – and with a European release imminent, we’ve got you’re your first look of the official full-length trailer for the film:

In June of 1994, one of the most brutal mass slaughters in history occurred in the backwoods of northern New England. Four months later, history is about to repeat itself. The end of summer signals the brink of manhood for a group of lifelong friends who proudly call New Hampshire their home. But when they embark upon a local rite of passage – traveling north for one final weekend of debauchery together – it »

- Phil Wheat

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Grimmfest 2015: ‘Process’ Review (Short Film)

3 October 2015 4:36 AM, PDT

Stars: Bruce Jones, Roseanna Leathley, Paige Feast, Matt Milne | Written and Directed by Scott Feast

Written and directed by newcomer Scott Feast, Process is – unlike the other shorts shown at the Grimmfest Northern Showcase – not your usual horror story. In fact, beyond dealing with the horror of living with dementia, this is an art-house style sci-fi fantasy sees an ageing off-world traveler, suffering from dementia, brought home to earth by his young companion as she attempts to inspire in him a moment of recollection.

Inherently different from all the films showing at Grimmfest, Process is a touching look at the effects alzheimers can have on a family – in this case a father and daughter who seemingly are travelling through space together on an interstellar “science expedition”, exploring barren planets and laying new plants in the hope of finding life. It’s a real dystopian look at the future of the »

- Phil Wheat

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Grimmfest 2015: ‘Driven’ Review (Short Film)

3 October 2015 4:32 AM, PDT

Stars: Rachel Capovila, Rupert Proctor | Written by BFI Film Academy students | Directed by Matt Palmer (Directorial Mentor)

From January 2013 to January 2014 young filmmakers aged 16-19 from Cumbria and Lancashire have took part in courses covering all aspects of filmmaking and the film industry including programming, script writing, film production and distribution, receiving training and mentorship from industry professionals – and the end result is the brief, but remarkable Driven.

Produced within Signal Film and Media’s BFI Film Academy in Barrow-upon-Furness, Driven is a short, very short, but eerie ghost story that tells the story a man driven (pun intended) insane by his car’s sat-nav.

You would think, given that it was made as part of a training programme for film students, that Driven would be less of a film and more of an exercise in the process of filmmaking. However that’s certainly not the case. Running a mere 6 minutes, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2.1′ Review (Titan Comic)

3 October 2015 3:04 AM, PDT

Written by Nick Abadzis | Art by Eleonora Carlini | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

After the sweeping epic that was the Four Doctors, where the 10th Doctor met the 11th and 12th Doctor versions of himself, we return to the relative normality of just the 10th Doctor and his Companion, Gabby Gonzalez, as Titan Comics kick off their second year of adventures. This issue has the deliberate feel of a change of pace to what has gone before, a new start of sorts perfect for new fans to jump aboard and older fans to get something different.

Nick Abadzis stays on traditional territory with this first foray into Year 2 as The Doctor and Gabby visit a deep space colony and Earth Station Presley, supposedly a holiday of sorts for Gabby but we know how those things tend to go don’t well. True to form, the apparently harmonious relationship »

- Dean Fuller

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Grimmfest 2015: ‘Snatchers’ Review (Short FIlm)

3 October 2015 12:42 AM, PDT

Stars: Rupert Hill, Erin Shanagher | Written by Jonathan Georgiou | Directed by Drew Lovett

The second short of Grimmfest’s Northern Showcase was Snatchers, another premiere for the event – this time of the UK variety – directed by Drew Lovett, an assistant editor at ITV who, under the Northern Giant Productions banner previously helmed the short Insomnia. For Snatchers he re-teams with the star of that short, Erin Shanagher.

Snatchers tells the story of Jeff and Danielle (played by Rupert Hill and Erin Shanagher respectively) who, after a night out, return home to discover an intruder in their apartment. You’d think the solution is simple… Call the police and wait it out. However Jeff has other ideas.

Now this is my kind of short, in fac the best kind, a film that takes audiences in one direction before flipping events and changing its entire landscape. In this case we start we »

- Phil Wheat

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First screens and trailer for Fps survival horror ‘Syndrome’

2 October 2015 4:34 PM, PDT

Independent game studio Camel 101 and Bigmoon Entertainment today announced Syndrome, a survival horror game coming to PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Mac and Linux in Q2 2016.

Featuring Oculus Rift support, Syndrome takes the genre back to its terrifying roots as players wake up on a deserted spaceship, dazed and confused from a deep cryosleep only to discover that most of the crew are dead or… changed. In the midst of this deeply frightening environment, surrounded by reactive enemies that pick up on every move and sound, players must discover what has happened to the spaceship and how to escape its claustrophobic confines alive.

In Syndrome players awaken from a deep slumber to discover a bloodcurdling scenario: most of the ship’s crew are dead, but not all of them. To survive the horror of what is left of the crew, gamers must first arm themselves with the few weapons that are scattered about, »

- Phil Wheat

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Nerd Buy: Vinyl Sugar Horror Dorbz

2 October 2015 3:54 PM, PDT

Has Horror ever looked so cute? The Dorbz line of vinyl figures expands to include 4 modern horror legends – with many more promised in the future… This first wave includes the classics horror icons: Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface and Pinhead from Hellraiser!

Each figure stands 3″ tall and whilst the sculpting is more standardised than say the Pop! line, here the toys are all about the wonderful paint applications. These Dorbz should be available later this month/November.


- Phil Wheat

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First trailer for Erik Bloomquist’s ‘Ghost Tour’

2 October 2015 3:07 PM, PDT

Lensed at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, Ghost Tour is co-written and directed by Erik Bloomquist, a Connecticut-based actor and filmmaker whose short, The Cobblestone Corridor, we reviewed back in June; and stars William Bloomfield, William Youmans, Natalie Brown, Cliff Miller, Greg Nutcher, Brandon White and Danielle Bonanno.

Set on November 30th 1973, after the final ghost tour at a museum with a legendary dark past, veteran docent Richard Sawyer experiences his first real encounter with the paranormal… Ghost Tour will receive an exclusive online premiere in mid-October to coincide with the peak of the Halloween season, but for now check out the trailer:


- Phil Wheat

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‘Mr. Robot’ coming to Amazon Prime in UK

2 October 2015 2:36 PM, PDT

It has been announced that Mr. Robot , one of the most buzzworthy Us TV shows of the year, will launch exclusively for Amazon Prime members in the UK, Germany and Austria. All 10 episodes of the critically lauded series from Universal will be available to stream for Prime members from Friday 16th October 2015.

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek (The Pacific) as Elliot, a young computer programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group played by Christian Slater (Nymphomaniac) recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.

Mr. Robot has been described as “The Social Network meets ‘Occupy Wall Street’” and »

- Phil Wheat

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Grimmfest 2015: ‘The Box’ Review (Short Film)

2 October 2015 1:27 PM, PDT

Stars: Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, Patrick Lally, Roy Bright, Sam Edge | Written by Shaune Harrison, Mark Jones | Directed by Shaune Harrison

Screening as part of Grimmfest’s Northern Showcase – a shorts programme celebrating the best “The North” has to offer in terms of genre cinema, accompanied by introductions and talks from those involved – The Box comes from special effects make up man and director Shaune Harrison, and stars Paddy from Emmerdale, aka Dominic Brunt, the director of the fantastic genre films Before Dawn and Bait (both screened to great aplomb at Frightfest and both available now on DVD) and his partner, and undoubtedly somewhat his muse, Joanne Mitchell. And according to the press release, The Box is a real product of Grimmfest, the filmmakers behind this film having all met at Grimmfest in past years!

Running just under 14 minutes The Box is a short, sharp, shock of a film that »

- Phil Wheat

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Lff 2015: ‘Beeba Boys’ Review

2 October 2015 6:13 AM, PDT

Stars: Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Ali Kazmi, Steve Dhillon, Jag Bal, Gabe Grey, Dileep Rao, Gia  | Written and Directed by Deepa Mehta

Beeba Boys starts with a scene straight out of Goodfellas: six men drive to a rendezvous, telling jokes and ribbing one another. They arrive at the—, three expensive-looking cars meeting outside a glitzy hotel, and Jeet (Randeep Hooda), the leader of the group, gets out, threatens the apologetic  man receiving them and casually shoots him in the head before doing the same to his girlfriend, an act that is treated as the sequence’s punchline. This isn’t your ordinary gangster film, though – at least not aesthetically – because these men are Indo-Canadian Sikhs jostling for territory in Vancouver.

Unfortunately, this adds more novelty value than anything; though the spoken dialogue flits between Punjabi and English, different cultural events are exploited to the advantage of »

- Mark Allen

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‘Review 2×10: Conspiracy Theory’ Review

2 October 2015 6:10 AM, PDT

“I survived on garbage in the middle of the ocean! I scratched my way out of a grave! You think you can kill me? Nothing can kill me!”

“Jesus (bleep)ing Christ, holy (bleep)ing Jesus, Jesus (bleep)ing Christ. It’s a conspiracy,” Forrest hisses to himself in his empty office, staring at crumpled photographs of his many(11) near-death experiences. ‘Conspiracy Theory’ posits a single idea, one as comforting as it is chilling: Grant wants Forrest dead. Asked to report on what believing in conspiracy theories is like, Forrest at first offers a compassionate dismissal. The people nodding in agreement with Matt Besser’s conspiracy nut author as he lectures on the Fourth Reich of the Illuminati and the perils of interdimensional Bigfoot are desperate for a monomyth to codify the world’s random cruelties into something they can analyze and fight, even if that something is paranoid drivel. »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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‘Steven Universe 2×22: When It Rains’ Review

2 October 2015 6:06 AM, PDT

“It’s just thunder. It happens when it rains.”

When It Rains’ is an old story: a spiky, unpleasant person learns to accept help and to open up to those around them. It’s a little shopworn, a little canned, but it’s still a pleasant quarter hour and a successful about-face for a character who looked headed for ineffectual Saturday Morning Cartoon villainy. If it has a real weakness it’s not that its story has been told before but that it can’t let its moments land without indulging in its own preciousness. Moments like Steven posing after Garnet tells him that she loves him turn the organic into the contrived, though a prostrate Steven reaching automatically for Peridot’s hand after the two fall off a cliff is a great example of how emotionally deft the show can be at its best.

Motivated by fear after a »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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‘Bloodthirsty #1′ Review (Titan Comics)

1 October 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

Written by Mark Landry | Art by Ashley Witter | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 48pp

Mark Landry’s introduction to his 5 issue mini-series Bloodthirsty gives us both the background to himself, a writer of cable movies amongst other skills, and to the subject matter of this book. Central to the book, and to the books main character, are the events of Hurricane Katrina  back in 2005, and the utter devastation it inflicted on both the city and the people of New Orleans. Landry himself is from Louisiana, and as he explains the guilt of not going back to help during those dark days gave him the beginnings of the story for Bloodthirsty.

The prologue for Bloodthirsty starts during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and we follow rescue worker Virgil, hard at work saving people from the flooding. His brother Trey tells him he can’t get hold of their parents and »

- Dean Fuller

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Lionsgate and Tribeca team for new Svod service

1 October 2015 11:07 AM, PDT

Tribeca Shortlist, a new premium subscription video on demand service created by Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises, has launched this week with a mission to bring discerning movie lovers a new streaming destination – powered by human curators – for discovering and enjoying great films. The library features a mix of films from partners Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises as well as from major studios and independents with more partners coming soon.

Tribeca Shortlist features a high-quality collection of hand-picked films that are recommended by popular actors, directors, insiders and influencers who know and love movies. States Jeff Bronikowski, President of Tribeca Shortlist:

We’re taking a more human approach to movie discovery for viewers who want to escape the search spiral and find a great movie fast. We’ve found great movies that we’re offering to subscribers as part of a high quality, highly curated movie catalog with exclusive “Shortlist” content that provides context and personal insight, »

- Phil Wheat

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Fab illustrated poster for ‘Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse’

1 October 2015 10:57 AM, PDT

Starring Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, Logan Miller, Sarah Dumont and David Koechner, Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse tells the story of three scouts and lifelong friends who join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes… When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Directed by Christopher Landon, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is released in UK cinemas on November 6th. With that in mind, here’s a brand new illustrated poster for the movie…


- Phil Wheat

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Lff 2015: ‘Mountains May Depart’ Review

1 October 2015 6:49 AM, PDT

Stars: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang | Written and Directed by Jia Zhangke

Admitting this is the first film by Jia Zhangke that I’ve seen may lose me some street cred, but I was pleased to finally discover the filmmaker via his latest exploration of modern China, Mountains May Depart. A universal story of the irresistible draw of the present meeting the inexorable march of the future, the film stands as a bold, compassionate statement for the power of gestures and the ripples they cause through time.

And it opens with a dance sequence set to the Pet Shop Boys’ “Go West”, which is about as ambitious an opening as you could hope for.

Taking place in three different periods – 1999, 2014 and 2025, with changing aspect ratios to match – in China and later Australia, the film charts the ups and downs in lives of three friends: »

- Mark Allen

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