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‘A Dark Song’ DVD Review

Stars: Catherine Walker, Steve Oram, Mark Huberman, Susan Loughnane, Nathan Vos | Written and Directed by Liam Gavin

The debut film of writer/director Liam Gavin, A Dark Song is a modern take on the long-standing tradition of British ghost stories. Yet for all its modernity, it’s a film that also harkens back to the classic gothic horror of Hammer and in particular films like 1964′s The Devil Rides Out - of which this film shares many similarities…

Sophia (Walker) is grief-stricken and overwhelmed with sadness since the untimely death of her son. In a desperate attempt to achieve some form of closure, she reaches out to Solomon (Oram), an occultist with experience in an ancient invocation ritual that Sophia believes will allow her to make contact with her deceased child. Locked away in a remote country house, the pair undergo a long and arduous ritual, risking both their mental
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The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm

Blu-ray

Lionsgate / Vestron

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date January 31, 2017 / 34.97

Starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee, Christopher Gable, Lloyd Peters.

Cinematography: Dick Bush

Film Editor: Peter Davies

Special Effects makeup: Stuart Conran, Paul Jones

Original Music: Stanislaus Syerewicz

Written by: Ken Russell from the novel by Bram Stoker

Produced and Directed by Ken Russell

Wild man director Ken Russell struck back against commercial indifference with this alternately elegant and outrageous horror offering, that excepting a few hard- ‘R’ moments, comes off as a real (snake) charmer. Few horror movies have a real sense of wit, and fewer still can laugh at themselves without crumbling into sad parody. As if reclaiming horror as a British-made product, Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm shows us what a next-generation Hammer
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A Halloween Electric Dreamhouse

Yesterday, amid a crush of sweaty people desperate for last-minute props, I visited a local Halloween superstore with my daughter, looking for a Pikachu mask. Well, there wasn’t much to choose from in the Cute Kid Division. But this particular hall of Halloween hell definitely had the adult sensibility covered. Of course there were the usual skimpy or otherwise outrageous costumes for purchase —ladies, you can dress up like a sexy Kim Kardashian-esque vampire out for a night of Hollywood clubbing, and gents, how about impressing all the sexy Kim Kardashian vampires at your party by dressing up like a walking, talking matched set of cock and balls! It’s been a while since I’ve shopped for fake tools of terror, but it seems there’s been a real advance in sophistication in the market for “Leatherface-approved” (I swear) chainsaws with moving parts and authentic revving noises,
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Round-Up: UK’s Horror Channel Hammer-Thon, The Ones Below, The Cleansing Hour, Monster World #3, The Last American Horror Show

The Horror Channel has an Easter treat for fans of Hammer films, as their UK-only Hammer-thon will air March 26th and 27th. Also in this round-up: release details for The Ones Below, a trailer for The Cleansing Hour short film, eight preview pages from Monster World #3, and information on The Last American Horror Show.

UK Horror Channel’s Hammer-Thon: Press Release: “Hammer film fans are in for a treat….Horror Channel is to screen an Easter Hammer-thon with back-to-back Hammer classics.

Some of Hammer’s most popular films, including The Revenge Of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out and The Brides Of Dracula will be broadcast across the weekend from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.

Plus, Horror Channel will be presenting ‘Hammer Thursdays’ from Thurs 7 April for six weeks. This will be a Hammer movie at 9pm followed by a double-bill of Hammer House Of Horror at 10.50pm.
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Horror Channel to air Easter Hammer-thon

Hammer fans are in for a treat this Easter, with the Horror Channel unveiling a selection of horror classics back-to-back across the Easter weekend from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.

Sat 26 March @ 3.00pm – The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)

In Oliver Reed’s first film role, he excels as Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon’s love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorising the Spanish countryside.

Sat 26 March @ 4.50pm – The Brides Of Dracula (1960)

Director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with this richly-coloured sequel. Though imprisoned in the family estate by his mother, Baron Meinster (David Peel
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Titan and Hammer join forces for new comic line

Titan Comics have announced this weekend that, beginning this Halloween 2016, they will team up with world-renowned Hammer to breathe new life into some of their iconic characters. Announced at ComicsPRO retailer summit in Portland, Oregon, the partnership will see the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring classic Hammer properties, as well as wholly original Hammer stories, produced by Titan. Editor David Leach said:

At Titan Comics we’re howling at the moon over this bold new collaboration! Hammer is the home of some of the most groundbreaking horror and genre films in motion picture history. Together we’re going to make some terrifyingly good comics.

Founded in 1934, the legendary British studio Hammer Films produced hundreds of motion pictures across many genres including science fiction, psychological and supernatural thrillers, films noir and even historical epics. However, the famous brand gained its worldwide reputation – and became hugely impactful across popular culture – with
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Devil Rides Out

It certainly took the movies awhile to warm up to the idea of The Behooved One stepping across our screens. Looking to America, Hammer Films waited until Ira Levin’s novel Rosemary’s Baby (1967) was published (and purchased for filming) before going forth with their first satanic foray on film, The Devil Rides Out (1968). Based on Dennis Wheatley’s novel of the same name from 1934, it was Hammer’s chance to move away from Gothic horror and prove that they could compete in an ever changing market. But The Devil Rides Out did more than that – it provided Hammer with one of their very finest films, a chilling thrillride that still delivers the devil drenched goods.

Released in the U.K. in July of ’68 by Warner – Pathe (a month after Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby) and December of the same year by Twentieth Century Fox in the U.S., the film was commercially successful and,
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DVD Savant’s Guide to the New Wave of Classic Hammer Blu-rays

Curious about all those Region B Hammer Blu-rays from overseas, the ones requiring a region-free player? As a public service, Savant has solicited an expert opinion (you'll have to take my word for that) of a film restoration/transfer specialist who is also an informed fan of the filmic output of the little horror studio at Bray. I know, real Hammer fans buy first and worry about quality later, but this little guide might be of help to the rest of us budget-conscious collectors.

A 'Guest' article Written by a trusted Savant correspondent.

(Note: I receive plenty of emails asking for advice about the quality of Region B Blu-rays, most of which I don't see. I have access to industry people qualified to compare and judge the discs, but they stay off the record, because their employers forbid them to go online with their opinions. They must sometimes simmer in
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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 4: Traps & Games

Sometimes it’s psychological. Sometimes it’s visceral. It can be a masked killer’s twisted pastime. A labyrinth our poor heroes must find their way out of. Perhaps a nasty round of torture by the Big Bad. Whatever it is, the sick feeling of impending doom overcomes us as we realize the characters might not make it out alive. Sometimes they can think their way through. Sometimes they can fight. But when the exits are closed and the madman decides to get creative, all bets are off.

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Alucarda, La Hija De Las Tinieblas / Innocents From Hell (1977) – A Dracula takes revenge

Director Juan López Moctezuma came along during the new wave of 70′s Mexican genre pics that expressed radical and subversive views. An important intellectual figure in Mexico in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Moctezuma produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Fando Y Lis. Of his three horror films (which also includes Mansion of Madness,
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Frightfest 2015: ‘Demonic’ Review

Stars: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Megan Park, Scott Mechlowicz, Aaron Yoo, Alex Goode, Ashton Leigh, Terence Rosemore, Griff Furst, Jesse Steccato, Meyer DeLeeuw | Written by Max La Bella | Directed by Will Canon

James Wan, the man behind Saw, Dead Silence (a personal favourite), Insidious and The Conjuring, dons producer cap once more – following the success of Annabelle – for Demonic, the second feature from director Will Canon (Brotherhood); and a movie that seems to share more in common with the work of its producer that just having his name on the film…

Demonic follows Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein as they question the lone survivor of a ghost-hunting excursion turned horrific massacre – where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. The amateur paranormal activists were simply seeking proof of poltergeist phenomenon at the supposed haunted house. But what started out as
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Horror Channel to broadcast Christopher Lee night

This week brought the rather sad news that British screen legend Sir Christopher Lee had passed away aged 93, and now the Horror Channel has announced that it is set to pay tribute to the iconic actor by clearing its post-9pm schedule on Thursday July 2nd for a special Christopher Lee night.

9pm – The Devil Rides Out (1968)

10.55pm – Dracula, Prince Of Darkness (1966)

12.45am – Scars Of Dracula (1970)

2.35am – To The Devil A Daughter (1976)

“We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre,” said Stewart Bridle, manager of the Horror Channel. “Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies
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Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon

The Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee with a marathon of four classic movies.

Stewart Bridle of the Horror Channel announced today (June 12) that Thursday, July 2 will be 'Christopher Lee Night'.

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles

"We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre," Bridle announced.

"Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies."

The salute kicks off with the Hammer gem The Devil Rides Out at 9pm, followed by Dracula: Prince of Darkness at 10.55pm.

1970's Scars of Dracula is scheduled for 12.45am,
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Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon

Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Christopher Lee with a movie marathon
The Horror Channel is paying tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee with a marathon of four classic movies.

Stewart Bridle of the Horror Channel announced today (June 12) that Thursday, July 2 will be 'Christopher Lee Night'.

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles

"We feel the movies chosen for the night represent some of his most iconic characters and performances during his time with Hammer Films and in the horror genre," Bridle announced.

"Watching these you realise why he was so highly respected as a fantastic character actor who could both be a stoic hero and also a terrifying villain. He will be greatly missed but he lives on through his amazing legacy of movies."

The salute kicks off with the Hammer gem The Devil Rides Out at 9pm, followed by Dracula: Prince of Darkness at 10.55pm.

1970's Scars of Dracula is scheduled for 12.45am,
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Josh Soriano Pays Homage To Christopher Lee (Rip)

When I was asked by Jerry to say some things regarding the death of Christopher Lee(he knows how much of a Lee fan I am), I had no idea how difficult it would be. How do you articulate losing one of the cornerstones of the horror genre? To say that he was an icon is an understatement. To so many of us, Lee was the last living member of the memorable screen actors that have imprinted themselves in our lives. We wear him on t-shirts, hang his posters on our walls, pass on his films to younger generations. His presence is so engrained in our lives that losing him feels like losing the grandfather you adored who always told the most interesting stories when family got together. He was someone to every genre; Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku, Francisco Scaramanga, Wilbur Wonka, Lord Summerisle, Fu Manchu and on.

Hammer Studios
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Prolific British actor Sir Christopher Lee dies at age 93

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Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to James Bond enemy Scaramanga, has died at age 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles as the wicked wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the evil Count Dooku in two of George LucasStar Wars prequels. But for many he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of "Hammer Horror" movies - the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular.

He railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles - from Sherlock Holmes to the founder of Pakistan - secured his place in film history.

"I didn't have dreams of being a romantic leading man," Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. "But I
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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie
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Witchcraft Wednesdays: Tracing the Evolution of Witchcraft in Film

It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.

Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more
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The Turning takes Wasa’s feature prize

A scene from The Fan..

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Tim Winton.s The Turning was named best feature at the 26th annual Wa Screen Awards presented in Perth on Monday night.

Drift was recognised for best actor Myles Pollard, Tim Duffy.s screenplay and for Glenn Dillon.s sound.

Emily Rose Brennan.s performance in the online series The Legend of Gavin Tanner: Episode 5 - The Big Fight, earned her the best actress award. The comedy also took the People.s Choice Award for the Mad Kids team of writer/star Matt Lovkis, director Henry Inglis and producer Lauren Elliott.

Nicholas Dunlop was honoured as best director for Comic Book Heroes, the ABC documentary about the quest by Australian comic book creators Wolfgang Byslma and Skye Walker Ogden to penetrate the Us market by travelling to Comic-Con International in San Diego; it also won best factual TV production.

Antony Webb's The Fan
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Who’s on Horror this Easter? – The Doctor is in…

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There was a time, strange as it seems to recall, when the best a Whovian could expect at Easter was a ropey chocolate egg inside a cardboard Tardis bearing a slightly unfortunate picture of an apparently excited Peter Davison. This 1982 offering from Suchard, the noted Swiss purveyor of over-sweetened chocolate to the short-trousered refugees of the late seventies (your correspondent among them), was pretty much it for Easter-flavoured Time Lordiness.

That was until Russell the T. came along and managed to re-brand both Easter and Christmas as times of Gallifreyan goodness, with the very first episode of new-Who, Rose, broadcast on Easter Saturday in 2005. The last few years have seen the show scheduled later in the year, leaving us all munching on forlorn eggs decorated with Teletubby-coloured Daleks and Matt Smith’s eyebrowless, foot-shaped mug.

But never fear, in light of the Beeb’s continuing seasonal intransigence, the Horror Channel
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