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Review: Terry Brooks' "The Shannara Chronicles", Premieres On MTV January 5

29 December 2015 7:40 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Giack Selloni

Long time Shannara fans have reason to rejoice. Thanks to the series producers Sonar Entertainment and MTV, author Terry Brooks' Shannara has come to life. Based upon his second novel, "The Elfstones of Shannara," The Shannara Chronicles is an engaging new television series that premieres on MTV on January 5. Cast with some terrific young actors it's a good bet to be a hit with MTV fans who know nothing of Brooks' novels. Shot on location in New Zealand, it has beautiful scenery, breathtaking cinematography and an impressively talented and good looking cast. (Elves are supposed to be beautiful, no?) The set design is spectacular; wait until you see the Sacred Garden and the Ellcrys.

Visit and watch the preview videos. They should whet your appetite for more.

Here is a synopsis of the show’s story line:

A long time to come, »

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Competition: Win Brit horror ‘Unhallowed Ground’ on DVD

22 July 2015 5:44 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Unhallowed Ground – out on DVD 27th July – we have a copy to giveaway!

Having already picked up some nominations and awards at the British Independent Film Festival and the London International Film Festival, Unhallowed Ground is already garnering a reputation as a true gem of the indie scene. Check out our review here.

Taking its cues from a classic horror staple – doomed teenagers wandering into a mysterious old building – Unhallowed Ground delivers something genuinely eerie and original. Proof that when it comes to creaky old houses and ancient evil, nobody can match the spooky legacy of British horror.

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To win a copy ofUnhallowed Ground on DVD, just answer the following question:

Unhallowed Ground features effects by Mike Peel. But on which of the following fantasy films did Peel also work on? Was it:

a) Dungeons & Dragons

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- Phil Wheat

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‘HorrorCon 2015′ Event Report

12 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The moors of Yorkshire turned red with blood this weekend as the first ever HorrorCon took place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre this weekend in Rotherham.

Guests in attendance – signing autographs and giving talks – included Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre); Dacre Stoker (great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker); Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead); artist Tom Hodge, aka The Dude Designs; Hammer Horror stars Caroline Munro and Martine Beswick; Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and the legend that is SFX god Tom Savini (The Burning, Night of the Living Dead)

But HorrorCon was not just about the guests – there were plenty of activities taking place over the weekend too. Including the likes of The Pit – a “walk through event” that scared the bejesus out of all those that dare take part; the Cabinet of Curiosity, a display of weird and wonderful delights the was billed as “not »

- Phil Wheat

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Brit horror ‘Unhallowed Ground’ scoops 3 awards at Liff 2015

29 April 2015 4:27 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Indie Brit-flick Unhallowed Ground, which we called “an unexpected gem…” (review) has scooped the Best Horror Film award at the prestigious 12th London Independent Film Festival. The 11-day annual festival hosted at the Shortwave and Genesis cinemas in London, showcased over 60 of the best of low and micro budget films from the UK and abroad and Unhallowed Ground a supernatural-thriller-horror directed by Russell England, stood out in its category.

Obtaining the ‘Best Horror Film’ accolade was not the only gong picked up this weekend. Two of the film’s stars were also applauded at the prestigious British Independent Film Festival held at the Empire Leicester Square. Marcus Griffiths won the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for his portrayal of feisty Aki Adebola, while co-star Rachel Petladwala was voted ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as sporty student Meena Shah.

Set in an historic British boarding school six students from two prestigious single sex private schools, »

- Phil Wheat

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »

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Trailer and 2 posters for Brit horror ‘Unhallowed Ground’

4 February 2015 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

You’ve probably read our exclusive Unhallowed Ground review by now, but if you haven’t here’s the skinny: Unhallowed Ground is a brand new British horror film written by Paul Rachid, who also appears in the film, directed by Russell England (Holby City, Paranormal Witness) and starring Morgane Polanski, Poppy Drayton, Rachel Petladwala, Thomas Law, Marcus Griffiths, Will Thorp and Ameet Chana.

Six late teen/early twenties from North London single-sex private schools spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of the historic Dhoultham School as part of an initiative with the British Army to provide rich kids with basic military training. As each hour passes and the teenagers complete their mundane tasks, they witness a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences: slamming doors, self-governing lights and ghostly apparitions.

As they spend more and more time together, personal conflicts are magnified and the School’s history erupts onto the surface of proceedings. »

- Phil Wheat

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Spirits Rise from Unhallowed Ground in this Early Trailer

2 February 2015 2:25 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The United Kingdom title Unhallowed Ground has a trailer. The clip shows several students initiated in the Dhoultham School. Here, Satanists once resided on the grounds, over 350 years ago. The film stars Ameet Chana, Poppy Drayton and Marcus Griffiths. Unhallowed Ground will release in the Spring of 2015. To develop the story further, in the 17th Century, the plague ravaged England. Students of the Dhoultham School turned to witchcraft and sorcery to try and protect themselves from near certain death. Their Satanic worship caused even more anguish. And now, the worshippers look for more souls to consume. Unhallowed Ground is an indie horror feature. Developed by Aviary Films, this title shows promise in setting and story. Fans of supernatural hauntings or of slasher films can view more on Unhallowed Ground below. Release Date: Q1. Director: Russell England. Writer: Paul Raschid. Cast: Ameet Chana, Poppy Drayton, Marcus Griffiths, Thomas Law and Andrew Lewis. »

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‘Unhallowed Ground’ Review

30 January 2015 6:45 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ameet Chana, Poppy Drayton, Marcus Griffiths, Thomas Law, Andrew Lewis, Rachel Petladwala, Morgane Polanski, Paul Raschid, Will Thorp, Richard Derrington, Gil Cohen-Alloro, Jacob James Beswick, Tom Glenister, Perry Moore, Drew Sheridan-Wheeler | Written by Paul Raschid | Directed by Russell England

Six students from North London private schools spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of the historic Dhoultham School as part of an initiative with the British Army to provide rich kids with basic military training. As each hour passes they witness a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences: slamming doors, self-governing lights and ghostly apparitions. The ante is upped by two burglars who have chosen this night to conduct a heist on the School Archive room: a vault of priceless historical documents. As the supernatural encounters begin to take an increasingly malevolent turn, the students realize they must escape Dhoultham before the night’s end. The only problem is they »

- Richard Axtell

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