‘Empire of the Sharks’ DVD Review

Stars: John Savage, Jack Amstrong, Thandi Sebe, Ashley de Lange, Leandie du Randt, Tauriq Jenkins, Tapiwa Musvosvi, Camilla Waldman, Jonathan Pienaar, Joe Vaz, Sandi Schultz, Melodie Abad, Royston Stoffels, Philip Tan, Neels van Jaarsveld | Written and Directed by Mark Atkins

In the future, 98% of the Earth is covered by water and the only land is controlled by a warlord and his army of sharks. Humans are kept as food for the sharks until two friends risk their lives – one of whom is a “shark caller” with a supernatural ability to talk to sharks Fyi(!) – to rise against their captor and his legion of sharks.

Hold on, hold on… So we have a world covered in water. What water there is happens to be over run by sharks. And people live on floating islands, a la Waterworld, to survive. Errr, haven’t we seen this before? I think so! In fact,
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Jack Armstrong talks ‘Empire of the Sharks’

Following the showing of Empire of the Sharks at Horror-on-Sea I got a chance to talk with actor Jack Armstrong about how he got involved in the film, what attracted him to the role and what it was like working on the set of the film.

Photo courtesy of J.Douglas Imagery

We have come out from the screening for Empire of the Sharks, how do you think it went?

It went really well, it was good to see it on the big screen for the first time. I have seen it once or twice before, but to see it with the directors and the people who made it so special is the right way to see it I would say.

How did you get involved in the film originally?

It s a very funny story actually. I was on Facebook and something popped up from Actors UK because my friend had commented on it,
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‘Planet of the Sharks’ DVD Review

Stars: Brandon Auret, Stephanie Beran, Lindsay Sullivan, Lauren Joseph, Daniel Barnett, Christia Visser, John B Swart, Alex Anlos, Angie Teodora Dick | Written by Mark Atkins, Marc Gottlieb | Directed by Mark Atkins

Well it had to happen didn’t it? We’ve had sharks of every kind from The Asylum and the Syfy channel: Zombie Sharks, Ghost Sharks, Swamp Sharks, Ice Sharks… Now we have and Entire Planet of sharks!

In the near future, glacial melting has covered 98% of earth’s landmass. Sharks have flourished, eating all underwater life.They now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a terrifyingly greedy mutated alpha-shark. The only human survivors live in terror of the predators, and it s up to them and them alone, to take down the gigantic leader shark and make the seas safe again.

Well, well. What a surprise Planet of the Sharks turned out to be.
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Mickey Rourke Set to Star in the Supernatural Horror Film Unhinged

Mickey Rourke is a great actor, but he hasn’t really done anything that memorable since his Oscar-nominated role in The Wrestler. It’d be great to see him take on another great film and maybe this next project will be it.

Rourke will star in a supernatural thriller called Unhinged and will play a character named Dr. Elder, “a prominent psychiatrist at a state-run hospital who wrestles with madness and a dark supernatural force as he races to stop an escaped patient from butchering five people held hostage in a remote house.”

That actually sounds like it could be a great and intense horror film, and it seems like a role that Rourke could slip right into. This wouldn’t be Rourke first horror film. In 1987 he starred in the movie Angel Heart, which you should watch if you haven’t seen it yet!

The movie is being directed
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Mickey Rourke To Star In Supernatural Horror Pic ‘Unhinged’

Mickey Rourke To Star In Supernatural Horror Pic ‘Unhinged’
Exclusive: Mickey Rourke has been tapped as the lead of Unhinged, a supernatural horror movie to be directed by Mark Atkins (Haunting Of Winchester House). The indie from Archstone Entertainment and Alt House Productions is set to begin shooting in July in Los Angeles. Ian Holt, who co-authored Dracula: The Undead, the 2009 sequel to Bram Stroker’s Dracula, penned the screenplay. Rourke, the Oscar nominee for The Wrestler (and who starred in the iconic 1987 supernatural…
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Monster-Movie Mayhem: ‘Dragon Wasps’ Review

Stars: Corin Nemec, Dominika Juillet, Benjamin Easterday, Nikolette Noel, Cosondra Sjostrom | Written by Mark Atkins, Rafael Jordan | Directed by Joe Knee

When her father mysteriously disappears on an expedition, beautiful entomologist Gina Humphries and her fiery assistant, Rhonda, set out to search the rain forests of Belize. Due to numerous robberies and assaults in the jungle, they are escorted by heavily-armed soldiers. Guerillas, lead by the infamous Jaguar, ambush the convoy and incite a bloody shootout. Just when things can’t get worse, a horde of murderous Dragon Wasps, massive flying bugs that shoot flame from their abdomens, swarms the soldiers. Now the military must defeat Jaguar s bandits and survive the fearsome insect onslaught as they venture inside the Dragon Wasps hive.

Produced by the same company that made the ridiculous but fun flick Sand Sharks (which also starred Corin Nemec), Dragon Wasps is yet another Syfy channel monster of the week movie,
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In the ring by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedikt Erlingsson shoots Anne-Katrin Titze: "I am very grateful to Frédéric Boyer and the festival to come up with this idea." Photo: Benedikt Erlingsson

In Of Horses And Men director Benedikt Erlingsson's The Show Of Shows: 100 Years Of Vaudeville, Circuses And Carnivals (Storyville), the tents go up, as he follows in the footprints of Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi, Tsai Ming-liang's Journey To The West and Celia Rowlson-Hall's Ma into the MoMA PS1 Vw Dome.

Producers Margrét Jónasdóttir and Mark Atkins Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Björk collaborators Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Vincent Lindon in Stéphane Brizé's The Measure Of A Man, Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant and Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson's Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne, Christopher Walken on theatre, A Woman At War with Lars von Trier's Melancholia producer Marianne Slot, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd,
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‘Left To Die’ Review

Stars: Natalie Burn, Vinnie Jones, Daryl Hannah, Edward Furlong, Jason London, Robert Davi, Michael Paré, Christa Campbell, David Keith, Michael Copon, Daz Crawford, Augie Duke, Benny Urquidez | Written by Mark Atkins, Natalie Burn, Ryan Priest | Directed by Mark Atkins

What makes distributors think that joe public will grab any Vinnie Jones movie off the supermarket shelf sight unseen? The man isn’t exactly the bastion of quality direct to market movies these days (have you seen the godawful Kill Kane?) Thankfully I took a look at the rest of the credits for Left To Die and it was those that sold me on buying this gem of a film on iTunes, Not Mr. Jones… After all, just look at that cast: Daryl Hannah, Edward Furlong, Jason London, Robert Davi, Michael Paré, Christa Campbell, David Keith and there’s even a cameo by Benny “The Jet” Urquidez – a veritable who’s who of Dtv megastars!
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Interview: Robert Davi Talks Awaken (Exclusive)

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Interview: Robert Davi Talks Awaken (Exclusive)
Courageously and resolutely fighting for your beliefs, both physically and emotionally, can be a powerful advantage in achieving your goals, especially when you’re battling your callous competitors. But when the line between your supposed allies and your alleged opponents becomes increasingly blurred, you’re forced to reconsider what connections are actually benefiting your ultimate goals and motives. That gripping emotional exploration is powerfully examined through the questionable actions of actor Robert Davi’s seemingly admirable character in the new action thriller, ‘Awaken,’ which is now available on DVD. ‘Awaken,’ which was was co-written and directed by Mark Atkins, follows Billie Kope (Natalie Burn), a skilled martial arts expert who mysteriously wakes up [ Read More ]

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Awaken Clip: Nothing Says You're A Bad Guy Like Wearing Shades In The Rain

You know what I love about this clip from Mark Atkins' indie action flick Awaken? It's the bad guys in the background behind Darryl Hannah. They are so goddamn badass they are still wearing their shades. In the middle of a thunderstorm. You know you are badass when you do not have to worry about bumping into anything, probably because it will fall over out of fear. So good. I bet Jason Landon wishes he had a pair just to cover his bloodshot eyes. Dude looks 'rekt'. A group of young adults wake up on a deserted tropical island in this suspenseful thriller about black markets and body parts. Billie, a skilled martial arts expert, had been searching for her missing sister, Rina, when she was attacked and...

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Awaken: Because There Is No Rule About How Many Skulls Make Up Your Mysterious Island On Your Key Art

I believe this new key art for Mark Atkins' film Awaken has set a new benchmark for skull islands everywhere. It certainly is the skulliest of all. There is no denying that this island is a skull island. You almost was to call it Skulls Island but then rowing teams will show up and realize that there had been a spelling error on their part. Let's just save them the shame and call this island 'A Really Skully Island'. "Mulder?"No, no, no, Ms. Anderson. Go back home. We don't mean you... ...Where was I?A group of young adults wake up on a deserted tropical island in this suspenseful thriller about black markets and body parts. Billie, a skilled martial arts expert, had been searching for her...

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Awaken - Check Your Kidneys and Run for Your Life! A Preview

A few story details and a low resolution concept poster are available for Mark Atkins' film, Awaken. Atkins is a cinematographer and director, who is no stranger to horror (Knight of the Dead). His latest deals with an urban legend, the harvesting of human organs. And, the early graphic shows a hunter and an isolated island. As well, fans of film will recognize several of the film's stars, including: Edward Furlong, Daryl Hannah, Vinnie Jones, Jason London and veteran actor Michael Paré. Story details are relegated to a few sentences. However, several strangers find themselves on an uninhabited island. Here, hunters track these people, hoping to score a kidney, a liver and even a heart. These organs will make a killing on the black market! This title moved into post-production earlier this year. So, a trailer is likely to come this way shortly. As well, 7Heaven Productions and Archstone Pictures are producing this title.
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Knight of the Dead Shambles Onto Home Video

Later this month knights will do battle with the undead, and we can guarantee you that more than mere flesh wounds will be handed out on their quest to protect the Holy Grail. Knight of the Dead is the name of this latest zombie flick, and you'll find full release details right here!

Knight of the Dead is directed by Mark Atkins and co-written by Atkins and Jeffrey Giles. It stars Dylan Jones, Lee Bennett, Jason Beeston, and Vivien Vilela.

From the Press Release

Hunted by raiders, a band of crusading knights must escort a sacred artifact through a zombie-infested valley in Knight of the Dead, coming to DVD and VOD January 21, 2014, from Inception Media Group.

A band of crusading knights is charged with escorting the Holy Grail to safety through a plague-ridden countryside. Hunted by assassins, the knights venture into the forbidden Valley of Black Death, where they discover
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Trailer, Artwork, and First Details on Mark Atkins' Knight of the Dead

Personally, I'm a big fan of tales regarding the Knights of the Round Table and their ilk, which is why when word landed in my inbox about a new film entitled Knight of the Dead, of course I had to do a little digging and share the spoils with our readers.

Knight of the Dead is directed by Mark Atkins and co-written by Atkins and Jeffrey Giles. It stars Dylan Jones, Lee Bennett, Jason Beeston, and Vivien Vilela.

Below you'll find some early artwork, a trailer, and the film's synopsis. Look for more soon.


Hunted by assassins, a band of crusading knights escort the Holy Grail through a forbidden valley of black death. What they discover is far more terrifying than the plague. Overrun by hordes of flesh-eating zombies, their only chance for survival is to hack and slash their way to freedom.

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Trailer: Asylum's Jack the Giant Slayer Rip-Off Looks Terrible

The Asylum is the studio behind such cheap rip-offs as "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train." It's now back with "Jack the Giant Killer," which is a rip-off of Bryan Singer's upcoming "Jack the Giant Slayer." And today we have a trailer for the new movie, showing that it also borrows from Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Check it out below. Plot: A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it. "Jack the Giant Killer" is directed by Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks), and stars Jane March (Color of Night) and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire). It's set to be released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th, just eleven days after Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters.
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Would You Trade Some Magic Beans for Artwork and a Trailer for The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer?

The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer likely won’t prompt legal action from Bryan Singer’s similarly titled blockbuster since it appears to be set in the early 20th century, the giants are dinosaur-like monsters, and I’m unaware of any version of “Jack & the Beanstalk” that includes a giant robot.

Jane March (Color of Night), Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), and newcomer Jamie Atkins star in writer-director Mark Atkins’ (Sand Sharks) Jack the Giant Killer, coming to VOD/DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th. That’s 11 days after Jack the Giant Slayer beanstalks theaters worldwide.

So how is The Asylum version of this classic fairy tale different?

A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it.
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Just Where is the Plot in Alien Origin? A DVD Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by The Asylum. Director/writer: Mark Atkins. Cast: Chelsea Vincent, Peter Pedrero and Philip Coc. You better Belize it, this small country has their own special forces unit and they are going deep into the jungles with adventure journalist Julia Evans (Chelsea Vincent) in search for an Alien Origin. Tagging along is her own film crew to document this operation and what they discover is a graveyard filled with a tantalizing mystery. Unfortunately the intrigue went out the window. Although one subplot is clearly defined, another isn't. The only indication that this movie is about invaders from outer space is because of the camcorder Evans and the army find. After looking at the recording, which contains hints of some human victim being abducted, the only thing they can consider doing is to dig deeper. This lone scene is perhaps the
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Review Round-Up: The Dinosaur Project & Dragon Wasps

The Dinosaur Project

Stars: Natasha Loring, Matt Kane, Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Stephen Jennings | Written by Sid Bennett, Jay Basu | Directed by Sid Bennett

The Dinosaur Project is the (fictional) story of a missing Congo expedition and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered.

Before I go any further, here’s the now-defacto disclaimer: This is a found-footage movie. And you all know how much I despise the sub-genre. When it’s done wrong it’s usually done Very wrong and when it’s good… Well I can’t remember the last time it was! What also works against The Dinosaur Project is that you just
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Check Out a Mind-Blowing New Dragon Wasps Clip!

As we get ever closer to the September 17th UK DVD release of Dragon Wasps, the buzz is increasing, and as such, we have a brand new clip for you to feast your mandibles on – entitled "Head Explosion." Yummy!

Mr. Syfy Corin Nemec stars in Dragon Wasps from director Joe Knee (Ghost Game) and writers Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks) and Rafael Jordan (Jabberwock). Dominika Wolski, Ben Easterday, Nikolette Noel, and Gildon Roland co-star.


When a clue arises as to the whereabouts of her scientist father, three months after he inexplicably disappeared on an expedition deep in the heart of the Belize rainforest, entomologist Gina Humphries and her impassioned assistant, Rhonda, set out on a makeshift rescue mission. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to them the land they’re desperate to cross is Government protected, and without the correct documentation they subsequently find themselves stopped dead in their tracks and whisked away to
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Geek Gossip: Jungle terror with Dragon Wasps; supernatural scares in The Pact; Phantasm star returns to get Brutal

Now the British summer has made a belated reappearance, we can expect a few downsides such as hay fever, sunburn and insect bites - but no flying pests in our gardens can rival Dragon Wasps. And a can of the standard repellent probably won't do much good either.

This giant creature feature is written by Mark Atkins. His previous genre outings include numerous hit-inspired 'mockbusters' such as Snakes on a Train, 30,000 Leagues Under The Sea, War of the Worlds 2, Allan Quartermain and the Temple of Skulls, Princess of Mars (an alternative version of John Carter), Battle of Los Angeles and Avh: Alien vs Hunter.

He's also been involved in several dragon-themed productions including Dragonquest, Merlin and the War of the Dragons, and Dragon Crusaders.

Now offering an insect slant on the concept, the cast of Dragon Wasps features Corin Nemec (Stargate Sg-1, Smallville, Supernatural), Dominika Juillet (Dark Angel), Benjamin Easterday
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