Archive for April, 2013

The Corridor

April 29, 2013 - 8:19 pm No Comments

The Corridor
Director: Even Kelly
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Release Date: 25th Feb 2013
Reviewer: Kate Middleton

I found the Corridor an enjoyable film, it made me jump, and gave me goose pimples. The characters were funny, serious and scary and I found myself just staring at the screen in places and going WTF. I also got the wrong idea by looking at the film as if the lead character is just as crazy as a bag of cats. More fool me.
It seemed to start out like a horror film with the ‘Cabin in the Woods’ setting and I thought it was just going to be another predictable horror film. It wasn’t and that’s great it was something different something that didn’t give answers or explanation and left me wanting to know more.
The quality of the film could have been better; there was unnecessary camera shake and the sound levels were way off I had to keep turning the volume up. One of the great things in this film is that they show something that I find alarming, visual sound, coming from characters especially when it sounds unnatural. Freaks me out. It’s spooky and supernatural and it just generally makes me feel uneasy which is great. It’s a horror film after all.

Creakers

April 21, 2013 - 12:55 pm 4 Comments

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Creakers
Author: Paul Kane
Publisher: Spectral Press
Page count/size: 29pp
Release Date: April 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

In the latest Spectral Chapbook by prolific author Paul Kane, following the death of his Mother, Ray moves back to her house to renovate it and sell it on, so he moves into the building to start work on it. He brings along his sleeping bag and equipment to stay there during the restoration period. As an experienced house re-builder, Ray knows that those old places that make noises in the night are called Creakers, so he expects some noise during the night, but not this much. The noises and the things crawling over him at night are not normal. The reader can feel his growing tension and fear as the noises and creaks in the house grow and grow.
The story falls into that nice tradition of anthropomorphic horror, in which objects take on human personification and become the objects of horror, bringing back painful memories of his home, his childhood and his Mom.
Filled with squirmy uncomfortable imagery, this is cheap as chips chills! Give it a go.
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Ve Haf No More Virgins

April 12, 2013 - 12:10 pm 4 Comments

Devils of War
Director: Eli Dorsey
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Release Date: 15th April 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

It is Nazi occupied Poland in 1944 and the Nazis are kidnapping women and experimenting with the occult to raise a demon army. A special elite force has been sent in to extract the undercover agent.
From the off, the director attempts to play with all of his toys, shooting in slow mo, through binoculars, adopting shaky cam – you name it, he does it.
The film starts with a nubile perky blonde tied to posts whilst German Thorn reads (with an American accent) from what is obviously a very dodgy scroll as someone slits the blondes throat. And speaking of blondes, the German female officer is obviously there for little more than titillation; there is oodles of gratuitous nudity, flesh shots of cleavage, thighs and bum, a scene involving fetishism and a blonde virgin peasant who offers her virginity to an American soldier in order to save her life. To say the least, the representation of women in this film offended me.
But that’s not all! Oh no, the B-Movie dialogue, bad acting, the scene in which part of the set wobbles and the attempt to take its visual style from the far superior Iron Sky gives you an idea of what to expect. Add to this a soundtrack that blends spaghetti Western with bad horror and you know what you’re in for. Oh, and the Lesbianism which added no value whatsoever. Oh, and the very stereotypical black character Black Hercules. Oh – oh how I could go on.
The strange thing is I watched it to the end, like a bad car crash you just can’t stop watching.
I watched this film for you . . . to save you from losing an hour of your life. I’ve lost that time and I’ll never get it back. Worse still, I watched it with my Dad who is 78 years old – he can’t afford to lose an hour of his life.
Let me just summarise with a little dialogue to keep you amused and informed:
“Ve haf no more virgins, ve vill haf to make do wiv vat ve haf.”
Yes, quite.

Whitstable

April 8, 2013 - 3:43 pm 2 Comments

Whitstable
Author: Stephen Volk
Publisher: Spectral Press
Page count/size: Novella length
Release Date: April 2013
Reviewer: Andy Angel

It is 1971. A man, sad, broken and devastated by the loss of his wife walks along the beach at Whitstable in Kent. He is approached by a 10 year old boy who wants his help.

The man is Peter Cushing but the boy recognises him as Van Helsing, the vampire hunter he has played on the silver screen. He needs ‘Van Helsing’ to save him from his mother’s boyfriend who he believes is a vampire that comes to him in the night.

This novella has several things in its favour; the first, and strongest (for me) is the sense of loss in the character of Peter Cushing. It is only a month or so after the death of his wife and it is really hitting him hard. He doesn’t want to have to face people, he doesn’t want to interact with the world. The depth of feeling with this character is so strong that you may just want to reach into the pages of the book to console him.

The second is the horror of the boys’ story and his skin crawling nastiness of the mothers’ boyfriend. Cushing may have vanquished all kinds of monsters at the movies but will he be able to stand against the monster in the real world?

The final meeting between the two takes place in a cinema where one of Cushing’s movies is playing while they face off and this is very cleverly done. It gives a very real sense of reality to the event, flicking from Cushing the Big Screen Hero, to Cushing The Man, back and forth and on and on. Trust me, tense doesn’t even come close.

This is a wonderfully written and absorbing novella that, in my opinion, deserves to be a massive success.

This novella is a work of fiction written to mark the centenary of the birth of Peter Cushing and as such is a worthy tribute to a great actor.