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Day of the Undead Festival - Review


DAY OF THE UNDEAD 2009 was held this year at Leicester’s brand new Phoenix, this festival almost passed me by, but as soon as I found out about it I knew I had to go – I love zombies! This is a one day, 12 hour festival, which offered the opportunity to watch old favourites on the big screen and introduced new ones. There were book signings, make-up artists, and computer games. With films like Dead Snow, Zombieland, and La Horde to name a few I’m not surprised the festival drew such a good crowd.

The general population of Leicester could be forgiven for nailing their tables across their windows and pulling up the floorboards to seal the doors. The streets of Leicester yesterday were invaded by some very realistic looking Zombies. Some of them made up on

Paranormal Activity (2009) - Film Review


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has just opened at cinemas in the U.K. and not since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has there been such a lot of hype about a film. Now, call me old fashioned but I like something to actually happen in a film. I mean there are 86 minutes of footage here, and for 80 minutes nothing happens! The cinema last night was full of girls peeping through their fingers and swearing they’d never sleep again, but I suspect these girls were jumping on the band wagon in a big, girlie, mass attention seeking session – because PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is just not scary.

Katie (Katie Featherstone) and Micah (Micah Sloat) live together, but what Katie didn’t tell Micah before they decided to share a house was that throughout her life she’d been haunted by a demon, if she

It's Alive (2008) - Film Review


Josef Rusnak’s 2008 remake of the 1974 horror IT’S ALIVE is short at only 80 minutes which is just as well because by this time I’d extracted the maximum amount of pleasure out of it and was glad it was over. That’s not to say it was a terrible film, but there was certainly nothing outstanding about it.

Lenore Harker (Bijou Phillips) chooses to abandon her college education to become a mother, much to her friend Marnie’s annoyance. She moves away from her dorm into a house in the middle of nowhere with her architect boyfriend Frank (James Murray), and his much younger and crippled brother Chris. Almost immediately Lenore goes into premature labour, and the

Drag Me to Hell (2009) - Film Review


I’ve heard more buzz about Sam Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL recently than any other film, so what’s all the fuss about? Well, this is a strange film indeed and that’s not particularly surprising; Sam Raimi is no stranger to weirdness – but whilst DRAG ME TO HELL has higher production values, it lacks the tongue-in-cheek charm of his over-the-top eighties films THE EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2.

Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) works in the loans department in a bank, but is hoping to bag a promotion and become assistant manager; she has stiff competition for the job, so in an attempt to show her boss she's cut-throat enough to make it, she makes a tough decision and we know immediately that she’ll regret it.

Terminator Salvation - Competition - CLOSED - WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


Here at Stalk 'n' Slash we like to feed all your genre needs, so our competitions cater for more than just your thirst for horror. Enter our competition to win a copy of TERMINATOR SALVATION on DVD. Realeased on 23rd November the fourth in the Terminator series stars Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. For your chance to win send an email with the subject title ‘Terminator Salvation’ with your name and address to stalknslashqueen@aol.com. Deadline: 28th November. Winners will be selected at random and informed by 30th November

Stalk ‘n’ Slash promise not to use your details for anything else nor disclose them to any third parties.

The Hills Run Red (2009) - Film Review


There’s been a lot of hype about David Parker’s 2009 Slasher movie THE HILLS RUN RED and I was looking forward to it with relish. Although the film is well directed, the acting is below par and it is far too reliant on CGI for itS special effects. It will appeal to many teenagers who have yet to discover the more accomplished stalk ‘n’ slash movies, but what about the real horror connoisseurs? Well, it’s not that bad…but it’s not that good either!

Tyler (Tad Hilgenbrink) is a horror fan with an obsession for a movie called The Hills Run Red. The film was pulled from theatres in 1982 because of audience reaction, and is deemed to be the finest horror film ever made. On his quest to find the elusive film, Tyler enlists

Day of the Undead - Festival News


DAY OF THE UNDEAD is scheduled for 28th November 2009 in Phoenix Square, Leicester. The 12 hour Zombie-fest is now in its third year and promises Zombie films, make-up artists, computer games (with a great prize for whoever kills the most virtual Zombies!), caricaturists, book signings, horror traders, and a 'best dressed Zombie' competition.

There’s a world’s first screening of the British Zombie feature, Zombie Undead. The original Dawn of the Dead in Hi-definition (which will be a highlight for me, I’ve been dying to see this on the big screen!), Pontypool, Dead Snow, La Horde (another one I’d recommend) and Zombieland.

Inside (2007) - Film Review


Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury’s 2007 film INSIDE was screened recently at The Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby. Stylishly directed and well produced, this film has enough tension and gore to sink a battleship – in fact I find it impossible to believe that one person can hold that much blood!

The story begins with a car crash involving two cars; in one of the vehicles are Sarah (Alysson Paridis) and her husband. Sadly her husband is killed in the accident, which spares the life of her unborn child. Several months later, on Christmas Eve, Sarah is at home alone, resting before the scheduled birth of her baby the following morning.

The Last House on the Left (2009) - Film Review


Although I was eager to see this re-make, I was also very dubious. Re-makes are seldom an improvement on the original and I could only imagine what an intimidating prospect it must have been for Dennis Iliadis to attempt to remake such a cult classic as Wes Craven’s 1972 THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. I always thought the original was ripe for improvement and I have to say that this remake told the story every bit as well as its amateurish predecessor.

The story is basically the same as the original; Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton) and her friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac) are kidnapped by a gang, including escaped convicts and their accomplices.

The Last House on the Left (1972) - Film Review


Wes Craven’s cinematic debut THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT has been steeped in controversy since its release in 1972. A harrowing tale of kidnap, torture, and rape, this film was only ever gonna tickle the taste-buds of people with a lust for depravity and immorality. Nowadays of course, these qualities are bountiful in many good films. But remember, way back in 1972 things were a tad different. The tagline ‘To avoid fainting, keep repeating “It’s only a movie….it’s only a movie”’ was probably good advice in those days and the movie poster begged the question ‘Can a film go too far?’. Well if you want to know the answer, read on……

La Horde (English: The Horde) (2009)- Film Review


Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s 2009 LA HORDE is quite possibly one of the finest action films of the year. More than just another Zombie film, this seriously violent, relatively classy French horror comes out with all guns blazing.

The premise is simple; four corrupt coppers decide to take out a group of gangsters who were responsible for the death of one of their colleagues. They track them down to an abandoned block of flats, and after a shambolic attempt to kill the bad guys, it becomes apparent that there are more pressing matters!

Nasty Splurty Brains (2009) - Film Review


Tony Hickson’s 2 minute blast of craziness entitled NASTY SPLURTY BRAINS screened at Abertoir this year – on the way into the cinema the audience were supplied with vomit bags, just in case! Let me tell you, I can think of worse ways to spend two minutes than watching this tiny slice of insanity!

There’s a psycho on the loose, and we know this right away because the newspaper tells us so. Naturally when a guy turns up with a waste paper bin on his head decorated with 70’s wallpaper and a pair of 3D glasses, it’s a pretty safe assumption that we’ve spotted our man!

Deadline (2009) - Film Review


DEADLINE is likely to be received with very mixed reviews. On one hand, you’ll have some of the viewers scared witless within minutes and hiding behind a cushion for the duration, and on the other there’ll be some who will find the story just too feeble to enjoy it fully. I, strangely was in a third group ‘cos I found it to be somewhere in the middle.

Deadline started with great promise and was quite intense from the outset. In fact within quarter of an hour I was already watching in eager anticipation and was loving it! Alice (Brittany Murphy) retreats to an empty, old Victorian house to work on her screenplay in a bid to make her fast approaching deadline. Almost immediately things get a tad creepy in the old house. We have all of the usual creaky doors,

Abertoir Film Festival - Review


Well, me and my son Steve managed to survive our trip to Wales in spite of the all consuming fog that threatened to swallow us up on what turned out to be quite a perilous journey home in the wee hours of Monday morning. Abertoir was over, and as delighted as we were to see the back of Aberystwyth and the horrendous weather we’d been subjected to over the previous five days, we were sad that the festival had come to an end - our time at the Abertoir Festival had been filled with great horror films, fantastic special guests, informative talks, and great company. Gareth Bailey had clearly tried to organise a very ambitious festival this year – and I’m pleased to say he succeeded. The fourth Abertoir festival was bigger and better than ever!

Scar (2007) - Film Review


I’ve read a few crumby reviews about Jed Weintrob’s 2007 horror flick SCAR. However, as always I wanted to see for myself just how bad it was. The verdict? This movie turned out to be quite a gem. Yeah, I’ve seen it all before but so what? Most good horror flicks follow a basic formula and this one did it with visual flair and a bit of a twist. The end result was not too shabby!

Joan Burrows (Angela Bettis) returns to her hometown 16 years after escaping the clutches of Bishop (Ben Cotton). Bishop was the local undertaker and also a rather ingenious serial killer! Bishop’s ‘game’

The Other Man - Competition - CLOSED - WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


Here at Stalk 'n' Slash we like to feed all your genre needs, so our competitions cater for more than just your thirst for horror. Enter our competition to win a copy of THE OTHER MAN on DVD. Realeased on 2nd November this exciting thriller stars Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney. For your chance to win send an email with the subject title ‘The Other Man’ with your name and address to stalknslashqueen@aol.com. Deadline: 22nd November. The winner will be selected at random and notified by the 25th November.

Stalk ‘n’ Slash promise not to use your details for anything else nor disclose them to any third parties.

Love Hurts - Competition - CLOSED - WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


Here at Stalk 'n' Slash we like to feed all your genre needs, so our competitions cater for more than just your thirst for horror. Enter our competition to win a copy of LOVE HURTS on DVD. Realeased on 2nd November this painfully romantic comedy stars Richard E. Grant and Carrie-Anne Moss. For your chance to win send an email with the subject title ‘Love Hurts’ with your name and address to stalknslashqueen@aol.com. Deadline: 22nd November. The winner will be selected at random and notified by the 25th November.

Stalk ‘n’ Slash promise not to use your details for anything else nor disclose them to any third parties.

Mayhem Horror Festival - Review

There were a fair few horror festivals to choose from this Halloween, but after some consideration I decided to opt for the MAYHEM HORROR FESTIVAL in Nottingham, which ran from 29th October to 1st November. The question was, with so many other options on offer, would I be disappointed with my choice? The answer is a resounding 'NO'. I loved this festival. Read on, and I’ll tell you why......

I arrived in Nottingham on the 29th with my son Steve, and after throwing our things in the hotel, we hot-footed it down to the venue

Beyond Remedy (2009) - Film Review


Had I not been reviewing BEYOND REMEDY I’d probably have turned it off within minutes. Still, someone’s gotta review it and so I stuck it out for what seemed like an eternity so that I could give caution to you guys. Actually, I was almost glad that I did ‘cos it did pick up a little towards the end and although I still didn’t rate it, I feel sure that it might appeal to a fair percentage of viewers.

Basically, a group of medical students, each suffering from their individual phobias, are invited to an abandoned hospital for

The Stepford Wives (1975) - Film Review


Bryan Forbes’ 1975 film THE STEPFORD WIVES was always seen as ‘the forbidden fruit’ throughout my childhood. I was never allowed to watch it you see, because apparently “it’s a horror movie”. I’d heard the story of course, but it is only now at the grand age of 38 that I felt flippant enough to experience it firsthand. So, was it worth the wait? With 30 years of anticipation welling up inside, I pressed the play button. Ha! Are my parents insane!? This film is no more horrifying than Scooby Doo. If you too are under the childhood illusion that this film will be in any way scary then I urge you to read on….