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Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2010 - News

Last year I couldn’t speak highly enough of The Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby, and looking at the things they have in store, this year is set to be even bigger and better! Running from the 14th to the 17th of October, Mike McCarthy has had the good sense to choose a date which will not clash with the other horror festivals -- not that it matters to me, because I’d be going to this one anyway!

There’ll be a world first Hammer Horror Exhibition, which will be attended by Hammer Horror historian Marcus Hearn. For those who were disappointed with Queen of Horror, Ingrid Pitt’s no-show last year (we can forgive her, she was unwell), Countess Dracula will be

Shaun of the Dead (2004) - Film Review

Edgar Wright’s 2004 Zombie flick SHAUN OF THE DEAD is not only a gore infested look at the ever-unpleasant world of zombies, it is also a cleverly funny, intelligently made, and wonderfully acted piece of cinematography. We see the zombies from a whole new angle. Yes, they are flesh chomping, slow-moving dead people but moreover in SHAUN OF THE DEAD they are seen as a mild irritation, not only are they eatin’ folk but they are getting in the way of the mundane everyday lives of Shaun and Ed (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). This is one to watch for so many reasons, if you haven’t already seen it, do so. And if you have, watch it again ‘cos every time I see it I enjoy it more and more!

Reality for Shaun is having a drink in his favourite pub, the Winchester, with his best mate Ed. Stumbling into bed, and back out again to go to his boring job…all the while trying to cling on to his relationship with his much more ambitious girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield). So when London is taken over by the undead, who stumble and stagger their way to their next meal of human flesh, Shaun

Death Row (A.K.A. Haunted Prison) (2006) - Film Review

Okay. That’s it -- my review summed up in one word…’Okay’! One boring word which sums up the mediocre offering that is Kevin VanHook’s 2006 film DEATH ROW. On the plus side, the acting is passable, even good in places. The death scenes aren’t too bad; quite imaginative and with their fair share of gore. On the down side, nothing ties the death scenes together. The story is so lame it limps like a three legged dog towards a very disappointing end. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it…in fact I’m hard pushed to remember it and I only watched it last night! If someone asks me today ‘what did you think of DEATH ROW’ I’d have to answer…it was Okay!!

When first released on the Sci-Fi channel Death Row was originally (or not so originally!) called Haunted Prison. And there you have it; that just about sums it up, it’s about a haunted prison. There is a story but it’s very silly and disjointed. A group of diamond thieves decide to hold up in an abandoned prison while the dust settles on

Salvage (2009) - Film Review

At last a low budget British Horror which does exactly what it says on the tin. Lawrence Gough’s 2009 offering SALVAGE is a damn fine way to spend a mere 76 minutes of your life. A well put together balance of drama, horror, and mystery make this a good example of how a small budget can go a long way. Finely acted and competently directed, this well written and cleverly executed film gets the thumbs up from me.

It’s Christmas Eve and when a quiet suburban neighbourhood is invaded by heavily armed military and it’s residents told to stay put and lock the windows and doors, it soon becomes apparent that some real nasty s**t is kicking off. With her rebellious Daughter Jodie (Linzey Cocker) locked in a house over the road and the body count rising, feisty Beth (Neve McIntosh) decides to take matters into her own hands to ensure her daughter’s safety.