Friday, 31 May 2013

Meat's Meat and a Man's Gotta Eat: A Motel Hell Review


Motel Hell is a cult classic, so I hear, but, apart from vague mentions, I'd never heard of it properly until recently, when it received the Arrow Video treatment. Well, that has now been changed, so check out my recent review on Best For Film RIGHT HERE and see what I thought. Is it worthy of cult classic status? Does it live up to the expectations the awesome pig-headed, chainsaw-wielding beast in the poster promises? Or is it shite? Check out my review, and then tell me what you think.

Hannibal Will Eat Again


And now I can finally let out a deep breath... Hannibal, the TV series, has been renewed for a second series. 

As per Bloody Disgusting, there is quite a wait ahead of us, but hey, as long as the show returns, I will gladly sit patiently. If you have been listening to the podcast, you will know both Joey and I sing the shows praises on a regular basis, and it is easily my favourite show on TV right now. Apparently, there are complaints of it being too dark, but I couldn't be more impressed by it. I love everything about Hannibal, from the casting to the music to the look to the imagery, all just perfect. The only thing I don't like about the show is its ratings. And most frustrating of all is that, being in Ireland, my viewings of the show don't count. If you are American, know that I (and everyone else outside of the US) depend on you to legally watch and support this groundbreaking and artistically mesmerising show, so please watch it and tell everyone else to watch it! 

Remember Firefly...

Before The Remake: Apartment 1303

A not at all cheesy DVD cover art.

I'm a big J-horror fan (that's Japanese horror films like Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge, if you weren't too sure) and am always seeking out the next step in my journey. Sometimes it can lead to great discoveries like Audition, or to big disappointments, like Marebito. But what about Apartment 1303, the more obscure* title I found on my travels? From an original novel by the author of Ju-On, and currently setting for the release of its American remake (which stars Mischa Barton and I discuss later), you can read my thoughts on the eerie horror, Apartment 1303 RIGHT HERE on Gorepress. Please read, comment and share (or, ya know, don't, which may cause me to cry).

*Expect it to be slightly less obscure in the coming months.

Friday, 24 May 2013

T is for Toilet


This is old news for some, but I am only vaguely aware of The ABCs of Death and what treats lie within, so when I stumbled across this short claymation (or is it plasticine?) earlier, it made my day. 

The ABCs of Death is an anthology film consisting of 26 shorts, one for each letter of the alphabet, and include some well-known horror directors like Ti West, Jason 'Hobo with a Shotgun Eisner', Yoshihiro 'Tokyo Gore Police' Nishimura and Ben 'Kill List' Wheatley, but this one, T is for Toilet, comes courtesy of Brit Lee Hardcastle. A humourous look at potty training, this one was too good not to share.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

HORROR LIVES!


Things have been a bit quiet on the Horror Face front, but rest assured, I have been anything but absent. If you missed it, I wrote a review for one of my favourite indie horrors Absentia for Gorepress (with a new review coming soon), ribbed on the terminal Evil Intent for BloodGuts, and have been having fun with The O'Briens experience. And in with all these things, I have done something I'm both excited and nervous about; a podcast.

Obviously it's not just me, because I don't harbour any illusions of thinking people want to listen to me. Nope, I have horror compadre and brainbox Joey to natter on with, and Peter moderating us. Our very own Frankenstein has been dubbed Horror Lives! In our first pass, we go into detail about the Evil Dead remake and the question of the rape scene in it (warning; this may be a topic we keep going back to), plus we go in to our earliest horror memories and go off on tangents that are unrivalled in their wandering. 

This is our first podcast, so we are trying to work out some of the kinks (including not going on for so long in future!), so bear with us, but please, give it a go. You never know, you might just dig it. Think of it as Joey or me verbally writing very detailed blogs. Or don't, because that sounds lame. But do listen, because, hey, HORROR. So, come one, come all. Hear us rant and rave, diss and dirt, and hear me say 'like' an improbable amount of times. Come see HORROR LIVES!



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Friday, 10 May 2013

I Spill My Blood Guts Over Evil Intent


For my second post in a row, allow me to link you to a review I have done for an external site. This time, it is Blood Guts. Blood Guts, Gorepress, I think I'm starting to see a pattern here. But anyway, they are very good folk over there and I am glad to get some words down with em. 

This time, I write about a very... interesting independent film that was sent my way. Evil Intent is a film that left me with some evil intentions of my own. I must warn you, if you don't like to see me rant, this review may not be for you.

Who are we kidding? The only time I'm interesting to read is when I rant. Read the sucka HERE.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

In Absentia, you can find me at...


Some of you will probably already be aware of this, but I am now contributing writing over with the fantastic horror-minded folk of Gorepress, and as such, you can see my first review with them, of the fantastic Absentia, right HERE. The film is one that I am consistently a supporter of, and hope I can rally the troops for, so click that link and let me know what you think (ugh, now I'm rhyming...). 

Don't worry, I will still maintain my rants and raves on this bloggy pages (who the hell would want them on their own website?) but I am constantly trying to reach out to more people in to horror, and this seemed like as good a step as any. They are lovely and enthusiastic folks who just want your horror attention like I do, and they don't bite (I cannot make the same promise of myself). 

So please join me over on the site, and while you're there, relax, take your time, check out some of the other fantastic reviews knocking about the place. You'll enjoy it, I promise!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

DON'T MOVE But Do Watch

Last week, while watching the great filmmaker resource tool Film Riot (seriously, if you make films, you are probably breaking a law by not watching it) they interviewed a British trio with a short film called Don't Move. Big deal. I see short films all the time, and sure, on occasion they can give me a chuckle, or be a bit of fun, but shorts are the hidden-in-the-attic bastards of the film world. So I checked out the short film. I think my reaction can be totally encapsulated by the tweet I sent the filmmakers right after my viewing:





So, yeah, I guess you can say I liked it.

I can't really say too much about it, since it is probably best experienced completely cold, but it is a ten minute fantastically shot horror that just right in to the action, where we see a Ouija board, a glass spinning, a dead body and four people staying still, looking terrified. Hell, stop letting me flaff my way through the plot and watch the damn film right HERE



I can't admit I was scared, but very little actually succeeds there (and some of the things that do are ridiculous), but I was expecting to click away from the film 2 minutes in after getting the gist, but once it started, looked so beautiful, and was just executed so well (that spinning glass... oooh), I was powerless to do anything but watch. And yes, I was so tense waiting to see where things went.



Don't Move is actually episode 8 of an anthology series this British group are making, with all the episodes available over at www.bloodycuts.co.uk, and if this film is anything to go by, every other episode is worthwhile giving your time to. And best of all? They are independent and making the short horrors for the love of it. THAT is far too rare.

Now, excuse me while I indulge in one of the few good horror anthologies out there.