Tuesday 28 November 2023

Horror channel NYX UK reveals a Simon Rumley Season for December


Indie film enthusiasts and fans of acclaimed filmmaker Simon Rumley are in for a treat this December with NYX UK premiering three of Rumley’s exceptional works. Screen International hails Rumley as one of the great British cinematic outsiders. The lineup includes Rumley’s intense and disturbing feature debut, "THE LIVING AND THE DEAD," featuring Roger Lloyd-Pack, the brutal slack revenge thriller "RED, WHITE & BLUE," starring Amanda Fuller, Noah Taylor, and Marc Senter, and the shocking short film ‘Bitch,’ part of the acclaimed Brit-horror anthology "LITTLE DEATHS." The screening will be followed by a special presentation of one of Rumley's early short films, "THE HANDY MAN," starring Greta Scacchi.

These three films are set to screen on Friday nights at 9 pm throughout the month. In January, NYX UK will continue the Rumley celebration by showcasing "FASHIONISTA."

NYX UK's December premieres also include Axelle Carolyn’s haunting feature film debut, "SOULMATE," starring the riveting Anna Walton. There's also the WW2 vampire horror "RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE" with Bela Lugosi, Roger Corman’s B-movie sci-fi adventure "ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTER," and two superior Brit sci-fi fantasies: "THE HYBRID" and "THE CRAWLING EYE." Silent Sundays at 6 pm feature Paul Leni’s classic silent movie "THE MAN WHO LAUGHS" and the remarkable 1911 version of "DANTE’S INFERNO."

On Christmas Day, viewers can enjoy a classic seasonal genre film, BLACK CHRISTMAS, directed by Bob Clark in 1974.

To celebrate Barbara Steele’s birthday on December 29, NYX UK will be screening "BLACK SUNDAY" at 9 pm, followed by Cronenberg’s "SHIVERS" at 11 pm.

Giallo fans can indulge in Dario Argento’s "THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS," Umberto Lenzi’s "SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS," and Chris Alexander’s neo-giallo slasher "GIRL WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR."

Freeview 289 / Channelbox App / TCL TVs / Distro TV

Fri 1 Dec @ 21:00 – RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943) *Channel premiere

Sat 2 Dec @ 21:00 – ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTRS (1957) *Channel premiere

Sun 3 Dec @ 18:00 – THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928) *Channel premiere

Fri 8 Dec @ 21:00 – RED, WHITE AND BLUE (2010) *Channel premiere

Sat 9 Dec @ 21:00 – THE HYBRID (2014) *Channel premiere

Fri 15 Dec @ 21:00 – THE LIVING AND THE DEAD *Channel premiere

Sat 16 Dec @ 21:00 – THE CRAWLING EYE (1958) *Channel premiere

Fri 22 Dec @ 21:00 – LITTLE DEATHS (2011) *Channel premiere

Sat 23 Dec @ 21:00 – SOULMATE (2013) *Channel premiere

Mon 25 Dec @ 21:00 – BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Monday 20 November 2023

REVIEW: The Nun II (2023) - Starring Taissa Farmiga and Bonnie Aarons

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"The Nun II" proves itself as a worthy installment in The Conjuring Universe, offering a heightened dose of horror and suspense that surpasses its predecessor. Directed by Michael Chaves, the film effectively crafts an ominously chilling atmosphere, accentuated by its old-world European settings and gloomy cinematography.

A standout feature is the film's ability to induce genuine skin-crawling scares. Michael Chaves orchestrates terrifying chaos, especially with terrified young girls, maintaining an edge-of-the-seat experience. Taissa Farmiga's performance as Sister Irene Palmer and Katelyn Rose Downey's portrayal of Sophie are praiseworthy, culminating in a nail-biting and unforgettable finale. The suspense and jump scares are executed masterfully, consistently engaging and occasionally startling the audience.

However, "The Nun II" isn’t without its drawbacks. At times, the plot feels somewhat formulaic, following the standard trajectory of horror sequels. While scarier than its predecessor, it doesn't venture far into new storytelling territory. Additionally, some moments feel dragged out, affecting the overall pacing and the consistent tension.

The climax scene, despite a strong build-up, might feel rushed, potentially leaving room for a more satisfying resolution.

In terms of performances, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, and the haunting presence of Bonnie Aarons as the Demon Nun deliver effectively. Newcomers Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell seamlessly fit into the franchise.

The plot, though somewhat predictable, manages to offer a decent level of supernatural intrigue and horror elements. By expanding on Valak's mythology and delving into St. Lucy's legacy, the film weaves a compelling narrative that keeps the audience engaged.

Overall, "The Nun II" merits an 8 out of 10 for delivering a scarier and more engaging experience than its predecessor. While it doesn’t revolutionize the horror genre, it fulfills its promises, offering a chilling and suspenseful addition to The Conjuring Universe. Fans of the franchise and horror enthusiasts will find much to appreciate in this gothic supernatural horror film.

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Thursday 16 November 2023

REVIEW: The Exorcist: Believer (2023) - Starring Leslie Odom Jr, Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn


In cinemas now, and also available on digital at https://apple.co/3tYc6S8

And available to pre-order on home entertainment at https://amzn.to/49fnnNJ

"The Exorcist: Believer" marks the return of the iconic horror franchise in its sixth installment, directed by David Gordon Green and co-written with Peter Sattler. The film succeeds in continuing the legacy of the original 1973 classic, offering a compelling and visually striking story that emphasizes faith and community.

The plot centers on Victor, a grieving father who, after his daughter Angela and her friend return from a mysterious three-day disappearance with no memory, begins experiencing alarming behavior. Victor’s only hope lies in seeking help from Chris MacNeil, whose past with her daughter Regan might hold the key to combating a malevolent force.

A prominent feature of the film is its stunning cinematography, each frame masterfully crafted to immerse the audience in the eerie and unsettling ambiance.

The thematic emphasis on faith and community as tools to combat oppression adds depth to the narrative, elevating the film beyond typical horror fare. Leslie Odom Jr.'s portrayal of Victor adds emotional weight to the story.

Nevertheless, "The Exorcist: Believer" struggles to introduce innovative ideas and scares, relying on familiar horror tropes, missing an opportunity to inject freshness into the franchise.

The limited screen time for Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil remains a drawback, especially for fans anticipating more from her character.

Set in Haiti and Georgia, the plot unfolds a tale of supernatural horror surrounding photographer Victor Fielding's battle with faith after a tragic event in Haiti and his daughter Angela's possession, intertwined with her friend Katherine's plight. The narrative intricately weaves voodoo, possession, and a relentless quest for answers.

The ensemble cast, led by Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, and Olivia O'Neill, delivers solid performances, with Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn reprising their iconic roles, maintaining a connection to the original while allowing new characters to shine.

In summary, "The Exorcist: Believer" is a worthy addition to the franchise, capturing the essence of the original while exploring themes of faith and community. Despite some lapses in originality and screen time for pivotal characters, it manages to offer a satisfying horror experience for both devoted fans and new audiences.

Scoring a 7.5 out of 10, it stands as a meaningful installment in the Exorcist series.

In cinemas now, and also available on digital at https://apple.co/3tYc6S8

And available to pre-order on home entertainment at https://amzn.to/49fnnNJ

Monday 13 November 2023

TRAILER & NEWS - Wickedly Evil (2023) - Starring Joseph McGucken, James Farrelly and Darryl Carter

Prepare yourself for a fiendishly delightful cinematic adventure with "Wickedly Evil," a horror-comedy caper set to send shivers down your spine and tickle your funny bone. Directed by the talented Garry Walsh in his directorial debut (known for "Older Than Ireland"), this film is all set to make its haunting digital debut in the UK this November, courtesy of 101 Films.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Irish countryside, "Wickedly Evil" follows the escapades of a trio of bumbling gangsters - Frankie (Joseph McGucken of "The Doireann Project"), Dancer (James Farrelly), and Gaz (Darryl Carter) - whose lives take a gruesome turn after a successful heist on a notorious Irish crime family. Unfortunately for them, their celebratory run takes an ominous twist when they catch the attention of Clare (portrayed by Louise Bourke of "Who We Love"), the mob's youngest sister.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Clare becomes an involuntary hostage, one gang member goes missing, and another is left nursing a gunshot wound. The gang's only option is to retreat to a seemingly safe house in the remote Irish countryside, yet safety remains elusive as problems continue to pile up. Their boss, The Chief (Owen Roe of "Intermission"), seems more preoccupied with drugs and cash than the safety of his crew.

As tensions flare and paranoia tightens its grip, suspicions brew among the local police. Meanwhile, next-door neighbor Sadie (Cat L. Walsh) offers both leftover lasagne and eerie warnings about recent disappearances in the area, adding to the unsettling atmosphere. The situation quickly spirals out of control, revealing that evil lurks in the most unexpected corners.

Get ready for a cinematic cocktail of boisterous humor, blood-curdling monstrous mayhem, and a narrative that'll keep you guessing at every turn. "Wickedly Evil" promises an unforgettable blend of scares and laughs, making it a must-watch horror-comedy of 2023. Make sure you mark your calendars for its digital release on November 13, 2023, and be prepared to be thrilled and chilled in equal measure.

Sunday 12 November 2023

REVIEW: Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) - Starring Josh Hutcherson


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"Five Nights at Freddy's" marks the transition of the beloved video game series to the silver screen, promising an engaging experience for both devoted fans and newcomers. This supernatural horror film masterfully captures the essence of the games while offering its own distinct take on the narrative.

The story follows Mike (played by Josh Hutcherson), a troubled individual responsible for his younger sister Abby (portrayed by Piper Rubio). Haunted by the unresolved disappearance of his brother, Mike, in dire need of work to retain custody of Abby, takes a night security job at the eerie Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria. Yet, what appears as a mere employment soon leads him into encounters with the supernatural, alongside Vanessa, a local police officer, plunging him into a nightmarish unknown.

A standout aspect of "Five Nights at Freddy's" is its perfect fit for Halloween viewing—a remarkable creature feature. The ominous atmosphere of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria is intricately brought to life, almost becoming a character itself. The set design and animatronic characters pay homage to the source material, offering an authentic and nostalgic experience for the game's enthusiasts.

The casting, especially Josh Hutcherson's portrayal of the troubled security guard, shines. Supported by Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Matthew Lillard, the ensemble adds depth and strength to the narrative.

The film excels in its fan service and references, enriching the experience for long-time enthusiasts. It's commendable how the movie is packed with nods to the game series, enhancing the thrill for fans.

However, the underutilization of the pivotal animatronic characters, central to the game's lore, and the lack of effective jump scares detract from the potential horror elements that could have intensified tension and fear.

The plot, a blend of horror, mystery, and family drama, intricately weaves together themes of loss, family, and the supernatural, offering a satisfying and engaging story.

In summary, "Five Nights at Freddy's" serves as a solid adaptation of the cherished video game series. While it faithfully captures the game's essence, delivers a compelling narrative, and showcases impressive production design, it falls short in certain areas. Despite underused animatronic characters and the absence of effective jump scares, its strengths overshadow its weaknesses. It's a must-watch for series devotees and an enjoyable horror movie for Halloween.

With a score of  8 out of 10, "Five Nights at Freddy's" stands as a significant addition to the horror genre.

Watch now at Apple TV at https://apple.co/474s381

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REVIEW: Slotherhouse (2023) - Starring Lisa Ambalavanar, Sydney Craven and Tiff Stevenson

Out Now on Amazon at https://amzn.to/40bA880

"Slotherhouse," a 2023 horror-comedy helmed by director Matthew Goodhue and penned by Bradley Fowler and Cady Lanigan, takes an outrageously absurd premise and runs with it. The film promises an uproarious experience, though not without moments that might leave audiences cringing.

The plot centers on Alpha, a deranged sloth from Panama, and Emily Young's ambition to lead Sigma Lambda Theta. What begins as an innocent pursuit takes a dark turn with a series of deaths that implicate Alpha, setting the stage for a peculiar horror-comedy ride.

One of the film's undeniable strengths lies in its embrace of the ludicrous and its commitment to an unparalleled brand of humor. For those eager to witness a sloth engaging in absurdly violent acts, from stabbing to electrocuting victims or even snapping selfies with them, "Slotherhouse" is the perfect match. It revels in its wild premise, delivering a gleefully cheesy horror-comedy vibe bound to entertain.

Nevertheless, the film takes the concept of absurdity to its extreme. A sloth operating a laptop and even driving a car might be a stretch for some viewers. While the over-the-top nature adds to the film's charm, it could deter those seeking a more grounded horror-comedy experience.

Additionally, some of the gore has been toned down, likely for a lower cinema rating. This move, while understandable, might make one question why the filmmakers didn't fully commit to their outlandish vision, potentially limiting the film's appeal.

Despite these nuances, "Slotherhouse" distinguishes itself in a crowded genre by embracing its outrageous premise. It's a uniquely funny horror-comedy that's unafraid to be different. With its blend of humor, horror, and sheer audacity, it's a cinematic experience that deserves recognition.

In my opinion, "Slotherhouse" merits a solid 8.5 out of 10. If you're up for an unforgettable, wildly bizarre horror-comedy, it's a must-watch. Just brace yourself for a level of absurdity that's not for the faint of heart.

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REVIEW: SAW X (2023) - Starring Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith


Out Now in Cinemas and on Digital at

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"Saw X" revitalizes the iconic Saw film series by offering a unique perspective on the Jigsaw legacy while maintaining its trademark gruesome essence. Directed by Kevin Greutert and penned by Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, the film boldly positions itself as a direct sequel to the original "Saw" (2004) and a prequel to "Saw II" (2005). With a $13 million budget, the creators aimed to both satisfy loyal fans and captivate newcomers.

Tobin Bell's portrayal of John Kramer/Jigsaw remains a standout in the series, with "Saw X" potentially showcasing his most compelling performance yet. His presence is pivotal to the franchise's success, evident in the films' popularity.

The film’s strength lies in its balanced storytelling approach. "Saw X" emphasizes character development and narrative, steering away from excessive torture, which enriches the plot and engages the audience further.

Shawnee Smith's return as Amanda Young adds depth to the storyline, offering a brief yet impactful performance that aligns with the series' continuity.

The movie pays homage to its origins, sprinkling numerous nods and references to the original film, delighting die-hard fans.

However, some fans might not resonate with the exploration of John Kramer's more human side due to his vulnerability caused by brain cancer. While attempting to evolve the character and narrative, this move might detract from his established enigmatic persona as a relentless killer.

The nearly 2-hour runtime might test the patience of horror enthusiasts seeking concise, adrenaline-pumping experiences.

In terms of production, "Saw X" showcases progress for the series. The trap designs are more intricate than ever, displaying a commitment to intensifying the horror. Practical effects dominate the gruesome scenes, contributing to the film's authenticity.

The plot combines suspense, unexpected twists, and brutality. John Kramer's quest takes surprising turns, introducing new characters and complex alliances that keep the audience on edge. The traps themselves are inventive and brutal, delivering the signature shock factor of the "Saw" series.

In summary, "Saw X" successfully rejuvenates the franchise while honoring its core elements. With stellar performances, intricate trap designs, and a complex plot, it merits an 8 out of 10. Despite risks that might not resonate with all fans, the film breathes new life into the series, solidifying its relevance in the horror genre. "Saw X" is a must-watch for long-term enthusiasts and those seeking an intense, gory thrill.

Out Now in Cinemas and on Digital at

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