November 24, 2012

Filthy Review - 'The Weather Outside'

The Weather Outside (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, so the song would have us believe. In the case of The Weather Outside, it is more of a case of what is going on in the lead character’s head that is frightful. This is a film that requires concentration and for the viewer to pay attention whilst its story slowly unfolds, and then it will reward the viewer with a rich tale of which will play in the mind for days to follow.

November 23, 2012

"Iron Fist' magazine is going to knock you out!

Since moving to the States, just over 7 years ago, I have noticed that most of the magazines dedicated to the harder side of Metal music have been, shall we say, a bit crap. Due to this I don't bother with them. Both Metal Hammer and Terrorizer are both readily available over here, and both are from back across the pond, and now there is a new pretender ready to join in the fun. That magazine is Iron Fist, and I received the first issue earlier today, thanks to my good friend Neil (of Mordgrimm). The magazine covers all manner of extreme and underground Metal, as well as the more established bands. It is very nicely put together, will come out 6 times a year and clocks in at well over 100 pages. Hopefully Iron Fist will be stocked in Barnes and Nobles store in the US soon, but in the meantime you can check out the links below if you wish to grab a copy.

November 22, 2012

'The Bay' to infect UK theaters

Barry Levinson' eco-horror The Bay is set to hit UK theaters on March 1st 2013 from Momentum Pictures. The film is Levinson's first foray into horror and it looks to be a good one. Shot in the found footage style, with 21 different digital mediums used, the film focuses on an infection that strikes a quiet town during their July 4th celebrations.

Q&A with Gangsters, Guns and Zombies director, Matt Mitchell

The Brit comedy/horror/crime flick hybrid, Gangsters, Guns and Zombies, hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 11th from XLrator Media, with a UK release from Lionsgate in January, and I thought it was a blast. To coincide with this I recently had the chance to fire a few questions at director, and co-writer, Matt Mitchell, where he gives us the lowdown on the movie and more. You can read my review of the film here, and read the interview below.

November 21, 2012

'End of Watch' coming to Blu-ray and DVD in January

Cop drama, End of Watch, will be hitting Blu, DVD, Digital and UltraViolet from Universal on January 22nd. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, and is from the writer of Training Day, David Ayer. From the previews I have seen it looks to be along the lines of the excellent TV series Southland with added bells and whistles. Hopefully I shall be reviewing it a little nearer to its release date.

Filthy Review - 'Dead Weight'

Dead Weight (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Back in February of 2008 I paid a visit to the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, in the windy city of Chicago. Aside from having a quite terrific time, I also happened across a booth that was promoting a short zombie flick entitled Better off Undead. Being the curious sort that I am I decided to pick up a copy, along with a funky t-shirt, and have a gander at this short (29 min) movie. The result of this being that I was surprisingly impressed; it was a fun movie, which had a lot of energy and some obvious talent behind it.

Universal UK to deliver 'American Mary' to the people

It doesn't seem all that long ago that Jen and Sylvia Soska's independent hit, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, was making itself known to the world. Now, with their follow-up feature, American Mary, they seem set to take over the world, so to speak. Universal UK will be releasing American Mary on Blu-ray and DVD on January 21st, and I, for one, will be grabbing a copy!

November 20, 2012

'The Killing' Series 3 and Trilogy hitting DVD in December

Fans of the original Danish show Forbrydelsen, aka The Killing, will be happy to learn that Season 3 will be released on a 3-disc DVD set on December 17th in the the UK. Arrow Film's Nordic Noir label will be releasing the set, and they are also releasing The Killing Trilogy, which will contain all three seasons of the hit TV show, and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

November 18, 2012

Filthy Review - 'Flight of the Navigator'

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Review by Jude Felton

Alongside Short Circuit, Second Sight Films have dusted off another kids movie from the same year (1986) and given it a shiny new release on Blu-ray, as well as DVD. Flight of the Navigator wasn’t a huge success upon its initial release, although it was quite well received and it has remained a fun family flick ever since.

Filthy Music Review - 'Motionless in White: Infamous'

Motionless in White: Infamous (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

The band, Motionless in White, first came to my attention whilst perusing a popular Canadian genre magazine. There was an article about them and at first I just thought they were yet another Goth-looking bunch of wannabe vampires. However, after reading the article and discovering that they are from the very same town in which I reside, I thought I would give them a blast. My first exposure to their music was the 2010 album, Creatures, which quite honestly blew me away; its horror inspired lyrics, film sound bites and mixing the metal core sound with something a little more interesting hit all the right notes with me.

Filthy Review - 'Short Circuit'

Short Circuit (1986)

Review by Jude Felton

UK based Second Sight Films certainly seem to know how to tap into the kid in me. Recent releases of Return of the Living Dead, the Basket Case trilogy and very soon Southern Comfort, all saw their original releases back when I was a wee lad, and all have been splendid so far. Now they have a couple of more child friendly movies to add to their impressive catalogue. Flight of the Navigator (which will have its own review) and Short Circuit are the two latest to get the Blu-ray treatment, and I have to admit that I was excited to see the return of Johnny 5.

Filthy Review - 'The Watch'

The Watch (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

On paper, director Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch has all the right ingredients to be a right royal festival of laughs. The film is co-written by Seth Rogan and stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade (who directed the wonderful Submarine); all of whom have turned in some wonderfully funny turns in their careers. Granted, Stiller has gone off the boil of late and Vaughn seems to play the same role in virtually every film he is in, which fortunately is a funny role, but still this should have been a far better movie than it was.