January 11, 2013

New UK TV Spot for theatrical release of 'V/H/S'

It's been on release in the US for a while now, but UK audiences will get to see the horror anthology V/H/S from January 18th when the film hits theaters. To coincide with the release from Momentum Pictures I have the new UK TV Teaser to share with you. This has been one of those films that has really split audiences, with me being firmly on the positive side, even though it is flawed in places. V/H/S will be hitting UK Blu and DVD on January 28th.

January 10, 2013

Filthy Review - 'The Guy Knows Everything'

The Guy Knows Everything (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Back in May of 2011 I was introduced to filmmaker Joops Fragale, when I watch his short film Simone. I was impressed with what I saw, in fact you can check out my review here if you wish, and was eager to see what would come next. What came next was another short, which also came in at around the 15 minute mark, entitled Date Night. Both were very good short movies, with an eye for the visual, utilizing great camerawork, editing and overall visual style, but neither really prepared me for his latest film, the one of which I am now reviewing.

Filthy Review - 'The Uninvited'

The Uninvited (1944)

Review by Jude Felton

You just have to love a good old fashioned ghost story, or should I say haunted house movie. I know I do, and to me the Granddaddy of these has always been Robert Wise’s 1963 shocker, The Haunting. We can all forget about the atrocious remake, it was this film from the 60s’ that managed to put the chills and thrills into the haunted house flick. What I didn’t know, until relatively recently, though was the existence of a film from 1944 called The Uninvited, hence this review. So, I guess that would make The Uninvited the Great Granddaddy of the haunted house movie?

Filthy Review - 'Railway Children'

Railway Children (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Way back when I was a wee lad, before I had discovered the world of the horror movie, a favorite movie of mine was the 1970 film The Railway Children. The film starred a young Jenny Agutter and whisked the viewer away to a time of innocence, even during its heart pounding climax. This classic children’s movie was based on a novel by E. Nesbit, and through director Jason Figgis’ passion for this tale, both book and film, we get Railway Children. Believe me though when I tell you that they are two entirely different stories.

'Bad Kids go to Hell' picked up by Phase 4 Films

The comedy thriller, Bad Kids go to Hell, has been picked up by Phase 4 Films for all Digital and DVD rights. The film will have its VOD release on January 11th (tomorrow!), with a DVD release date to be announced soon. Directed by Matthew Spradlin, the film stars Judd Nelson and is based on a comic book in which 6 kids are locked in a Saturday detention where there just so happens to be a killer on the loose.

January 9, 2013

Filthy Music News: 'Katatonia' to join 'Opeth' on North American Heritage Tour

Great news for music fans; Katatonia will be joining Opeth on their North American Heritage Tour, which starts in April. The Swedish bands will be playing over 30 cities (I'll be heading down to Allentown, PA), with Katatonia touring in support of their 9th studio album, Dead End Kings, which was released last August by Peaceful. Full details below.

'The Last Exorcism Part II' Trailer and new still

Proving that The Last Exorcism wasn't in actual fact the last one, the sequel will hit theaters on March 13th from CBS Films. Once again produced by Eli Roth and starring Ashley Bell, the film takes off from where the first one ended. After the break you can check out a new image from the film, as well as the new trailer.

Arrow Films bring 'Jack Irish' to DVD

On Monday January 29th Arrow Films will be releasing the two-part Aussie Noir thriller, Jack Irish: Bad Debts and Black Tide, in the UK. Based on the books by Peter Temple, Jack Irish stars Guy Pearce as a former criminal lawyer whose life takes a header after the death of his wife.

January 8, 2013

Chris Alexander's 'Blood for Irina' all set to scare up New York's Times Scare

Blood for Irina, which is the directorial debut from Fango Editor, Chris Alexander, will be playing Times Scare in New York, for its New York premiere on January 29th. The short, which is influenced by the works of such Euro directors as Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, was also written, edited and scored by Alexander. He'll also be there in person for a Q & A about the film. More details below.

'The Collection" Blu-ray and DVD release details

Another movie I missed at the theater, and really wanted to see, was The Collection. The sequel to the 2009 movie, The Collector, is once again directed by Marcus Dunstan and will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and VOD on March 26th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Filthy Book Review - 'Life After Death'

Life after Death (2012)

Damien Echols

Review by Jude Felton

The case of the West Memphis 3 is probably one of the most heartbreaking and shocking stories of recent times. Not only did three young men spend 18 years behind bars for a crime that they did not commit, which to me is unfathomable to comprehend, but also the horrifying fact that the murderer, or murderers, of the three young boys are still out there. The case was covered in incredible detail in the three Paradise Lost documentaries, and also the recent West of Memphis but, with Life After Death, Damien Echols tells us a far more intimate picture of his life, and almost death.

'Hitchcock' coming to Blu and DVD. Plus 'The Hitchcock Collection' news

I didn't get the chance to see Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock when it played theaters, which pissed me off a bit, but we won't have to wait too long to see the film hit Blu-ray and DVD. On March 12th 20th Century Fox will be releasing the film, which focuses on the period of the legend's life whilst he was making Psycho, on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and it looks to have a decent amount of extras included (see below). Also set for release on Blu-ray on the same day is the three disc The Hitchcock Collection, which will include Notorious, Rebecca and Spellbound.

January 7, 2013

Second Sight's 'From Beyond' looks gorgeous!

The underrated, but rather excellent, From Beyond, from director Stuart Gordon, is getting a rather sexy new release on Blu-ray and DVD from Second Sight Films in the UK. Set for release on February 25th, this looks like a compulsory purchase, if you ask me. Hell, I will pick it up for the artwork alone! Read on for more details, as it's packed full of extras.

Filthy Review - 'House at the End of the Street'

House at the End of the Street (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Yes, yes, I know the title of this film evokes thoughts of grimy and gritty 70s’ exploitation; the works of Deodato or early Wes Craven, but I can assure you that House at the End of the Street is not a movie in this vein. To be fair, suspect title aside, it’s actually a fair attempt at a psycho-thriller, one that starts with a bang, or crunch, and ends in a similar manner. It’s what goes on between these moments that need addressing.

Bava's 'Black Sunday' and 'Lisa and the Devil' get the HD treatment from Arrow

Further to my post back in October, I have more details about Arrow Video's Blu-ray releases of the Mario Bava flicks, Black Sunday and Lisa and the Devil. Both are getting the deluxe treatment from Arrow and are hitting Blu-ray for the first time, both with wonderful artwork from the one and only Graham Humphreys. There will be limited edition Slipbox editions of each title, limited to 1000 copies, that will only be available from Arrow's Web Store. Both are released on January 28th. More details below, including news about Baron Blood and Black Sabbath.

January 6, 2013

Filthy Review - 'Anger Management: Season 1'

Anger Management: Season 1 (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

It’s fairly safe to say that the wide eyed days of innocence that Charlie Sheen portrayed in movies such as Platoon and Wall Street are long gone. Much has been made of his off screen shenanigans, of which I have paid little attention, which has resulted in Sheen playing up to the stereotype in car commercials etc. I pretty much grew up watching his movies, with the aforementioned Oliver Stone flicks being favorites, as well as the underrated The Wraith, which was made in the same year as Platoon. However, when Sheen made the move to TV with Two and a Half Men I did not pay much attention. I still have not seen an entire episode, and I doubt that will change.