March 9, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Jungle Rot: Terror Regime'

Jungle Rot – Terror Regime (2013)

Victory Records

Review by Jude Felton

Listening to Wisconsin’s Jungle Rot is something akin to watching a five man gang in a street fight; it’s brutal, uncompromising and there’s a good chance that there will be broken bones. Get ready for a fist fight, just don’t expect to win.

My introduction to Jungle Rot’s blend of death, thrash and hardcore came a couple of years ago, through filmmaker Ryan Nicholson no less, when I picked up a copy of their 2011 album, Kill on Command. Having been impressed with that slab of metal I will admit to being excited when I heard they had a new album on the way; the album of which I am now reviewing.

The first thing I noticed about Terror Regime is that the production is a lot better; the music is still a kick in the teeth, but the sound is clearer without losing any of the music’s intensity. Terror Regime opens with a bang, with Voice your Disgust, before blasting into the ferocious title track; this is music that will make you want to bang your damned head. This is death metal that you can sing along too, and you won’t need an interpreter to understand the lyrics. But don’t be mistaken, this ain’t no walk in the park. Thunderous drums underline the monster riffs and cracking lead work.

By the time I am Hatred and Scorn have finished with you, you’ll either be beaten or begging for more. This really is a fine album, one that is topped off with some venomous lyrics, which are spat out by Dave Matrise. Musically this is an unholy matrimony of Hatebreed, Death and the primal thrash of Sodom, and that is no bad thing at all.

Kill on Command impressed me; Terror Regime has made me a believer. There is a conviction behind the music here that you don’t always hear on an album. It’s a heavy as fuck, pissed off beast that will leave you Pronounced Dead; which is a more than fitting name for an album closer, especially one this belligerent.

Jungle Rot do what they do, and they do it very well indeed, and Terror Regime is a more than welcome return for the band. Get in there and prepare to get bloodied up.


1. Voice Your Disgust (3:02) 
2. Terror Regime (3:55) 
3. Utter Chaos (2:50) 
4. I Am Hatred (3:43) 
5. Blind Devotion (3:21) 
6. Scorn (3:54) 
7. Rage Through the Wasteland (3:16) 
8. Ruthless Omnipotence (3:11) 
9. I Don't Need Society (1:40) 
10. Carpet Bombing (1:13) 
11. Pronounced Dead (4:28)

Terror Regime is released on March 19th by Victory Records and can be purchased at the Victory Records webstore, or at the link below.

V/H/S/2 Theatrical and VOD release dates, and two new stills.

The makers of V/H/S/2 aren't hanging around! The sequel premiered at SXSW last night, and will hit VOD on June 6th, with a theatrical release to follow on July 12th, courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Collective and Bloody Disgusting. I've got a couple of new stills to share as well. One, you can see above, and another slightly more gruesome one is below. Both are taken from the Safe Haven segment, which is directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans.

'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' picked up by Radius TWC: Set for US release at last!

It's only taken 7 years, but All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is finally set for a US release. The film, which is directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) has been picked up by Radius-TWC and will see a release in the Summer of 2013. Ok, so there's a bit of a wait, but it's finally coming! For more in depth details, including what Levine has to say about it, read on, my friends.

March 8, 2013

Film Distribution snap up 'Cheap Thrills'

International sales agents, Film Distribution, have snapped up the foreign rights to Cheap Thrills. The film, which opens the Midnighters program at SXSW, was written by Trent Haaga, produced by Travis Stevens and is the directorial debut of E.L.Katz. Snowfort Pictures also have Big Ass Spider! playing at SXSW; so that makes it two films that I have to see. More details below.

'Spartacus: War of the Damned' - Blu-ray/DVD News, plus The Complete Collection coming soon

April 29th will see Anchor Bay release Spartacus: War of the Damned to Blu-ray and DVD, over in sunny Blighty. The epic 3rd season will also be sharing shelf space with The Spartacus Collection, which contains all seasons, on the same day. So, time to dust off your sandals and get ready to do battle, methinks!

March 7, 2013

'CLONED: The Recreator Chronicles' coming to VOD and DVD. New poster revealed

Angry poster time! Why? Well, it's not Cloned, it's CLONED: The Recreator Files. Why the emphasis on having the title in all capitals is beyond me, but then this film was formerly known as Recreator. Could be interesting, in a Body Snatchers kind of way, and we'll be able to find out when it hits VOD on April 23rd. You'll also be able to grab the DVD through Amazon and Redbox. CLONED: The Recreator Files is directed by Gregory Orr. For more info, plus a delightfully gratuitous CLONE still, read on.

March 6, 2013

New trailer for MPI/Dark Sky Films 'Stitches' will have you in stitches!

I've said it before, and I will keep saying it, and that is that I am pumped up about the upcoming release of Stitches. It opens at select theaters on April 1st, with a Blu-ray, VOD, Digital and DVD release to follow on April 2nd; both from MPI/Dark Sky Films. So, I'm more than happy to share the trailer with you!

March 5, 2013

'BUFF', or the Boston Underground Film Festival announces second wave of movies!

The Boston Underground Film Festival, which runs from March 27th to 31st, has just announced its second wave of movies (full details below). These include Mike Mendez's long awaited, by me anyway, Big Ass Spider!, which has its world premiere at SXSW 2013. Read on for more goodness!

March 4, 2013

Seagal and Austin star in 'Maximum Conviction' - Coming to Blu and DVD from Studio Canal

Some Monday morning action-tastic news now, as Studio Canal prepare to unleash Maximum Conviction onto Blu-ray and DVD. This UK release stars the slap-happy Steven Seagal and everyone's favorite beer drinking ex-wrestler Steve Austin, and is released on March 18th. It is rated 18 and also stars Michael 'Streets of Fire' Pare. Buckle up for plenty of guns, fights and I am sure the odd explosion or two! You can check out the trailer here.

March 3, 2013

Filthy Review - 'Interview with a Hitman'

Interview with a Hitman (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

If you had told me 25 years ago that Luke Goss’ band Bros would disappear from sight, I would have been a happy man, not to mention correct. However, if you had told me that he would go on to have a relatively successful acting career, I would have laughed and told you to seek psychiatric help. Now, he hasn’t exactly blown the roof off the Box Office as yet, but he did star in the rather good Blade 2, as well as the two Death Race (remake) sequels, among others.

Filthy Review - 'Laughter'

Laughter (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Of all the many fears that folk have, one that pops up time and time again, is Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns. Why? I have no real idea. Sure, when they appear in a horror movie they can be downright creepy, but aside from that their floppy feet do not illicit any fear from me. I suppose when I think about it I can sort of understand it, but regardless of this they do pop up in horror flicks time and time again. This time it is the turn of young director Adam Dunning to throw one into the fray.

Filthy Review - 'My Amityville Horror'

My Amityville Horror (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

One of my earliest memories as a horror fan was of watching James Brolin going batshit crazy in the house in Amityville. It’s still a film I enjoy, although the majority of the sequels I can live without, and it’s also one of those films where the question arises of how much of the story was true. The house at 112 Ocean Drive was the scene of a mass murder, committed by Ronald Defeo, but it is what happened when the Lutz family moved in years later that has remained open to debate.

Filthy Review - 'Chasing Mavericks'

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Despite my initial thoughts that this might be a movie about Top Gun, of course I am joking, it actually turns out that it is a surfing movie based on a true story; that of the ill-fated surfer Jay Moriarity and his quest to find Mavericks, which are mythical waves that apparently every surfer dreams of riding.

Filthy Review - 'Muay Thai Warrior'

Muay Thai Warrior (2010)

Review by Jude Felton

Whilst the quality of the films that Well Go USA release over here in the States can vary dramatically, there cannot be any disputing that their packaging of these releases is quite wonderful. It is quite apparent that a lot of time and care go into this, and I for one am grateful. On occasion though the content on the disc does not quite live up to the visual promise of the accompanying sleeve, which is always a shame. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Muay Thai Warrior aka The Samurai of Ayothaya.