Director Simon Rumley Joins Shortcuts To Hell 2 Competition Panel

by Martyn Conterio 9 June 2014

Last month we gave you the lowdown on the return of the film-making competition: Shortcuts To Hell. Joining the jury panel with Total Film’s acting editor Rosie Fletcher, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, Film4 FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy, Wildseed Studio’s Jesse Cleverly and Movie Mogul dude John Shackleton, is lauded director Simon Rumley (The Living and […]

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In Review: Miss Violence

by Ben Nicholson 6 June 2014

Two girls in white dresses navigate a dimly lit hallway, and emerge into the awkward birthday celebration that introduces Alexandros Avranas’ unpleasant chamber piece, Miss Violence. As the family celebrate, Leonard Cohen’s holocaust-inspired “Dance Me to the End of Love” ominously fills the room and birthday girl, 11-year-old Angeliki (Chloe Bolota), quietly clambers over the […]

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In Review: Garden of Evil (1954) on DVD

by Mark Searby 5 June 2014

20th Century Fox used this western as one of their first forays into the studios new process of Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound. Three fortune hunters find themselves stranded in rural Mexico. They are recruited by a beautiful female who offers up a reward to rescue her husband from a cave located in Apache territory. Henry […]

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In Review: Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 2 June 2014

Lady Caroline Lamb, spurned by her lover Lord Byron, coined the bruising and infamous taunt that the aristocrat was ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. For periods of his extraordinary life, the same could be said of Roman Polanski. Hated by some and equally adored by others, the French-Polish director of Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, The […]

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In Review: Edge of Tomorrow

by Martyn Conterio 30 May 2014

Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. Tom Cruise has good form in sci-fi. Of this quartet of titles, Spielberg’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel is the masterpiece. But if we use ‘fun’ as the critical measuring stick, and why not, well then Doug Liman’s Cruisebuster runs rings around the others, […]

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In Review: Maleficent

by Mark Searby 30 May 2014

Disney reveal the back story of one of the most dastardly fairies ever: Maleficent – the horn-touting villain from the studio’s 1959 version of Sleeping Beauty. Just as productions such as Wicked and Oz the Great and Powerful have already illustrated: there are two sides to every story.

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In Review: Assault on Wall Street on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 29 May 2014

Uwe Boll is angry about the financial crisis and he’s got something to say! So y’all better listen up and pay attention. Assault on Wall Street is the classic ‘death of the American Dream’ scenario exploiting populist sentiment that all bankers are immoral fiends (fair enough) and that they should all be massacred where they […]

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Re-Animator (1985)

by Maryann O'Connor 28 May 2014

Join Mark Searby to have a look back at this disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in honour of its DVD/Blu-ray release next week. Zombie cats and living severed heads. Nice. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: Inside Llewyn Davis on DVD

by Linsey Satterthwaite 23 May 2014

The Coen Brothers latest offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, asks the wistful question that many (struggling) artists will have to ask themselves at one point; whether they are going to persevere, or consign their art to the back burner to get a ‘real’ job. For Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) a folk singer working the Greenwich Village circuit […]

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 Release News

by Martyn Conterio 23 May 2014

Horror fans will certainly be looking forward to Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a follow-up to the excellent documentary Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, which formed Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. To celebrate the forthcoming release – and mark the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984 – Film4 FrightFest will […]

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Competition: Win two tickets to see McAvoy and Fassbender at VUE

by Maryann O'Connor 22 May 2014

The seventh film in a long line of X-Men film goodness is out today, in the form of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Would you like to win some tickets to see it at the Vue cinema of your choice, nationwide?

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