TRAILER ALERT - BLAIR WITCH SEQUEL SILENTLY STALKS US TO SEPTEMBER

Oh Dear. If there was ever a film which really did not need a sequel, it's The Blair Witch Project. Those short memory will have already forgotten that it in fact already had a sequel of sorts, BOOK OF SHADOWS, a film set in "the real world" with characters who had seen the original film and had travelled to find the locations it was shot in. I

The original film, although flawed, had a powerful finale. The final shot of the film, with Joshua Leonard stood in the corner - if you'd been paying attention earlier in the film, it was a real gut punch ending. Any attempt to further the story, in my mind, will drain that ending of its power.

So of course there's a new sequel...

 

This sequel deals with the younger brother of Heather Donahue, who might still be alive according to a shaky video clip uploaded on the internet. He sets off with four friends (making the archetypal five protagonists in a horror film!) and...shenanigans ensue!

The one thing going for the film at this stage is that its directed by horror auteur ADAM WINGARD (You're Next, The Guest), and if anyone can make this watchable, it would be him! The film is released in September, check out the trailer below:

 

 

Intriguing New Documentary project on Indie-GoGo

Film-makers Drew Cullingham (The Devil's Bargain) and Andrew Mackay are on a mission to make a documentaty about a mysterious island community off the coast of England, known only as Haven. Here's their press release:

"Filmmakers Drew Cullingham and Andrew Mackay have launched a campaign on Indiegogo (look at their campaign here) to raise funds for a documentary investigating the pleasantly named island of Haven which apparently lies some distance off the coast of the UK. 


They don't seem at all sure what they will find there, but the mystery that shrouds this little enclave of 'tax exempt' pensioners (how very topical!) has the two filmmakers already at odds as to what they will find there. 'I'm hoping,' says Andrew, 'we will find a congenial community that will welcome us and be party to our investigative journey into the workings of a small community far removed from the mainland. This island is an unknown quantity and, at the very least, we hope to put Haven on the map.' 


'I'm thinking Summerisle,' says Drew. 'Monsters. Cults. Don't care. There's no way that such a place isn't harbouring some kind of dark secret, and I can't wait to uncover it, whatever the risk.'


Haven is purported in the 16th century to have been home to a sizeable community of particularly violent pirates, and the site of an alleged massacre of an order of Franciscan monks.


Andrew's filmmaking experience stems from the acclaimed documentary about the making of 'Mutant Chronicles' (Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane, John Malkovich). Drew is currently in post-production on 'Shed of the Dead' (Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley and Emily Booth).  The two first worked together on 'The Devil's Bargain' ('Trippy' – Kim Newman, 'Disturbing and Manic' – Britflicks).


You can follow the progress of the campaign on Facebook (www.facebook.com/haventhemovie), Twitter (@haventhefilm) and Instagram (haventhefim).

TRAILER ALERT - GREEN ROOM TEASER

Coming in May is the intense-looking thriller, Green Room, starring Anton Yeltsin and Patrick Stewart. In the film, a punk rock band sees something they shouldn't have and find themselves under siege at their own gig by some very bad men, led by Stewart. 

I've heard nothing but great things about this film, from trusted sources, and it is definitely going to be a film to keep a lookout for. Check out the trailer, which does an awesome job of building tension.

Green Room is being released in UK and Ireland cinemas on Friday 13th May 2017

Trailer Alert: Pandorica

Coming in 2016 is Pandorica, the first feature from director Tom Paton. 

"Pandorica revolves around the leadership trials of The Varosha Tribe. Eiren, Ares and Thade are all in line to lead the next generation of their people.

They journey out of the safety of their home towards a dark forest miles away with the tribe’s current leader Nus. Here they will take part in an age old tradition where Nus will choose his successor. Only one of them will return leader but who will it be?"

We'll  be keeping a close eye on this film, as the story and production design are both so unique and refreshing. Take a gander at the trailer below, which really shows off the stunning cinematography.


2016 gets off to the best possible start with IP MAN 3 in UK Cinemas!

Yes, it's true. Ip Man is scheduled for a cinema release on Friday 15th January 2016. Which gives everyone enough time to check out the previous two films beforehand. We'll have more details nearer the release date, but in the mean time here is the Official Teaser - and if the prospect of Donnie Yen squaring off against none other than Mike Tyson (who's taking this VERY seriously), then you just don't have a pulse.

Shameless Plug! Filmsploitation Podcast

Recently I was given the opportunity to co-host a podcast for FIlmsploitation, which will cover what we're loosely describing as "older" films - it films which came out more than ten years ago. I have to admit to being a bit surprised to have been selected as I'd guested on the main podcast a couple years ago, and I'm pretty sure it's ranked as their worst episode ever!

We've recorded four podcasts so far, one episode being released each week. This first podcast is ten minutes long (see disclaimer) all about Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, a film I hadn't seen until recently. To hear what I and main host Josh Morris thought of it, check it out here

DISCLAIMER: Josh and I had a number of false starts with the recording of the first few episodes, and have now discovered that we lost the final 4 minutes of the first episode. For some reason, it loops back to the start, so you miss our discussion about Scorsese's use of Catholic iconography!

CLIP FROM BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA

The upcoming Blunt Force Trauma has already garnered a 10/10 score from ourselves. Ryan Kwanten stars as John, a gunslinger taking part in underground duelling tournaments. Slumdog Millionaire's Frieda Pinto co-stars as Colt, a female gunslinger out to find the man who killed her brother in a duel.  Here are a couple of clips, courtesy of 101 Films, to whet your appetite...

FRIGHTFEST PRESENTS: Announces its Launch Titles

This is pretty exciting news, a new online distribution service delivering quality horror films... 

Discover true terror on October 19th as Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK's leading genre film festival, team up to launch FRIGHTFEST PRESENTS, an all-new expert driven social community-building label ready to deliver true shocks and scares straight into your home just in time for Halloween and beyond...FrightFest Presents will bring you the most unsettling feature films from the festival; a series of movies that wowed and earned critical accliam hand-picked by FrightFest directors Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy. 

 

The first phase of SIX FILMS hand curated by FRIGHTFEST PRESENTS will be available to download from October 19and are:

The SandEstrangedAfter DeathAaaaaaaaah!Night of the Living Deb and Some Kind of Hate.

frightfest presents launch

The group of films are very much an eclectic selection, presenting different types of horror so there should be something for everyone here. Its going to be interesting to see how the series will develop. In the meantime, look out for some reviews of these titles to appear on our site over the coming month...

After Dark Presents 8 Films to Die For

After Dark Films has resurrected its range of horror films under the banner 8 Films to Die For. In the past, the films released have been a bit of a mixed bunch - some really good, some pretty bland.

This year After Dark have so far released details of the first four films and there is definitely reason to get excited, as first up is the long awaited RE-KILL, a zombie apocalypse film co-starring Scott Adkins. 

I and many others have been looking forward to seeing this for quite a while, not least because of Adkins' involvement. It has a good looking scope and a decent gore quotient, too!

Second up is Murder in the Dark, a survival horror in which back-packers staying in a rural Turkish town fall foul to a mysterious killer. The official blurb for this states that it's produced in an experimental shooting style, but this is actually the best-looking film of the quartet.

Next is The wicked Within, a tale of possession and a child tragedy. This is  a well-trodden path, but the film's script seems aware of the conventions of the genre and seem to be playing around with them.

And, finally, there is Lumberjack Man, a dark comedy which I really hope lives up to its trailer. This has an almost obscenely large bodycount and boasts Michael Madsen amongst its cast...

There are still four films to be announced to round out this year's series. Stay tuned for further news soon!

Michael Jai White and Steve Austin together again in Chain of Command

Michael Jai White and Steve Austin last starred together in Tactical Force, a film which was met with mixed reviews. This looks a lot better, pitting the two leads against each other. Michael Jai White stars as an veteran returning to civilian life, only to discover his old comrades are involved in smuggling drugs from Afghanistan. 

The following trailer has a lot of build-up, but it does deliver a taste of some hard hitting action. Look out for it towards the end of September.

New British Werewolf Flick - HOWL

As if the concept of commuters trapped on a train by a werewolf isn't enticing enough, the news that this is directed by Paul Hyatt (The Seasoning House) totally seals the deal for me. No release date just yet, but we'll definitely be covering it in due time!

Never Let Go - Trailer

We've just recently covered Howard J Ford's The Dead 2, yet the director already has a new film on the way. Never Let Go stars Angela Dixon as Lisa Brennan, a single mother on holiday with her newborn baby, when every parents' fear is realised - her baby is abducted. With no help from the authorities, Lisa takes matters in her own hands. Luckily for us, Lisa has a certain set of skills, as can be seen in this trailer.

 

Never Let Go gets its UK premier at this year's Film 4 Fright Fest and will be released nationally shortly after. Look out for our review of the film soon! 

Exclusive Clips from Katie Holmes' Miss Meadows

Available now for download and on DVD, is the black comedy Miss Meadows, starring Katie Holmes: 

Beneath the perfect manners and petticoats, Miss Meadows (Katie Holmes) harbours a dark secret. When she’s not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she’s moonlighting as a gun-wielding vigilante who teaches justice in her spare time, killing her victims if they refuse to repent.

With blood on her hands and dark secrets to hide, a local sheriff (James Badge Dale) soon becomes involved in hunting down the ruthless murderer, not knowing that the person who he is after is the woman he has fallen in love with. 

With a complicated past full of real life nightmares, Miss Meadows is anything but sweet when it comes to dishing out lessons and the town’s criminals soon learn that teachers are always right!

We'll be reviewing the film this week, but in the mean time here are a couple of clips from the film, courtesy of Maven Publicity:

Welcome...

Welcome to our new site, I hope you all like the new look. Whilst I have enjoyed running Flash-Bang on Site-Sell for the past 7 years, I've decided it was time for a change so I'm giving Squarespace a shot. 

At present we're only carrying a handful of contemporary reviews but more are on the way and will be posted closer to the films' release dates. 

Anyway, we hope you enjoy the new site and keep an eye out for new competitions, interviews and special features alongside our reviews.