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For the second time in as many months, London’s Leicester Square is the place to be for UK horror fans as the GoreZone International Film Festival returns to the Prince Charles Cinema on October 2nd and 3rd. Featuring not only bevy of blood-soaked movies and guests but also GoreZone Magazine’s first ever awards ceremony, can you afford to miss it?

Check out the full press release:

Roll up, roll up! The third annual GoreZone International Film Festival is hittin’ London on October 2nd and 3rd at the prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square. 13 film premieres, 2 days, no chance for survival!

Hosted by the ever delectable Emily Booth (Evil Aliens) and Christa Campbell (Hyenas), this year’s festival will be covered for broadcast on LAVA TV (U.K.) and The Fusion Network (U.S.A.).

This year will also feature our first live awards ceremony with the results, as voted by GZ readers, for such prestigious titles as:

– Best Horror Film of 2010
– Best British Horror of 2010
– Best Thriller of 2010
– Best Horror Director of 2010
– Best Horror Soundtrack of 2010
– Best Distribution Company of 2010
– Best Goremate of 2010
– Best Goremale of 2010
– Best Cover Star of 2010
– 2010 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Horror Industry

And then of course there’s the films, and by the wrath of monkeys do we have a selection for you!

SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 2nd
00:00 – 09:00 Doors open
09:30 – 09:45 The Incredible Blood Brothers live act
09:55 – 11:30 Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet
11:45 – 13:25 Breath of Hate
13:25 – 13:40 Q & A with the fine folk of Breath of Hate
13:45 – 15:35 Air Terjun Pengantin
15:35 – 15:50 Q & A with Steve Jones
15:50 – 17:45 Hyenas
17:30 – 17:45 Q & A with the ladies and gents of Hyenas
17:45 – 19:35 The Violent Kind
19:20 – 21:00 Pearblossom (aka Lifeblood)

The night wraps up with the GZ Film Awards

Sunday, October 3rd
00:00 – 09:00 Doors open
09:30 – 09:45 Legend of Suzi short film
09:55 – 10:35 Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer
11:30 – 13:30 New Terminal Hotel
13:30 – 15:40 Darfur
15:40 – 17:30 The Devil’s Playground
17:30 – 17:45 Q & A with the world’s first talking potato
17:45 – 19:35 Groupie
19:35 – 19:50 Q & A with a random hobo pulled in off the street
19:55 – 21:30 Dahmer vs. Gacy
21:30 – 23:10 The Prometheus Project

Details on the films themselves:

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (18)
Run Time: 83 mins
Director: Frank Sabatella
Cast: Nate Dushku, Samantha Facchi, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Samantha Jacobs

Question for ya: ’Tis the anniversary of the death of the local axe murderer. Do you a) steer clear, eat some popcorn and keep a low profile, b) observe Buddhist meditation techniques amid a garage full of gay porn, or c) throw a party, go crazy and await imminent death at the hands of a rather dubious and somewhat annoyed wood-chopping-instrument enthusiast? Suffice to say, the folk of Blood Night chose the latter option. Danielle Harris of Halloween and Halloween II fame continues her domination of the slasher genre in this latest dollop of horror Americana.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Breath of Hate (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Sean Cain
Cast: Ezra Buzzington, Jason Mewes, Lauren Walsh, Jack Forcinito, Monique Parent

One last job and Love is out of the erotic escort business. Unfortunately, that final job is for a trio of escaped mental patients who are looking to change the world. One victim at a time. Lauren Walsh stars in director Sean (Someone’s Knocking at the Door) Cain’s latest opus of cinematic debauchery.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Air Terjun Pengatin (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Rizal Mantovani
Cast: Tamara Blezinski, Marcel Chandrawinata, Tyas Mirasih, Andrew Roxburgh, Kieran Sidhu, Navy Rizky Tavania

The Asian territories have long held a deserved reputation for horror of the most subtle, psychological, and nuanced persuasions. Air Terjun Pengatin isn’t one of them. In fact, it’s a serious documentary drama investigating the issue of multi-culturalism by visualising the conflicts of 21st century persons encountering jungle dwelling savages and the results of said encounters with much bikini orientated un-feminisms along the way (plus various assorted severed heads).

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Hyenas (18)
Run Time: 92 mins
Director: Eric Weston
Cast: Costas Mandylor, Joshua Alba, Christa Campbell, Rudolf Martin, Meshach Taylor, Christina Murphy

Originally rumoured to be a David Attenborough documentary on the lives of the modern urban hyena, this is in fact an über-exploitative spin on werewolf lore with liberal dashes of nudity, ridiculous plotting, and more than occasional scenes of ultra violence and cheeses.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

The Violent Kind (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: The Butcher Brothers
Cast: Cory Knauf, Taylor Cole, Bret Roberts, Christina Prousalis, Tiffany Shepis, Nick Tagas

From the directorial duo known affectionately as “The Butcher Brothers”, regular scream queen Tiffany Shepis maintains her reign over all she surveys in this cunning combination of biker movie, possession flick, Twin Peaks-esque surrealism and … well … an ending that will leave people scratching their heads to such a degree that record numbers of baldness may well be occurring in the Prince Charles auditorium following this latest U.K. premiere.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Pearblossom (aka Lifeblood) (18)
Run Time: Ron Carlson
Director: 82 mins
Cast: Sophie Monk, Anya Lahiri, Scout Taylor-Compton, Justin Shilton, Patrick Renna

There are lesbians. There are vampires. There are midgets. Nuff said.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Mark Vadik
Cast: Brian Krause, Danielle Harris, Lance Henriksen, Wylie Allen, Patricia Belcher, Tiffany Shepis

The second Danielle Harris film of the GoreZone International Film Festival, this time with a glorious abundance of fellow genre legend Lance Henricksen! How does a serial killer become a serial killer? All budding Sutcliffes should definitely check out Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer for a step-by-step instruction manual on how to deteriorate your own psyche into one that comparatively makes Adolf Hitler’s seem like that of Mahatma Gandhi. A disturbing, realistic insight into a deranged mind with nary a happy, skipping bunny in sight.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

New Terminal Hotel (18)
Run Time: 98 mins
Director: B.C. Furtney
Cast: Stephen Geoffreys, Tiffany Shepis, Ezra Buzzington, Corey Haim, James Grabowski

Don Malek (Geoffreys) isn’t the usual tenant found in the skid row hotels of downtown L.A. Grief-stricken since the murder of his fiancée, Katherin, the successful screenwriter turned murderous vigilante is bent on revenge against studio head Stanley Glissberg, the man cleared of murder charges in Katherin’s death. Holed-up in a cheap hotel room to write, Don calls in a favour from a neighbour and, in doing so, uncovers despicable abuses down the hall… hookers, drugs, debauchery, and murder all mean one thing – that the tenants of the New Terminal Hotel are about to check into a vortex of revenge, madness and murder.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Darfur (18)
Run Time: 98 mins
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Edward Furlong, Billy Zane, Kristanna Loken, David O’Hara, Matt Frewer

Deutschland’s chief courtesan of controversy, Uwe Boll, delivers his (arguably) first serious movie about the 2003 massacre in the region of Darfur. A dark, disturbing, documentary style realisation of the horrors of which human beings are more than capable.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Devil’s Playground (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Mark McQueen
Cast: Jaime Murray, Danny Dyer, Sean Pertwee, Colin Salmon, MyAnna Buring

Danny Dyer stars in this glorious 28 Weeks Later-style dramatisation of the question “What happens in the U.K. when people get infected with a virus that sends them mildly doolally?” The answer, it would appear, is “blood, lots of blood”. Devil’s Playground is the latest foray into the grand tradition of contemporary British horror, also starring other Brit-horror regulars Jaime Murray and Sean Pertwee, dure to please those eager for gratuity on the action and violence side of things.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

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Groupie (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Mark McQueen
Cast: Taryn Manning, Hal Ozsan, Eric Roberts, Betsy Rue, Mitch Ryan

What’s the most appealing part of rock ‘n roll? The thundering bass? The screaming falsetto? The “wake the dead” guitar shredding? A musicians answer would be “yes” to all of those. However, for those of sleazier disposition the answer is more coital in nature: “groupies”. The groupie in Groupie, however, is less Pamela Des Barres, more Glenn Close a la Fatal Attraction. From the director of everyone’s favourite 80’s cheesefest Commando comes a painfully cautionary tale of rock ‘n roll decadence gone wrong.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Dahmer vs. Gacy (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Ford Austin
Cast: Ford Austin, Art LaFleur, Randal Malone, Ethan Phillips, Harland Williams

We’ve had Freddy vs. Jason, we’ve had Komodo vs. Cobra, we’ve had Megashark vs. Giant Octopus, but up till now no one has ever satisfactorily answered the question “If Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy had a fight, who would win?” Fortunately, for those who’ve wasted many a long night pondering over such fiendish thought processes, Dhamer vs. Gacy should satisfactorily and humorously answer their morally questionable queries. With cameos from Sleepaway Camp’s Felissa Rose, Debbie Rochon, and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses and excessive amounts of heroin fame.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

The Prometheus Project (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Sean Tretta
Cast: Louis Mandylor, Ed Lauter, Tiffany Shepis, Elizabeth Barnes, Kristina Wayborn, Elizabeth’s Mother, Scott Anthony Leet

A modern re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s infamous novel Frankenstein, The Prometheus Project explores the dark implications of illegal stem cell research. A group of scientists discover a cell anomaly that has the potential to regenerate dead tissue. Unable to conduct legal human trials, the researchers turn to corpses to test their serum. The results are gory.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Tickets for the festival are priced at a very modest £20 per day and can be bought online at the GoreZone Store.

See you there!

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Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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AHS: Cult Review: Clowns, Cults, Politics, and Peters

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Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Allison Pill

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk


** NO SPOILERS **

It’s here. We’ve reached the end. The newest season of “American Horror Story” has ended and now we are here to provide you guys with our season review of AHS: Cult.

Spoiler free.

To start things off let me say I’m not the world’s biggest fan of “American Horror Story”. It breaks down like this: I enjoyed the absolute hell out of the first season of the series (“Murder House”), couldn’t get through “Asylum” (I know, I know, I’ve tried), dug “Coven” for what it was, really enjoyed “Freak Show”, and again I couldn’t get into “Hotel” or “Roanoke”.

That’s the story of me and “American Horror Story”. Plain And simple. But what did I think of the new seventh season of the notorious horror anthology series? Let’s find out.

Back when the seventh season of AHS was first announced (then going by the title “AHS: Election”) I was immediately intrigued by the new season because I heard it would not include any supernatural elements. Like the fourth season, “Freak Show”.

Now I’m a fan of ghosts and weird creature-men with drills for d*cks, don’t get me wrong. But the series has thus far relied almost exclusively on horrors of the supernatural variety (other than “Freak Show”) so this major change of pace was again welcomed by this guy.

Instead of vampires, aliens, and witches this season relied on terrors of the mind. Psychological fears and anxieties. The horrors man does to man. Deep issues.

Oh, and clowns. Like a lot of clowns.

But just because this new season didn’t include anything supernatural, that doesn’t mean the 11-episode season wasn’t filled with twisted visuals and horrifically disturbing acts. No, sir. This season boasted some showstoppers including S&M, gimps, and a house of horrors that wouldn’t be out of place in a Rob Zombie flick. It was all good.

But let’s backtrack a bit here.

Allow me to rundown the season’s plot for those who may be unaware. “AHS: Cult” tells the tale of a world post-election night. The literal dawn of Trump’s America. In one corner we have Sarah Paulson’s soccer mom, trying to fight through life with a series of crippling phobias (including clowns, holes, blood, and being a good person).

And in the other corner, we have Evan Peter’s angry, white (blue-haired) male, looking to seize Trump’s new position of power to bring about the end of… Actually, I want this to be a spoiler-free season review, so I’m just going to say the dude’s got big plans.

Like Manson-size plans. Let’s leave it at that.

With these two characters established, the new season then proceeds to send them spiraling into a collision course of political sabotage, intrigue, and clown-based nope, nope, nope-ing that can only end with one – or both – of them dead as Dillinger.

Overall “AHS: Cult” belonged end-to-end to Mr. Evan Peters. The young actor has continued to show his striking range from season to season of Ryan Murphy’s horror show and this season was no different. Peters’ turn as not only Kai, the blue-haired leader of the titular cult, but as infamous leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson – to name a few – owed this season.

I can only hope he doesn’t pull a Jessica Lange and opt-out of more AHS next year.

Speaking of top performances, “AHS: Cult ” showcases some other chilling and memorable turns with Alison Pill’s strangely vulnerable, put-upon wife character being the best next to Peters in my eyes. This actress needs to be in more films/TV!

Along with Pill, actress Billie Lourd killed it time and time again. The “Scream Queens” breakout star and Carrie Fisher spawn was yet again a highlight in her second Ryan Murphy series. Bet she has the starring role in next season. Mark my words.

Add to that, the season also boasts a handful of fun cameos, including John Carroll Lynch’s return as Twisty the Clown, Emma Roberts as a bitchy reporter that will do anything to end up on top, and Lena Dunham as SCUM Manifesto writer Valerie Solanas. The cameo cast killed it and I wish they would have been present for more episodes. What are you gonna do?

On the sour side of the season, I didn’t dig Sarah Paulson’s character. At all. But I’m sure that was the point. Right? I’m still not sure. But, boy, I wouldn’t even want to be stuck in line behind her at a Starbucks for three minutes, let alone spend the better part of this season’s 11-hours with her and her whiny bullshite. Urgh.

That said, she pulled it out by the finale. That’s all I’ll say.

In the end, I enjoyed this season as much as – if not more – than any other of the series. “Murder House” will still no doubt go on as my favorite season of the series, but “AHS: Cult” will rank third after season one and “Freak Show”.

While I was on the fence about the season after three episodes, the show ended up ditching Paulson’s character (and/or shifting her arch) after a lull so the episodes picked up quickly. Whenever the season turned its focus back towards Peters (in whichever incarnation he was playing at the time) the show got better and better. Every time.

Not a bad way to spend my Tuesday night for the past 11 weeks.

Bring on season 12.

  • American Horror Story: Cult (2018)
3.5

Summary

The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story was Evan Peters’ show all the way through. The young actor pulled out all the stops time and time again to make what may have been a lackluster supernatural-free season a winner.

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The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror

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Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

Directed by Nicholas Woods


The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

  • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
  • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
  • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
  • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
  • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
  • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
  • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
  • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
  • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
  • The Axiom
4.0

Summary

In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

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