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X Moor (2014)Starring Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar

Directed by Luke Hyams


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X Moor (2014)Starring Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar

Directed by Luke Hyams


“Keep off the moors.” It’s a solid piece of life-saving advice that has become common parlance since the early ’80s and the release of one particularly legendary werewolf movie. Well, people don’t listen. They just don’t.

The latest group to ignore this cinematic sage advice is comprised of young American documentarians Georgia (Kreiling) and Matt (Blood), who set off to England in order to track and film the fabled Beast of Bodmin – a big cat that allegedly stalks this particular slice of the Cornish wilderness. Accompanying them is a professional animal tracker and old family friend of Georgia named Fox (Bonnar). He’s a rough and tumble tough guy, actively resistant to Matt’s American wisecracking and complaints, and unafraid of waving a highly illegal automatic weapon around the British countryside.

What awaits them up on the moors isn’t quite what they’re expecting. Instead of discovering the lair of a wild big cat, they instead find the gruesome den of a serial killer – littered with the bound bodies of dead women. At Fox’s insistence, the plan changes – rather than stalk furry prey, the trio will set up their camp and place hidden cameras around the area in the hopes of trapping the killer when he returns to his handiwork, before subduing him and handing him over to the authorities, making them all instantly famous.

Yeah, it’s a dumb idea which of course goes awry when it turns out that this isn’t a dumping ground. A girl wakes up and runs screaming into the woods, and not long after the killer himself arrives for his nightly hunt. This is his own personal preserve – a hunting ground that he knows far better than any of them, and he doesn’t take kindly to the intrusion.

Besides the premise, there isn’t a whole lot on offer to elevate X Moor beyond generic horror fare. Once the killer shows up, the film sets out on the standard setup of victims running screaming through darkened woods while the knife-wielding attacker occasionally pops out to either stab or scare them. Leads Kreiling and Blood do share a suitable amount of chemistry to make their personal tragedy work, but there’s little more to be discovered of the main pair besides that revealed in the early scenes (hell, Kreiling ends up pretty much defining herself by her shaky American accent), while Fox’s motivations for catching the killer become the most interesting part of the story, especially given Bonnar’s solidly intimidating performance.

Director Hyams has trouble maintaining the tension throughout X Moor once the killing begins, leading to a slip into disinterested familiarity and repetition as the various characters race about the woods, seeking to hide or escape. An attempt to flesh out the nature of the human beast falls flatter than expected, with his ultimate comeuppance being a very ill-advised and laughably realised moment that almost begs for a Wilhelm scream or some kind of hilarious parting voiceover for that full comedic effect.

It isn’t awful, or even entirely bad by any means – there’s a neat premise and a palpable mean streak, not to mention the use of some nice locations and occasionally impressive lighting – but X Moor wallows far too happily in the trappings of run-of-the-mill slasher fare to take it anywhere beyond the average.

2 1/2 out of 5

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Goblin’s Complete Dawn of the Dead Score Hits Vinyl via Waxwork this Tuesday

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Hell, yeah!

Waxwork Records will be releasing the Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score this coming Tuesday, and today we have all the details, plus pics!

Yes, Goblin’s score for George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is coming to vinyl for the first time in the latest installment in Waxwork’s “Living Dead” soundtrack trilogy.

The release features a 2xLP 180 Gram “Zombie Flesh” Colored Vinyl with artwork By Brazilian Illustrator Butcher Billy, a 12×12 Art Print, and Deluxe Packaging.

You can check out the cover to the right and additional pics of the release, along with the complete tracklisting below. Then let us know what you think!

SIDE A
1. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi
2. Zombi
3. Safari

SIDE B
4. Torte In Faccia
5. Ai Margini Della Follia
6. Zaratozom
7. La Caccia
8. Tirassegno

SIDE C
9. Oblio
10. Risveglio
11. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Alternate Take 1)
12. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 1)

SIDE D
13. Zombi (Sexy)
14. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 2)
15. Zombi (Supermarket)
16. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Intro – Alternate Take 2)
17. Zombi (The Living Dead’s Voices!)

 

Waxwork Records Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score hits February 27th.

BUY IT HERE!

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Body-Horror Frankenstein AKA Larry Fessenden’s New Flick Depraved

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I’m not sure if you guys are aware or not, but legendary horror producer Larry Fessenden is all set to return to the director’s chair with his Frankenstein flick Depraved.

You can check out the film’s poster to the right and a rundown on its cast, crew, and synopsis below.

But today we have a new update on the film as Fessenden recently sat down with Daily Dead and discussed the film a bit more in-depth.

“In a funny way, I want to make all the classics again,” Fessenden told the site. “I’ve made a vampire movie. I want to make a werewolf movie, but Frankenstein is one of the greatest creations of pop culture. The original version is a masterpiece, and oddly enough, it’s a story that hasn’t been done that well since. And it’s often attempted. I feel there’s a core theme in that story that I would like to explore and bring it very much back to this idea of loneliness.”

He continues: “It’s about waking up, and you’re someone, and you don’t know who you are or why you are. And then there’s the question of what brought you into this world. In my story, there will be conflict of the parental figures as the scientist who made him and the other people around him. I’m very interested in the subjective lonely experience of being alive in this world and in this culture, and Frankenstein is such a fantastic, iconic way to look at it. And also, there is the physical body horror aspect to this story, of someone being sewn together, and there’s identity horror, too. There’s so much possibility in it that I’m just overflowing with excitement.”

Are you excited about Larry Fessenden’s return to directing? Let us know below!

Depraved is written and directed by Larry Fessenden and set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. The movie will be produced by Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, and Chadd Harbold.

The film begins shooting this month.

Synopsis:

The contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

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The Harrowing Starring Michael Ironside and Arnold Vosloo Premiered at EFM

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The HarrowingOne of the great modern horror movie actors out there is Michael Ironside. No question. It is with this in mind, and our love for his performance in Turbo Kid, that we always look forward to a new Michael Ironside film.

Case in point, Jon Keeyes’ new, mind-bending horror-thriller The Harrowing co-starring and produced by Matthew Tompkins. The film held its world premiere and EFM debut in Berlin on Friday, February 18th and hopefully, this means we will be hearing about its eventual release very soon.

But until we know an official release date, you can check out the poster to the right, and a bunch of quotes from the filmmakers along with some choice stills below.

After that let us know what you think of The Harrowing thus far!

“As a lifelong genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world,” Keeyes says. “We’ve carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this – that is both entertaining and thought-provoking – has been a joy.”

“We’re thrilled to screen The Harrowing to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Film Mode Entertainment’s Clay Epstein added. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with The Harrowing – a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.”

“The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare ‘elevated’ genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans…,” Tompkins says. “The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller…the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers.”

The Harrowing is written and directed by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead) and stars Michale Ironside (Scanners, Turbo Kid), Matthew Tompkins (Sicario) and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy).

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A Vice Detective (Tompkins) is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

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