SHAKESPEAREAN INDIE WEIRDO TRASH: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROMEO’S DISTRESS DIRECTOR JEFF FRUMESS

Fans of genre cinema’s weirder avenues barely even have to put the work in anymore. Finding a 3rd generation VHS copy of Boardinghouse or Headless Eyes, or even some prime John Waters used to represent a dedicated search and often, the relinquishing of a not insubstantial amount of cash. And while getting your hands on once-obscure cult gems now often involves nothing more than a few hastily-typed words in a search bar, even odder slices of cinematic dementia are filling festival auditoriums, and getting rave reviews from respectable outlets. Jim Hosking’s 2016 comedy masterpiece The Greasy Strangler – a film surely not conceived in a human mind; at least, not a fully operational one – became one of the most talked-about festival hits of the year, while one of this century’s biggest child stars was recently seen playing a flatulent, hard-on wielding corpse in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Swiss Army Man. This year has already seen Steven Ellison’s Kuso and Eduardo Casanova’s Pieles melt festival audiences’ minds and it seems fair to conclude that wider genre audiences are starting to crave something a little different. Continue reading

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9 PICKS FOR FRIGHTFEST 2016

With London’s Horror Channel Frightfest just a week off, it’s time to gear up for that annual pilgrimage to, well, Shepherds Bush, for now at least. You will see things you cannot unsee – terrible, terrible, foul things; your brain will be assaulted and your soul blackened, and you’ll be all the better for it. Before you willingly subject yourself to such beautiful ugliness though, here are my picks for 2016’s fest. Here be the shit you do not want to miss. Continue reading

TERROR IN IRAQ: AN INTERVIEW WITH CURSE OF MESOPOTAMIA DIRECTOR LAUAND OMAR

“This movie is our way of fighting ISIS and radicals”, says Moroccan TV host and former model Kaoutar Boudarraja in the press materials of spiritualist horror Curse of Mesopotamia, in which she stars. Billed as Iraq’s first independent horror film, Curse of Mesopotamia faced challenges unlikely to trouble most Western productions in its long journey to the screen, overcoming terrorism and political turmoil before eventually opening in Iraq in November 2015. Continue reading

ME AND MY MATES VS THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE DIRECTOR DECLAN SHRUBB TALKS ZOMBIES, CULT COMEDIANS AND CLEAN LIVIN’

Zombies, man. They’re everywhere.

While horror filmmakers have been tweeking (or not) ol’ Georgie Romero’s lumbering, cannibalistic ghouls to their own aims for decades, it has been the fearful, godforsaken years of the 21st century that have seen them become the ubiquitous cinematic monsters of choice. 2004 seems to be the point when the current outbreak first occurred. Zack Snyder’s bafflingly beloved Dawn of the Dead rehash (it’s alright) became something of a hit, but it was the unlikely smash Shaun of the Dead that really did it. The zombie comedy that every subsequent zombie comedy seemingly must be compared to remains a high watermark within the genre (and it is now, fully a genre), and a film that countless straight-to-video abominations have aimed for.

Overcoming a generic, wince-inducing title which could suggest yet another lousy, wholly unfunny zombie lark, Declan Shrubb’s Me and My Mates Vs the Zombie Apocalypse is grungy, flawed, but also damn funny (read my review here).  Continue reading

10 SHITTY CHRISTMASES – PT. II

An edited version of this list originally published on Cinemart Online.

Hungry for more festive despair with that figgy pudding? Here’s part II of my countdown of the scariest, bloodiest and just plain shittiest Christmases.

To read Part I, click here

  1. Widowed, tormented, relieved of unborn – Inside, 2007

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In this supremely nasty Nativity, Sarah loses her husband in a car accident four months before Crimbo, leaving her alone and heavily pregnant. Christmas Eve rolls around, and Sarah is attacked by a strange Woman (Beatrice Dalle) who apparently wants her unborn baby. Continue reading