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Shut In Giveaway

Apr 2, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments
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Shut In

To celebrate the release of Shut In – available on DVD & Blu-ray 10th April – we are giving away a copy of the DVD courtesy of Arrow Films.

Shut In is a heart-pounding thriller starring two-time Oscar Nominee Naomi Watts, that relentlessly questions whether or not we can really believe our own eyes and ears.

Isolated by her role as carer to her paralyzed son and by a devastating blizzard, Watts’ child psychologist, Mary, must find out the truth behind a missing boy in her care. Making great use of its claustrophobic setting, Shut In is a terrifying slice of New England gothic that will keep you riveted until the final twist.

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  • The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address
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  • There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner
  • The promoter of this competition is Fetch Dynamic Ltd

High Society Review

Feb 14, 2017   //   by admin   //   Featured Posts, News  //  No Comments

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High Society Review

Those fine folks over at Fetch Publicity challenged me to expand my horizons and get outside of my comfort zone in the New Year and for a die hard horror fan there surely is no more terrifying genre than the musical.

But I was intrigued, maybe I was missing out on something. And as my mantra is to try anything once (except incest and morris dancing) I took the plunge.

Fetch obliged by sending me 5 DVDS, a mix of classic and modern musicals.

So armed with a bowl of popcorn and a poorly seven year old, we continue into the heart of darkness of our musical adventure…

Cue music:

Trailer

Synopsis

C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife’s Tracy Lord’s family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy’s heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that “safe” can mean “deadly dull” when it comes to husbands and life.

Review

IMG_0335After last week’s pleasant introduction to the classic musical, I was thrilled to sit down and watch another musical, this time featuring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Louis Armstrong, all people that even a musical neophyte such as myself had heard of. So everything should have gone swimmingly, right? Well…

My main problem with the film was that I couldn’t emotionally invest with the trials and tribulations of the white American upper classes and the twisted relationship games they play.

Grace Kelly is an amazing actress, as shown in her work with Hitchcock (Rear Window, Dial M for Murder). But in High Society she is given little to work with, her character’s flitting between the three male leads feels arbitrary at best, or at worst, simply dictated by the necessities of the plot.

Frank Sinatra plays Frank Sinatra playing a tabloid reporter, and Bing Crosby is… well, Bing Crosby. Louis Armstrong steals the show whenever he’s on screen, which unfortunately is not enough.

The film is effectively a remake of The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. But unfortunately there’s no way our cast (or any cast for that matter) could compete with the calibre of talent in the original. At — minutes, the film feels like a leaden retread which screeches to a halt for the ill-fitting musical numbers.

IMG_0331Following on from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers I thought I’d become a full convert to the musical genre, but maybe High Society has shaken my faith already. Looks like I need tight choreography and bold art design to accompany the singing in my musicals. Let’s see what happens next week when I tackle musical classic Singin’ in the Rain, starring Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly.

Come join me, we’re safer in numbers…

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Review

Feb 7, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Review

Those fine folks over at Fetch Publicity challenged me to expand my horizons and get outside of my comfort zone in the New Year and for a die hard horror fan there surely is no more terrifying genre than the musical.

But I was intrigued, maybe I was missing out on something. And as my mantra is to try anything once (except incest and morris dancing) I took the plunge.

Fetch obliged by sending me 5 DVDS, a mix of classic and modern musicals.

So armed with a bowl of popcorn and a poorly seven year old, we set off on this musical adventure…

Cue music:

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Trailer

Synopsis

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

Review

I decided to start my journey into the musical genre chronologically which led me to start with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but to be honest it probably was the best of the bunch to gently ease a horror fan into. The synopsis above hints at what could have quite easily turned into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, as leather-clad backwoodsman Adam strolls into town looking to buy a bride while singing a catch little ditty called “Bless your Beautiful Hide”…

Images of Adam skinning his bride leap unbidden into my head. Bizarrely he manages to find a woman, Milly, interested in taking him up on the offer to live in the middle of nowhere and look after him and his 6 brothers.

seven-brides-for-seven-brothersOf course the introduction of a woman into this masculine mix leads the rest of the brothers into yearning for their own female companionship and faster than you can say Wrong Turn, they’re trekking into town to kidnap six brides of their own. Literally, kidnap them against their wills.

At this point I tried to explain the gender politics of nineteenth century frontier towns, seen through the filter of 50’s Hollywood, to my poorly seven-year old daughter. Things got complicated. But finally convinced her that kidnapping is not an acceptable way to start a relationship no matter your socio-economic status. Parenting Level Unlocked!

Thankfully (?) for the audience the unwilling brides all start to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome and they fall in love with the Hills Have Eyes clan. And then before the viewer starts to overthink things the film ends with everyone accepting the new status quo. Its never really explained what happened to the parents of the seven boys, but I think its safe to assume the brothers ate them both one harsh winter.

Now if you read the above and assumed that I didn’t enjoy the film, you’d be dead wrong. I’ve gotta admit I loved it. The plot is ridiculous of course, but the cast manage to keep things entertaining. The seven brothers, all with dyed ginger hair, manage to bring real identity to their roles, so that you can distinguish between each of them.

Costume and art design is incredibly well done. The first 30 minutes all the colours are earth tones, but once Milly begins to make her presence felt, the world becomes all dazzling Technicolor primary colours.

The choreography is genuinely breath-taking, there are several stand out dance numbers, in particular the barn-raising sequence is electrifying for its displays of agility. As a genre fan, I enjoyed these in the same way I’d appreciate an intricate Jackie Chan action set piece.

And dammit if the songs aren’t damn catchy…

No one was more surprised than me about how much I enjoyed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I’d definitely recommend it as a good entry point to the genre.

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Join me next week as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong team up for High Society.

You can pick up all the films here:

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Where the Serial Killers are…

Jan 25, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

I Am Not A Serial Killer – Review

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noun,

- a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience;

- someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior.

Billy O’Brien’s festival favourite hits DVD and Blu Ray soon, courtesy of UK distributor Bull Dog films, and those fine folks at Fetch Publicity were kind enough to send me a copy.

Trailer:

Synopsis:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and works at the family mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. When somebody starts murdering people in John’s town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues…

Review:

Having missed the film at its 2016 Abertoir Horror Festival screening, I was ecstatic to finally catch up with Billy O’Brien’s feature. However, I was also nervous that the festival hype had unfortunately raised my expectations unreasonably high. However I had been a fan of director O’Brien’s previous features: Isolation and Scintila. Evidence that O’Brien was amassing an impressive body of genre work.

Effectively a two hander between Where the Wild Things Are’s Max Records and Christopher Lloyd, the strength of the film lies in the two actors’ performances, and the duality of their characters. The film is primarily an exploration of what it means to be a monster.

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The film takes its time in telling its tale, slowly unfurling its story, allowing the audience to spend time with its characters. Max Records achieves the almost impossible, generating audience sympathy for a character who apparently cannot experience emotions. Having delivered an unhinged performance at a young age in Where the Wild Things Are, Max continues to develop as an actor to follow with his performance in this film. His relationship with Christopher Lloyd’s character functions as the centrepiece of the film.

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Christopher Lloyd’s performance is a revelation in this film. I would already classify myself as a fan of Mr Lloyd’s work, but I was unprepared for his work in this film, delivering a mix of pathos and unease in what might be a career best.

Shot in glorious 16mm, the film evokes American indie horrors of the 60s, such as Let’s Scare Jessica to Death and Romero’s Martin, right down to its glorious title card and end credits.

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This is an easy recommendation for genre fans who want the boundaries of their favourite sub-genres tested and broken. Looking forward to see what Mr O’Brien comes up with next.

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A New Year, A New You (and me)

Jan 18, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

 

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The fine guys and gals at Fetch Publicity invited me to join in their promotion for “A New Year, A New You”, which is all about bloggers and film fans getting outside their comfort zone and watching films they wouldn’t normally see.

So as a lifelong horror fan, I thought I couldn’t get further outside my comfort zone than volunteering to watch a bunch of musicals. Prior to this the only musicals I’ve watched and enjoyed have been:

So Fetch have sent me the following mix of classic and new musicals to watch, none of which I’ve seen:

So dear reader won’t you join me on this terrifying adventure into the dark soul of this musical genre???

You can pick up the films here:

 http://amzn.to/2j3p8aH

But there’ll also be a tweet linking to this blog post, retweet it and Fetch will choose one of you to send you the films to: @madsciencefilms

 Take my hand, there’s nothing to be afraid of…

  Do you hear something? It sounds like singing…

   (Hold me.)