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New UK DVD and BluRay releases for week 6th May 2013

 

These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 6th May 2013.

Pick of the Week is a music DVD – Rainbow Live in Munich 1977 . This is the definitive Rainbow line-up with Blackmore , Dio (RIP) and Powell . Blackmore had to be smuggled out of Austria on the day of the gig due to a *police incident* and arrived just in time for the gig. This is a powerhouse performance of a true classic metal band !!

Please note that these are releases that fall under the horror genre umbrella that includes horror, exploitation, comic book characters , sci-fi, giallo , anime and music releases. It is not a full exhaustive list of everything just what I think fits this blog . Thanks!

rainbowmunich1977Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (DVD) Eagle Rock

drwhovisitationDoctor Who : The Visitation – Special Edition (DVD) 2entertain

avengersearthsmightiestAvengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 5 (DVD) Walt Disney Studios HE

avengersearthsmightiest6Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 6 (DVD) Walt Disney Studios HE

blackmirrorseason2Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – Season 2 (DVD) Channel 4 DVD

facilityThe Facility (DVD) Momentum Pictures

shadowpeopleShadow People (BluRay & DVD) Anchor Bay Entertainment

thetowerThe Tower (DVD) Entertainment One

comeoutandplayCome Out And Play (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

bigfoottapesThe Bigfoot Tapes (DVD) Signature Entertainment

wrathWrath (DVD) OMG!

sickboySick Boy (DVD) 101 Films

killerscreedKiller’s Creed (DVD) Films For You

summerscarsSummer Scars (DVD) Soda Pictures

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Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

On a personal note Slayer were my first love in the mid to late 1980’s , Hell Awaits & Reign in Blood will always live with me and changed my life . I met Jeff twice and once sat and drank with him & Tom for 2 hours, he was funny , gracious and very down to earth . RIP Jeff – I raise a glass & horns in your memory – shred in hell brother!!

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Well today finally got round to showing off my fancy new logo and name for the new site.

I am looking to have it going live in around 10 days from now but you never know it may be sooner .

UK Horror Scene will be a film review site , but also looking at all things horror and it’s genre. there will be music and gig reviews, a lifestyle section for anything from clothing to homewares to tattoos . And finally a new interactive calendar that will keep visitors up to date with what is going on in the UK from screenings , festivals , conventions etc .

The new Facebook group is open https://www.facebook.com/Ukhorrorscene and catch me on twitter @ukhorrorscene .

Finally thank you to everyone for the support not only through The CorpseGrinder blog but also with everything for UKHS. I really do appreciate it .

Andy !!

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The Wicked 2013

Dir Peter Winther   –  100 Minutes

UK DVD release 101 Films

 

A small town in Michigan has it’s very own urban legend . There is an old house hidden away in the woods known as Open Hearth and legend has it that if you throw a rock at the house and it just hits the wood then you are OK , however break a window and *The Wicked* will come for you.

The Wicked starts with a young girl (Amanda) crying in her bed , her mother asks what the problem is and she is told that her daughter went off to Open Hearth with some older kids and she broke the window and now the witch is coming for her. Her mother explains that this is just a story that has been told for generations to scare the local kids and everything will be OK. After closing her daughter’s door and returning to whatever task mothers do , there is a scream and when she returns she finds her daughter has just vanished!!

Now a couple of days later 18 year old Zach (Justin Deeley) and three friends Carter (Chase Maser), Julie (Jess Adams) and Tracy (Jakelyn Gauci) decide that while Zach’s father is away they will all go on a camping trip up into the woods. When they arrive they go nearby to Open Hearth and each throw a rock at the house and one smashes a window. Now they don’t know who smashed it but leave slightly unnerved and go to camp nearby.

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Unbeknownst to Zach , his younger brother Max (Devon Werkheiser) and his friend Samantha (Diana Hopper) have found out about their plans and followed them . They also go the Open Hearth and throw rocks and Max breaks a window , later in the woods they are being followed and Max records a message on his camera just before they disappear . Also where the gang are camping Tracy finds a teddybear that belonged to Amanda (we know this from the missing posters) , so they decide to investigate Open Hearth for signs of the missing girl.

Phew , well that is a brief synopsis of the first 30 minutes or so. Now I must admit The Wicked does sound pretty poor , but I do love a good witch/haunted house movie and this is a bit of both. And I really enjoyed it .

The Wicked is a lot of fun , just don’t take it too seriously as it doesn’t. You have the high school kids up for a dare , the nosy younger brother and his wise-ass friend ,the two dumb and obnoxious police officers and a witch, I mean what more do you want? The house as a set is great and of course surrounded by woods gives it a great feel.

The film feels like an adult version of a Disney story .The story about throwing a rock at the witch house used to be a senior dare at high school until a group of kids went missing 15 years ago. The witch, LaDean LaRene, survived her original witch burning by eating children. Little ones keep her young. Old ones keep her strong. And pretty ones keep her beautiful. And there is also a handy little rhyme that the locals sing – “Season of the Equinox, the witch besets her kill. One less soul the town to know, taken against their will.”

The acting is well above average and the whole story of the urban legend plays out very well , there are some negative points including if only one of the gang broke a window why does the witch hunt them all? Also the ending left me quite disappointed and at 100 minutes this could and really should have come in about 20 minutes lighter. Also a real bugbear of mine is CGI and there is some here and it is not too clever – but that’s me , I like it old school !

However I believe this will polarise viewers , it is the old Marmite adage – you will either love it or hate it. I am definitely in the former , I really enjoyed The Wicked and found it a good old fashioned horror story . It is at times nasty, bloody and scary as hell but the comedic value and lighter moments really round it off nicely.

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Also finally what I also really liked were all the usual horror tropes were here but the cast never adhered to the known rules of what NOT to do in horror films . They had sex , investigated strange noises, split off into groups or individually , summoned the witch , camped in the woods , went into a haunted house etc etc .  Great stuff .

The Wicked has Magic , Myth and Gore wrapped in a horrific Witches cloak 6/10

 

The Wicked will be released in the UK through 101 Films on DVD & BluRay on  June 10th 2013

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Dead Souls 2012

Dir. Colin Theys   –   92 minutes

UK Distribution – 101 Films

Dead Souls starts in a fairly brutal manner ,it doesn’t pull any punches here. A preacher living at a farmhouse with his wife , teenage daughter, young son and baby boy goes berserk. He kills his wife , daughter and son , and then crucifies them in the barn along with himself , and getting that last nail in is a doozy. But before he died the young son hid the baby boy in the basement and the film then moves forward 17 years to the modern day.

Johnny Petrie (Jesse James) is a mild mannered young man living in New York , he has a very strictly religious mother who keeps Johnny strictly under her thumb. Just after his 18th birthday he finds out he has inherited a farmhouse in Maine, when he questions his mother she collapses and is kept in hospital for observation.

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John takes this opportunity to go to Maine and check out his new property . On arriving , he is met by three young men who threaten him and tell him to leave as he is not wanted. Ignoring their advice John meets up with the solicitor and makes his way to the farmhouse.

When they arrive the solicitor explains to John he is adopted and his family died in an accident when he was tiny , and that the woman he calls mother is in fact his Father’s sister. John then decides he would like to spend some time in the empty (but still fully furnished with photos etc all still intact after 17 years) farmhouse. He hears a few noises and finds that Emma (Magda Apanowicz) is squatting there. They make an unlikely partnership as she helps John find out the truth of his deceased family and the reasons behind their tragedy.

Dead Souls is a well above par haunted house story , the setting of the farmhouse is perfect and the sets are superbly staged. The old creaking floorboards and dated decor lead to a really atmospheric feeling . It is dark , gloomy and when you watch keep your eyes peeled for things lurking in the corners and the background.

The acting is well above par (for the main) and with Bill Moseley & Geraldine Hughes in the cast then you know it is going to be a fun film. The score is continually interesting and keeps the film flowing flawlessly, and the lighting is great throughout.

The film does have a few flaws , especially with some of the storylines (like why was Emma in the house and what is her story?) BUT on the whole this is a good spooky horror film that has more invention than your average flick , it is not just a jump scare type horror but has a good back story and genuinely interesting characters and towards the end things do take some really interesting twists.

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Dead Souls is a genuinely creepy ghost story that will scare , shock and reel you in. A must for all haunted house fans and a really good intro into the genre for the new horror fan , as there are plenty of jumps and scares but very little blood and gore.

A unique and intriguing story that really packs a heavyweight supernatural punch 7/10

Dead Souls is released in the UK by 101films on the 8th July 2013 – well worth checking out!!

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VOLBEAT’s Collaboration With KING DIAMOND Available For Free Download – Apr. 5, 2013
“Room 24”, a brand new song from Danish metal rock ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT, is available for free download at this location. The track, which features a guest appearance by legendary Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond, comes off VOLBEAT’s fifth studio album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 5, in the rest of Europe on April 8, and in North America on April 9 via Vertigo/Republic Records/Universal Music.

Comments VOLBEAT guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen: “I’m a huge fan of MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”

Poulsen joined KING DIAMOND on stage at last year’s Sweden Rock Festival to perform a cover version of the MERCYFUL FATE classic “Come To The Sabbath”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

“The show was fantastic and King sounded better than ever,” Poulsen stated last June.

“I have been a huge KING DIAMOND / MERCYFUL FATE fan since my school days in Denmark. He was the first frontman in a metal band that I really became a fan of. At a very early age, I was already on my knees for Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi. But when the Danish newspapers started to write about KING DIAMOND and his new record, ‘Them’, I knew that I was about to discover something unique and special.

“A few minutes after reading the newspapers, I jumped on my bike and headed to my local record shop. 15 minutes later, I was holding the record in my hands and a new young KING DIAMOND fan was born and I have been following him and buying all his records since.

“I remember asking my dad if I could have some money for a KING DIAMOND concert ticket, he said, ‘Sure, but how will you earn the money for the train ticket and merchandise?’ he asked smiling. I responded I would figure it out, smiling.

“I ended up selling my BMX Raleigh bicycle, my dad got a little pissed about that in the beginning, but he ended up thinking that was real dedication and a good smart move from my side, because now he also had to buy me a new bike so I could get to school. Even my first tattoo was a MERCYFUL FATE cover (‘Don’t Break The Oath’). I was still in school and not old enough to get a tattoo, and I was begging the local tattoo artist to give me this tattoo. In the end, he said, ‘Okay I’ll do it if you. Come NOW, but don’t tell anyone.’ I said, ‘I cannot do it now because I’m about to have my exam in school in less than an hour.’ He didn’t care, so I said, ‘Fuck school, I’m on my way.’ I didn’t take my exam, but I got something that was so much more important to me, my first tattoo.

“The first time I met King in person was around 1996 or 1997, at that time, I had released my first two metal records and some demos with my previous band, DOMINUS. As an eager fan, I was telling him how much he inspired me. And now here in 2012 he still inspires me a lot in VOLBEAT.

“King has been to a few VOLBEAT shows in the U.S. to check us out and hang out and also to say hello to his good friend, Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), who [helped] VOLBEAT on our U.S. tour, which also is a great compliment for me and VOLBEAT.

“If you, as a reader, haven’t met King in person, then let me tell you about him, he’s the most dedicated man to his music and one of the nicest guys in this scene I have ever met. I am proud to calling him my friend.”

Taken from Blabbermouth.Net

Competiton now closed . Winners will be contacted and thank you to everyone who entered. 

Well done to Mick from Northumberland and Andy from Edinburgh. Many thanks to all the entrants , and again Wienerworld for the prizes !!

Well with many thanks to the good people at Wienerworld , TheCorpseGrinder has 2 copies of the soon to be released DVD of The Monochrome Set live in Minneapolis in 1979. The DVD features their full set from the legendary Marathon 80 Festival .

Please read below for more info on this great DVD from a hugely influential British band. And please visit Wienerworld to peruse their fantastic back catalogue and more info on future releases – http://www.wienerworld.com

The Monochrome Set DVD is released on April 15th in the UK and distributed through Wienerworld.

  •  Monochrome
  • This superb previously unreleased DVD is a valuable historic document of the band’s earliest live footage in existence
  • The full live set caught on camera of the American leg of the M80 concert in Minneapolis, Indiana (September 1979), offering an early candid snapshot of the group  
  • Includes two compositions by original bassist Jeremy Harrington: Fly Me To The Moon (never before released on any format) and the early live song Viva Death Row
  • Complete with a 4 page pull-out booklet with amazingly revealing liner notes
  • Released to coincide with the band’s USA Tour in May 2013 (followed by UK and European Tours in October)


The Monochrome Set originally formed in 1978 from the remnants of a college group called 
The B-Sides (whose members had included Stuart Goddard, a.k.a. Adam Ant). The post-punk band is notable for its witty lyrics, the laconic delivery of lead singer Bid and the idiosyncratically retrogressive playing style of original lead guitarist Lester Square.

The live footage contained in this DVD is so important, not only because it offers an early candid snapshot of the group, but also because it captures a musical fire and edginess inherent to only a few bands of that era. It is both a time capsule and a true joy to witness.


Tracks:

1. The Monochrome Set
2. Fallout
3. Tomorrow Will Be Too Long
4. Fly Me To Moon
5. The Etcetera Stroll
6. Mr Bizarro
7. Love Goes Down The Drain
8. Ici Les Enfants
9. Lester Leaps In
10. Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
11. Martians Go Home
12. The Lighter Side Of Dating
13. Viva Death Row
14. He’s Frank
15. Goodbye Joe
16. The Strange Boutique
17. Expresso
18. Alphaville

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Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity 1987

Dir. Ken Dixon  –  71 Minutes  – Full Moon Productions

UK DVD released by 88 Films

Starring Elizabeth Kaitan, Cindy Beal , Don Scribner , Carl Horner , Brinke Stevens .

Daria (Elizabeth Kaitan) and Tisa (Cindy Beal) are two scantily clad prisoners held in an intergalactic space prison , they manage to escape  by overpowering a couple of quite frankly inept guards and then make their dash for freedom in a stolen shuttle . After realising they are in the back end of nowhere (in the universe that is) the ship picks up a homing beacon and follow it but crash on landing.

Now on a desolate planet the pair meet up with the mysterious Zed (Don Scribner) who allows the girls to stay in his house along with other guests brother and sister Rik (Carl Horner) and Shala (Brinke Stevens) , who also crash landed just days earlier. What happens next is very reminiscent of the 1932 classic The Most Dangerous Game but set in space with sexy slaves and robots.

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This is pure B movie fodder but has a charm and innocence that endears the viewer into 71 minutes of pure fun and total silliness. The walls shake , the robots are hilarious especially in one scene when arguing with each other. Just not a film to take to serious, but a must for any fan of proper women in very little clothing for the main. And if you like your men tall(ish) dark and handsome in very tight leather pants then Zed is for you!!

88 Films have a lovely release here it is very sharp on screen, the sound was spot on and just looked fantastic.

Now I didn’t know the extras when I received the DVD , so after watching Slave Girls I was flicking on to the extras when I saw a special feature of Famous T&A . Now I was in shock as I has this on VHS back in the very early 1990’s , it was purchased from a store in the sale section and I still remember the woman behind the counter questioning my viewing tastes ” Do you really want to buy this erm Famous Tits and Asses”? . And by god I did , and when I returned home I opened it in anticipation only to find the wrong video was in the box.

I never did return to the shop and lived with this for over 20 years. So when I saw on screen Famous T&A I was almost overcome with excitement. And it was the one , the fantastic Sybil Danning introduces 75 minutes of topless and nude scenes from famous actresses with hilarious commentary and some wonderful trailers too.

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Famous T&A was also directed by Ken Dixon which is why it features on the extras. And can I just thank 88 Films for putting an end to my 20+ year wait to see that particular feature.

A great release here by 88 Films as part of their *Grindhouse* collection , they have got a really good selection of straight to video classics and more info is available here .

So it is a lovely release with fantastic extras , making it a much deserved 8/10 !!

FEATURES INCLUDE: ALL REGION CODES, NUMBERED SPINE, FAMOUS T&A (1982) BONUS FILM, ORIGINAL TRAILER, ANIMATED STILLS GALLERY, FULL MOON TRAILER PARK, REVERSIBLE SLEEVE INCORPORATING ORIGINAL ARTWORK, RED CASE

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These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 1st April 2013.

A really slow week with very little released apart from some nice Steelbooks. Probably PICK OF THE WEEK is Room 237 – A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. 

Please note that these are releases that fall under the horror genre umbrella that includes horror, exploitation, comic book characters , sci-fi, giallo and music releases. It is not a full exhaustive list of everything just what I think fits this blog , Thanks.

room237Room 237 (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

lightfieldsLightfields (DVD) ITV Studios Home Entertainment

primevilnewworldseason1Primeval – New World Series 1 (DVD) Entertainment One

punisherblurayThe Punisher (DVD & BluRay) Anchor Bay Entertainment

edwardscissorsteelEdward Scissorhands (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

manironfistsbluThe Man With The Iron Fists (DVD & BluRay) Universal Pictures UK

manironfistssteelThe Man With The Iron Fists (Steelbook) Universal Pictures UK

xmensteelbookX-Men (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

startrekenterprisebluseason1Star Trek Enterprise – Season 1 (BluRay) Paramount Home Entertainment

silencelambssteelThe Silence of The Lambs (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

fireflycompleteseriesbluFirefly – The Complete Series (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

earthsfinalhoursdvdEarth’s Final Hours (DVD) Anchor Bay Entertainment

predatorsteelPredator 2 (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

robocopsteelRobocop (Ltd Ed Steelbook) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

seedsofdestructiondvdSeeds of Destruction (DVD) Anchor Bay Entertainment

merlindragonempiredvdMerlin and The Dragon Empire (DVD) Lightning Pictures

jackripperscourgelondodndvdJack the Ripper -The Scourge of London (DVD) Go Entertain

spirithuntersSpirit Hunters (DVD) OMG!

johncooperclarkelivedvdJohn Cooper Clarke – South of the Border: Live from London’s South Bank (DVD) Safecracker Pictures

thegiantkillerdvdThe Giant Killer (DVD) Regency

6plotsdvd6 Plots (DVD) Matchbox Films

fromdusktillporndvdFrom Dusk Till Porn (DVD) Cornerstone Media

tenebraebluTenebrae (BluRay) Arrow Video

catoninetailsbluThe Cat O’ Nine Tails (BluRay) Arrow Video

 

 

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Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever – 2012

Dir. Calum Waddell  –  75 Minutes

High Rising Productions

Released UK – May 13th through 88 Films

 

I have a love for Slasher films. I was brought up on Slasher films, some of my earliest memories of films are renting videos in the early 1980’s before the whole Video Nasty episode. And the majority of the videos rented were low budget *Slashers* where I would be often drawn in by the amazing cover artwork or simply through schoolboy word of mouth. ” Have you seen The New York Ripper”? and off I would be that evening to the Video shop to try and find it and if not then there was always something else to pick up.

So when a documentary called Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever comes along , you know I will be front and centre especially when I find out my friends at Grimmfest were putting it on at a local theatre ( in a double bill with Scott Spiegel’s great Intruder).

So in essence Slice & Dice has Slasher directors, actors and legends talking about what makes a Slasher film. The Slasher is a film that has many tropes that must be observed , you must never go off alone. You must never try to track down where that creepy noise is coming from and please don’t drink, do drugs or have sex. If you attempt any of these things you will DIE!!

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Slice & Dice features some well known people like Tobe Hooper (TCM , Funhouse) , Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch , Lovely Molly) and Scott Spiegel (Hostel, Intruder,2001 Maniacs) but where it really comes into it’s own is with the *lesser known* interviewees . There is the great Fred Olen Ray who has directed over 120 genre films including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers , or J S Cardone who wrote and directed the 1982 slasher The Slayer, teen actor Cory Feldman (well he did kill Jason) talks with great enthusiasm and star of the film (IMO) Felissa Rose (who starred as Angela in the seminal slasher Sleepaway Camp) who goes into great detail into the perpetrator’s perspective.

What comes across throughout the film is the total love of this much maligned and often scapegoated genre from everyone involved. Slice & Dice really captures the feel of the genre and the editing and pacing of the film leaves you entertained and enthralled throughout.

Slice and Dice is split into 6 sections “How to survive a slasher film”, “The genre’s greatest hits”, “The final girl”, “Making a memorable movie maniac”, “The secret of a good gore gag”, and “The slasher film forever”. This brings the whole discussion into easy bite-sized chunks that will keep non slasher freaks engaged and is a really good base for anyone wanting to learn more.

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Calum Waddell has worked wonders here, he has taken a very niche genre and opened it up to make it very entertaining and very accessible. And in just 75 minutes he has filled it chock full of people who really care and enthuse and it shows in the final product.

I haven’t got room to mention all the contributors here, but they are what makes it work. Yes there is no Romero, Raimi, Campbell, Argento, Craven, Englund, Hodder, Carpenter etc. BUT they are not needed because the contributors here have all been there and done that and I loved every second of their recollections.

For me this was just a joy , I smiled throughout and recalled many great films through the clips. When this is released (with lots of extras I believe) on DVD I will be first in the queue and will return to the film both as a point of reference AND for a purely entertainment perspective. And be sure when I get my hands on the full DVD I will tag a review of the extras on here !

FANtastic 8.5/10

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