Hostel III – Paint the town red this Christmas

Hostel IIIInteresting news is emerging for fans of the Hostel franchise, with the third instalment being unleashed straight onto DVD on 27 December.

Hostel III offers a new take on the original Sin City of Las Vegas, bringing the horror a lot closer to home for American fans of the series.

The film itself looks a lot more decadent than previous offerings with settings including glittering Vegas landmarks that are decorated with beautiful women. Sin City is a place that offers all kinds of indulgences for the rich, including the sinister ones on offer in Hostel III.

Helmed by Evil Dead II co-writer Scott Spiegel, the third instalment features the traditional array of beauties including model Kelly Thiebaud in one of the lead roles. Although Eli Roth has been rumoured to be producing, he has apparently stayed away from set of the latest instalment of the franchise that he created.

Released two days after Christmas, Hostel III could be the perfect late gift for those wishing to paint the town red over the festive period.

DAN HOWARTH

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REVIEW: TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL

Tucker & Dale vs EvilTucker & Dale vs Evil begins with a typical horror cliché; a group of teenagers heading out to the wilderness for fun and frolics, only to be seemingly followed and terrorised by a pair of hillbillies. There are subtle nods to successful similar titles such as Deliverance, Wrong Turn and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you’d be forgiven for believing that you’ve seen and heard all of this before, but you’d be mistaken.

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RETROSPECTIVE: HELLRAISER

Hellraiser CenobitesAside from books, there’s one thing that’s usually a major influence on writers of horror – film. This shouldn’t come as any surprise – books, despite being composed solely of words printed on pages, are, just like films, essentially a form of visual media, albeit the images are played out in the reader’s head. Ask any author of the darker shades of fiction to come up with a list of their prime inspirations for becoming writers and you can guarantee there will be a couple of films in amongst the books and stories.

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REVIEW: GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS VOLUME 3

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3Nucleus Films have been quietly making a name for themselves recently, releasing some older forgotten genre fare as well as this series of trailer collections. They seem to have recognised that some people enjoy the trailers before a film on a trip to the cinema and have gone back to the golden era of exploitation to handpick trailers that embody the time period of the late 70s to early 80s. It was a time before the infamous Video Nasty era which so sadly optimised the censorship debate in the UK, and exploitation, sex and violence sold even the weakest and cheapest films, regardless of quality.

Grindhouse Trailer Classics Volume 3 Review

VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL IS SEEKING TALENTED INTERNS!

Viscera Film FestivalSee Horror is excited to announce that The Viscera Film Festival is expanding and looking to recruit passionate, qualified and hard-working interns. There are currently a number of positions available for people who are interested in directly assisting female genre filmmakers from all over the world.

Viscera are a non-profit organisation founded by Shannon Lark who works tirelessly to support and showcase new and established women of genre. Viscera is about spreading the word that women can create commercial and creative work which will further the reach for women not only in horror filmmaking, but in all areas of the genre. Viscera are constantly working to get the Viscera films screened and promoted all over the world as part of the Viscera Tour and last summer they held their annual live event at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles. The world tour has taken (well, it will soon) the festival to Sydney, Australia, the Abattoir Film Festival in Wales and Geek Girl Con in Seattle.

For any filmmakers out there interested in submitting an entry, the closing dates for submissions to the festival are February 28 2012 (Women in Horror Recognition Month) and if you’re keen to get involved you can find out more information here.

And for those who want to apply for an internship: download the ‘Viscera Interns’ PDF and follow the instructions. Only respectful, punctual, and hard-working men and women are encouraged to apply.

ALAN KELLY