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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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE)

It was confirmed earlier this week that The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) will premiere at Frightfest’s Halloween All-nighter on Saturday 29 October.

Frightfest co-ordinator Alan Jones said, “We’re delighted to be hosting the UK premiere of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). FrightFest world premiered the original film also directed by Tom Six, and this sequel is exactly the sort of genre movie FrightFest is world famous for championing: it’s surprising, shocking, satirical, sobering and sensational. Horror movies rarely come as controversial as Six’ latest assault on the senses and we cannot wait to let our audience share its complex cleverness and introduce them to as many cast and crew members as we can. Our grateful thanks go to Eureka Entertainment for allowing us to show the movie”.

What do you all think to the trailer? Are you looking forward to The Human Centipede II or will you be giving this one a miss? Personally I thought The Human Centipede was a little tame when compared to the likes of A Serbian Film, August Underground and Martyrs. It also lacked the philosophy and story of the latter.

MICHAEL WILSON

LONDON RIOTS INSPIRE MAY I KILL U?

When the London [Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds etc] riots kicked off in the UK this Summer it had all the marks of a great apocalyptic horror film. Of course, it wasn’t great because it was on our doorstep which was what made it so darn terrifying. It was inevitable that a riots-inspired film would turn up and here it is, in the shape of May I Kill U? 

Director Stuart Urban says, “In the film we explain the interaction of society and a vigilante style killer whose choices play well to the social media gallery, particularly one hungry for  payback because of street crime in the UK.”

This dark comedy began shooting today. We will bring you more information as and when we have it.

MICHAEL WILSON

BEHIND THE LENS: POLLYANNA MCINTOSH

When was the first time you watched a horror film, and how did it affect you?

The first horror film I saw was The Omen, aged six. I remember it vividly and am still scarred from it, literally. My older sister, close in age at eight but far more refined than I, was watching it as she finished a knitting project. In lieu of scissors she was using a long ass carving knife to cut her wool and my six year old curious hands picked it up from the sofa absent mindedly.

Read the interview with Pollyanna McIntosh

THE DEAD BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE

New zombie flick, The Dead, arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 10. For those unable to wait until then check out the brand new behind the scenes action below.

Producer and Director Howard J. Ford commented, “Seeing some of this new footage, a lot of which I had no idea was even being shot, takes me right back to the horrors we faced getting it in the can.  Everything from my knifepoint mugging on the very first day of production to watching my own Brother Jon whither away to a near skeleton with dysentery & severe food poisoning while our lead actor Rob Freeman lay in a local hospital dying of cerebral Malaria..

But now, with the film about to come out, Jon and I are starting to feel a sense of excitement that we haven’t felt before and if the release goes the way it looks like it will, we will owe it to those who supported us to get our asses back out to Africa and bring back The Dead 2 – whether we survive it or not!”

Here’s the synopsis:

Shot on locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa on 35mm including many never before committed to celluloid locations, The Dead is unlike anything horror audiences have ever experienced – an apocalyptic, savage journey to the heart of Africa.

The story is centred around the journey of American Air Force engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman), the sole survivor of a plane crash, who has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. He joins forces with local military man Sergeant Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who is desperately searching for his missing son. They must fight together if they are to survive the flesh-eating horrors of the bush.

MICHAEL WILSON