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The MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL Brings Scares Aplenty To The UK

The MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL Brings Scares Aplenty To The UK

Are you ready…for absolute MAYHEM? The Mayhem Film Festival descends upon Nottingham, UK, at the Broadway Cinema, October 11 – 14, 2018. Featuring some of the best of horror, sci-fi, and cult classic features and shorts, there’s going to be a wide variety of cinematic genre offerings that should keep everyone happy.

Quite a few of the menu items have been making the rounds at many of the festivals, with some of them even winning awards. You’ll find a few that have been reviewed here and some that are about to be in the very near future, including:

Mayhem Film Festival: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Anna and the Apocalypse : A Scottish high-school Christmas zombie musical, this one’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, and MAYHEM will also feature a Q&A with Anna and the Apocalypse’s director John McPhail.

Mayhem Film Festival: The Witch in the Window (2018)The Witch in the Window: Canadian filmmaker Andy Mitton’s follow-up to Yellowbrickroad and We Go On, this supernatural chiller is primed to bring a lot of unhappy relationships together. For those families where someone loves horror movies but hates the PG-13 ones and has yet another finicky watcher who loves horror but ONLY if it’s PG-13, The Witch in the Window is that happy medium where everyone gets what they want. With a minimum of reliance on tired horror tropes and no gore whatsoever, The Witch in the Window specializes more in classic creeps, using the slow-burn technique to come to a heart-warming, yet also heart-breaking finish.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich continues to advance the beloved cult Full Moon Features franchise, with both fan favorites Udo Kier and Barbara Crampton on board.

Mayhem Film Festival: One Cut of the Dead (2017)One Cut of the Dead: Asian filmmakers have had their American brethren hanging their heads in shame (or they should be) with the way they’ve been managing to freshen up the tired zombie genre, with Korea’s outstanding Train to Busan and the quirky Chinese gut-muncher Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Now it’s Japanese co-writer/director Shin’ichiro Ueda’s turn, and if the other two are any indication of what kind of surprises to expect, you probably want to get your tickets to this one ASAP.

Mayhem Film Festival: What Keeps You Alive (2018)What Keeps You Alive: Even if you’re not familiar with Colin Minihan’s name, you’ve probably seen one or both of the films in the Grave Encounters franchise that he launched, or maybe his zombie-apocalypse-hits-Sin-City thriller It Stains the Sands Red. Based on his past work alone, his latest, a remote, woodsy horror drama sounds like another ‘must-see’ to add to your list.

Mayhem Film Festival: Nightmare Cinema (2018)Besides these films, there are also some debuts and other goodies worth noting. Nightmare Cinema is the much-anticipated horror omnibus from genre icon Mick Garris, who gave us the unforgettable Showtime shock-stravaganza Masters of Horror. Directors on-board this time around include Garris himself, Joe Dante, David Slade, and Ryuhei Kitamura (No One Lives, Versus, Midnight Meat Train).

Mayhem Film Festival: Mandy (2018)Mandy, the plenty-talked-about horror-on-acid freakshow starring – appropriately enough – Nicolas Cage – will infiltrate the Festival as well, and hopefully have tongues wagging just as much about its writer/director Panos Cosmatos, who also created the equally trippy Beyond the Black Rainbow.

And if One Cut of the Dead leaves you ravenous for more Japanese horror-goodness, you’re in luck. Making its UK premiere will be Shinsuke Sato’s live-action adaptation of the popular manga Inuyashiki.

And if this wasn’t mind-blowing enough, there’s also going to be a screening of the Lamberto Bava/Dario Argento collaboration from 1985, the crowd-pleasing Demons, and from Finland, The White Reindeer, a rarely-seen supernatural adaptation of a Finnish folk tale, made in 1952 by director Erik Blomberg.

More information about dates, times, the features and shorts, and where to get tickets, can be found at www.mayhemfilmfestival.com.


Posted by Samuel Glass in ATTRACTIONS AND DESTINATIONS, EVENTS, HORROR NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, 0 comments

TV REVIEW: Tales of the Unexpected (Overview)

Tales of the Unexpected
(aka Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected)

Expect the Unexpected

By Woofer McWooferson

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Director: Various; Writers: ; Rating: NR; Run Time: 30 min; Genre: Horror | Thriller; Country: England; Language: English; Year: 1979-88

Tales of the Unexpected, also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, was a British television series in the vein of Ray Bradbury Theatre and airing from 1979 to 1988. Episodes were darkly comedic and often sarcastic, tinged with sinister undertones. Seasons 1 and 2 were called Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, but as it grew to include stories written by others, it became simply Tales of the Unexpected for season 3.

Keep tuned to House of Tortured Souls as we go through all nine seasons to find the best it has to offer. Check out Tales of the Unexpected on IMDb and Wikipedia.


Season (or Series, as the Brits call it) breakdown:

Season: One
Episodes: 9
Original Air Dates: 24 March 1979 to 19 May 1979

Season: Two
Episodes: 16
Original Air Dates: 1 March 1980 to 14 June 1980

Season: Three
Episodes: 9
Original Air Dates: Split season: 9 August 1980 to 30 August 1980 and 9 November 1980 to 19 December 1980

Season: Four
Episodes: 17
Original Air Dates: Split season: 5 April 1981 to 26 July 1981 and 26 December 1981

Season: Five
Episodes: 18
Original Air Dates: 25 April 1982 to 22 August 1982

Season: Six
Episodes: 14
Original Air Dates: 9 April 1983 to 16 July 1983

Season: Seven
Episodes: 15
Original Air Dates: 12 May 1984 to 21 October 1984

Season: Eight
Episodes: 4
Original Air Dates: Split season: 30 March 1985 and 14 to 28 July 1985

Season: Nine
Episodes: 10
Original Air Dates: Split season: 18 December 1987 to 29 January 1988 and 15 April to 13 May 1988

Check out this partial list of guest stars:


Brad Dourif

Brian Blessed

Bud Cort



Carol Lynley

Charles Hallahan

Darren McGavin



David Cassidy

Denholm Elliott

Dennis Christopher



Derek Jacobi

Dick Smothers

Don Johnson



Ed Begley Jr.

Edward Albert

Eli Wallach



Frank Sinatra Jr.

Fritz Weaver

George Peppard



Gloria Grahame

Hayley Mills

Ian Holm



Jack Weston

Janet Leigh

Jim Broadbent



Joan Collins

Joan Hackett

Joanna Pettet



John Beck

John Castle

John Gielgud



José Ferrer

Joseph Cotten

Julie Harris



Max Gail

Michael Gambon

Michael Ontkean



Patricia Quinn

Peter Cushing

Peter Davison



Richard Basehart

Robert Morse

Rod Taylor



Roger Rees

Roxanne Hart

Samantha Eggar



Sharon Gless

Shirley Knight

Sondra Locke



Stuart Whitman

Susan Strasberg

Telly Savalas



Terry O’Quinn

Tom Bosley

Tom Smothers



Tony Franciosa

Topol

Warren Oates


6/10 claws – Overall rating. It's not bad, just inconsistent.

Posted by Alan Smithee in REVIEWS, SERIES REVIEWS, 0 comments