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Tony Newton takes a look back at the Video Nasties in the upcoming VHS Documentary “VHS Nasty” and reference book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”

Tony Newton takes a look back at the Video Nasties in the upcoming VHS Documentary “VHS Nasty” and reference book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”

VHS Nasty is part 3 in the infamous cult VHS documentary series “VHS Lives“. In the early 1980’s, VCR players were in every house, but a legendary cult following developed during the VHS era like no other, those that loved The Video Nasty! Yes kids, with video stores on every corner during the VHS boom, they were flooded with an array of exploitation and horror the likes of which we will never see again. The art on the VHS sleeves was awesome and these unregulated horror, gore and sexploitation films rocked before they were banned in the UK and the hysteria started to spread across the globe!

VHS Nasty delves deep into the cult classic satanic panic that is the video nasties, taking an indepth look at censorship within horror films specifically the video nasty scandal that shook not only Britain in the early 80’s, but shook the world into a frenzy of panic! Talking about cult video nasties such as Faces of Death, Cannibal Holocaust, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Driller Killer and many more.

VHS Nasty is available on Amazon Prime now and coming to DVD in the UK and US from September 23rd

UK DVD available to pre-order from hive.co.uk

US DVD available to pre-order from Barnes and Noble and Alchemy Werks

VHS LIVES : A Schlockumentary Part 1 and VHS Lives :Undead Format  Part 2 are also available on DVD and VOD.

To coincide with the documentary  the recently released book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”  is also now available as a Kindle eBook. Packed with information with over 800 pages of Nastiness, it takes a detailed look at the VHS Video Nasties, Censorship and horror films!

VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties is currently available in the UK and US on Amazon

UK Amazon Kindle

US Amazon Kindle

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Necro Publications release new horror anthology book ‘Polish Extreme’

Necro Publications release new horror anthology book ‘Polish Extreme’

Grab your air-sick bag and get ready to sample some of the goriest gore and grossest grossness that the great country of Poland has to offer. This ain’t Harry Potter, folks, this is a gleeful bacchanal blood-squirting, gut-flinging, erection-throbbing FUN!

There’s more to Poland than sausages and perogies and thousand-year-old churches; there’s a hardcore horror movement that’s blowing the rest of Europe out of the water, and here are the four authors leading the pack:

Tomasz Czarny
Karolina “Mangusta” Kaczkowska
Lukasz Radecki
Tomasz Siwiec
Plus an intro and new short novel (set in Poland) by Edward Lee!

Polish Extreme is available now on ebook and Paperback

Polish Extreme Anthology edited by Edward Lee (Trade Paperback)

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First ‘Elements of Horror’ anthology book from Red Cape Publishing to be released September 3rd

First ‘Elements of Horror’ anthology book from Red Cape Publishing to be released September 3rd

Red Cape Publishing are proud to present ‘Elements of Horror’, a series of four multi-author horror anthologies. Based around the four elements, each collection brings together stories from some of the greatest independent authors on the scene today.

Book One: Earth is now available at a pre-order price of just 99p ahead of its release on September 3rd.

Books Two to Four (Air, Fire, Water) will be released in October, November, and December respectively.

Submissions for books two to Four are currently still open. Full details can be found on the submission page here

Red Cape Publishing is a modern publishing house dedicated to promoting to best independent and small-press releases. Red Cape was born out of a desire to spread the word about the indie scene, firmly believing that promoting other people’s work is of benefit to everyone.

You can find out more about Red Cape Publishing on the website and follow on social media: Twitter – InstagramFacebook

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New documentary ‘Scary Stories’ coming to DVD THIS JULY

New documentary ‘Scary Stories’ coming to DVD THIS JULY

Scary Stories, the highly anticipated documentary about Alvin Schwartz’ iconic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, will be released on DVD July 16 via Wild Eye Releasing.


Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: The best selling teen classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Scary Stories creates both the ultimate celebration and dissertation of this iconic piece of horror literature.

Cody Meirick’s film features more than 40 interviews, from family members of author Alvin Schwartz, to fellow children’s book horror authors like R.L Stine (Goosebumps) and Q.L. Pearce, to folklorists, artists and fans discussing the impact that the books have had on both themselves as well as the culture at large. The documentary also explores the various times in which the books were banned or targeted by parent and religious groups as ‘satanic’ or otherwise too macabre for its targeted teen scholastic audience.

Penned by Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen GammellScary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a three-volume series consisting of short horror stories for pre-teens and children that were adapted from American folklore and urban legends.  Because of some of the violent illustrations and the subject matter, parent groups, religious organizations and school boards had the books pulled from libraries and schools at various times. A feature film adaptation of the books, produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, is due in theaters this summer.

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‘The Special’ shocks audience during an exclusive private screening

‘The Special’ shocks audience during an exclusive private screening

‘The Special’ had an exclusive first private screening at the Appell Centre on Friday and it soon became apparent that some audience members were not prepared for the controversial subjects of the film. One couple walking out of the cinema halfway through in disgust commenting “I’m not sitting through anymore of this”.

It is no surprise with a tag line of “This is not a love story” and Harrison Smith asking people to ‘See it with someone you hate!” the film was always going to get a provocative response. However, the feeling of the couple were obviously not shared by the rest of the audience who gave the film a standing ovation and positive early critic reviews.

The interest has continued to build leading up to the release of The Special, even though details regarding the film have been deliberately held back with audiences asked not to discuss the events in the film. Although the film artwork involving a box with a whole which says ‘Stick it in here’ has naturally raised some speculation regarding the film’s themes.

‘The Special’ is directed by Harrison Smith, with the script adapted by Mark Steensland and James Newman from their novella of the same name. It is not a film for the squeamish or easily offended and serves as a stark warning regarding infidelity and obsession.

The film stars; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame.

The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jerichoand singer, musician Howard Jones.

When Jerry Harford who discovers what he believes to be his wife having an affair, his best friend urges him to fight fire with fire, with horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.  

Filmed around Phildelphia, York and Lancaster Pennsylvania. The film also reunites Harrison Smith with Felissa Rose as associate producer.

You can keep up to date with new about The Special by following

Harrison Smith on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harrisonsmith85

The Special on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/givemethespecial/  

 

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AMC’s The Walking Dead: Start to Finish

AMC’s The Walking Dead: Start to Finish

 No Way Out

By Nicole Robinson

Walkers take Alexandria

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead saw the wall of Alexandria come tumbling down when the tower fell and “Start to Finish” picked right where it left off after a foreshadowing opening scene of ants devouring a cookie in Sam’s room.  A flood of walkers came pouring into the streets of the community where the group calls home and Rick has fallen to the ground.

Rick being Rick, shots at the incoming herd in a fury of wasted bullets as he screams for everyone to get into their houses and keep quiet. Deanna is injured after she falls on a blade and is bleeding from her side and leg.

The action came fast and furious after that as the survivors all separated into different hiding spots — Carol and Morgan in one house, Rick, Carl, Michonne, an injured Deanna, Jessie, and the kids in another. Maggie is trapped up on a tower, while Eugene, Rosita, and Tara are in a garage. Denise is stuck with the Wolf that Morgan has locked up.

Each group takes stock of their situations, none of which seem to be very good considering the streets are quickly filling up with zombies.  Deanna discovers that, in addition to her other rather painful and threatening wounds, she had been bitten in the side during her fall. In what are probably the most appropriate words of the entire episode, she says “Well Sh**”.

Carol appears to have a concussion as the result of a fall and tricks Morgan into thinking she is resting so she can escape and kill the wolf he has locked up. The two fight after a stand-off but both are knocked out just as Tara, Eugene, and Rosita walk in and the Wolf takes Denise hostage with a knife to her throat. He demands their weapons and Tara and Rosita kick over their guns while Eugene surrenders his machete. This is a seemingly odd move considering they had two guns and outnumbered him but for entertainment purposes we can let it slide. He escapes with Denise as hostage leaving us wondering if one or both of them will survive the mega herd that is flooding into Alexandria.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, teen angst posterchild Ron locks Carl in a garage in an attempt to kill the son of the man who killed his father. Walkers break up the fight and get into the house.  Carl takes Ron's gun and gets in the best line of the night in response to Ron's attack, "Your Dad was an A**hole". Deanna takes on the herd until her six bullets are gone in a final stand of strength that results in being eaten off camera.

The group decides to shroud themselves in bedsheets covered in walker guts to make an escape by walking right through the crowd. Sam decides that walking through a massive herd of flesh eating zombies is the perfect to get his mom’s attention and says “Mommy” right before the credits role and we are left to process until the show returns on Valentine’s Day next year.

 

LUCILLE IS COMING

Meeting Negan's henchman

During the first commercial break of Into the Badlands a 2 minute sneak-peak showed Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl on their way home in a truck when they are stopped by a group of bikers with big guns. A shiver of glee goes down every comic reader’s spine as the speaker for this group tells them ALL of their property belongs to… Negan. That’s right. The Saviors have arrived and Lucille is coming.

Negan and the Saviors, first appear in issue 100 of the comic book counter part of the series and knocks at the gates of Alexandria demanding half of everything in exchange for not killing everyone. When Rick turns him down he uses a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire named Lucille to beat to death fan favorite Glenn as Rick, Maggie, and the rest of the survivors watch helplessly as Negan taunts them, saying things like “He is taking it like a champ”.

The Saviors are a mix between a biker gang and a psycho cult and Negan is the most ruthless one of them all, using fear to exploit supplies and loyalty out of the members as their leader. He does the same to the Alexandria and Rick as well as the surrounding communities that we can look forward to coming soon as well. The Hilltop also appears around this time in the comics and that brings about the arrival of resourceful badass Paul Monroe aka Jesus. Tom Payne was announced to be playing Jesus back in September bringing the assurance we will be seeing him at some point during the second half.

Not long ago it was announced that Jeffery Dean Morgan has been casted to play Negan and will appear during the second half when it returns in February. For those of us that read the comic, it will be a long winter break waiting to find out how this is going to play out on the small screen. Looks like there is going to be a lot of itch a**es until The Walking Dead returns.

In case you missed the sneak peek, watch it here: 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982)

The King of Horror Wrote a Series,
and Constant Readers Followed
A Short Review of The Gunslinger

By Woofer McWooferson

gunslinger

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

The opening line of Stephen King's The Gunslinger is one that Tower Junkies (as fans of The Dark Tower series call themselves) know well.

The Gunslinger is the first of eight novels (thus far) that comprise Stephen King's Dark Tower series. The series combines horror, science fiction, westerns, drama, romance, and intrigue into what King himself calls his magnum opus. Although this first book is a far different style and subject than most of King's fans expect, it is still clearly a King novel. Constant Readers (as King refers to his fans) are dropped into the middle of the gunslinger's pursuit of the elusive man in black as they trek across an unforgiving desert.

The Gunslinger is established as a western immediately but other elements and influences fall into place as the story unfolds. King's typically florid and descriptive prose is abandoned in favor of a languid and sparse style that matches the dry desert we cross with Roland, the gunslinger. Indeed, the Constant Reader gains keen insight into Roland's character and world as he travels. Other facets to Roland's quest are revealed as we follow his interactions with others (for there are a few souls who brave desert living, some in towns and some alone). On this journey, King introduces Constant Readers to what will be hallmarks of the series. We learn that the gunslinger has been chasing the man in black for a very long time, and his single-minded determination ensures that he will not stop until he catches him. We learn a little about his past and that he is last of his kind, a sort of enforcer whose effort to catch the man in black is but a portion of his true quest. We learn the measure of both the gunslinger and the man in black, and we learn that we have much, much more to learn.

To say much more would deprive the Constant Reader of the pleasure of experiencing The Gunslinger for the first time. As noted before, The Gunslinger's prose, tempo, and style may deter some, but it is appropriate and the Constant Reader will be well rewarded for continuing.

NOTE: There are numerous references to The Dark Tower series in many other King novels and stories. After King completed The Dark Tower series, he revised The Gunslinger to reconcile some issues between what he wrote in college with the rest of the series. This is known as The Gunslinger, Revised Edition.

Spoiler Alert: The man in black is neither the Dread Pirate Roberts nor Johnny Cash.

Watch for my reviews of the rest of the Dark Tower series as I once again follow the gunslinger and the man in black.

8/10 claws

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