Well, it’s that time again, the clocks are about to turn back, the nights are drawing in and thoughts begin to turn to spooky matters, it’s almost Halloween!
There are plenty of good Halloween offerings out there this year, and Road Rash have put together a selection of entertainment for your perusal this All Hallow’s Eve.
“I am the mouth of death. None are beyond my reach. Forgive me.”
There’s no disputing that 2019 has been a very good year for all things horror. We have seen some great new films hit the shelves, including The Nun, The Predator, Lifechanger, Hell Fest, The Dead Center and the highly entertaining Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.
4 star addition to the Conjuring franchise. The Nun is written by James Wan (The Conjuring 2, Saw) and Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle) and directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow). It serves as a sequel to The Conjuring 2, giving a backstory to the terrifying character of Valak, the demonic nun. “If you ask me, these crosses which surround the Abbey, they keep...more
4 Star Nº1 Just got an Upgrade. From having a supporting role in the first film of the franchise, to writing some of our favourite films of the 80’s-90’s (Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, Last Action Hero) and now directing the 4th film of the franchise, Shane Black (Iron Man 3) brings in the producer of the first three films John Davis (Predator,...more
4 star brilliant new take on shapeshifter horror. Lifechanger is written and directed by Justin McConnell (Broken Mile, Skull World) and is presented here as part of the Frightfest Presents series from Signature Entertainment. “I take people. Their voice, their shape, their look, their memories. Their hopes and dreams, everything that makes somebody who they are.” Life changer is a very unusual and...more
3 stars of entertaining and modern slasher flick. Hell Fest is based on a story by William Penick (Secrets In the Walls) and Christopher Sey (It’s Christmas Carol!) with an screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface), Blair Butler (Polaroid) and Akela Cooper (The 100, Grimm). It is directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension). “Are you sexually arousing a zombie...more
4 stars of slick and scary supernatural thriller. The Dead Center is written and directed by Billy Senese (Closer To God). It is presented here courtesy of Arrow Video. “I am the mouth of death. None are beyond my reach. Forgive me.” Daniel Forrester (Shane Carruth – Upstream Color, Primer) is a troubled psychiatrist, working in an acute care psychiatric ward. His need...more
There have been plenty of remastered classics released this year and it has been an especially good year for fans of Stephen King, with a lot of his classics dusted off and back on the shelves better than ever. We have Pet Sematary, Cujo, The Stand, The Dark Half and his new and extremely creepy series Castle Rock.
4 star remastering of a beloved eighties cult classic film. Pet Sematary is based on the horror novel of the same name written by Stephen King (The Dark Tower, Under the Dome) who also wrote the screenplay. It was originally released in 1989 and has enjoyed a 4K Ultra HD restoration for its 30th anniversary release. It is directed by Mary...more
4 star limited edition release of an eighties classic horror. Cujo was originally released in 1983. It is written by Don Carlos Dunaway (Impulse) and Lauren Currier (Somebody’s Daughter), based on the best selling novel of the same name by Stephen King (Pet Sematary, The Dark Tower). It is available in the UK on Blu-ray for the first time courtesy of...more
4 star restoration of this epic apocalyptic thriller. The Stand is a multi award winning teleplay written and directed by Stephen King (Cujo, Pet Sematary, Castle Rock, The Dark Half) and based on his best selling novel of the same name. It was originally released in 1994 and is presented here for the first time on Blu-ray, restored in high definition...more
4 stars of classic and deeply disturbing horror tale. The Dark Half is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King (Castle Rock, Pet Sematary, Cujo). It features a screenplay written by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Monkey Shines), who also directs. It was originally released in 1993 and is presented here on Dual Format...more
4 star dark and brooding horror anthology series. Castle Rock is based on the characters, locations and stories of horror legend Stephen King (Pet Sematary, Cujo). He is an executive producer, as is J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost). It is an original story, created for television by Sam Shaw (Manhattan) and Dustin Thomason (Lie To Me). “Take any house in this town, hell,...more
Among the other restored gems are the glorious Evil Dead 2, The Chill Factor, Angel Heart, Rabid and the very gruesome Skinner.
5 star restoration of this Eighties cult classic. Evil Dead 2 was first released in 1987 and is written by Scott Spiegel (The Rookie) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Oz the Great and Powerful), who also directs. It has enjoyed a full restoration making it more gloriously gory than ever and is available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time courtesy of...more
3 stars of glorious snowmobile horror action. The Chill Factor was originally released in 1993. The release went to straight to VHS and was called Demon Possessed, not a very inspiring title. It was written by Julian Weaver (Trapped Alive, The Inheritor) and directed by Christopher Webster, the producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser 2: Hellbound, but has subsequently been all but...more
4 stars of American neo-noir psychological thriller. Angel Heart is based on the 1978 novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg (Legend). It is written and directed by Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning, The Commitments) and was originally released in 1987. It is presented here following a 4K restoration courtesy of Studiocanal. “Well, you know what they say about slugs. They always leave slime...more
4 stars of classic David Cronenberg madness. Rabid is written and directed by David Cronenberg (The Brood, eXistenZ) and was originally released in 1977. Set in Canada, it has all of his trademark visceral horror, with plenty of special effects. They don’t call him the King of Venereal Horror for nothing. “I have to have blood, it’s all I can eat. And it’s...more
4 star quintessentially nineties slasher flick. Skinner is written by Paul Hart-Wilden (Alone, Wolf Town) and directed by Ivan Nagy (Deadly Nightmares, Playing With Fire). It was originally released in 1993 and is presented here on Dual Format DVD and Blu-ray, following a 4K restoration courtesy of 101 Films Black Label. “He’ll come back here, I know he will. It’s just a...more
Last but certainly not least, we have three excellent independent horror films, well worth checking out and perfect for Halloween viewing, Spirits In the Dark, The Haunting of Borley Rectory and Cannibals and Carpet Fitters.
4 star Highly atmospheric found-footage style horror / mystery. Spirits In The Dark is the latest production from Hungarian filmmaker / director / star József Gallai (Bodom, Moth, A Guidebook To Killing Your Ex). Hitting the festival circuit in 2019, VOD and DVD releases are confirmed for sometime in 2019 and the film will also be released on VOD and DVD worldwide by Wild Eye...more
5 Star Independent Supernatural Horror at its Best. The newest film from prolific indie film maker Steven M. Smith (Haunted, Essex Boys: Law of Survival, I Am Hooligan, Borstal, The Howling, The Doll Master). The Haunting of Borley Rectory is a supernatural horror based on the most haunted house in England. It is set during the end of the Second World War...more
5 Stars A Real Carpet Gripper! Cannibals and Carpet fitters is written by Richard Lee O’Donnell (End of the Road) and directed by James Bushe (Predator Dark Ages, VK) and is based on the award winning short film of the same name. It is currently doing the rounds on the festival circuit and has won a number of awards, including Best Feature...more
Something for everyone. So get your costumes on, assemble your treats and/or tricks and let’s all have a great time this Halloween. Stay safe and above all HAVE FUN!