Review: Ugly Sweater Party

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Tweet ReviewAs far as festive slasher movies go, the seasons entries have been a bit of a mixed bag. Killer elves, Killer (Ms) Klaus and murderous family disputes have provided nothing if not an eclectic mix of Christmas carnage. That said I’m always open to more, and when invited to Aaron Mento’s ‘Ugly Sweater Party’, I packed my finest and off I went for a weekend of festive frolics at Camp ‘Mandix’. All together now, and out loud, Camp MANDIX. And that’s the tone of the movie, so if that isn’t amusing to you, probably better to disregard my scoring, […]

Review: Conductor

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Tweet ReviewWhilst the start of Alex Noyer’s twisted short film plays out like a cringy advert for the latest piece of electronic beat-creating technology, the end makes you feel like your eyes and ears have just took a joyride through the various portals of hell; and its only 6 minutes long. Still trying to make sense of the sheer brutality I just witnessed, I will do my best to describe to you my experience although I seriously encourage you to seek out ‘Conductor’ for yourself, at festivals, and if/when it is released after its run. The film opens as a […]

Review: Heartless

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Tweet ReviewKevin Sluder directs ‘Heartless’, a witty and gruesome short film based in concept on the Edgar Allen Poe tale ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. As with its source material, the short deals with the concept of guilt, in this case we see undervalued corporate associate Shelby struggle her way through a presentation, her mind wracked with the guilt of her actions the night before. As she tries to maintain focus she is pressured and harassed by her chauvinistic colleagues to breaking point. Needless to say, her presentation doesn’t end in quite the way any of them expected it to. Slunder and […]

Review: Toxic Schlock

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Tweet ReviewThe Troma badge stamped on the artwork of a movie’s promotion is a seal of sorts, one which stands for many things, not least of which is tenacity. The (in)famous, furiously independent label has released no less than 1000 independent films over 40-odd years; naturally the quality of films released within such an extensive back catalogue vary, but typically, one thing is for certain, you know what you are getting with a Troma release – and ultimately, sit down to view one, you get what you deserve! UK horror ‘Toxic Schlock’ is soon to be distributed by Troma and […]

Review: The LA Bondage Murders

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Tweet ReviewIn a short film whose content is as subtle as its title, the plot of the short film entitled ‘The LA Bondage Murders’ tells plight of two models lured into a photoshoot with promises of cash and production values similar to the ’50 shades’ franchise. As you might imagine, the ‘organisers’ aren’t quite as up front about their intentions as they seem to be, and the photoshoot turns bad. The story unfurls in a very linear manner, which is unusual for a short film, as typically you sit for 20 minutes or so trying to play catch-up only for […]

Review: Revenge

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Tweet ReviewFrench filmmaker Coralie Fargeat’s rape-revenge thriller claims to raise the benchmark for extreme cinema, whilst not groundbreaking is both stylish and blood-soaked. Synopsis: “Wealthy and handsome Richard takes his beautiful young mistress Jen to an isolated luxury condo in the desert, a few days ahead of his annual hunt. When his two hunting partners turn up unexpectedly, the booze starts flowing and things quickly become debauched. Events run out of control, however, and the men realise they must get rid of Jen, or jeopardise their precious careers and reputations. They leave her for dead in a desert canyon, and […]

Review: Jigsaw

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Tweet ReviewIts back! After a good few years hiatus the trap-ladened horror phenomenon returns in a film titled after the man himself: ‘Jigsaw’. As we are always honest on BTG I will ‘fess up and state that I put off watching this movie because, quite frankly, I thought it was going to be pretty poor. I wouldn’t describe myself as a mega fan of the franchise, although admittedly there are more good entries than rubbish ones, but after 7 films annually released I felt its already limited concept had run its course. Still, holidays beckoned and so I picked up […]

Review: Your flesh, Your Curse

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Tweet ReviewWritten and directed by Kasper Juhl, Your flesh, Your Curse is a gritty, emotional film sitting firmly on the extreme side of horror and whilst it is sure to leave you feeling numb it’s a standout release. The film revolves around Juliet White (Marie-Louise Damgaard Nielsen), a young troubled girl whom has clearly had it rough. We are shown a conversation with her father indicating she was abused in the past – leading to a life fuelled by drugs, alcohol and prostitution. After a particularly heavy session Juliet overdoses in a secluded woodland spot, a random stranger passing by […]

Review: Terrifier

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Tweet ReviewIf the ‘killer clown’ trend of 2018 is finally coming to an end ‘Terrifier’ ensures it goes off in gruesome style. In recent times I have watched and reviewed all manner of Clown inspired horror films from the spooky to the macabre – Terrifier on the other hand… a whole new level. The film opens with the feel of a throwback slasher. Two young girls staggering home from a party meet with ‘Art’ the clown on the dark and fateful Halloween night. Amused at first, the less sensible of the pair begins to goad the mute antagonist insisting on […]

Review: Circus Kane

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Tweet ReviewI have to admit, back in October/November last year I was some what sick of clowns. The remake of the King classic ‘IT’ seemed to bring squeaky red noses and sharp teeth out from every hiding hole. Ironic therefore that ‘Circus Kane’ probably manages to pay lip service to every single horror film except ‘IT’! Mores the pity I overlooked it to, turns out its pretty damned entertaining. The plot follows a group of horror fans, or more particularly those involved in the horror community in one way or another and the promise of a £250,000 cash prize if […]