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Zombie Hamster | September 15, 2014

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How To Restore A VHS Video Tape

July 14, 2014 |

Here’s one way in which to restore a mouldy, or dirty VHS video tape. Hopefully this will come in helpful. I am sure there are other methods out there, but this is what has worked for me so far. 

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NIFFF 2014: A Recap

July 12, 2014 |

In our first of several articles, we look at some of the features currently screening at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, a campground for interesting and less mainstream film productions.

Under The Skin

Tiptoeing around genres, ‘Under the Skin’ … Read More

Poe Comes Home For Halloween

June 2, 2014 |

Boston literary enthusiasts and fans of the macabre will get a double whammy of fall fun this October—as a companion event to the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, which will be unveiled on October 30, 2014 at the Boston … Read More

Housecore Horror II: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reunion

May 3, 2014 |

We always knew it would be back! The Housecore Horror Film Festival was one of THE talking points of last year.

We ran extensive coverage in the run up to it, including some great interviews with the key people … Read More

Here Be Dragons (2013)

November 11, 2013 | | One Comment

Mark Cousins offers a poignant and deeply affecting collage of geographical meditation in his latest essay film, Here Be Dragons.

Shot during a five day visit to the Albanian city of Tirana, during which time he plans to watch every … Read More

Exploitation Season: Scared Straight (1978)

November 1, 2013 |

As exploitation season gets off to a strong start, thanks to Jamie Carruthers’ fantastic essay on Traffic in Souls, we’ve been trawling our archives to find some of the finest examples of exploitation cinema from the last century of celluloid. … Read More

The Witches (1966)

September 30, 2013 |

StudioCanal have teamed up with Hammer Films once again to present a loving restoration of the 1966 Cyril Frankel film, The Witches. The Blu-ray / DVD double play will be out on Oct 21st, but the restoration will premiere at … Read More

The Wicker Man (1973) The Final Cut

September 30, 2013 | | 2 Comments

The Wicker Man (1973) The Final Cut is a new edition of the classic British horror movie, which is currently being screened at select cinemas, as well as receiving an extensive DVD and Blu-ray release on October 14th. 

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The Cannibal Man (AKA Apartment on the 13th Floor – 1972)

September 29, 2013 |

Surrealism, homoerotic subplots and post dictatorial tension all simmer in Eloy de la Iglesia’s The Cannibal Man’.

When Spain was under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, who ruled the country from 1939 until his death in 1975, censorship was an everyday fact … Read More

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

September 29, 2013 |

Ruggero Deaodato’s infamous, provocative and legendary Cannibal Holocaust (1980) takes pride of place as part of the Zombiehamster Video Nasties Project.

The 7th of February 1980 may not hold significance for many people, but for Ruggero Deodato it would shape … Read More

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976)

September 27, 2013 | | 3 Comments

Released in 1976, the same year as Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane shares a staggering performance from a young Jodie Foster, with remarkable supporting roles from Martin Sheen, Scott Jacoby, Alexis Smith, and … Read More

Here Comes The Devil (2012)

September 17, 2013 | | One Comment

One of the most shocking genre films of 2013; you may not have heard of Here Comes The Devil yet, but you will. 

Writer / director Adrián García Bogliano’s tenth feature film is a dark and mysterious horror which takes a … Read More