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Zombie Hamster | October 20, 2014

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Blue Ruin (2013)

September 8, 2014 |

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin crept onto the scene last year and it didn’t take long for it to cause quite a stir. It was sold several hours after its Cannes premiere (at which it won the coveted Fipresci Prize) and … Read More

Grimmfest 2014 Lineup Set To Be Biggest Yet

September 5, 2014 |

We Love Grimmfest. That’s no secret, but their 2014 lineup is set to make them a tonne of new friends, as it’s the best yet.

This year sees not only the expansion of the Fringe showcase, but also the addition … Read More

Cigarette Burns To Host Pete Walker Season At The Barbican in London

August 21, 2014 |

Along with Norman J Warren, Pete Walker remains one of the finest genre stalwarts existing outside of the Hammer canon that the British Isles produced during the golden era of horror which emerged throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Now, in an … Read More

Zombiehamster Vs Photographer Steve Brown

August 15, 2014 |

You may not be familiar with Steve Brown by name but you will most definitely be familiar with his work and his subjects. His photography has graced the cover of countless magazines including Rock Sound, Terrorizer and Metal Hammer.


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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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