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He gave us Nightmares and Kept us Screaming! RIP Wes Craven

Posted in Press Release with tags , , , , on August 31, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The Horror world awoke to a devastating shock today with the news of the passing of Wes Craven. In a career spanning over 40 years Craven has been an inspiration for genre fans and without him, horror will never be the same again. The legendary director created one of horror’s most iconic monsters in Freddy Krueger and went on to to direct the four films in the slick and post-modern Scream franchise. In the 70’s his début feature The Last House on the Left generated controversy cementing him as a filmmaker that was guaranteed to make his mark.

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Wes Craven’s films were an exercise in pure tension and fear, he pushed his audience to their limits; the gritty rape scene in Last House, Casey Becker’s death in the opening of Scream and Tina’s demise in A Nightmare on Elm Street along with the reveal of Freddy Krueger being just a few examples. His popularity continued in the late 00’s which saw his most iconic films get the remake treatment in mainstream horror, but of course they were no match for the originals! Craven’s legacy will live on through his films and fans. He truly was a Master of Terror.

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RIP Wes Craven, 1939-2015.

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

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Abertoir Horror Festival Passes to go on Sale this Wednesday!

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals with tags , , , , on August 23, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

That’s right you bloodthirsty freaks, festival passes for Abertoir’s biggest and best year yet will be available to purchase on Wednesday 26th August from 10:10am. 2015 is a significant and special year for Wales’s darkest film festival as it marks the tenth anniversary of blood, guts and gore!

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Festival Organisers Gaz Bailey and Nia Edwards-Behi have put together an incredible selection of events to celebrate the special occasion including Fabio Frizzi in concert and the return of the wonderful Victoria Price who will be looking at her father’s UK connections alongside Peter Fuller.

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Following last year’s successful Horror Express event, the icing on the cake this year will be the collaboration with The Silver Mountain Experience in Ponterwyd where festival attendee’s will be taken into the depths of terror down the dark Welsh mine followed by a 10 year anniversary screening of acclaimed British Horror, The Descent at the cave’s entrance. Keep your eyeballs peeled for more announcements along the way in the run up to November.

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Abertoir will run from the 10th-15th November at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

A limited number of early bird passes will be available from £49 then will increase to £58 then will be available to purchase at the final price of £65. Give the Arts Centre Box Office a call on 01970 623232, don’t miss out!

Visit the links below for more information and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/abertoir

http://www.abertoir.co.uk/

www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk

Tweet @AbertoirFest

While we wait in excitement for more announcements, here’s a look back at 2014’s Ghostface Girls coverage, which saw Abertoir flashback to the 1980’s complete with a video nasty theme!

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Bait (AKA. The Taking) (2015) Review.

Posted in Horror Festivals, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The struggles of post-recession Britain is the subject matter for Dominic Brunt’s brand new hard-hitting feature, Bait (AKA. The Taking). Bait is the second full-length genre film from collaborative husband and wife team Mitchell-Brunt Films following 2012’s zombie drama Before Dawn. Much like Before Dawn, Bait is a bleak, gritty and powerful piece of British cinema however packs an even harder punch with its all too realistic subject matter and no holds barred violence.

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Adapted from a story by Writer/Actress/Producer Joanne Mitchell; Paul Roundell’s screenplay is intensely compelling as it focuses on two close friends who endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of a dangerous loan shark in a sleepy Yorkshire village. Bex (Victoria Smurfit) and Dawn (Mitchell) attempt to make their dream of running their own café a reality after years of hard yet unrewarding work selling cakes at their local market hall. Their luck seemingly begins to change once they meet the charming and charismatic Jeremy (Jonathan Slinger); an independent businessman who is more than willing to help them get their new business up and running. But is there more to Jeremy than meets the eye? Have Bex and Dawn got more than they ever bargained for?

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Bait proves to be a gripping edge of the seat horror/thriller, with plenty of twists and turns around every corner. The characters are layered, dynamic and flawed which brings in a sense of realism that the situation at hand could happen to anyone; they reflect everyday people in everyday life. Bait’s main strength is its strong performances from the entire cast. Mitchell and Smurfit are flawless as the two friends, determined to improve their lives. Both actresses work extremely well together, with believable chemistry. Smurfit brings a certain feistiness to Bex while Mitchell plays Dawn with a timid nature. The two characters opposing traits complement each other, allowing the audience to empathize with both and get a sense of their individual motivations.

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Jonathan Slinger is outstanding as the menacing Jeremy in an unforgettable performance. His ability to frighten and intimidate is a horrifying watch. He makes it incredibly easy to root for our heroines once the stakes are raised. The film also stars Rula Lenska (Coronation Street) and film and television actor Adam Fogerty, both bring in strong screen presences playing characters with vital roles within the story.

Bait is interesting in what it does. It’s an exceptionally difficult film to watch in several ways containing both disturbing and some upsetting moments. It’s highly intense throughout and unrelenting. However a sense of humour is not completely obliterated from the film as Brunt throws in some light relief amongst the tension. Fans of Inbred will get a kick out of a cameo from everyone’s favourite ferret fondler Mark Rathbone!

The use of sound is incredibly effective allowing the audience to get a sense of what the characters are experiencing. The bleak cinematography captures a chilling tone with lingering shots that create extreme dread in the more distressing moments.

Bait not only operates as a disturbing thriller, it highlights important issues within British society. The focal point is of course financial struggle in our desolate economic climate; and the vulnerability of the elderly, the very young and autism is also explored through this. Bait also looks at the flaws within the system, the failings of the authorities and sexual abuse.

An intelligent, well-acted thriller with an all too very realistic theme, it’s a story of survival, endurance and friendship in the hardest of times.

Bait premiers at this year’s London’s Film4FrightFest on August 29th and will be released on DVD in the UK on September 7th.

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Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews