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David Naughton to attend Horror Con 2016

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals, Love Horror with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2016 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The Bad Moon will be Rising at Horror Con 2016! Its already shaping to be a fantastic line-up this year, not only do we have Kane Hodder and Doug Bradley in attendance, the genre dedicated organizers have recently announced that the American Werewolf in London himself, David Naughton is also joining the two masters of horror at Sheffield’s blood-splattered Summer Event.

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Naughton famously played the lead role of David Kessler in John Landis’s 1981 Cult Comedy Horror. While visiting the idyllic Yorkshire Moors, David and his friend Jack (Griffin Dunne) fail to heed the warnings of the locals at The Slaughtered Lamb pub and are attacked by a viscous beast. Jack is unfortunately ripped to pieces while David is bitten by the creature. After waking up in a London hospital David begins to have sinister and vivid dreams and starts seeing Jack (now dead) in all stages of decay. He finds love with kind-hearted nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) but soon his trip to the moors comes back to haunt him as David transforms into a blood thirsty werewolf and terrorizes London. An American Werewolf in London features one of the most impressive FX sequences in a horror film ever, it was ahead of its time and remembered for its equal mix of thrills, laughs and scares.

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Naughton consistently worked in films and television following the success of Werewolf and had previously  starred alongside Michael J Fox in his film debut Midnight Madness (1980). To horror fans he will always be remembered as David Kessler, a character who blurred the lines between killer monster and likable guy.

Horror Con 2016 is going to be incredible with three genre legends in the line-up, it’s not every day you get to meet Jason Voorhees/Victor Crowley, Pinhead and David Kessler. I can’t wait to see what they will have in store next.

Horror Con 2016 takes place on Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th. Save the Date and book your Weekend (or individual day passes) on http://horrorconventions.co.uk/

Check out my review of An American Werewolf in London from last year’s Leeds Horror Festival on Love Horror. http://lovehorror.co.uk/zombies/leeds-horror-festival-full-write-up/

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews. 

Slasher Icon Kane Hodder lined up for Horror Con UK 2016

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals, Love Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The organizers behind Horror Con UK have announced some exciting news on their Facebook page. Since the reveal that the UK’s first ever Horror convention would be returning to Magna Science Park in Sheffield this July, fans and supporters of the event have been eager to see which guests would be lined up.

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Last year featured the late Gunnar Hansen (AKA. Leatherface in 1974’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tom Savini (FX Artist on Friday the 13th, The Burning, Texas Chainsaw 2 etc.), and Bill Moseley (Star of Devil’s Rejects, House of a 1000 Corpses and also Texas Chainsaw 2) to name a few.

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The Yorkshire based event that celebrates blood, guts and gore on film as well as other mediums proudly revealed that the first guest to bring shock and terror to Britain this summer would be the legendary Kane Hodder, best known as the definitive Jason Voorhees. Hodder is the actor and stunt man who played the machete-wielding maniac in the most films beginning with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) up until bad movie favourite Jason X (2001); that bizarrely saw the Camp Crystal Lake killer conquer space! Hodder is not only known for his Jason role, he also portrayed the terrifying swamp mutant Victor Crowley in Adam Green’s blood-soaked shocker Hatchet (2006) and its two sequels.

Tickets for the event can now be purchased on the website, with some great offers available! http://horrorconventions.merlintickets.co.uk/ 

Horror Con 2016 runs from Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th.

Keep updated on 2016’s goriest UK event over on FacebookIt’s the perfect event for fans of the gorier side of film to get together and celebrate everything they love about the genre while supporting up and coming and independent filmmakers and much, much more!

Check out coverage from last year’s event here.

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews. 

 

Top 5 Celluloid Screams Moments (So Far!)

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

September 10th marks an exciting date for horror fans as passes for Sheffield’s Horror Festival Celluloid Screams are set to go on sale. Not only that, Rob Nevitt and his team will announce the line-up of what’s in store for 2015!

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This will be my fifth year attending Celluloid, which takes place at The Showroom Cinema. Not only does the festival put together a phenomenal programme each year with an eclectic selection of films that define the genre in different ways; and brings in a number of special guests that have made an impact on the genre as a whole. Through the festival I’ve established some great friendships and made connections with genre fans and filmmakers alike.

So as we wait to uncover the mystery of what shocks and scares we will be encountering on October 23rd-25th, here’s a list of my top 5 moments that the Sheffield Festival has offered up so far.

  1. Inbred (2011)

Inbred was the first film that I ever saw at Celluloid Screams and it ended up becoming one of my favorite horror films of all time. Certainly a cult classic in the making, Inbred was accompanied with a Q&A from a number of cast members including Seamus O’Neill, Dominic Brunt and Jo Hartley. Thanks to Celluloid and the discovery of Inbred I then went on to work with some of the cast members on a short zombie film called Ascension and led a Q&A with director Alex Chandon at my local horror festival Aberoir.

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Review & Q&A Videos of Inbred.

Alex Chandon Q&A Videos

2. Sping & Resolution (Aaron and Justin Q&A’s). (2012 & 2014)

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have been two of Celluloid’s most memorable special guests. Thanks to the festival I was introduced to two of their groundbreaking feature films that takes horror in a whole different direction, Resolution in 2012 and Spring in 2014. On both appearances the directorial duo have given some quirky, engaging and entertaining Q&A’s and always take their time to talk to their fans during the festival.

Resolution Review.

Spring Review.

3. Night Breed: The Cabal Cut (2012)

Since I was a young horror fan, Clive Barker’s NightBreed was always a film I desperately wanted to see. Packed with unusual imagery, the tale of creatures living underground in a whole undiscovered world from our own was something that greatly appealed. I’m glad my first experience of Night Breed was on the big screen with the restoration making it the film that Clive Barker had always intended rather than the slasher-style version the studios cut it down to on its original release. Switching between the grainy unused footage and the polished existing footage was an interesting cinematic experience. Through Celluloid and Night Breed I met the lovely Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford (also of Hellraiser fame), Hugh Ross and Russell Cherrington, the restoration director and still keep up to date with all their upcoming projects.

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NightBreed Review & Q&A Videos.

4. The Editor and Astron 6! (2014)

Again, if it wasn’t for Celluloid I never would have discovered the Canadian Collective that is Astron-6. Last year’s festival was literally an Astron-6  takeover as we were treated to a screening of The Editor, a bizarre and hilarious homage to the giallo sub-genre as well as a showcase of their exceptionally cool short films, Cool Guys, Bio-Cop and Breaking Santa being personal highlights! Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy were special guests and gave us an insight into their weird and wonderful career so far.

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Short Review of The Editor

5. Der Fan (2013)

Without Celluloid Screams I would never have discovered this little gem. Der Fan is an obscure 80s German film that prior to the screening, Caitlyn and I thought it was going to be a recent film! Der Fan is one of those films where you won’t believe what you’re watching! It begins innocently enough as badly-dubbed exploitation film then it turns into completely something else! Der Fan has to be remembered for the longest sex scene in horror cinema history! We still hold out hope that Der Fan with its timeless theme of obsessive fandom would be ideal for the remake treatment!

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Celluloid Screams Review of Der Fan.

Women in Horror Month: Der Fan.

So that’s it for now, my highlights of the festival so far! So fellow Celluloid Screamers, what have been your favorite moments from over the years? Comment, facebook or tweet to @HayleyR1989 with #CelluloidScreamsMoments.

Bring on 2015!

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

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.

May Reviews: Love Horror

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals, Love Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

As promised the full write-up of my visit to the Leeds Horror Festival last Sunday, April 26th is now available on Love Horror. I give my thoughts on seeing some of the genre’s classic movies on the big screen and also find out why Charlie’s Farm is so notoriously terrible!

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http://lovehorror.co.uk/zombies/leeds-horror-festival-full-write-up/

Plus my review of creepy, British, chiller The Sleeping Room. The Brighton set The Sleeping Room played on the Discovery Screen at 2014’s Film4 FrightFest and is now available to watch On-Demand and to download. A DVD will be released on May 11th. I was particularly impressed by this low-budget ghost story.

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http://lovehorror.co.uk/latest/the-sleeping-room-2014-review/

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews

Coming Soon to Love Horror…

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals, Love Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

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Coming soon to LoveHorror is a write-up of the Leeds Horror Festival 2015, taking a look at some of the genre’s most iconic films and a brand new UK premiere! Keep your eyeballs peeled!

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In the meantime, this month my alias Welsh Demoness took on time-travelling, expectation-defying twisted sci-fi Predestination starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) and A Good Marriage. One woman’s world is turned upside down in this Stephen King adapted thriller when dark revelations about her loving husband of 25 years come to light!

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http://lovehorror.co.uk/thriller/predestination-2014-review/

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http://lovehorror.co.uk/psychological/a-good-marriage/

Hayley Alice Roberts

https://www.facebook.com/HayleysHorrorReviews

Leeds Horror Film Festival, 26th April 2015!

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

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Next Sunday, Hayley’s Horror Reviews will be heading to West Yorkshire to attend the first Leeds Horror Film Festival (formerly The Leeds Zombie Film Festival). Run by Emmerdale Actors Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn, Inbred) and Mark Charnock (AKA. Paddy and Marlon), the festival will be showcasing six bloodthirsty films, celebrating classic movie monsters from the past and present. Even more amazing is the festival is a charity event, admission is £15 (cash only on the door) which will go towards World Animal Protection.

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The monstrous line-up consists of Night of the Demon (1957), followed by Lamberto Bava’s cult classic Demons (1985), iconic controversial chiller, The Exorcist (1973) and last year’s festival crowd pleaser Dead Snow 2 (2014).

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We are then being treated to the UK premiere of  Australian horror Charlie’s Farm (2014) starring Friday the 13th favourite Kane Hodder. To close things off will be a screening of my all time favourite horror film, An American Werewolf in London (1981), a chance to re-live the bad moon rising all over again!

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Leeds Bleeds takes place at the Cottage Road Cinema, beginning at 12pm and concluding at 12am! With this being my first visit to the festival, I’m looking forward to a goretastic time of watching some of the genre’s best offerings with like-minded horror fans.

For more information check out the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/67724484578/?fref=ts

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.