Thursday, 19 July 2018

FWOAN - the V.R. Experience...

Following on from our charity screening in May - during which we raised £350 for OCD Action - we have now released a Virtual Reality experience which takes place inside the world of Marty, the protagonist in the film. A representative from OCD Action came along on the day and has done a write-up of the event, as well as the V.R. experience, with a selection of pictures.

Check out the article HERE.

The V.R. experience can be viewed on YouTube and gives you a glimpse inside Marty's world, featuring clips from the film as well as some facts about OCD to help give a clearer picture about the condition. The V.R. experience also features a version of a pivotal scene in the film featuring Lisa Opara as Sally, which we get to see from Marty's POV.

Check out the V.R. experience HERE.

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Blastfighter (Lamberto Bava, 1984) DVD Review

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“You only get peace when you can impose it.” Lamberto Bava, son of the iconic Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, never quite achieved the creative heights of his father's catalogue of cinematic treats (Mario kick started the entire giallo movement with The Girl Who Knew Too Much in 1963), but he has nonetheless carved out a recognised and beloved niche in Italian genre cinema. Macabre, Body Puzzle, A Blade in the Dark, and particularly Demons, will all be familiar to aficionados of European exploitation movies, but whereas Demons dispensed with characterisation and any shred of plot logic in favour of scatter gun gore, Lamberto's 1984 action thriller Blastfighter crafts a character-rich story which dispenses frequent action while still keeping the viewer emotionally invested...


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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Flavours of the Month: June 2018...

Grotty grindhouse flicks, 90s rave tracks, and Palahniuk's most daring novel in years is just some of what's been setting the tone of my June 2018...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sleaze Fiend Magazine - Issue #3 Preview


It has taken a little while, but Sleaze Fiend Magazine is back for a hell-blazing return in this 76 page extravaganza of scintillating filth! This issue is dedicated to the down 'n' dirty biker movies of the 1970s in 'Death on Wheels: A Bikesploitation Retrospective', detailing more than twenty different entries in the genre including "The Glory Stompers", "The Savage Seven", "Naked Angels", and "Sleazy Rider".

Our other main feature in this sizzling outing is 'Hot Flesh & Cold Steel: Decades of Depravity - The Women In Prison Genre', which examines some key entries in the sub-genre including: "Bare Behind Bars" (the movie that clothing forgot), "Sadomania" (Jess Franco's muckiest directorial effort), and "Caged Women" (learn more about squeaky bums and a novel way of staying hydrated) among other sinful sights.

We've also got Streeborama slingin' some much needed revolutionary fervour about as he details "Easy Rider" and "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song", wrapping it all together as he rails against 'the New Millennium of Mediocrity'. Furthermore, there's another entry in 'The Manson Files' and a few more tidbits besides (such as a review of "The Humans" comic book series). Elsewhere in the issue we have a few career retrospectives: two for a pair of icons of horror cinema who sadly passed away since our last issue - Wes Craven and George A. Romero - and another for the late Rene Bond, star of various adult films from back in the heyday of mucky movies.

Independently produced - by fans, for fans - and featuring some tasty artwork, this glossy cover mag with a hard spine is sure to rev your hog's engine and send your wildest daydreams hurtling back to a simpler, sleazier time when exploitation cinema ruled the dusty back roads of America!

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Man From Deep River (Umberto Lenzi, 1972) DVD Review

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“He dared the forbidden river where adventure ends and hell begins!” This former 'video nasty' is regarded as the first film in the cycle of Italian cannibal movies that reared their bloody heads throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Yet Umberto Lenzi's Man From Deep River – otherwise known as Deep River Savages, Sacrifice!, or Mondo Cannibale – ironically features very little flesh eating. Instead, the film focuses more on the culture clash that comes about when a photojournalist from the western world is captured by a remote tribe somewhere in the wilds between Thailand and Burma - as 88 Films' DVD presentation inspires heated debate...


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Sunday, 3 June 2018

FWOAN at the UK Monthly Film Fest...

Following on from our Surrey screening last month, which raised a nice bit of money for the charity OCD Action, we've been officially selected for the UK Monthly Film Festival at the Norwich Puppet Theatre. In this latest round of selections we join other films not only from the UK, but from Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mongolia, Peru, Turkey, and the United States of America.


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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Flavours of the Month: May 2018...

Bundles of Blu-Rays, aerial dog fights from a century ago, and FWOAN's first big screening have been setting the tone of my May 2018...

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Monday, 21 May 2018

FWOAN Surrey Screening...

This past weekend - on Sunday the 20th of May - we had our first big screening of For Want Of A Nail, which was followed up with a Q&A featuring Ali Causon (Producer), Lucy Joan Barnes (Director), Clark Alexander (Lead Actor), Kasha Khan (On-Set Advisor), and me (Writer). The screening and Q&A went really well, and there was a lot of audience engagement afterwards - during which a silent auction was held to raise money for OCD Action (the charity which endorsed our film).

We received lots of positive feedback, with many members of the audience remarking that they'd learnt a lot about OCD that they had no idea about prior to the screening - and that's the main drive behind FWOAN, to spread the word about what OCD actually is, rather than the stereotypical representations that we've seen for so many years and, unfortunately, continue to see. With FWOAN we're seeking to break down all those stereotypes, to crack through the barrier of fear surrounding mental health, and to inform as well as entertain.

Taken as the audience were entering the theatre.

The screening followed an article in the Epsom Guardian about the film - you can read it HERE - as well as another article on the OCD Action website in which Lucy, Clark, and myself were asked about the making of the film - you can read that one HERE.

You can view more information and pictures from the screening at our Facebook page. Don't forget to like and follow us to keep up-to-date with the film's progress!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Bo A. Vibenius, 1973) DVD Review

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“You better start praying, One Eye.” Perhaps better known under the title They Call Her One Eye, Bo A. Vibenius' stripped-back revenge thriller is an unusual sight to see come from Sweden, where serious art house cinema is more the norm. Mixing overt stylistic flourishes with hardcore sleaze, the tale of Frigga – a mute young woman recovering from a horrific ordeal in childhood – proves to be a tough but rewarding viewing experience, wrought from highly charged emotion and brutality...


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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sleaze Fiend Magazine - Issue 3 is here...

It's been a bit of a while since our bumper size Issue #2, but finally - after finding a new print company - we're ready to put the new issue out there!

The long awaited Issue #3 has finally arrived! This issue is filled with BIKES, HIPPIES, LSD, SAVAGERY BEYOND YOUR WILDEST IMAGINATION & MUCH MUCH MORE!

You can pre-order it HERE.

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Last American Virgin (Boaz Davidson, 1982) – a quick review...



What's it about?
Raunchy comedy/drama about a group of L.A. teens trying to pop their cherry, but embarrassing misfortunes and harsh realities get in their way.

Who would I recognise in it?
Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin, Steve Antin, Kimmy Robertson.


Great/Good/Alright/Shite?
The summer of 1982 saw a glut of saucy teen comedies – chief among them being Bob Clark's Porky's and Amy Heckerling's Fast Times At Ridgemont High – but another, The Last American Virgin, stood out by daring to go different. Produced by the infamous Canon Film Group as their first entry into American filmmaking (check out the documentary Electric Boogaloo), TLAV was a remake of Davidson's hugely successful Israeli film Lemon Popsicle (like a proto American Pie franchise of the 70s and 80s), but it found itself somewhat swept aside in movie theatres by its populist competition. But while Porky's and Fast Times At Ridgemont High had memorable encounters (the shower scene, Phoebe Cates in the red bikini) mixed with sprinklings of seriousness (anti-Semitism, abortion), TLAV's similar mix of light and dark found a larger audience on home video and cable TV in the years that followed...

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

FWOAN's first award...

For Want Of A Nail has picked up its first award - Editor of the Month - from The Monthly Film Festival (April 2018). Congratulations to our editor Ryan Tian, and hopefully this will be the first of many awards!


FWOAN was also nominated for Film of the Month, Original Score of the Month (Alex Williamson), and Cinematogragher of the Month (Yana Ritz-Cairns).

You can see the results and nominations HERE. Our film's page on TMFF is here.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Flavours of the Month: April 2018...

Bittersweet Deadites, Killer Klowns, Controversial Jedi, and kablowie explosions - some of what's been the vibe of my April 2018...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Jerrrrry Edition: The Walking Dead 8x16 Memes...

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So Season 8 and All Out War draws to a close. Over all the episode was satisfying, although it definitely felt too short - it needed to be one of those extended '90 minute' (63 minutes without adverts) long episodes - but considering the 'crossover' event with Fear The Walking Dead, they had to get it all bashed-out inside an hour slot. The climactic battle was surprisingly short-lived, and even though we've been at All Out War throughout the entirety of Season 8, you still needed a bit more just to finish it off in this finale.

However, it was good to see enough time being spent on the initial post-war days, which helped set up a few intriguing bits for later - conflict among allies and a gigantic mega herd of walkers in particular. There have been problems with the show in the last couple of years, but hopefully come Season 9 (with new showrunner Angela Kang) things will tighten up and feel refreshed. You can see more of my thoughts on TWD in recent times here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Massacre In Dinosaur Valley (Michele Massimo Tarantini, 1985) DVD Review

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“It's the land of the Aquata, they're also head hunters, still practising. What's more, some of them are cannibals besides, but I hear the God they venerate is some kind of animal.” The Italian cannibal movie cycle seemingly died a spectacular death in 1981 with Umberto Lenzi's savage Cannibal Ferox, which was otherwise known in American under the particularly memorable title 'Make Them Die Slowly' when it was released stateside in 1983 to thunderous success (1980's Cannibal Holocaust didn't hit America until 1985). The noise of the box office kerchings rang all the way back to Italy and so, further bolstered by the warm reception afforded to jungle adventure romp Romancing The Stone, the Italians returned to the green inferno to deliver Massacre In Dinosaur Valley to the masses...


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Saturday, 7 April 2018

FWOAN at TMFF 2018...

"For Want of a Nail" screened just the other day at Swinge 2018, and now more festival news - FWOAN will be headed to The Monthly Film Festival for April 2018.


The festival has been running every month since February 2015 and is sponsored by the likes of Final Draft and InkTip.

More info HERE - where you can also vote for us by clicking on the five stars (the same kind of way you'd rate a film on IMDb).

Monday, 2 April 2018

Jacket Edition: The Walking Dead 8x14 meme...

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Click to Enlarge: The wooly collar means serious business...

Sunday, 1 April 2018

FWOAN's first review!

For Want Of A Nail has only just entered the public sphere, but already we've got two film festival confirmations and now we've got our first review, courtesy of The Independent Critic - check out the review HERE.

In his review Richard Propes describes FWOAN as "an intelligent, respectful film that manages to tell its truth while still entertaining along the way" and gives the film 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Flavours of the Month: March 2018...

Bleak Russian sci-fi, hilarious cartoon sci-fi, and flesh-chompers of different hues are some of what's been setting the tone of my March 2018...

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Monday, 26 March 2018

FWOAN's going to Swinge 2018...

After yesterday's announcement about "For Want Of A Nail" being accepted into the 10th annual REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles, we've got our next festival acceptance just in - this time in the UK at the 6th annual 2018 Swindon Independent Film Festival (aka FilmAtSwinge - part of the Swindon Fringe festival of theatre, music, and performing arts). The event runs between the 4th and 6th of April - our film will be shown on Thursday 5th April during the afternoon (2pm-5pm) session.


For more information about the IFF at Swinge 2018 visit their website HERE.

More #FWOAN related announcements as-and-when.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

FWOAN's first festival...

The film festival journey of "For Want Of A Nail" has begun! Our first acceptance has been for the Los Angeles REEL Recovery Film Festival. The organisers described the film as "an honest and touching portrayal of someone living with the effects of OCD."

The festival specialises in showcasing "filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery." 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival.


You can find more information about the festival at their website HERE.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Bonus Wine Edition: The Walking Dead 8x11 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Priorities in-place...

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Milano Calibro 9 (Fernando Di Leo, 1972) Blu-Ray Review

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“Society makes its criminals suffer and after that it ignores them.” Fernando Di Leo's crime flick gets off to an explosive start as, to the energetic sounds of prog rock, a package containing a large quantity of cash is transferred from one person to another amidst the autumnal streets and neon-lit subways of Milan, only for the real package to get switched with a fake somewhere along the line. The carriers are braced one-by-one in increasingly violent fashion – heads smashed into vases, faces slashed with straight razors – but to no avail; the money has vanished. So now, according to the rules of this vicious gang, they must be taken care of – by blowing them all up with dynamite! Now that's how you start a movie...


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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Flavours of the Month: February 2018...

Empty landscapes, middle-aged buffoons, and exceedingly dark comedy are some of what's been setting the tone of my February 2018...

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Feels Festival Edition: The Walking Dead 8x09 Memes...

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Well that's was a full-on feels festival, wasn't it? Aside from one minor gripe (Morgan, ffs, stop looking through your scope and just shoot!) that could have been papered over with quicker and more judicious editing, the mid-season premiere was a real gut puncher. Fathers and Sons the world over will be saying they've got something in their eye with this one. Anyway - onto a couple of memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Oopsie daisy...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

For Want Of A Nail - the trailer...

After a few months of post-production, For Want Of A Nail (more info on it HERE), is finally complete - and with that comes the trailer. Check it out below:


I'm properly chuffed with how the film has turned out and I can't wait to see it getting out there into the world for people to see. It has been a big job getting here, but everyone involved in the project has done an excellent job and it's heartening to see such commitment to telling this story about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

You can follow our Facebook page HERE, and I'll post further updates as they happen.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Blade Runner 2049 vs the Offendotrons (and a quick review)...

When Ridley Scott's 1982 detective noir/sci-fi mashup “Blade Runner” first hit theatres it was thrashed by critics and failed to draw an audience, much like John Carpenter's “The Thing”, which was released at the same time. The summer of 1982 belonged to Spielberg's “E.T.”, but in the years since, both Carpenter's gruelling paranoia-infused sci-fi/horror and Scott's cerebral future noir vision of dystopia 2019 have been reassessed and gained the adoration of film fans around the world.


That's worth bearing in mind considering Denis Villeneuve's belated sequel failed to draw much of a cinema-going audience, but did gather a vast array of five star reviews. Some have theorised that the long-winded 163 minute running time is responsible, while others blame a lack of 'broad appeal', but perhaps there are just some movies viewers are more comfortable viewing in their own home? Think about it, how many people will have discovered Scott's original on home video, DVD, or any number of other ancillary markets instead of at the cinema? Indeed, with a trip to the cinema being an increasing pain in the arse (ill-mannered patrons, rude staff, escalating ticket prices, an avalanche of pre-show advertising), it's hardly surprising that BR2049 didn't set the box office alight.


But enough about the film's financial failings over a short period of time in the temporary home of a darkened room, because the true lifespan of Villeneuve's sci-fi epic will be in whichever context the audience will choose to experience it. Personally, that was in the comfort of my own living room with the Blu-Ray that I'd pre-ordered months prior.

Belated sequels represent a treacherous path to walk for many reasons, including the very real risk of taking a large, steaming dump over a beloved original...

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hell Comes To Frogtown (R.J. Kizer and Donald G. Jackson, 1988) Review

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“Well maybe you oughta try making love to a complete stranger in the middle of a hostile mutant territory and see how you like it!” The 1980s saw (for a time at least) the last terrifying hurrah of the threat posed by global nuclear decimation as slamming a fist upon the red button gave way to deals, draw-downs, and perestroika. At the time, however, the possibility of a radioactive apocalypse was still very real – perhaps as real as it had been since the Cuban Missile Crisis (as detailed in Joe Dante's Matinee) – and as such, the topic was ripe for plundering to form the basis of many genre pictures that did gang busters business on the video rental circuit. With the likes of Creepozoids (David DeCoteau, 1987), the atomic paranoia of the real world painted a bleak future to be expressed on the silver screen – and sometimes that included gun-toting man-sized frog men on the hunt for fertile women, as was the case with Hell Comes To Frogtown...


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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Flavours of the Month: January 2018...

Tech-savvy portmanteau tales, numerous shades of horror, and Hollywood tell-alls are just some of what's been setting the tone of my January 2018...

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Snuffles: The Screenplay...

A while back I accidentally wrote a novella called "How Mr Snuffles III and Others Met Their Maker". I say accidentally because it had started out as a short story which then grew into a novella on-the-fly. I found myself hopping back and forth inserting new passages and ideas and it was one of the most 'free-wheeling' instances of writing that I have experienced thus far.

It is a black comedy about an orphaned pet therapist/serial killer aficionado who teams up with a gifted taxidermist to explore the limits of love, death, and psychopathy ... so yeah, the jettest of jet black comedies.

A nearly complete version of the layout/guide.
There's nothing quite like a good old corkboard with actual, physical index cards and pins.

Anyway, a while after writing the novella I had the idea of converting it into a script, but various other things I wanted to write slid in first until now, a couple of years down the line. I've returned to it for a little bit of creative writing fun to kick off 2018. With a fair bit of groundwork already done in writing the novella, I figured this would be a project I could hammer out efficiently...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Francesca (Luciano Onetti, 2015) DVD Review

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“Through me you pass into the city of woe, through me you pass into eternal pain.” In recent years the 'neo-giallo' movement has grown, moving hand-in-hand with the re-evaluation of gialli from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, as well as the few that were released in the 1990s. Through DVD and now Blu-Ray – distributed by high quality and dedicated labels such as Arrow Video, 88 Films, Shameless Screen Entertainment (plus many more in various markets around the globe) – the genre has gained a whole new audience, with the films afforded lavish restoration and supplemental packages for unparallelled home viewing experiences. With the love spreading for these movies – made by filmmakers such as Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and Sergio Martino (among many others) – it was only natural that new examples of the genre would begin to appear. Masks, Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, and Yellow are all examples of this 'new old school' of highly stylised murder mystery – and the Argentinian Francesca (from the director of Sonno Profondo) is perhaps the one which nails the classic style closest of all...


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