Category: Featured

“Visions Are Worth Fighting For” – 20 Years of Ed Wood

Posted on 09/30/14 by Ben
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By Quin A few years ago, when Edward Scissorhands was was having its 20th anniversary, I remember thinking at the time, “Yep, that sounds about right.” Now four years later, as Tim Burton’s Ed Wood turns 20, I find myself feeling really old and wondering where the time went. It’s so strange how two films [...]

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Stir of Echoes: a 15th Anniversary Look Back

Posted on 09/10/14 by Ben
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By Karolina Gruschka Cinema “Pionier”, ulica Krakowska in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland; built in the 1960s, it suffered a crisis it could never recover from, when home entertainment arrived in the East. Slowly, the building would decay to become the derelict and atmospheric cinema I so much loved in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It [...]

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The Road Leads… Somewhere? A Discussion of Last House on the Left

Posted on 09/08/14 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey and Keri O’Shea Here at Brutal As Hell, we have at least one bona fide Last House on the Left scholar in our midst: our beloved Nia, who penned a fairly epic tribute to Wes Craven’s breakthrough movie on its 40th anniversary in 2012. However, just to balance things out, the BAH [...]

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Lovely Sorts of Death: a Brief History of LSD in Cinema (Part 2)

Posted on 09/08/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries (For the first part of Matt’s feature, click here.) Onwards, to 1978, and LSD’s uneasy relationship with public perception continues with a pair of little known films that act as the unwanted flashbacks of the acid generation. In Blue Sunshine, the plot revolves around the premise that a group of individuals who [...]

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Pimp Shuei: London’s new Chop-Socky bar now open

Posted on 09/05/14 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi Not your usual story for Brutal as Hell, maybe, but this is too good not to shout about. Whether you’re a London native or you just find yourself in the city soon, then you must get yourself to Farringdon, (if you spot Elm Street, you’re close – not even joking) and into [...]

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Lovely Sorts of Death: a Brief History of LSD in Cinema (part 1)

Posted on 09/03/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries It is 1943. Dr Albert Hoffman of Sundoz Labs, Switzerland, sets off on one of the more notable bicycle rides in history. Through accidental absorption of the drug he synthesised in 1938, Hoffman became aware of the remarkable properties of LSD-25. He ingested a deliberate, and much larger dose, some days later [...]

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Festival Report: FrightFest 2014 Round-Up, Part 2

Posted on 08/28/14 by Ben
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By Stephanie Scaife If you missed the first part of Steph’s FrightFest 2014 report, click here; otherwise, read on… Life After Beth had received some fairly lacklustre reviews in the mainstream press so I went in with low expectations, only to find myself pleasantly surprised. Dane DeHaan stars as Zach, a young man who has [...]

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Reflecting Terror: The Mirror, Culture and the Horror Genre

Posted on 08/20/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea “Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, and for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors.” (Alejandra Pizarnik) The mirror has a long, complex relationship with our culture, and so it’s little wonder that such a host of superstitions, anxieties and beliefs should have found their way [...]

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“We live in a dangerous, hostile world…” Dreamscape Turns 30

Posted on 08/15/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries It’s 1984. During that year of Orwellian portent Hollywood warns us of the great danger that lurks in our sleeping minds. Our cosy dream-reality can in fact be usurped by others. Others who are seemingly omnipotent in their murderous intent. Others who may attack with razor sharp claws that spring from their [...]

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RIP Marilyn Burns

Posted on 08/06/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea A lot of cult movie stars end up being synonymous with one of their qualities or attributes, but for me, Marilyn Burns will forever be associated with her scream. I first encountered The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on a copied VHS cassette as a teenager, just like many others (I Spit On [...]

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“Hungry, cold – and hunted.” The Blair Witch Project at 15

Posted on 07/30/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Can it really have been fifteen years since Blair Witch slipped into the modern horror consciousness? Love it or hate it – and people seem to fall into one or other of those categories – it has significantly shaped the horror cinema which followed in its wake. Since Blair Witch, nothing has [...]

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Feature: Donald Cammell’s White of the Eye (1987)

Posted on 07/26/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries An abstruse and oft-overlooked final statement from the auteur Donald Cammell, White Of The Eye tells the tale of Paul and Joan White, a couple who live in Globe, a wealthy desert community near Tucson, Arizona. Paul (David Keith) makes a living as an expert installer of high-end stereo equipment. Joan (Cathy [...]

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Cult Renaissance! Dual review – The Sacrament (2013) and Apocalyptic (2014)

Posted on 07/17/14 by Ben
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By Tristan Bishop You wait for one found footage movie about a cult and then two come along together. Three, actually, if you count one of the episodes of V/H/S 2. It seems like an odd subgenre to suddenly blossom – horror films about cults have been surprisingly thin on the ground until now, with [...]

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Editorial: The Problem With The Soulmate Cuts…

Posted on 07/14/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Editor’s note: this editorial discusses plot elements in detail and as such contains spoilers. One of the last of the Brutal As Hell team to get to see Axelle Carolyn’s most recent film, the feature-length Soulmate (2013), it had been my intention to just write a straightforward review – side-stepping the censorship [...]

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Interview: MurderDrome director Daniel Armstrong on roller derby, horror and indie filmmaking

Posted on 07/14/14 by Ben
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Interview conducted by Ben Bussey As regular BAH readers may have noticed, one of my favourite films of 2014 thus far has been Daniel Armstrong’s MurderDrome. A light-hearted, low-budget comedy horror set in the world of roller derby, it aims to capture a very specific niche audience and, in my estimation, does a fine job [...]

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Comics Review – The Goon: Occasion of Revenge + Free Preview!

Posted on 07/13/14 by Ben
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By Svetlana Fedotov After a long wait through delays, notices, and wishing-upon-stars, the newest Goon mini-series has finally arrived on a pillow of stardust and dreams into the eager hands of fans across the world. Titled Occasion of Revenge, this newest addition features everyone’s favorite bad boy twosome, Goon and Frankie, as they stomp their [...]

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Horror in Art: Harry Clarke & Edgar Allan Poe

Posted on 07/12/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea For many horror fans who first came into contact with Edgar Allan Poe via an illustrated volume, it’s likely that, in their minds, Poe’s fiction is forever associated with one artist in particular. Other artists before and after the illustrator in question have turned their hand to Poe, not least the great [...]

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