Category: Film Fests

Festival News – Details of Melbourne’s Monster Fest 2014

Posted on 10/20/14 by Ben
monsterfest web logo

By Ben Bussey Ever since us Brits/limeys/pommie bastards pretty much took over at Brutal As Hell (look, we’ve lost our empire, excuse us being a bit grabby), I realise the site’s focus has narrowed somewhat to UK-specific goings-on. Well, allow me to redress that balance by letting you know about an awesome-looking event which none […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: Maps to the Stars (2014)

Posted on 10/17/14 by Ben

Review by Tristan Bishop In the pantheon of Great Horror Directors, David Cronenberg still reigns supreme. Even though he’s moved outside of the genre in the past 25 years or so, every film he’s made has been possessed of a dark, unsettling core. Even A Dangerous Method (2011), ostensibly a historical drama about the relationship […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: The World of Kanako (2014)

Posted on 10/16/14 by Ben

Review by Tristan Bishop Over the past decade Tetsuya Nakashima has emerged as one of the most interesting names in Japanese cinema. I first encountered the delightful, surreal comedy Kamikaze Girls (2004) and the devastating elegiac drama Memories Of Matsuko (2006) when they were screened on Film Four in the UK some years ago, and […]

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A Nice’n’gory trailer for Celluloid Screams 2014

Posted on 10/16/14 by Ben
Celluloid Screams

By Ben Bussey In a week and a day, Sheffield’s annual horror fest Celluloid Screams kicks off at the Showroom cinema, and the team have just released a sweet little promo previewing a mere handful of highlights from top genre movies new and old which will be screened during the event. It’s a good-looking line-up, […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

Posted on 10/14/14 by Ben

Review by Tristan Bishop Young Detective Dee : Rise Of The Sea Dragon was one of the great surprises of Sitges for me – not just for the content of the film, but that I had no idea it existed at all until I spotted it in the brochure and probably got a little over-excited. […]

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UK Festival News – Full Line-Up Announced for Abertoir 2014

Posted on 10/14/14 by Ben
Abertoir 2014

By Ben Bussey We’re now barely a month away from seeing the annual Abertoir Horror Festival take over Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the eighth consecutive year, and we at Brutal As Hell are all buzzing about it. You may be aware that we do have some fairly close ties with the event (our own Nia […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Posted on 10/12/14 by Ben

Review by Nia Edwards-Behi I’ve been eagerly awaiting the chance to see A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night for some time. A film dubbed an Iranian-vampire-western, directed by a woman, seems quite tailor-made to my tastes. Shot in stark black and white, the film is set in the fictional Iranian town of Bad City, […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: [REC]4: Apocalypse (2014)

Posted on 10/10/14 by Ben

Review by Nia Edwards-Behi I can’t personally think of a horror sequel I’ve more eagerly anticipated recently than [REC] 4. The last one I’ve been as excited for was probably [REC] 3, which I ruddy well loved, unlike, apparently, most people. However, I’ve also tried not to get too excited for [REC] 4, knowing full […]

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Shortcuts To Hell Short Film Contest Reveals Winner

Posted on 10/09/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey You may recall us telling you about the Shortcuts To Hell contest shortly before this year’s Film4 FrightFest, organised by the festival in cahoots with the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul and Wild Seed Studios, dedicated to finding the brightest new talents in short filmmaking, with the rather sweet prize of funding to […]

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ALLELUIA and THE BODY win 2014 Méliès Awards at Sitges

Posted on 10/08/14 by Ben

By Nia Edwards-Behi We’re a bit behind with this news but the winners of this year’s Méliès awards were announced late last week, handed out by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. The EFFFF is a network of festivals, facilitating the circulation of films and information between its […]

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Abertoir hosting UK premiere of Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body

Posted on 10/01/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Our good friends at Abertoir, the annual horror festival of Aberystwyth, Wales, have begun their teasing, stripper-esque process of revealing just some of the films they have in store at their flagship event next month – and there’s at least one doozy of an exclusive in there, as the latest from Japanese […]

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Full Line-Up Revealed for Celluloid Screams 2014

Posted on 09/05/14 by Ben
The Editor

By Ben Bussey Festival passes have just gone on sale for Celluloid Screams 2014, taking over Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema from 24th-26th October – and to get folks diving into their wallets right away, the team have revealed the full line-up of feature films set to screen at the event (minus one mystery title). We already […]

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Grimm Up North reveal full Grimmfest 2014 line-up

Posted on 09/03/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Yes, the autumn is here, the kids are back at school, and this can only mean one thing: the UK horror festival circuit is about to kick into action. We’ve already had some hints of what to expect from this year’s Grimmfest, not to mention Mayhem, Abertoir and Celluloid Screams – now, the Grimm Up […]

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Festival Report: FrightFest 2014 Round-Up, Part 2

Posted on 08/28/14 by Ben

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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Frightfest 2014 Review: The Green Inferno (2013)

Posted on 08/24/14 by Ben
The Green Inferno

Review by Karolina Gruschka Every year I promise myself that I will attend the next FrightFest. But each time August approaches, I realise that I do not have the funds for it, yet again. This year, to make up for it, I decided to at least treat myself to one movie. Despite a few film […]

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Festival Report: Frightfest 2014 Round-up Part 1

Posted on 08/23/14 by Keri

By Stephanie Scaife It’s that time of year again…yes, FrightFest is here and like Christmas, it seems to come around quicker each year. Having been a regular since 2003 I’ve seen the festival go through many changes and this year has seen some major ones. Firstly, you can say good bye to a single screen […]

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Celluloid Screams reveal Brian Yuzna as 2014 Guest of Honour

Posted on 08/22/14 by Ben
Brian Yuzna

By Ben Bussey Sheffield is looking like a very good place to be this October, as the city’s annual horror festival Celluloid Screams have just revealed they will be bringing none other than esteemed producer/director Brian Yuzna to this year’s event – where he will introduce screenings of three of his best-loved movies. Read on […]

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