Triple 6 Horror Film Festival

On May 27th and 28th 2017, Manchester will be invaded by horror hounds up and down the nation, for the celebration of new, Independent horror films on the big screen.

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival is the brainchild of Andy Deen, owner of UK Horror Scene, and Chris Barnes, owner of The Slaughtered Bird.

It was decided by the pair, that Northern England should have the kind of horror film festival that it both needs, and deserves.
After months of hard work and planning, AMC Cinema in Manchester has become the home for the inaugural Triple 6 Horror Film Festival.

Over the 2 days, Triple 6 will have a screen all to itself, with the festival will showing 9 feature films, and 9 short films, with the aim to highlight and celebrate, the best talent across the horror genre.
On top of that we will have special guests, Q&As, an after-festival party and much more.

BUY TICKETS HERE


The Films

There will be lots of activity throughout the day. To help plan your day, here is the schedule of the films and their show times:

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For all the info on both the short and feature films, including synopsis and run times, check them out right HERE


Special Guest
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The special guest for the festival will be groundbreaking director Richard Stanley,
He will be with Triple 6 fans for the entire weekend, and will be showing his debut feature, called Hardware on 35mm.
The showing of the film will be followed by a full Q&A with Richard.

Hardware is a totally unique, visually stunning feature that needs to be seen on the big screen. Aesthetically compared to Gilliam & Jodorowsky and with a real 1990’s man vs machine mentality that summed up the age when technology was becoming an essential part of life not a luxury, along with a stunning industrial score, Hardware is a mix of horror, sci-fi and much more. Rarely seen on the big screen, especially in 35mm, this will be an amazing one-off experience!


There are still weekend tickets available. Check the link for the tickets at the top of the article.

We here at The Scream Source, UK Horror Scene, The Slaughterbird, AMC Cinema, and the amazing sponsors of the event hope to see you all there!

Comic Review: Freddy vs Jason vs Ash – The Nightmare Warriors

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***

Introduction:
The Nightmare Warriors is the 2nd ‘Freddy vs Jason vs Ash’ mini series from Wildstorm comics. It carries on from where the original mini series leaves off.

In the showdown at the end of what we will call “Season One”, the scene is set for the show down at Camp Crystal Lake, where the three titans are in the midst of a fight to the death.
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Ash scrambles for the Necronimcon, sends Freddy through a portal into the Deadite dimension, and then in classic fashion, drowns Jason in the lake, along with the Necronomicon.
With Freddy and Jason defeated, the evil book now lies at the bottom of the frozen lake, and out of sight of anybody that could pick it up and read from it

Or is it…?

Plot:
In the midst of a new top secret government project involving the Necronomicon Exmortis, there are two psychiatrists that are trying to locate and bring together survivors of past encounters of with Freddy and Jason, to form a group called The Nightmare Warriors, and with the help of a certain ‘Chosen One’, make a march on Washington, to fight pure evil, and defeat it once and for all.

Review:
Where do begin with this mini series… Quite simply put, its very good, and is a great way to follow on from the first series.
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As soon as Jason comes back into the mix, literally, all hell breaks loose and the carnage at the end of the first comic continues.
As you’d expect from a comic with these three characters, its pretty non stop action throughout.
With this comic book having the title ‘Nightmare Warriors’, this is of course, a group of people who have fought Freddy or Jason and survived.
Dr Neil Gordon (Elm Street 3) returns in the role of Psychiatrist, and is still trying to figure out a way to stop Krueger for good. Also from the Elm Street series, the protagonist Alice who features in Elm Street 4 & 5 and her son Jacob are featured.
As a special treat, and with the power of the Necronomicon, some of those who have perished throughout the Elm Street series get resurrected to come and help finish the job. CUOF2605
Joining the Warriors, is Tommy Jarvis who features in Friday the 13th parts 4,5 &6, and is joined by his franchise counterpart Tina, from Friday the 13th Part 7. They are of course joined by the chosen one… Ash Williams from Evil Dead.
The team are led by Maggie Burroughs, who is the Psychiatrist leading the Warriors. To all Elm Street fans, if Maggie’s name sounds familiar, it should do.
Something I enjoyed in particular is that every character gets there moment in the sun. There isn’t anyone who is there for fodder… But in saying that, this comic does have a bit of ‘The Walking Dead’ complex, in that even the characters can die.
The essence of the characters is captured so well.
The script written for Ash is brilliant. I found myself reading his lines with Bruce Campbell’s voice in my head at every turn.
The same can be said with Freddy Krueger. Its hard to compare his character to any one of the Elm Street films as there is a piece of him from each one.
Jason, as expected… he’s a man of few words, but rest assured he does a hell of a lot of killing. Something else to mention about Jason, is that in this comic, he is sporting a new, rather fetching get up which I found… Shall we say… at first I found ‘interesting’, but really grew on me as the series went on.

I do need to say as well, that the art work in this series, has definitely improved.The first series has a brilliant story, though in the earlier comics, the art work lacked consistency. Whether that’s down to different artists working on the project is unknown, but in the ‘Nightmare Warriors’ series, there are vast improvements. The little intricacies of the characters are captured brilliantly. The first series and ‘The Nightmare warriors are both well worth a look.

Each of these characters also has their own series of comics that are like these, independent from the films, and are like the Freddy vs Jason vs Ash series… an incredibly good read.

Film Review: Alien Covenant (2017)

Film: Alien Covenant
Starring: Michael Fassbender; Katherine Waterston; Billy Crudup; Danny McBride; Demián Bichir; Carmen Ejogo; Jussie Smollett; Callie Hernandez; Amy Seimetz

Introduction:
Finally, the showpiece everyone has been talking about has arrived.
The most anticipated film of the year for all fans of the Alien franchise, is now in cinemas nationwide.
I was lucky enough to get to an advanced screening, to see what all the fuss was about, and I wasnt disappointed.

Plot:
Ten years after the events of Prometheus, the vessel ‘Covenant’ is on its way to a new world on a colonising mission.
Some Seven years from their destination, the crew are woken from hyper-sleep after the vessel sustains considerable damage.
The crew receive a transmission of unknown origin, and under company orders, must go and investigate it at the source.
It is while surveying the transmission on this new world, that the crew run into a difficulties and find in a battle to stay alive and somehow, get back to the Covenant

Is This Film Another Promethues?:
The short answer? NO…, it most certainly is not.
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Prometheus, although divisive, in my opinion is a fantastic film. As i’m sure you all know, this film is the start of a series of prequels to the original Alien film. Yes, I know we don’t get to see an Alien until the end, and yes, its not the traditional Alien that we’re all used to seeing and having nightmares about, but appreciation needs to be given to the fact that these films are going to tell a story from its absolute beginning, up to its end.
The story may not be moving along quick enough for some peoples liking, and you’re entitled to your opinion, but I cant help thinking, that if the story jumped forward at a rate of knots, it would have people being faced with more questions than answer.

How Does It Carry On From Prometheus:
I don’t really want to give too much of the film away with any big reveals, so i’ll try to be as reserved, but as informative as possible.
The Covenant story keeps two of the key characters from Prometheus, and its no secret that two in question are David, and Elizabeth Shaw, meaning unquestionably, that these two will play a rather pivotal role in the film.
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The come across a dishevelled David, who has been on this planet for 10 years by himself, with millions of canisters of black goo, allowing him to investigate its properties and power of mutation when applied to different species, in his attempts to make the ‘perfect organism’… But all this time, has been deprived of one key ingredient, that would allow him to complete his ‘experiments’.

The New Characters:
The introduction of the new characters is very refreshing, and really bring the new story to life.
I liked the return to the strong, ass kicking female lead, which was the character Daniels that was portrayed by Katherine Waterston.
She seemed so in her element and at ease with the role she was in. You can really feel the fear and emotion coming through the screen and you form a bond and an attachment to her character.
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If I could say anything negative about the new characters, it would be that with the exception of the two above mentioned, you don’t really see too much of the others, who are pretty much Alien fodder. It is these characters that lack development and any real kind of proper involvement, other than to be there like lambs to the slaughter.

Michael Fassbender:
Fassbender absolutely steals the show.
Appearing in the film as both David, and new ship android Walter, he is quite simply fantastic.
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He is in whole other element, elevating the film, and playing the part of the good guy, and the bad guy with such style and finesse. At times, David is evil incarnate, taking in the unsuspecting crew before putting them through outright misery.
In the above picture above, we see David and a young Peter Weyland in conversation and is thirsty for knowledge about creation and where he came from, and where humans came from and beyond that.
Just as he was created by man, he wants to be the next to create life, and will do it any cost.
In Davids own words, “Big things have small beginnings”.
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Portraying the parts of androids, unlike his colleagues, needed to be completely emotionless in his performance. But at the same time, the character development is such, that again, you do form a bond.
His portrayal of Walter is the polar opposite of David.
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Where as David was developed with the ability to express emotion and be free thinking, albeit, in a very dark way, Walter does not possess these abilities, and is purely there to serve and protect the crew, much like Bishop in James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.

The  Aliens:
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The Bitch Is Back!!!
Hail the return of the Xenomorph,
 or as most know it, a chest-burster.
As we all know, these evil buggers come from a face hugger, implanting an embryo into the throat of some poor soul, and then some time later, the creature will burst through the ribs and chest of the victim, and then unleash and unholy amount of pain and misery, to anyone that comes before them.

And then there is the new Neomorph, or as is more terrifyingly known, the back-burster.

So lets run run through how these bad boys come to exist.
The first of the above pictures shows an airborne contaminant that enters the body through an orifice of its choosing.
Soon after, the embryo implanted from the spore will grow, and its dorsal spikes will break through your spine, and hatch. In the two pictures that follow, you can get a good look at the teeth, and then, the creature is sitting down, having some lunch.
Like the Xenomorphs, these creatures are ultra aggressive, ultra hostile, and their hatching sequence, as described above, is done in the film, in graphic detail. 
Something that is available that’s pretty cool, is the Alien Covenant: In Utero.

It lets you be part of the hatching sequence, but as the Alien. Its something very unique, that every Alien fan should experience.

 

Alien Covenant: The Crossing (Prologue)

The lead up to Alien: Covenant has been one of excitement and intrigue.
We have been blessed with the release numerous viral videos, in what has been an excellent campaign for the film.
The most interesting of these videos, are those relating to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and David, with the burning questions being ‘What happened to the pair after Prometheus, and what part will they play in Alien: Covenant’?


Part 1: Take Me Home

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On instagram, a short video was released called ‘Take Me Home’. Its set to the soundtrack of the classic John Denver song, ‘Country Roads’, and when used in this context, creates a really eerie atmosphere.


We see the Covenant crew entering the juggernaut ship that was piloted by Dr. Shaw and David when leaving LV-223, and then see a holographic projection, similar to those we saw throughout Prometheus, that told us a short part of a story, or something significant that happened, similar to a black box recorder on an aeroplane.
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We can clearly see. that sitting at the console is Dr. Shaw. She’s sitting humming ‘Country Roads’ and by the looks of things, navigating the ship. Are we to presume she is alive? We see one of the crew members finding the dog tags of Elizabeth Shaw. This makes me think she may have met a grim end.


Part 2: The Crossing (Prologue)
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On Alien Day, Ridley Scott introduced an exclusive piece of footage called ‘The Crossing’.
This is a key piece of footage, that completes the link between Prometheus and Covenant, and shows exactly what happened after Dr. Shaw and David took off.


This is a really telling insight into how the relationship between the two protagonists has developed and become one of trust and compassion.
We see Dr. Shaw putting David back together and helping David with navigating the ship, and then we see David putting Dr. Shaw into hyper sleep, while they make their journey to the home planet of the engineers. Could this mean Dr. Shaw is actually alive, and is having a very long sleep? Or just that David is keeping his next testing specimen ‘Fresh’?
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Everything appears in good nature, but upon arrival to the engineers home world, as we can see in the picture above, David opens the cargo hold and drops the 1000’s of canisters of black goo down on the engineers.
When David is about to drop the black goo, he says…

“Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”.

This is such a powerful line, and gains more power and meaning, when read in the context of the full poem that the great line comes from.
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The poem is called ‘Ozymandias’
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Carnage Park (2016)

A craic’n review of a great independent horror film!

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Carnage Park, 2016
directed by Mickey Keating
starring Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck

Taking place in 1978, and presented in the style of grindhouse flicks of the same time, Carnage Park is a fairly thrilling, quick-ride that features a fair share of blood and tension. Two men rob a small town bank, take a girl hostage, but end up lost in the nearby sprawling desert. Unbeknownst to them, the owner and inhabitant of the land has his own version of The Most Dangerous Game set up. It’s a simple enough plot designed to get right to the action. There are flashbacks early on that connect characters or fill in some of the plot, which gives the film a little bit of a modern style, but overall the film is designed to look like something you would have seen decades ago. The music is great, and the characters seem…

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Baddington Bear

We all remember Paddington bear from our childhoods. The lovable cuddly bear, in the blue rain coat, red hat and suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches.

Now, get ready to see the teddy, in a new, darker way. Some clever person, very creatively may I add, has put Paddington in to scenes from our favourite horror movies.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil Review

Introduction

I saw trailers of this film, and was extremely intrigued by it.
It follows the familiar story we’ve seen in nearly every film featuring a Ouija board.
A girl uses a Ouija board, gets possessed by a demon, and causes chaos, while her family seek the help of a priest to save the poor girl.
But that being said, the writers and  director have taken that premise, and completely turned it on its head. mv5bmji4odc0mtcymv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtg5njczmdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777878_al_

This film features, possibly the scariest little girl-devil, she-beast, I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

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This film will take you by surprise, and boasts some particularly dark and frightening imagery.


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Synopsis

Set in 1965 in Los Angeles, the film stars Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) as Alice, the widowed mother of two daughters Lina and Doris, and runs a fake seance scam, as a business from her families home.
She is looking to add something new to bolster her business, and so, a Ouija board is brought into the property.
They unwittingly invite pure evil into their home.
When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears, to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


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Our Thoughts

I’ll say this again. This is not your typical possession film.
When Doris, the youngest of two daughters, uses the Ouija board and believes shes made contact with her deceased father, she couldn’t be further from the truth.
From there on in, the genie is out of the bottle.
The evil entity is released from the board, and into the house, and begins to play tricks on family and friends, that quickly escalate and become serious. They’ll send chills down your spine.

The film is well paced. It’s not a slow burner. You can get right into the film from the beginning. It gets you interested straight away and it keeps ticking over nice. That is helped by the opening few scenes, which will certainly make you jump. And i’m happy to report, its not because of a forced jump scare! In fact, this film is pretty limited on the forced jump scare front, which was very pleasing.
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The scene, shown in short as a GIF to the right, is the part of the film where Doris actually becomes possessed, and way that it is done is just fantastic.
Its original, interesting, and most of all frightening.

After the possession, as you would imagine, a whole host of crazy, weird and awful things take place. The slingshot scene from the trailer is one you’ll no doubt remember.
The two daughters are at a catholic school, and it is Lina, the older of the two sisters, who brings it to the priests attention that something is very wrong with Doris.

Trust in me when I say, that the ending to this film, is a pretty twisted one, with death, carnage and blood shed being plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Ouija: Origin of Evil, really is one of the better films to come out of one of the big production houses this year. Its good to see, that they have actually gone for making a film, that isn’t a remake or a reboot.

If this particular horror sub-genre is your cup of tea, then you are really going to want to see this one.

The Scream Source Rating: 7/10

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