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!

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.
NElvP6DrMQHWpr_2_bThe crew follow a rogue transmission to, at this time, an un-surveyed world, and a new world of sheer hell unfolds around them. 

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.
Screenshot 2017-04-27 at 20.56.18 - EditedDanny McBride also did a fantastic job as Tenessee, the no nonsense ship pilot. Again, you form a bond with this character and the raw, unbridled emotion. 

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.”

VR Gaming: 360 Degrees of Hell

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We here at ‘The Scream Source’, are very excited to announce the latest, exciting VR experience on iOS and Android.

Recall Studios, a virtual reality and media subsidiary of Carolco Pictures, are releasing an immersive, live action VR horror experience, called ‘360 Degrees of Hell’.
It will give viewers the chance to experience the next chapter of the cult classic ‘Six Degrees of Hell’, in a full 360 degree environment.

Pretty damn cool right?
We’re happy to report, that the news only gets better… Continue reading

Ghosts Of Darkness Is Coming

Written & Directed By: David Ryan Keith
Produced By: Lorraine Keith
Scream Source Score: 8/10

It’s our pleasure, to introduce you, to the latest horror film, from Clear Focus Movies.

Official Selection Of The Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2016

Ghosts of Darkness, is the third feature film, to come from Scottish Writer/Director,
David Ryan Keith.

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David Ryan Keith (Writer/Director)

The two previous efforts, were 2011’s zom/com spectacular, Attack Of The Herbals, and 2014’s blood thirsty, ‘teens in the woods’ slasher, ‘The Redwood Massacre’.
Both of the films are unique, and clever in their storytelling, and choice of sub genre.
They follow completely different paths, instead of sticking to one type of film, and regurgitating the same film, with a different name and location.
To that end, Ghosts of Darkness, certainly follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. But with this one? Things have been kicked up to a whole new level.


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“All These Deaths, Took Place In This House?” – Jack Donovan


Filmed in Scotland, Ghosts Of Darkness is the first feature film, that the talented Scottish director has made in the paranormal genre.
The film secured worldwide distribution, before a scene had even been filmed, with American distribution company Uncork’d Entertainment in August of 2015.
The film will make its world premier at the acclaimed ‘Bram Stoker International Film Festival’, at the end of October 2016, and will be released on DVD/VOD, in March 2017.


 

Jonathon Blazer

“Ghosts are easy to move on. They’re my bread and butter. But a Demon? That’s a completely different story altogether” – Jonathan Blazer.


Ghosts Of Darkness Synopsis:

On the strength of their reputations, slick American, paranormal investigator, Jack Donovan (Michael Koltes), and eccentric Englishman and psychic, Jonathan Blazer (Paul Flannery), are paired together in a large manor house, with a dark and shady past, in the hope of solving a mystery, thats had people guessing since the 1800’s.
god_promoshot71To do this, Donovan and Blazer, will be locked in the house, for three nights, to record their findings, and prove once and for all, whether there are secrets lurking within the walls. Shortly after starting their investigation, they discover to their horror, that are numerous, very real paranormal entities, that mean to do them harm.
The two men must put their differences aside, if they want to survive their stay, at Richmond Manor.


The Investigators

Jonathan Blazer

Jonathan Blazer, is a powerful psychic, whose main tools for his work are a spirit board, and a book of demonology. He is for sure, the comic relief. paul_flannery_He’s a well spoken gentlemen, who oozes class.He brings a Richard E. Grant-esque performance, in the style of Withnail, from the cult 70’s classic, ‘Withnail and I’. His quick wit allows, albeit momentarily, for a breather from the overbearing job at hand. But when it comes to the crunch, you see the other, more serious side of Blazer, even the fearful and slightly vulnerable side of Blazer. As things start to go from bad to worse for the two, and being the more experienced, at handling these types of cases in these types of cases, he has to be serious, and make the executive decision as to how things are going to be done. But even he knows he is out of his depth, and as time grows shorter, the stakes get higher, in the race to get out of Richmond Manor alive.

Jack Donovan

Jack Donovan, is a firm, complex character, who will not be taken for a fool. He is an extremely talented Paranormal investigator, who by trade, is the best at what he does, at exposing frauds, who are in his own words “just trying to make a quick buck”. michael_koltes_
To do his work, he has lots of expensive gadgets, such as motion sensors, temperature sensors, EMF readers, fancy cameras, and much more, which Blazer finds not only amusing, but pointless.
Donovans story, is one of heartbreak and loss, and really, he is like a big ball of elastic bands. As he unravels, you come to understand why he has so much distrust and contempt towards Blazer.
When he realises, that this job, is not just exposing some fraud, and is like nothing he’s ever experienced before, he learns to believe in, and trust his fellow protagonist. He realises he can integrate his methods, with Blazers methods, and forms a real working and personal respect and friendship for him.


The Practical Effects

The practical effects are second to none, as with the two previous films, from this talented Scottish writer/director.

demon7The special effects and makeup team that worked on this film, need to take a bow. The ghosts and demons look genuinely threatening and scary. The eyes are the window to the soul, and firstly with the ghosts, the big black eyes show us an element of pure evil and bad intentions. The blackness in the eyes, reminded somewhat, of a film called ‘Grave Encounters’, which was terrifying, so this really worked well.  The skin, as you would expect for a ghost is very pale, almost grey, and is made up to look dead and scarred. Its been done very effectively.

The demons look incredible. god_promoshot5
They really are the epitome of evil. If you had one of these walking towards you in a dark house in the middle of the night, you’d have a heart attack.
Its hard to imagine that there is actually a person under that make up and that its not something straight from the necronomicon. The time and  detail that has gone into that has gone into creating the gaping wounds and decomposing flesh is astonishing.


Ghosts of Darkness Is A Fantastic Film.
From Start To Finish You’ll Be Gripped By It.

Its a celebration and a triumph, for Scottish indie-horror, film making.
Do not make the mistake, of thinking this is yet another film, thats riding the coattails of paranormal activity. This is a film that stands on it its own two feet.
Creating a film about two men, running round a house chasing ghosts, is by no means an easy thing to do. It could have been so easy for things to have gone stale and fallen flat, but the dialogue, which is slick, witty and funny, and the moments of major intrigue, and non stop action, does not let the film fall into that trap. The pacing of the film is great. Its not a film you have to be patient with,  and then only delivers the frights at the end. Its gripping the whole way through. To begin with, ghosts tease the pair, with noises, apparitions, and poltergeist activity.
Upon the two protagonists being introduced, and are left to go about their work, Blazer is looking for something to drink, and Donovan is convinced, that being there, is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Little do they know at this point, that within the walls of Richmond Manor, there really are things that go bump in the night.
Things then go from bad to worse, as demons enter the fold, and start to prey on their inner most feelings, and then turn to acts of physical harm, with the use of weapons, extreme violence, and much worse.
The best part of the film, is the relationship between Blazer and Donovan. The pair, seemed so at ease, not only with each other, but in the roles they were portraying. Its obvious there was a good camaraderie between Koltes and Flannery, because although their characters are very chalk and cheese, they worked so well together. You are taken on a wonderful journey with the pair, from them butting heads, to forming a mutual respect, and most important of all, a real friendship.

In closing, this is not a film you’re going to want to miss. You’ll be sorry that you did. Be sure to  be ready for the release of ‘Ghosts of Darkness’ in March 2017.

As always, we’ll keep you up to date with any further info as we get it.


 

Death House: Are You Ready?

THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!

Thats right folks, the trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Death House’ has landed.

Amazing right?

deathhouse_2The trailer delivers on so many levels. Harrison Smith, and his production team, have been very clever, and put some real thought and effort, into putting this trailer together. It lays everything out perfectly. I felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt for a long time.
Something that really got me, was that, although it delivers everything you would want from a trailer, it doesn’t give up the secrets of the film.

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Cortney Palm (Agent Toria Boon), & Cody Longo (Agent Jae Novak)

The synopsis of the film, sees Agents Boon and Novak, getting an exclusive tour of the ‘Death House’ facility. A prison that houses the most dangerous criminals in the world. A power breakdown, sets the inmates free, and sends the two agents into a fight for survival, as they navigate their way to the depths of the prison, where a supernatural evil may be their only chance of survival.

After seeing the trailer, it has left me with questions. Left me wanting to know, the background of the FBI graduates, the backgrounds of doctors, the nazi style experiments, on human subjects, the backgrounds of the inmates. Also, what will be the agenda of the inmates, now that they’re free of their restraints? How are the agents going to escape? What, are the 5 evils?
It’s left me craving more, and that’s what a proper trailer should do. It reminds of trailers of a bygone era.

At the start of the Q&A session at the ‘Days Of The Dead’
the panel took no prisoners, and gave the world of horror, what I think, is a wake up call.

A point that was made clear, was that there is no CGI in this film, except for the editing and putting the filmed scenes together. Everything else, is all practical effects. The set, the blood, guts, gore, the lot, all practical.

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That is making a statement. It proves that you don’t need a film full of CGI, and added in effects. With this, everything is being stripped back, and going right back to the blood roots of what makes a horror film, a horror film, and it’s so refreshing.CoVaIdcXgAAlLrx

Harrison and Sid Haig also spoke about the horror genre in general and the state of things at the moment. Some of the subjects discussed were, What the hell is PG-13 horror? Why was Massacre left out of the recent Texas Chainsaw Remake?
I completely agree with Harrison Smith, in that we, as fans, supporters, even lovers of the horror genre, should demand more from the films we are getting. I’m so tired of films that feature the word Paranormal. Where is the next ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’? or ‘Hellraiser’? And I dont just mean remaking the classics.
I truly believe, that this film and any subsequent sequels, will be the start of bringing horror back, and starting a revolution in the horror genre.
I will continue to report any Death House news as it comes available. Please check out the Twitter and Facebook pages for the film.

 

 

American Horror Story: Season 6 Teasers – Part 1-10

September 14th, on FOX, will see the return, of American Horror Story, for it’s 6th season. Every fan of the show, is dying to know what the theme of this season will be.
The AHS creators, and the big brass at the FOX network, want to keep season 6 a total secret, until the season premier.
Teaser trailers, have been released over the days and weeks leading up to the big night, but only 1 of the teasers is the real one. Below are the teaser trailers, Parts 1 to 10.
So here is my thoughts on what I like, love, think… meh, or don’t like, hate

1. Lullaby

This teaser trailer immediately makes me think of the baby in season one’s ‘Murder House’. If the rumour is true, that all the seasons will link up in season 6, could this be the link that brings it all together?
Verdict: Intriguing 

2. What’s Cooking

I don’t know about you, but this 2nd teaser trailer, called ‘Whats Cooking’, makes me think of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. That would be interesting, and very dark avenue to go down. LeatherFace done AHS Style? Imagine the possibilities!!!
Verdict: Like

3. Sunset Stroll

The 3rd entry, titled Sunset Stroll, really had me stumped! Family going for a walk… Looks like rough terrain. The desert maybe? Nuclear waste, or a radioactive spill has made them into crazy cannibals? Zombies perhaps? The whole zombie thing, would be a brave move, with the likes of ‘The Walking Dead’ to compete with.
Verdict: No Thanks

4. Milli Crossing

GaGa much? This  looks like ‘The Countess’ from season 5’s ‘Hotel’. We already saw a major link to season 1, when a pregnant countess, went to the murder house, to get an abortion, and kept baby, to the dismay of James Patrick March. So if chosen, could this be an indication, that will be expanded on and link the seasons together?
Verdict: Very Interesting

5. Post-Op

The surgeon from hell! This has traits of season 2’s ‘Asylum’. It has an incredibly dark, and sinister feeling to it. Something in a hospital, with a ‘Doctor Death’ type figure, could be pretty awesome!
Verdict: Interesting

6. Descent

The People Under The Stairs!!! EEK!!! If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what I mean. The basement is dark and full of mystery… whats evil lurks down there? If a season of AHS was done along the lines of the ‘People Under The Stairs’ film, that would be some dark, evil television indeed.
Verdict: Amazing

7. The Mist

I’m in love this teaser trailer. There’s nothing complicated about it. There’s no metaphor, there is no hidden meaning. What creatures are lurk in the mist? You know somethings coming out of it, but you don’t know what it is. Its what you don’t see that is the most terrifying, and that’s a really clever way way of going about things.
If ‘The Mist’ was to be the theme of season 6, I would be a very happy man.  This has the potential to be incredible.
Verdict: In Love

8. Hang Tight

Chains and meat hooks. Perhaps a torture room that James Patrick March himself would revel in. Though I have to say, an episode with a torture room would be awesome, but I don’t see it being a theme for a whole season of AHS.
Verdict: Rubbish

9. The Shadow

‘The Shadow’ is another teaser trailer, that I think has real potential to be turned into a full season. This one seems to me, to have the feeling of the old silent films, like Nosferatu for example. There is lots of different angles that can be explored here, and would give the writers, almost a whole new universe to work in, and be creative. And again, this is another example of, its what you don’t see that, that gives you the fear. For something to give you real fear and terror, sometimes, the image or the story doesn’t have to shown and explained. Its the story, or the picture that is created in your mind, that can really bring the horror to life. I think this could be used in that way.
Verdict: In Love

10. Wind Chimes

This is a bit of a dud really. An evil dentist?  Maybe! This is another one that wouldn’t have a season based around it. The teaser definitely has shock value. We’ve all had the dream about our teeth being pulled out.
Verdict: Rubbish