DVD, Film, Horror

Martyrs: It will leave your nerves raw

News of a French suspense shocker today that will delight those of you who enjoy truly disturbing films.

Martyrs

When a little girl, Lucie, is found half naked and lost by a country road after being missing for over a year, she is unable to tell police anything about what has happened to her. The police soon find out where she was incarcerated – but, as she bears no traces of sexual abuse, the reasons for her abduction and what has been done to her remain a mystery. Fifteen years later, Lucie has grown up into a beautiful but traumatised young woman, and her obsessive quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her leads her on a terrifying journey into into darkness and depravity.

Bucket
No unexplained toilet needs in Martyrs

One reviewer said for the first time ever he had to look away from the screen as he couldn’t bear the suffering. I can’t say I did, but it made me wince. Martyrs is sick, no doubt about it, but the tale behind it is all too believable in a world where a rich few have so much power. Yet another winner from Europe.

old bag
This evil old bag is superb

Martyrs is available on Lovefilm instant. Watch it.

DVD, Film, Horror, Lookalikes

Paddy Ashdown Zombie Slayer

I’m combining one of my cheeky lookalikes with a plug for a film today, and you’ll see why. I recently watched the 1979 film by Lucio Fulci, Zombie Flesh Eaters, and it was most entertaining. But first, do you see the similarity between ex-Liberal leader Lord Paddy ‘Pantsdown’ Ashdown, himself once a fearsome member of the Royal Marines, and Scottish actor Ian McCulloch who landed on a beach and proved himself with a gun in Fulci’s film?

McCulloch
Pantsdown
Pantsdown
McCulloch

The film, if you haven’t seen it, is a must, but then again I am a sucker for the Italian horrors of the 1970s and 1980s. It has it all – terrible acting, lousy dialogue, dreadful dubbing, and the women are there only to strip off, scream and get slaughtered –  yet is a joy to watch. For its time it has some fabulous effects, especially the shark scenes and the zombies themselves. It also has quite a few that are less than convincing!

Enjoy the trailer (by the way, Zombie Flesh Eaters was the title in the UK):

Film, Giveaways, My Books

Halloween Treat (No Tricks)

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis appeared in fiv...
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis appeared in five films in the series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Definition of Halloween (Oxford Dictionaries)

noun: the night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints’ Day, often celebrated by children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.

We all knew that, didn’t we? Do you know what I do on Halloween? I watch the film of the same name. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it but it remains in my top ten. Maybe it’s the creepy Donald Pleasence – who was always one of my favourite actors – who makes it. I love the music, too. I know. Weird…

So it’s a great excuse to give away some books – some lovely paperbacks of Diavolino which is a great story for Halloween! What’s more I’ll sign them. The first is a Goodreads giveaway, all you have to do is click on the link below and enter. There is one book to win there:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Diavolino by Steve Emmett

Diavolino

by Steve Emmett

Giveaway ends October 31, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The second copy I’m giving away directly to the person who can persuade me that their TOP 3 choice of horror films of all time is the best. In the event more than one person has the same list I’ll put those entrants in a hat and draw one lucky winner. I will do that on Halloween, so you have the rest of the month to get posting your ideas in the comments box below!

What are you waiting for? Don’t hang around, you never know who is watching…

Lookalikes

Witch-Hunts at The Home Office?

Continuing my series of lookalikes, today I ask, is the Home Secretary really the legendary Witchfinder General played by actor Vincent Price in the (now) cult British horror of 1968? I think we should be told.

Theresa May MP, British Home Secretary
Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General