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Yeah, pretty much my reaction when I saw Lockhart Brownlie in the flesh at the Katy Perry concert in Sheffield on 23/05/2014.

Feature: Who or What is Astron-6?
Astron-6 is a Canadian film production company that was first founded in 2007 by Adam Brooks and Jeremy Gillespie. Soon after they were joined by Matt Kennedy, Conor Sweeney and Steven Kostanski and Astron-6 was born.

Feature: Who or What is Astron-6?

Astron-6 is a Canadian film production company that was first founded in 2007 by Adam Brooks and Jeremy Gillespie. Soon after they were joined by Matt Kennedy, Conor Sweeney and Steven Kostanski and Astron-6 was born.

Testing out my photoshop skillz!

Testing out my photoshop skillz!

APOLOGIES FOR MY ABSENCE

I’ve devoted myself to my new movie website http://www.marvelguy.co.uk

Check it out and let me know what you think!

REVIEW: The Thompsons
The sequel to their 2006 Award Winning movie, The Thompsons sees the infamous family on the run following a massacre at a gas station in the Mojave desert. After their youngest sibling is seriously injured, the family have no choice but to relocate to England and assume a new identity in order to avoid being captured by the authorities. On their arrival, the family seek another vampire family, The Stuarts, who may know the way to save their brother’s life.
This movie was a pleasant surprise. It was engaging and a really well crafted tale about modern vampires. The cast (including Ryan Hartwig, Joseph McKelheer, and Sheffield’s very own Elizabeth Henstridge) do a fantastic job. But this isn’t surprising taking into account that The Butcher Brothers had wrote a great script filled with plenty of character development.  However, despite the strong focus on family, the movies has lots of blood and many violent scenes which should keep gore hounds happy.
I strongly urge that you check this one out when you get a chance, especially if you’re a fan of vampire movies.
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: The Thompsons

The sequel to their 2006 Award Winning movie, The Thompsons sees the infamous family on the run following a massacre at a gas station in the Mojave desert. After their youngest sibling is seriously injured, the family have no choice but to relocate to England and assume a new identity in order to avoid being captured by the authorities. On their arrival, the family seek another vampire family, The Stuarts, who may know the way to save their brother’s life.

This movie was a pleasant surprise. It was engaging and a really well crafted tale about modern vampires. The cast (including Ryan Hartwig, Joseph McKelheer, and Sheffield’s very own Elizabeth Henstridge) do a fantastic job. But this isn’t surprising taking into account that The Butcher Brothers had wrote a great script filled with plenty of character development.  However, despite the strong focus on family, the movies has lots of blood and many violent scenes which should keep gore hounds happy.

I strongly urge that you check this one out when you get a chance, especially if you’re a fan of vampire movies.

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Maniac

Maniac tells the story of Frank, a withdrawn store owner who stalks the streets of LA at night preying upon helpless women. But when a young artist called Anna turns up at his shop to ask for help with her new exhibition, Frank’s obsession to murder escalates meaning it is only a matter of time before he gives into his compulsion to kill again.
Told visually in a first perspective point of view, with very little exception, you only see the lead via his reflection in a mirror or window which truly places you inside the character’s highly disturbed frame of mind. But despite this, Elijah Wood delivers an flawless performance floating between calm and psychotic which can only be described as chilling.
The movie is incredibly dark in tone and has the power to shock and stun its audience with its fantastic visual and sound design. Eventhough the movie isn’t constantly violent, it is deeply disturbing.
You have been warned… Maniac takes no prisoners and will become the very reason why you glance back over your shoulder when walking alone at night.
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Maniac

Maniac tells the story of Frank, a withdrawn store owner who stalks the streets of LA at night preying upon helpless women. But when a young artist called Anna turns up at his shop to ask for help with her new exhibition, Frank’s obsession to murder escalates meaning it is only a matter of time before he gives into his compulsion to kill again.

Told visually in a first perspective point of view, with very little exception, you only see the lead via his reflection in a mirror or window which truly places you inside the character’s highly disturbed frame of mind. But despite this, Elijah Wood delivers an flawless performance floating between calm and psychotic which can only be described as chilling.

The movie is incredibly dark in tone and has the power to shock and stun its audience with its fantastic visual and sound design. Eventhough the movie isn’t constantly violent, it is deeply disturbing.

You have been warned… Maniac takes no prisoners and will become the very reason why you glance back over your shoulder when walking alone at night.

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

Variety decided to honour FX Guru Gregory Nicotero with a Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by none other than Mr Simon Pegg during this years Frightfest.
photo by Robert Millward

Variety decided to honour FX Guru Gregory Nicotero with a Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by none other than Mr Simon Pegg during this years Frightfest.

photo by Robert Millward

Federico Zampaglione, the Director of “Tulpa” introducing the film at the world premier.
photo by Robert Millward

Federico Zampaglione, the Director of “Tulpa” introducing the film at the world premier.

photo by Robert Millward

REVIEW: Tulpa
Tulpa had its World Premier at Frightfest with its Director Federico Zampaglione and the main cast in attendance.
Introduced as a sensational horror thriller, the movie is anchored around a masked killer seeking revenge against the members of a very exclusive S&M club and is played with a sense of unease and mystery.
It certainly had its moments especially the very grim murder scenes (the use of a carousel and barbed wire was particularly nasty) but it also caused some unintentional laughs simply because the film takes itself too seriously.
I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie, but then Giallo is a style that I don’t particularly invest much time in. But, if you are a Giallo fan, or simply intrigued, I recommend giving it a go (even if just for the strange patrons of the club who were so bizarre that they deserve their own movie).
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Tulpa

Tulpa had its World Premier at Frightfest with its Director Federico Zampaglione and the main cast in attendance.

Introduced as a sensational horror thriller, the movie is anchored around a masked killer seeking revenge against the members of a very exclusive S&M club and is played with a sense of unease and mystery.

It certainly had its moments especially the very grim murder scenes (the use of a carousel and barbed wire was particularly nasty) but it also caused some unintentional laughs simply because the film takes itself too seriously.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie, but then Giallo is a style that I don’t particularly invest much time in. But, if you are a Giallo fan, or simply intrigued, I recommend giving it a go (even if just for the strange patrons of the club who were so bizarre that they deserve their own movie).

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Under The Bed
At some point in our lives we have lost sleep believing in the existence of an evil monster dwelling under our beds. In his follow-up to The Aggression Scale,  Director Steven C. Miller takes great pride in bringing this very nightmare to life.
After a two-year absence following something horrible, Neal (played by Jonny Weston) returns to his family home to aid his younger brother and fight a malevolent presence which their parents just won’t understand.
The Monster Squad, Goonies, and The Gate, Under the Bed serves well as a love letter to 80’s horror and adventure movies. Containing imaginative kids, incredulous parents, practical effects, and the focus on atmosphere, the movie is does not come without any flaws. However, the film is certainly worth enduring as the last half is simply outstanding and goes to some incredibly dark lengths to scare the audience.
So if you’re an 80s child or just a fan of 80s cinema, I have no doubt that you will love this movie!
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Under The Bed

At some point in our lives we have lost sleep believing in the existence of an evil monster dwelling under our beds. In his follow-up to The Aggression Scale,  Director Steven C. Miller takes great pride in bringing this very nightmare to life.

After a two-year absence following something horrible, Neal (played by Jonny Weston) returns to his family home to aid his younger brother and fight a malevolent presence which their parents just won’t understand.

The Monster Squad, Goonies, and The Gate, Under the Bed serves well as a love letter to 80’s horror and adventure movies. Containing imaginative kids, incredulous parents, practical effects, and the focus on atmosphere, the movie is does not come without any flaws. However, the film is certainly worth enduring as the last half is simply outstanding and goes to some incredibly dark lengths to scare the audience.

So if you’re an 80s child or just a fan of 80s cinema, I have no doubt that you will love this movie!

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)


REVIEW: Fear 3D (aka Paura 3D)
In Fear 3D, Three young musicians think they have luck on their side when they score the keys to a beautiful villa outside of Rome for the weekend. Unfortunately, they soon discover that they are not alone.
The Manetti Bros have made a visually pleasing horror movie packed with disturbing images that are backed up by creepy gargling and whispers within the soundtrack designed to evoke genuine fear in its audience.
This said, I didn’t feel any genuine fear but I did enjoy the movie. My only criticism was that the 3D was not needed and was only put to good effect during the opening title sequence.
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Fear 3D (aka Paura 3D)

In Fear 3D, Three young musicians think they have luck on their side when they score the keys to a beautiful villa outside of Rome for the weekend. Unfortunately, they soon discover that they are not alone.

The Manetti Bros have made a visually pleasing horror movie packed with disturbing images that are backed up by creepy gargling and whispers within the soundtrack designed to evoke genuine fear in its audience.

This said, I didn’t feel any genuine fear but I did enjoy the movie. My only criticism was that the 3D was not needed and was only put to good effect during the opening title sequence.

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

Directors Brett and Drew Pierce talk to the Frightfest audience about their short “Smush”
photo by Robert Millward

Directors Brett and Drew Pierce talk to the Frightfest audience about their short “Smush”

photo by Robert Millward

REVIEW: Smush: A Deadheads Short
The Pierce Brothers have gained many fans worldwide after showing their feature “Deadheads” around the festival circuit and through a limited theatre release. Now The Pierce Brothers are back with their crowd funded short “Smush” and their fans couldn’t be any more happier!A prequel to their motion feature, “Smush” tells the tale of Annabelle, a little girl who has been left home alone during a zombie outbreak. On discovering a noise in her garage, she makes an unlikely friend with a flesh-starved intruder.With fantastic performances from the cast including new comer Georgia Rose Matlack, Markus Taylor, and Greg Dow, the short is packed with heart, humour, and horror. I can give you my personal assurance that “Smush” will not fail to entertain any self-respecting horror fan. If you get the chance to see this make sure you do as I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!
by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)

REVIEW: Smush: A Deadheads Short

The Pierce Brothers have gained many fans worldwide after showing their feature “Deadheads” around the festival circuit and through a limited theatre release. Now The Pierce Brothers are back with their crowd funded short “Smush” and their fans couldn’t be any more happier!

A prequel to their motion feature, “Smush” tells the tale of Annabelle, a little girl who has been left home alone during a zombie outbreak. On discovering a noise in her garage, she makes an unlikely friend with a flesh-starved intruder.

With fantastic performances from the cast including new comer Georgia Rose Matlack, Markus Taylor, and Greg Dow, the short is packed with heart, humour, and horror. I can give you my personal assurance that “Smush” will not fail to entertain any self-respecting horror fan. If you get the chance to see this make sure you do as I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!

by Jon Dickinson (@marvelguy)