Archive for Horror

Cult Friction – Boldly Going

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by cultfriction

Dear wonderful and loyal Cult Friction listeners, After a much deserved break from broadcasting it is my delight to tell you that we have been nominated for Best Wired Show of 2008/09. Much love and thanks for all who voted for us. Rest assured we at Cult Friction have endeavoured to make the next few weeks of broadcasting even better with more nerdy features and reviews than you can shake a lightsaber at. So here’s a teaser of whats ahead on Cult Friction,

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW of STAR TREK – The long awaited JJ Abrams reboot of the seminal Sci Fi Franchise.

COVERAGE of the LONDON SCI FI FILM FESTIVAL – A look at the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the genre.

From one George to another; CF’s George Baker spent her break backstage at STAR WARS: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY and how she met the man behind the myth, the one the only GEORGE LUCAS!!!

BE KIND, REWIND – We chat to VIDEOPIA, a group of London Students who perform their favourite blockbusters in front of big crowds with little budgets. CF will also be attempting to swede The Omen.

BEHIND THE SCENES of the LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL – Cult Friction gets all hot under the collar as we take a peek at one of the sexiest nights in town.

Belly laughs a plenty as we head down to the 3rd BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL.

Tech Talk as we talk to some of the UK’s top web experts at the INTERNET WORLD EXPO.

We chat to MODEL RAILWAY enthusiasts about what makes their hobby so special.

And lots more NERD NEWS PREVIEWS and REVIEWS of the best upcoming movies and TV shows and lots of fun loving antics from the CF Team! Cult Friction is returning at the new time of 3pm on Thursdays only on http://www.wiredradio.co.uk.

Keep up to date with all whats happening on the interweb at our spiffing blog https://cultfriction.wordpress.com

And keep abreast with the likes of Stephen Fry and Barack Obama by getting on the Twitter bandwagon here at http://twitter.com/cultfriction.

In addition to that Cult Friction will be expanding beyond the realms of the audio/cyber space and shall be performing a weekly DJ set at the NEW CROSS INN every THURSDAY from around 10ish so do pop along for that!

Thanks again for tuning in week in week out. Well be back next Thursday so untill then keep watching the skys!

By the power of Greyskull, Cult Friction 28.04.09

Blood on the ice – Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in -2009)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2009 by cultfriction

A Swedish romantic vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. It tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire in Blackeberg, a suburb to Stockholm.

Having already been screened in America and Europe it was hard for anyone to ignore the critical acclaim the film has already garnered. Any foreign language horror film is always worth its weight in gold when you hear that plans for “Hollywood-ising” the original are underway. Even amidst the hype one cannot be swept away by such sweeping statements that this is truly a modern classic .

Having recently been bombarded with vampire films such as emo/goth/silly screaming girl film Twilight and the ridiculous over budged over exposed Lesbian Vampire Killers, Let the Right One In is the renaissance for the wizened genre we have all been waiting for.

Stripping away the stereotypical Gothic aesthetics that dominate the traditional  films, Let The Right One In is placed in a clinical, sterile domestic environment of 1980’s Sweeden which adds more urgency to the films more frightening scenes. Arguably the films strengths as a horror film come not from its vampire led violence but from seeing our protagonist being sadistically bullied by his peers over and over again. Even scenes where Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is being verbally taunted are harder to watch than some of the more gruesome attacks. This is a film dedicated to anyone who had a tough time growing up in the cold confides of pre adolescence.

The burgeoning love between the young boy and the vampire girl is chillingly touching, evoking an awkward memories of any short lived teenage romance. Eli (Lina Leandersson0) has a real other world presence on screen and her portrayal of a vampire, (traditionally  brash, foppish characters) is beautifully timid and restrained.

Be warned that even though the BBFC have rated this film as a 15, there are plenty of moments that are guaranteed to frighten you to the core. Much of the shock factor comes from the under stylised violence, still camera work, brooding lighting and subtle sound effects. For example, in one of the most disturbing scenes in the film we have a young boy being surgically bled to death by the child vampires minder. While much of the action is blocked and hidden, the sound of the victims blood dripping into a Tupperware canister is enough to induce nausea.

Without spoiling the plot at the end, may I suggest reading the original book to highlight some of the blips in the films plot i.e. the relationship between Eli and her helper at the beginning and to Oskars implied future at the end. This is sure to fuel much Internet and pub debates post viewing. In short there is nothing more this review can add to the mountain of critical laurels other than suggest that you go and see it before Eli Roth gets his hands on it.

Let the Right One In opens in cinemas nationwide on April 10th 2009.

Cult Friction – The Robot Special 26.03.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by cultfriction

LIVE AT www.wiredradio.co.uk 26.03.09 6PM GMT!

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships of the shoulder of Orion ..blah blah blah…time to die.

Well what a term this has been! Cult Friction has journeyed beyond the final frontier to bring you the best in geeky entertainment and technology news but sadly we wont be back for a few weeks.

But before we head off for the chocolate eating festivities we are bringing you one more show packed with some exclusive reviews, previews and features you wont find this side of the galaxy!

This week – The Robot Special!

From Bobby to Batty to Data to D.A.Y.R.L we take a look at Science Fictions greatest atomatons/androids/replicants etc.

Cult Friction popped along to the Blade Runner Day at the BFI and has some exclusives from the number one Nexus 6 himself RUTGER HAUER as well as director extradinare Sir RIDLEY SCOTT! (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator)

NERD NEWS – Usual tech talk.

FROM GAME BOY TO COLOSUSS, The Story of the Obsolete – A feature by Mark Lockett (Trust the Buzz) exploring BitPop artist Pixelh8, a man that cannibalises Gameboys, ZX Spectrums and Commodore 64s to make music.

TOP BOTS – We discuss Sci Fi’s finest fabricated men! So get your fingers typing and tell us who should be king of the cyborgs!

REVIEW – Escape from City 17 (2009) Dir The Purchase Brothers. The latest internet movie sensation. This amazing tribute to Half Life that has acquired over 2 Million Hits on You Tube and made on a budget of only $500!

PREVIEW = Inglorious Basterds (2009) Dir Quentin Tarantino. The long awaited, oft talked about 7th feature from the Pulp Fiction master of homage starring Brad Pitt. We bring you the latest internet chatter.

And some random music to paper the cracks.

BONUS FEATURES – CULT FRICTION will be performing a LIVE DJ AND VJ Set at the WIRED RADIO END OF TERM SPECIAL along with some fresh MC’s and bands from 9pm LIVE at the Goldsmiths Student Union. For more information check out the event details here..http://tinyurl.com/dkcc85

Remember if you want to forward any suggestions for future shows or just want a bit of a laugh then you can reach the CF team here on Facebook OR

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Also vote for us for BEST WIRED SHOW 08/09 at this address … http://tinyurl.com/d5qtgy

Thanks for listening to us over the last few weeks and remember to keep checking the blog and the group for more updates and exclusives.

And remember We’ll be Back!

The Cult Friction Team
(I need a vacation)

Cult Friction at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by cultfriction

Cult Friction popped along to the Royal Television Society Awards at the Grovsner House Hotel in London for some inside scoop from some top celebs!

Rory Bremnar, Charlie Brooker, Graham Linehan, Gok Wan, Robert Webb and Bruce Forsyth all talk to Cult Friction.

Here are the award winners in full.

Scripted Comedy
Outnumbered Hat Trick Productions for BBC One
Nominees
Lead Balloon Open Mike for BBC Two
Peep Show Objective Production for Channel 4

Entertainment Award

Harry Hill’s TV Burp Avalon Television Ltd for ITV1Entertainment

Nominees

Strictly Come Dancing BBC Productions for BBC One
The X Factor talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV for ITV1

Writer -Comedy

Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – Peep Show Objective Production for Channel 4Writer – Comedy
Nominees
Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly – Pulling Silver River for BBC Three
Graham Linehan – The I.T. Crowd talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4

Arts award

Arena:The Agony and The Ecstasy of Phil Spector, BBC Productions/Vixpix for BBC Two
Nominees
The Mona Lisa Curse Oxford Film & Television Production for Channel 4
True Stories – Derek Normal Films for More4

Documentary award

The Fallen Minnow Films for BBC TwoDocumentary
Nominees
Cutting Edge: A Boy Called Alex Walker George Film for Channel 4
True Stories – Chosen True Vision Production for More4

History award

Victorian Sex Explorer Blast! Film for Channel 4History
Nominees
The American Future: A History, by Simon Schama Oxford Film and TV for BBC Two
Black Power Salute Tigerlily Films for BBC Four

Constructed Factual Series

The Choir – Boys Don’t Sing Twenty Twenty Television for BBC TwoConstructed Factual Series
Nominees
Banged Up Shine North for Five
Britain’s Missing Top Model Love Productions for BBC Three

Science and Natural History award

Lost Land of the Jaguar BBC Productions, Bristol for BBC OneScience and Natural History
Nominees
The Genius of Charles Darwin IWC Media Production for Channel 4
Life in Cold Blood BBC Productions, Bristol for BBC One

Features and Lifestyle Series award

How to Look Good Naked, Maverick Productions for Channel 4Features and Lifestyle Series
Nominees
Kevin McCloud and The Big Town Plan talkbackTHAMES for Channel 4
Mary Queen of Shops Optomen TV for BBC Two

Daytime and Early-Peak Programme award

The Estate We’re In TwoFour Productions for BBC OneDaytime and Early-Peak Programme
Nominees
Masterchef: The Professionals Shine TV for BBC One
Missing Live Leopard Films for BBC One


Children’s Drama award

MI High Kudos Film & TV for CBBCChildren’s Drama
Nominees
Sarah Jane Adventures BBC Productions for BBC One
Summerhill Tiger Aspect for CBBC

Children’s Programme award

ABC ‘H’ Boomerang for S4C
Nominees
Get Squiggling Dot to Dot Productions for BBC Two
Lifeproof Lambent Production for Channel 4

Nations and Regions Programme winners for

A Poem for Harry by BBC WestNations and Regions Programme

Nominees
Carefree University of Salford for Channel M
High Times stv Productions

Best Presenter award
Bruce Parry – Amazon with Bruce Parry Indus Films/Endeavour Productions for BBC Two
Nominees
Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops Optomen TV for BBC Two
Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton – This Morning ITV Studios for ITV1

Digital Channel Programme Award

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Zeppotron Productions for BBC Four
Nominees
Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show World’s End Television for ITV2
Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes World of Wonder Production for More4

Soap and Continuing Drama award

EastEnders BBC Productions for BBC One
Nominees
The Bill talkbackTHAMES for ITV1
Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV1

Drama Series award

The Fixer Kudos Film and TV for ITV1
Nominees
City of Vice Hardy and Sons/Touchpaper TV Production for Channel 4
Con Passionate Teledu Apollo for S4C

Drama Serial award
The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power for Channel 4
Nominees
Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One
Place of Execution Coastal Productions for ITV1

Single Drama award
The Curse of Steptoe BBC Productions for BBC Four
Nominees
Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk To Finchley Great Meadow Productions for BBC Four
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4

Actor Male
Ben Whishaw – Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One
Nominees
Matthew Macfadyen – Little Dorrit BBC Productions/WGBH Boston for BBC One
Rafe Spall – He Kills Coppers Ecosse Films for ITV1

Best Actor (Female)
Andrea Riseborough – The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power
for Channel 4
Nominees
Claire Foy – Little Dorrit BBC Productions / WGBH Boston for BBC One
Anna Maxwell-Martin – Poppy Shakespeare Cowboy Films for Channel 4

Writer – Drama award
Peter Flannery – The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power for Channel 4
Nominees
Simon Block – The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4
Peter Moffat – Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One

International Award
Mad Men AMC for BBC Four
Nominees
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart MTV Networks USA for More4
Summer Heights High Princess Productions for BBC Three


Comedy Performance award

Peter Kay- Britain’s Got The Pop Factor (And Possibly The Next Jesus Christ Soapstar Strictly On Ice) Phil McIntyre/Goodnight Vienna Production for Channel 4
Nominees
Simon Bird – The Inbetweeners Bwark Production for E4
James Corden – Gavin and Stacey Baby Cow for BBC Three and BBC One

Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins – Sunday Night Project Princess Production for Channel 4
Nominees
Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp Avalon Television Ltd for ITV1
Paul O’Grady – The Paul O’Grady Show Olga TV for Channel 4

Judges’ Award
Richard Holloway

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bruce Forsyth

All chills, No Bite – Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by cultfriction

Lesbian Vampire Killers is the new Brit Comedy/Horror flick and first feature outing for comedy duo James Corden and Matthew Horne stars of Gavin and Stacy.

Plot Summary: Fletch (Corden) and Jimmy (Horne) are two blokes looking for an escape from their urban surroundings. Taking off to an unfeasbly large woodland area (supposedly in Wales) they unfortunatly stumble upon a hoard of lesbian vampires. Their only hope lies with a manic priest (Paul McGann) and the revelation of an ancient propecy that Jimmy might be the chosen vampire slayer.

Lesbian Vampire Killers is the 21st century homage to the Hammer horror film. Unofrtunaly this comedy doesn’t quite cut corpses along with the likes of The Evil Dead Trilogy and Bad Taste.

LVK is a fallen into the rut of the already exhausted genre of the Britcom/Horror film that arguably began and frankly ended with Sean of the Dead. Unlike similar films produced by our esteemed American counterparts this film tries to take on each fantastical situation with a whim of fool hardy English one liners which frankly become tiresome towards the end of the film. Corden is ultimately the most watchable person but even his one off quips and gratuitous swearing  become predicable and a bit boring. Hornes character just seems to react bug eyed to every event that takes place around him and comes across as dull as opposed to his comedic partner. Paul McGann on the other hand does credit to his craft in the role of the Shakespearean exorcist however its a shame that his talents are to be seen wasted in such a project.

Our titular stars won’t fail to disappoint the “red blooded” male audience that this film is being unabashedly marketed at with plenty of attractive semi naked women making out in lengthy shots that after a while become a bit much to look at after the sixth of seventh time. And given the entire premise of the film it does very little for the womens lib movement with our typical blonde heroine (MyAnna Buring) ,fulfilling her role as eye candy for our protagonists, doing very little apart from the odd outburst of heroism here and there.

Visually the film doesn’t dissapoint. The special effects are far from the shoe string budgeted premise and various head splitting and limb slicing moments are sure to delight any gorno/splatter fan alike. It is however the overuse of FX that detaches the silly story from the desired impression that the box office punters were expecting. Perhaps a low budget look might have hieghend the campness and made the film better but in overall it probably would have added a mere half a star to this already starless review.

Overall LSK aint trying to be Dr Zhivago but it won’t rank alongside some of the great so bad they’re good classics which is something this film is trying really hard to be. We are sure to join Corden and Horne, already beeing touted as the new Morcambe and Wise, in more on screen high jinx in the future however it remains to be seen if they can transfer the comdey success they have enjoyed from the plasma to silver screen.

Lesbian Vampire Killers opens nationwide on the 20th of March 2009.

THIS IS CULT FRICTION!!!

Posted in General Posts with tags , , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by cultfriction

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