Friday, 20 October 2017

MAYHEM Festival 2017 -Thursday/Friday

Well it was Thursday 12th of October and I had arrived at Broadway Cinema for the 13th  MAYHEM festival. I went to collect my weekend pass and shot up to screen one eagerly awaiting the first movie with a pint in my hand and a end of row seat with easy access to the toilet and plenty of leg room. The first movie started without an intro which was weird, I looked around and there were probably 10 - 20 people in the whole place, very odd.
The film started, People were still  playing on their phones and a group of rowdy teenagers started throwing popcorn around. I slid down my seat thinking" oh no this is terrible, it will be back downstairs next year if it happens at all"  then, Beep Beep Beep.... 7.30 AM Thursday 12th October, it was all a terrible nightmare!! Glad to say the festival was brilliant as ever , Gets better each year, Here are our thoughts .

Met up early at Broadway which was a surprisingly warm night so we sat outside and  had a beer and awesome cake that Angela had cooked for Martyn pre-birthday , Then Natalie arrived with some Butterscotch Tarts we had talked about all week beforehand so we had them as well, Mike arrived in a cool The Thing T-Shirt and the MAYHEM gang was all back together fully loaded with sugar and ready to tackle the first movie Double Date.

Double Date was hilarious, People still go on about Shaun of the dead and rightly so but Double Date in my opinion should be up there with the best British comedy/ horrors since that. It was Gory, Sexy and Hilarious. In attendance were Danny Morgan (Jim) , Georgia Groome (Lulu) and Director Benjamin Barfoot, Incredibly it was his first full directorial feature and it was proper,  It tells the story of Jim who is about to reach his 30th Birthday and is 6FT tall, Ginger and still a Virgin. His best mate Alex (Michael Socha) is determined that his birthday night is when his virginity will be taken.When Jim gets hit on by two sexy ladies it seems to good to be true and believe me it is! All i can say is wow that fight scene and pill popping with the christian family!! I shall say no more just make sure you see it as SOON as you can.

Next up was M.F.A and unfortunately due to work commitments i had to skip this, A rape revenge movie with more than enough violence so i heard, i asked those who had seen it and this is what they said
Natalie "Rape Revenge. I really enjoyed it!! Loved the lead actress thought she did a great job, Glad they didn't overdo the rape scene. Its a very cool vigilante idea as well, Love the ending"

Angela "I thought it was very tense and as Natalie said she's an amazing actress, It's very disturbing"
So with the night over early for me and Emma we headed off home to get some sleep before work and sure to be fresh for the Friday at MAYHEM.

So today's line up was Bitch, 68 Kill, Habit and with it being Friday 13th there was a special showing off Friday 13th :Part 3 in 3D!!

On to Bitch, Now known as the weird time slot at MAYHEM because of out there films from the last few years such as CRUMBS and We Are The Flesh shown at this slot this year we had BITCH. It told the tale of a seemingly perfect house with a high flying rich husband and the perfect kids but all is not well in the world of the "perfect"housewife, One day she just loses it and has a very hard t watch mental breakdown where she takes on the persona of a dog and is locked in the basement, Naked and covering herself in excrement and barking at anyone who enters. Itis a grim watch in places but utterly compulsive, The lead character Jill played brilliantly by Marianna Palka who also directed BITCH is mesmerising and terrifying in equal measures along side Dad(Jason Ritter) who is played with a level of annoyance at times you just want to punch him! Described on IMDB  as Comedy/Drama couldn't be more wrong, I'd like to see the reaction of your average family who sit down to watch this comedy! Grim but brilliant.

Up next was 68 Kill, Pretty much non stop all the way through when a girlfriend and boyfriend rob her employee of $68,000 dollars and go on the run, The don't get far before it all goes wrong again and again and again, I did find it a little repetitive in places and it was trying to hard to wear the Tarantino tag, But in saying that it was a fun ride and definitely not short on sex and extreme violence in places, Not amazing but i would say it's definitely worth a one time watch.

Next we had new British movie HABIT, Directed by Simeon Halligan and staring Elliot James who were both in attendance. It's set in the rainy grim underbelly of Manchester, Michael (Elliot) meets up with Lee (Jessica Barden) by chance outside a job centre where she proceeds to tell him she has nowhere to sleep and can she stay at his place for a while, He agrees which in turns end up with him working for her friend as a doorman at a back street massage parlour but all is not what it seems at all. It's brilliantly filmed and retains the "Up North" dark and grim and very British feel throughout, A definite movie you should keep your eye out for, A high recommend from me.

Last up was Friday 13th :Part 3 3D. Once again sadly due to work i had to give this a miss but have seen it on the big screen before and not too long ago the Blu-Ray release, From what i heard and kind of knew it was a blast! Just really shows how different it can be seeing a film such as this in the cinema with fans. A lot of people were saying on the Saturday that having a 3D film on was a great laugh and many including myself would love to see at least another one play at MAYHEM but not Argento's Dracula 3D!
So into the Taxi we got off home again, Straight to bed to look forward to a weekend packed with many more exciting looking MAYHEM movies, Part 2 Saturday/Sunday coming soon,
Jonny T.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mayhem Film Festival announces DOUBLE DATE, TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and FRIDAY THE 13TH

Hello Folks,
Great news arrived unexpectedly arrived today from MAYHEM  film festival , Double Date, Top Knot Detective and Friday The 13TH part 3 in 3D you say?? Oh hell yeah! I've put the press release below, The first 3D movie at MAYHEM? Will it be old skool Red and Green Glasses? Will there be a cool glasses design if so? And its on FRIDAY 13TH, SHIT!!!These are some of the questions already raised on the media that is social, I'll keep you all up to date with any more news I hear of, Stop reading this you weirdo and get your tickets booked!!
Love as always,(yes I've had a glass of cheeky vino, its been a hard week)
Jonny T   


Mayhem Film Festival announces DOUBLE DATE, TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: 3D

With its 13th edition fast approaching, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first three titles from its 2017 programme.

The festival will open with a preview screening of Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date, which will be followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. Double Date follows mild-mannered innocent Jim as he attempts to lose his virginity on the eve of his 30th birthday; but the beautiful sisters he and his friend Alex have met for the night, may have darker plans in mind. Guests for this event will be announced later in the summer.

Also on the line-up is the utterly hilarious Top Knot Detective, an Australian mockumentary about a 90s Japanese samurai/detective series known in Japan as ‘Ronin Suiri Tentai’ (‘Deductive Reasoning Ronin’) but known in Australia as ‘Top Knot Detective’. Battling ninjas, monsters, outrageous behaviour, and killer lines, it has it all and is not to be missed!

Wrapping up Mayhem’s first round of announcements, the festival will screen Friday the 13th Part III: 3D, on Friday 13 October, for its 13th edition – an evening with Jason by Crystal Lake, not for the superstitious.

More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2017 will be announced later in the summer.

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017 and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year’s edition. For more information, please visit

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Walking Dead Season 8 Trailer is here!

Hello Folks,
Fresh from Comic Com comes the trailer for The Walking Dead Season 8! 
Now we all like a moan about The Walking Dead but personally i love it! Yes it does has its faults and slow episodes but in my opinion 8 seasons in it's still pretty solid, Be sure to watch right until the end. Rick with a grey beard? A huge time jump? You decide,
Trailer below,
Jonny T.


Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with highly acclaimed  The Red Turtle is due a DVD/BLU-RAY release in the UK on 25th September. I sadly missed it  when it was playing at my local cinema but have heard great things about it and can't wait to see it, Watch this space for a review coming soon! All details below,
Jonny T.


STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the Oscar-nominated and highly acclaimed THE RED TURTLE – a
deeply moving and uplifting story about the power of the human spirit – arrives on Digital Download on
18th September 2017 and on DVD and Double Play (Blu-ray and DVD) on 25th September 2017. Pre-order
now: .
Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production from Oscar-winning director Michael Dudok de Wit (Father
and Daughter), THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being through the story of a
man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.
Bringing together the creative powers of Japan’s most beloved animation studio and the gentle sensibility
of Dudok de Wit’s storytelling, the film is brought to life by Prima Linea’s stellar animation team, helmed by
Disney veteran Jean-Christophe Lie (Zarafa, Tarzan, Hercules) and the beautiful, dialogue-less screenplay
by award-winning French writer and director Pascale Ferran (Lady Chatterley, Bird People)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Stranger Things Season 2-Poster and details revealed! Nice.

Good evening you bunch of weirdos!
Stranger things season 2 poster has just hit the internet thing and it looks great. I received an email this afternoon with the above poster attached with some juicy details of what we have to look forward to. I've put all the details i have for now(not a lot!) below and watch this space for more to come,
Jonny T.

 Netflix Releases Key Art and Premiere Date for Stranger Things

1953, Date Unknown - MK Ultra comes to Hawkins
1979 - Police Chief Jim Hopper returns to Hawkins
1983, November 6 - The Vanishing of Will Byers
1983, November 8 - The Vanishing of Barbara Holland
2016, July 15 - Part 1
2017, October 27 - Part 2

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab.
Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Baby Driver - Reviewed!

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright
Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm 

Hi folks,
Last Friday I finally got to see Baby Driver at my local Broadway Cinema which also had a brilliant Baby Driver DJ Set after and what a great night it was!
Baby Driver tells the story of Baby who was involved in a car crash as a young boy and as a result suffers from tinnitus, His skill is as a get away driver for various heist and he's payed top dollar for his amazing getaway skills.  The tinnitus he suffers results in him constantly wearing headphones banging out some top quality music throughout the film.
The opening heist scene is breathtaking whilst The John Spencer Blue explosion "Bell bottoms" blares out and from then on its pretty much non stop action and music. I read that director Edgar Wright had the idea years ago and finally got around to making the film he always wanted to and i for one am glad he did.
It is pretty much everything you have seen or heard before with Tarantino written all over it, Lashings of True Romance and Bonnie and Clyde but saying that it didn't suffer from it as many a film before this have tried and failed miserably.
The references to TV, Film and pop culture are constant, I gave up trying to recognise them after a while and just sat back and enjoyed the ride!
Another fantastically clever scene is near the beginning when Baby is walking down the street to the tune of Harlem Shuffle while the lyrics appear in various graffiti/shop signs as he walks past, Brilliant.
Baby Driver is definitely worth checking out at the cinema if you can, One of the best movies I've seen this year if not in a long while.
Jonny T. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Mayhem Film Festival open call for short films and launch Early Bird passes!!

Hello Folks!
Jonny T here with news that my favourite film festival MAYHEM has just announced they are once again looking for your short films and also that the early bird passes are also now available! the festival runs again for a glorious 4 days from 12th-15th October.

No line up has yet been announced but i expect as with previous years that it will once again as we say in Nottingham "Smashing duck!" which basically means bloody marvellous. Take for example last years showing of RAW,We are the flesh,  Head Shot and Don't Kill it, To name but a brilliant  few.
I've stuck all the details you need for now and keep your eyes peeled for more updates from me and MAYHEM as they are announced.
Jonny T.

Mayhem Film Festival open call for short films and launch Early Bird passes

Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2017, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October.

Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £65 for four days of exciting previews, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To purchase an Early Bird pass, please visit or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.

Mayhem are also now on the look-out for short films for the ever popular ‘Scary Shorts’ section of their programme. Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the ‘Scary Shorts’ remains the most loved and one of the most popular screenings in the festival’s schedule. There is no fee for submissions, and programmers for the festival are accepting local, national and international entries.

Filmmakers can submit their entry for free until midnight on Friday 18 August. To submit your short film, please email Melissa Gueneau at  

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017 and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year’s edition. For more information, please visit