Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Crime Time


This is criminal

With disgusted anticipation people have been fearing Moon would be completely overlooked at the Academy Awards, but this is down right upsetting.
If you have not had a chance to see Moon, please buy it and watch it.
It's one of the best sci fi's out there and simply an outstanding film in all respects.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Intentions

I have loads of intentions.
I will be getting back to more regular bits and pieces on here, just waiting for the pre holiday dust to settle.

Good news about Cigarette Burns in Feb as Ed & I have decided the film we are showing, but more on that later.
There's other good stuff brewing for the new year that we are excited about. I keep going on about it, but trust me it's worth it.

Kick Ass!!!!!

Today I fell in love.
I have fallen in love once or twice before, but never with an 11 year old girl. Wait... actually when I first saw Leon, I fell in love but I think Portman was 12, so maybe that's a bit more acceptable.
unfortunately, this girl isn't even 11 and a half. She's only just turned 11...
Now before I start getting reported or you all start slowly backing away from me next time I'm in the pub, let me show you this:



There is nothing, I repeated NOTHING about this trailer that doesn't excite me. Even Nick Cage doesn't undo this for me, and he tends to ruin most things. But no, Hit Girl is my new girlfriend, she may not know it yet, but she's mine.

I probably ought to through a little perspective on this.
Hit Girl is in the new film Kick Ass:
Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) - and forges a friendship with another fledging super hero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.




Kick Ass looks great!

April 2nd, I am there - fuckin' bring it on!!!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Zombie-tastic!

Last night was an absolute blinder!
Ed and I had a great time and thank you all for showing up, kicking back and wading through a blood soaked evening with us.

Braindead went over better than we could have dreamed, especially after the Prince Charles Cinema showed it a week or two ago and caused me to have a mini panic.

But it seemed that everyone really enjoyed TNT's crazy claymation shorts, and understandably. They are no doubt the work of a genius, albeit a twisted genius.
As an added treat, I direct you to the Tokyo Scum Brigade and their translation of an interview with TNT himself.

At the moment, it looks like Cigarette Burns will return on 1st February. Sadly, we couldn't come to an agreement over when would be the best time for a holiday event, and saw very little sense in having a CBC on 4th January.
We may sneak something in along the way though, join the Facebook group or keep checking back here.

In the meantime, I will continue to update this blog regularly.
And either way, we have a great new year ahead of us!!!

Here's a little something I have yet to find a film that is appropriate, but this may be one of my all time favourite shorts, part 2 of 2, but this one is better than the first, enjoy Burners!!!

LUIS from diluvio on Vimeo.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Long Over Due

Yes, truth be told I have had a rather busy week - been on a bit of a Perter Jackson kick as well - Honestly! I forgot just how great Braindead and Peter Jackson are. I think I can quite confidently state that this crazy little Kiwi is a true visionary. I am quite looking forward to Lovely Bones which I am imagining is going to be similar to Heavenly Creatures.
In the meantime folks, we will just have to settle for Braindead on Monday!!!
Quite excited to watch people squirm.
The shorts we have are great, our starter silent will be pure quality as well - so see you there!

In other news, as I mentioned before I saw and reviewed Paranormal Activity for the Quietus, well wait no more - my piece is up a bit delayed, but that was because the Quietus won the website of the year award Rock out with your cock out boys!!!
I know they will, they are off to ATP this weekend.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Turkish Horror... a bit more...

Something about this stuff really really excites me!!!


Ok, so it seems a bit like The Exorcist starring Eddy from Iron Maiden, but I'll watch it!


My understanding is that this was pretty successful, only just stumbled upon it now, so can't tell you much, and as I'm in the middle of a couple other things, I'm being economical with my time.

This is the one that made me think of this today -

ADA: Zombilerin Düğünü from mfa on Vimeo.


Another [rec] influenced one, but looks like it could be interesting.

This is the trailer that got me interested in Turkish Horror originally, I saw it ages ago and totally forgot about it.

It's by the same guy who did Semum, and obviously the original D@bbe, it looks a bit like Ringu meets computer virus meets the infected from [rec]. Again, it may not take much, but I'm sold.
Part of what intrigues me about these is the religious element, I have always been a sucker for religious horror movies, Stigmata, The Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary's Baby etc, seeing the inclusion of the Islamic faith excites me as it's a new take for me.
Also, they look as influenced by East Asian & European Cinema (which stands to reason) as they do from more standard American Cinema... Perhaps more so.

So yeah, I'm writing down a list and taking it with me next time I go for a meze around the corner.

Also, in mega super shit your pants kind of news, while Criterion have been dragging their heels and in possesion of the rights to this for a while and dropping tease after tease for years... The wonderful, lovely, better than the easter bunny and the tooth fairy combined people over at Masters of Cinema have just announced that they are releasing none other than the fantastic Hausu in the UK on 25th January, (my birthday is in Feb... just saying) with extras and a booklet, MoC have never released a bad DVD, quality products and packaging, worth every penny.
And check out this cover!



Want a trailer as well?
Why not!



Up till now, this has been available from rather dubious sources, so for it to get the long over due respect it deserves is very exciting!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

7th December



Yup, it's that time of the month where we unveil the poster.
this month we would like to thank Willbot of willnotcompute for his rather enchantingly bizarre artistic abilities.
Check out his other work, here's one of my favourites (he doesn't just do red and black I promise)



Expect to see more from this man.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Wow!

So last night, Ed and I wandered down to Cinema Ferox in Stockwell last night, I won't lie, we were tired and would rather not have ventured to the Land of the Fallen Brazilian.
But being true to our word and the intrepid folks we are, we fought through the biting cold and drowsy heads and settled down to what has got to be the most fantastic insane bit of cinema we have ever seen and I, personally, am wildly jealous that Luke got to screen it, but thrilled that he did. A bit embarrassed that I hadn't heard of it before, if I'm honest. But that's the great thing about doing this, always finding out about new things.


I really like the phrase "Bat shit crazy" and I used it for Hausu. However after seeing The Boxer's Omen, I have a sneaking suspicion that the phrase was originally coined immediately after the first screenings of this bundle of Hong Kong mayhem.
Originally released in 1983, as Mo, in the bubbling cauldron of the Shaw Brothers production house, riding on a wave of other martial arts based horror films, this Kuei Chin-Heng creation is nothing short of an exhausting, mind numbing, what-the-fuck-did-I-just-see?!relentless barrage of visual tongue twisters. Vivid Giallo influenced lighting only adds to the beauty of this film.

See it with friends, see it on your own, just see it!

Here's a taster-



We love this!!!!
Thank you Luke - you are a top man in our books!

Saturday, 14 November 2009

om nom nom...

The best news story of the day is once again thanks to the BBC, with this gem.

Nothing wrong with a bit of cannibalisim I say.
I mean who hasn't wondered what their lover's thigh might taste like?



And what could go better with a thigh than a bottle of piraat?
Settling back with a glass of Belgian beer and discussing the insanity swirling about our heads.

Come to think of it, I hear a barstool near a fireplace calling my name...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Paranormal Activity

So this film has been making festival rounds for a while and building up momentum online, thanks in part to Paramount Pictures backing what started out as a small budget terror packed haunted house picture.

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Personally I don't think that this trailer does the film justice and actually made me not want to see the film.

With much of the suspense building, reaching truly terrifying levels shot from a stationary camera in the couple's bedroom.
Obvious cries of "Blair Witch - gag! - beating a long dead tired horse" will be heard drifting up from the cynical masses, among which, until last night, my voice would have been heard.


But no, like a man bound for Damascus, I realised the wrongs of my ways and have become a fervent supporter of Paranormal Activity.
Yes, it is dripping with Blair Witch Project influence, but PA learned lessons from BWP, changed things to a more manageable and believable plot and removed the snivelling whiny fuck wits, replacing them with 2 surprisingly sympathetic and realistic characters.

Few things give me that fidgety sense of unease and it's not since Blair Witch that I have heard grown men squeal in anticipatory terror, and I'll even admit to a proper "oooooooooooooooooooh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhit..." as I pulled back in my chair.

(there's one FUCKING AWESOME thing that really had me psyched and sold!!! I wish I could rant about it without it being a spoiler!!! Gah!!!)

So, yeah, go see this, but try to avoid people telling you to much, it's best seen cynical and blind.

I'll have a proper review up at the Quietus shortly.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Tucker & Dale vs Evil

I'm not a fan of comedy horror, it is so very rarely done well. When this was described to me I thought it might be the best thing ever. Unfortunately they play up to the comedy aspect, which I hate. If it was played straight, I think I'd enjoy it more.
I'm also afraid that they may have stuck all the funny bits in the trailer.

All my whinging aside, this may still prove to be funny.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

We accept her, one of us



1,2,1,2,3,4
We accept her, one of us, we accept her, one of us!
Gooble gobble gooble gobble!
We accept her, we accept her!
We accept her, one of us, we accept her, one of us!
Gooble gobble gooble gobble!
We accept her, we accept her!

(We-we) we came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
I was testing you - and you passed,
Dental plan! Lisa needs braces,
Be required to fart on a regular basis,
I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse,
Channel 13 - Eyewitness news!
Robocop, who is he?
Dead or alive you're coming with me.

In a hurry to be fed, beady eyes and big blue head.

I'm telling the truth Doc, you gotta believe me,
Why does everything I whip leave me?
My beautiful chocolate! Candy is dandy,
Fava beans and a nice Chianti,
You can count on Slippery Pete,
Suicide will be nice and neat!
I didn't build the Panama canal,
Open the pod bay doors please, HAL,

These aren't the droids you're looking for,
These aren't the droids we're looking for,
I am not a number I am a free man!
Rosebud.
To The Idiotmobile!
Right away Michael,
I-I-I-I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered.

We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
You don't understand I coulda had class,
Round and tasty on a bun,
Ooh Zippy look what you've done!
Finally! Cast off those lines!
No, I've been nervous lots of times,
Red Rum! What's the matter honey?
Just robbed Boss Hogg all of his money!

We came, saw, we kicked it's ass,
Writing checks your body can't cash,
I was elected to lead, not read,
I feel the need - the need for speed,
Watch out for snakes, a good man's loafer,
HQ - my hat looks like a muffin - over,
My god it's full of stars,
There was no driver in the car..

In the car (repeat)

Well you see I'm in hot pursuit!

There are only two things I love in this world - everybody and television!
#The Simpsons
#Run With Us!
Ugh - you must be shrooming,
Wait for me Moomin!
Cross live to meet the host of that show, Meat Boy,
I want to go to there.

We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
An oil tycoon - like a.. moustache,
Nice beaver! I just had it stuffed,
I don't give a shit, close enough,
Where's me washboard? I'll get me coat,
Y-y-y-you're gonna need a bigger boat,
What'd she say? I think she bought it,
Suck it monkeys! I'm goin' corporate!
C'mon let's take a drive! A drive?
Number 5 is alive!
It's only a laugh, no harm done,
Pickles, french fries, yum yum yum,
Bueller, Bueller, Bueller,
It's 2 degrees cooler,
The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long,
Six words in the whole song.

We-we-we accept her, one of us, we accept her, one of us!
Gooble gobble gooble gobble!
We accept her, we accept her!
You are number 6 5 4 3 2
I am not a number, I am a free man

We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
Give me my 20,000 in cash,
We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
I think you woke up the dead with that blast
We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
I think fast, I talk fast,
We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass,
Lois, this is not my Batman glass.

Remakes

It would seem that in every film's life, it must be faced with a remake, some are deserving of this, some, most aren't.
For instance, crowd favourite Let the Right One In is being remade, or readapted by Matt Reeves, he of Cloverfield fame... yeah, you should take a moment to let that settle.
Principal Photography as officially begun on Let Me In, expect people across the globe to continue to bitch and complain louder and louder in the coming months. This blasphemous excursion into the realms of Swedish vampires will be given a distinctly American feel, relocating the snowy, lonely pre teen isolation of the original film to... New Mexico.
Then there is the baffling case of the classic Revenge flick, I Spit on Your Grave. I have always respected this film, in much the same way you might respect a lion when stuck in his cage. It's a beast of a movie. A disgusting troubling mind rape of 90 minutes that leaves you shivering in a shower. Make no mistake, when you watch the original uncut version, it will stay with you, lingering in the background and flashing back.
I recently saw a UK version of this original Video Nasty, and I have to say, the cutting of those minutes made all the difference, it castrated the movie, made you wonder what all the fuss was about and questioned why they would even make the film.
Whereas the original uncut, you question why they made the film, what depraved minds thought this would make a good thing to burn to celluloid, but you understand the fuss and you can appreciate the beast.
Now for some reason the powers that be have decided they will remake a film about a woman who gets brutally gang raped, and tortured, repeatedly by 3 rednecks. Regains her composure, loses her mind and goes all out to make them pay.
This is gritty, realistic filthy and horrid to watch. Why would you remake that? How would you remake that?
You can't not in today's PC world, where we have to be overly self aware and cautious about offending anyone.
On top of that, part of the films success is it's inherent video nastiness. pretty much achievable only in the 70s with the grindhouse or infantile video markets. This I Spit on Your Grave need never grace a silver screen again.
It was, like many films, of it's time and capturing those moments again or rebooting it for a new era is a mistake and impossible.
Just leave well enough alone, please?

In other news, Evil Dead will be hitting the big screen again, at the moment only in the US and Canada, but none the less that is exciting.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Sherlock Holmes

I know this is sort of out of the general CBC remit, but I'm kind of looking forward to this.
Here's the latest trailer of Sherlock Homes with Robert Downey Jr.

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Actually now that I think of it, I plugged the upcoming Wolfman film, so I can plug this as well.
I am particularly fond of the rather untraditional approach to the time honoured and much revered Holmes story. Begone Basil Rathbone, and let us welcome the opium smoking drug addict that was Sherlock Holmes.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Halloween Spectacular - final installment



The wonderfully talented Silver Whimsy lend us her amazing baking skills and not only chronicled the event on her blog, but also did a great little write up on her CBC experience, so take a few minutes and tease your taste buds on her Confessions of a Hampstead Baker blog.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Colin


My review of the new zombie film Colin is here. My last piece for the Quietus was an obit for Chuck Biscuits... who turned out not to be dead... good... and bad in that I looked like a moron, easy enough I suppose.

Halloween Spectacular



Thanks to Andrea for the pics.

Let the good times Troll 2...

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Success!!!

We certainly felt that last night was a success and hope everyone enjoyed themselves, again we would like to extend our thanks to the whole of the Cigarette Burns Orchestra for a fantastic preformance and to the lovely ladies, Alex, Liz and Davina, who supplied a delicious array of cupcakes, the night was certainly made all the better for it.

If anyone is at a loss for things to do this evening, Colin is playing in Islington at the Jameson Cult Film Club this includes free whiskey... I don't even need an invitation!
Colin is great!!!! Seriously - Think Let the Right One In for zombies.

If you're a bit hungry and have some time to kill I can't think of a better way of filling both those needs that this tasty treat at the Quietus.

Enjoy!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Tonight

The time is here!

Not sure about you, but we have been waiting all month for this, our Halloween Spectacular will be bursting with fun.
That I can promise!

So please do come and join us tonight at The Mucky Pup

And many thanks to the kind folks at The Londonist for this

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Troll 2



Back in 1989, the international sensation, Italian Director Claudio Fragasso travelled to Utah to make his American masterpiece.

At this point in Fragrasso’s career he was riding high on the waves of Terminator 2 and Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, classic films in their own right and through them he had achieved international acclaim, collecting accolades from every film festival he attended, the world eagerly awaited Claudio’s next foray into the celluloid realms.
…actually that’s not entirely true.

Claudio did make those films and he was intent on breaking into America, but his previous films were dire rip offs, had nothing to do with the preceding namesakes and blatant bandwagon jumping.

So when he decided to make Goblin, he thought, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and called it Troll 2.

If you thought Blood Feast was a laugh fest like no other, you’re in for a real treat as Joshua and his family engage in a house swap and arrive in Nilbog. Unknown to our heroes, Nilbog is home to a group of vegetarian goblins, intend on turning Joshua’s family into trees & bushes for a feast.

Continuity, logic, acting and directing are pretty much completely disregarded on such a gargantuan scale that Troll 2 becomes mind boggling ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable in equal measure.

We do hope you will join us on 2nd of November as we return to our regular spot on the first Monday of the month to relish in the true horror of Troll 2, which has honestly become something of an international sensation and the subject of its own documentary, “The Best Worst Movie Ever Made.”

We will wow you with our bizarre shorts and two of you lucky people will win one of our prizes at our raffle, so get down early as the fun starts around half 7 on Monday, 2nd November.

And of course we hope to see this Thursday for our Halloween Spectacular where we will be showing the classic, Heathers.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Taster

The Cigarette Burns Orchestra

Monday, 19 October 2009

29th October

"Dear Diary, my teen angst bullshit has a body count!"

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Fun! Fun! Fun!

Our dear friends at Kill5 have just released this nifty little time killer, featuring music by none other than our very own Ed Zed!
So give it a whirl kids!!!!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

On Side

We here at Cigarette Burns Cinema, are looking forward to tomorrow and trust you are as well.


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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Monday, 21 September 2009

The gates are creeking...

Can you hear the gasp of the rust snap?
The chunks of the oxidized ore falling to the ground as the screams seep through the opening?
Those cries of pain, the last cries of souls being devoured as hands reach out through gnashing teeth, these are the sounds of the hell that awaits us all, the night the bestows upon us the candied apples and razor blades, the burning bodies hanging from poles, you'll remember halloween.

To get you in the spirit of thing, Cigarette Burns would like to present to you Cemetery Man, perhaps better known under it' more poetic title, Dellamorte, Dellamore, starring Rupert Everett in his least annoying role to date, as the caretaker of a cursed cemetery, forced to slay the undead night after night alongside his faithful assistant, Gnaghi.



I can't find a decent trailer, sorry.
You'll just have to trust us that this is good.

Have we let you down yet?

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Well, THAT was a stormer!

Wasn't it?
I mean honestly, how could you not love Hausu? Genius!
Thanks to everyone that came out, we really appreciate it!

So, to help dispense with a few evening minutes, I have cooked up this little bit of controversy for The Quietus about why I am NOT a fan of American Werewolf in London.
Feel free to tell me I'm a fucking idiot. I'm a big boy, I can deal.



So if you haven't lost all respect for us here at Cigarette Burns Cinema, We hope to you'll join us next month... ohhhh October... you know what that means, don't you?
And you wouldn't think we'd let something as special as Halloween pass us by without at least a nod... or 2....

Saturday, 5 September 2009

it's coming...



Apologies for the low out put this month, between me covering Fright Fest and Ed going on holiday, August flew by with little time to do much other than run around like zombie chickens.
Regardless, it's been a good month and we have some great things happening soon.

Occupy yourself with this teaser on The Quietus for Monday's film extravaganza, Hausu.


Also, I cannot contain my excitement for the release of this bit of glorious 80's throwback creepy horror, The House of the Devil. See it alone, at night, during a thunderstorm.


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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Yo Joe!



With GI Joe looming over us, I started wondering if this was the end of the Bush Era Films, films that either promote some weird twisted "America, Fuck Yeah!" mentality or alternately apologetic lefty films.
David Moats and I threw together a little list for your enjoyment.

In Cigarette Burns news, I promise you you have never seen anything like Hausu!
Get ready to be blown away!!!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

7th September

That sounds ages away, doesn't it?

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Monday, 3 August 2009

In advance of this evening...

We have prepared this little review for you to pour over and entice you down for one of the best evenings you have ever had inside the four walls of a public house.



Look how excited he is!!!

Friday, 31 July 2009

A bit more news...

We have a lovely news piece on the lovely Quietus.

More to follow on Monday.

Exciting, huh?

Thursday, 30 July 2009

We are le cool


We have had the great fortune to have a write up in this week's le cool a fantastic weekly e-magazine highlighting some of the more interesting and worthwhile ways of spending your time in our fair city.

Scroll over to Monday to read what they have to say about us.

And while you are there, you may as well sign up and support those that support us!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Why stop now?

So Ed has created this fantastically earwormy music for a cute little game on Kill5 called Puffball Hunter. I suggest you kill 5 minutes playing this, and when you're done check out some of their other games.


Geez... Ed is getting up to all sorts, I better start writing more if I wanna keep up.

Friday, 24 July 2009

On the Radioh oh oh oh


Our dear friend Wrong Tom recently invited Ed Zed to join him on his radio show.
A fantastic hour of silliness and great tunes was shot through the airwaves for all to enjoy. I fully intended to post it here at the time, but forgot.
However, all is not lost, as you can now download the podcast from here.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

The Most Dangerous Game as done by Aussies



In the far-flung futuristic hell that is 1995, sadistic camp commander Charles Thatcher runs a tight ship. Dare to step out of line and you’ll find yourself interned within terrible walls, brutalised by vicious guards - spirits, and more often than not, heads, crushed into the dust.

Freedom’s only glimmer takes the form of the ‘turkey shoot’ – a deadly manhunt with Thatcher at the helm…

A true milestone of exploitation cinema, Blood Camp Thatcher will be training its crosshairs on the Mucky Pup, Monday 3rd August. Miss it and die!!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Turkey Shoot/Blood Camp Thatcher

Blood Camp Thatcher - Honestly... you couldn't ask for a better name, could you? The title alone makes me salivate.

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Monday 3rd August - 7.30

Friday, 26 June 2009

Exciting News

Greetings, cinematic sinners…

We here at CBC Headquarters, are delighted to fill you in on a prize snippet of additional excitement for Monday’s shindig – we’re holding a raffle!
Yes, we know it sounds very OAP, but we also know that all of you have complete faith in us and our impeccable presentation abilities.

You lucky punters will have the chance to win:

A £10 Gift Certificate for Flashback Records, North London's finest record and DVD emporium, kindly donated by Mr. Mark Flashback himself, a lovely man, with lovely locks.
In all seriousness, Flashback has a fantastic selection of goods to aid in any sort of (legal) diversion you could ask for and constantly rotating stock means popping in for a weekly visit is pretty much obligatory.
Mark's DVD selection is bristling with the obscure and truly mind boggling... anyway... enough adverts... (sorry, I kind of like the place).

The big winner of the night will take away a year’s membership to the Dalston Rio Cinema. I can't rave enough about this place, seriously, if you haven't been to this gorgeous art deco theatre and watched a midnight film, you really should flog yourself as penance.
The year membership make you a Friend of the Rio and will provide you with the following perks –

* £1 off the price of a ticket (except discounted shows)
* 2 x complimentary tickets
* Mailing of our two-monthly programme leaflet and info on special events
* Plus some discounts at various places I can't be bothered to tell you about. There's a link, clicky click it.

Just aside from all that, the Rio shows an amazing array of independent films as well as the occasional midnight crowd blockbuster, Sunday Double Matinees (2 films for £8!). I recently saw Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (both 1931) there! Big screen! Fantastic! This is so exciting we can barely contain ourselves!

So, all that remains to be said is ‘Good Luck, Burners’, have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see ya Monday!

Much love, blood and weirdness,

The Cigarettes.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Monday, 22 June 2009

Next - part 2

So we have a super secret surprise short for everyone.
I promise you won't be able to get your heads around what you are seeing.
It's genius!

Then of course followed by the fantastic Bubba Ho Tep!

The Quietus

If I can't pimp myself, what is the point?


My take on the resurgence of British Horror is up on The Quietus, Ghoul Britannia.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

A night at the Cinema


None other than Ed Zed himself kicking off the evening.


The frenzied crowds awaiting their Blood Feast... actually I know it looks barren, but I promise there were more people than this. Lovely pub though, huh? :)


How's that for moody?

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Disappeared

Just finished watching this, great stuff! Hits the ICA later in the month, catch it if you can. There have been several really good English films lately that are really worth hunting down and seeing, among them, Hush and now the Disappeared.
Could Horror be coming back to these shores? I think so!

http://www.thedisappearedthemovie.com/index.php

Monday, 1 June 2009

Join us for a Blood Feast!!!

In 1963, the world was introduced to gore. Taking bits of Psycho & Dragnet and fusing them with his own history in soft core porn and heavy dose of the absurd, Herschell Gordon Lewis created the slasher blueprint which would entertain fans for years. In the 80's it officially was placed in the infamous Video Nasties list and only recently did the fully uncut version finally see the light of day.
In reality, Blood Feast is ridiculous and hilarious, less slasher film than car crash. Fuad Ramses needs body parts for his authentic Egyptian feast, and nothing, no matter how absurd or bad the acting is, will stop him. A gory feast for the senses, Lewis’ riotous debut should not be missed…

This accidental comedy will leave your sides split.

Get down early for good seats!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

1st June

Blood Feast - '63


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First Hurdle

Last night was a screaming success!
A full house!
A full house with a great audience, I might add. Everyone really seemed in the spirit and up for a laugh.
We'd like to thank you all very much for your attendance and were humbled by the endless stream of positive responses.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

We’re coming for you, Barbara…

From Hell


Though it is in fact not Night, Dawn or even Day, but the glorious Return of the Living Dead that Cigarette Burns are delighted to present to you on the evening of Monday 18th May. The first of many monthly nights of delirious cult cinema will kick off with Dan O’Bannon’s classic 1985 zombiethon, starring James Karen and queen of scream, Linnea Quigley.

When a barrel of toxic gas is accidentally cracked at a medical supply warehouse, the residents of the conveniently close by Resurrection Funeral Home are rudely awakened from their celestial slumber, and they're not happy.

As a group of teenage punks visiting the cemetery are all too quick to discover, the only way for these curmudgeonly cadavers to numb the 'pain of being dead', as one legless member of their ranks puts it, is to feast on human brains. And feast they do, as punks and warehouse staff alike try in vain to shield themselves from the ensuing siege on the mortuary they have swiftly barricaded themselves inside.

Flawlessly stylish, with mischievously witty dialogue, dazzling special effects, and one hell of a bitching soundtrack featuring The Cramps, The Damned and Roky Erickson, The Return of the Living Dead is a delight from beginning to climatic end.
If this has whetted your ghoulish palate, then come and join us at The Mucky Pup, 39 Queens Head St, Islington at 8:30 on 18th May. Admission is free, and house chef Kenny Rumbles will be serving hot dogs and popcorn on the night to whet your palate even further. Until then, Cigarette Burners...

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

And so we begin...

Over the past few months, Ed and I have been scouring our decaying minds to come up with films that might entertain folks while they sit with their friends and a pint. 
We have an ever increasing list chock full of... ummm I'm not sure if "gems" is quite the right word, but they will certainly entertain. 

We shall start our little experiment with none other than Return of the Living Dead.
We at Cigarette Burns want to highlight the forgotten, sure there's the Curzon Midnight Cinema, but who really wants to wait til midnight on a friday, when your half ripped to sit down and watch a film, only to get up every five minutes for a lash. Then at 2am to wander stone cold sober around Central London? 
Not my idea of a good night out. 
Plus, when was the last time they showed Blood Feast?

so bear with us wile we stumble through this and we promise you will enjoy it.