Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016: End of Year Blog by John H Shelton! (December 2016)

What has 2016 taught us? Well, we've gained and sadly lost in 2016. A lot of famous faces passed away including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Keith Emerson and Carrie Fisher to name only a few! I don't want this final entry of the year to sound too down-beat, but we must respect loved ones and what we want out of life for the future. I've made a few short films (see below) with the help and talents of others this year, as well.

The films I wanna see next year are Kong: Skull Island (2017) & Stephen King's IT (2017). Entertainment galore!! The vlogs, blogs and creative stuff will continue into next year, of course! This year I also got to see Shin Godzilla (2016) - See, HERE.

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Review: Rats (2016) - Directed by Mark Logan (December 2016)

Rats (2016) - a Mark Logan film.
Plot: "Bill (Nicolas Burman-Vince) is a middle aged antiquarian book specialist who arrives at Montague Castle to catalog their more interesting volumes. But this academic has other things on his mind, he intends to spend a night of passion with Jess (Jessica Messenger), one of his undergraduates. What better way to impress a girl than a night alone in a medieval castle? Only they aren't quite alone. Scratching noises can be heard through the walls and someone, or something, is watching. By the end of this night Bill will learn that within these ancient walls every action has consequences. Terrible, terrifying consequences."

Mark Logan directs Rats (2016). It reminded in some ways of Castle Freak (1995), with strange dwelling creatures and a good looking cast with touches of quirks and the off beat! It features a nice location in a castle, itself! There were nice shots of eerie hallways and the cast of Jessica Messenger (Wasteland [2015]), Nicholas Burman-Vince (Mindless [2016]) and Laurence Harvey blended well. There are twists and turns in this Castle, too... it's so simple in the small cast and the music by Eric Elick sets it all up in it's creepiness.

The project started of an Indiegogo and raised 6k (roughly) to make. There were practical effects by Paul While - the make-up was by Candice Redford. Rumor has it director Logan wanted to make an Anthology out of the Rats series. The film went to Frightfest, too.

Nicholas Burman-Vince plays Bill in "Rats" (2016) - spooky horror short.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Review: Scars (2016) - Directed by Dee McCullay! (December 2016)

Dee McCullay directs Scars (2016) - a supernatural USA/Canadian Horror shortSynopsis: "Faith Beckett is about to learn there is no solution to sadness at the edge of a blade.". This is a nicely shot, creepy short by DM which runs quite deep and dark - horror fans should like it! There is a deep message like I said and it uses visual effects done on a budget but to effect. It features dark figures and scary voice-overs! Not for the squeamish! Give DM a budget!!

Scars (2016) - a  Dee McCullay film.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Review: Mothra (1961) - Directed by Ishiro Honda (December 2016)

Ishiro Honda's Mothra (1961)
Mothra (1961) (Japanese title: Mosura) is from the studio and team which created the Legendary Godzilla! It's from Japan and got a fair-priced Region 2, UK release which includes a 24 page booklet and option between it's native Japanese Language (with English subtitles) or a dubbed English audio track. It came out on Columbia/Tristar in 2013.

A storm hits the ocean where a ship goes missing and it's crew end up on an island once used for Nuclear Testing. Meanwhile, a reporter sneaks aboard an exhibition to the unexplored island where they meet the famous twin fairies (they are played by tiny humans via the special effects). There is some very strange life on this island, indeed!

The girl fairies are taken off of the island by the crooked members of the exhibition team. This is bad news for Japan as a giant Moth Larva in Mothra hatches from an egg which is search of the girls and has ideas for taking revenge on Tokyo! Soon, Mothra evolves into a winged form!

Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Frankie Sakai, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito, Yumi Ito and Emi Ito.

Mothra - the film, is a colorful adventure (shot in Tohoscope) for all ages. It has a moving message about the environment in which we all are a part of. A Toho Production. Plenty of miniatures destroyed and special effects galore!

New Poster: Salient Minus Ten - Directed by Emma Dark (December 2016)

Poster designed by Award-Winning fim-maker, Emma Dark.
I briefly touched upon Salient Minus Ten (to be released) before on this blog. It now stars Alan Austen - whose previous credits include a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode V (1980) from director George Lucas. SMT is directed by award-winning film-maker Emma Dark and also features, herself in a role along-side Austen. Philip Bloom also is on board as a Director of Photography, who also has experience in the field of film-making.

See my latest ED Interview on SMT, HERE! Please, just bear in mind that the Production has progressed since the last Interview Update with Miss Dark.

Emma Dark (Left) Co-stars along-side Alan Austen (Lead Actor)
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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas from John H Shelton (MrSheltonTV) (December 2016)

Happy Christmas - 2016!!
Happy/Merry Christmas, guys! It's happy Holiday time weather you're a fan of Christmas or celebrate in another way or two! This year I watched Santa's Little Ferrets (2014) on dvd, in-which I purchased as a present for my dad last year! I think it has to be a traditional thing now as I loved it! It was fun silly and moving! It featured on my special edition dvd, x3 shorts about Ferrets and a Blooper Reel. The dvd can be purchased from the website.

Santa's Little Ferrets on Facebook: HERE!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Kaiju News: Godzilla II gets a Title/Pacific Rim 2 - Title Change!! (December 2016)

No... not another cross-over, but new titles for these Legenday Pictures' films!
As the title of the blog says, Godzilla II will be now called, Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (2019). It's a few years of yet, but also Pacific Rim: Maelstorm is now Pacific Rim: Uprising! (2018). GKOTM will be director by Krampus (2015) writer & director, Michael Dougherty. Interesting developments in Hollywood for all things Kaiju.

Godzilla vs Kong is due 2020 and Kong: Skull Island is due March, 2017. Please see my Shin Godzilla (2016) Review - HERE.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Trailer Review: Deathface (2016) - Directed by John WT (December 2016)

John WT has a new trailer online called Deathface! It tells of a film within a film where an actor wears a mask and is thrown into the gory world of Nightmares and Horror! The trailer is set to really Heavy Metal with death/black metal-style vocals! It looks a lot of fun and stars Anita Dashwood from A Mr Shelton Christmas Special (2016). 

The Film was shot in Nottingham, England and looks like it could have been shot in the outbacks in America with it's extreme Violence and great USA accent by Alex Reed who plays a director. It gives the movie a Universal theme.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Review: Godzilla Resurgence (2016) aka Shin Gojira! (December 2016)

I finally got to see the new Godzilla Resurgence (2016) aka Shin Gojira! A lot of hype, good and bad surrounded this epic Japanese Toho film this year. It finally got released in Japan in July, 2016. It hit USA Cinemas in the October. In my opinion this type of modern take on the Japanese Legend will probably divide fans alike! The reason being because of the over all design of the even bigger G creature, itself!

The story is simple... Godzilla is evolving from it's nuclear fall-out. Godzilla starts of in the water when we the audience see his giant tail splashing and causing ocean havoc! In the next few scenes after some human interaction and talking we see a form of the creature hit Japan on land! Is this the Godzilla we all know? The answer without too many spoilers is NO! G is evolving like mentioned and has a gill form from the ocean, spilling blood on the streets of Japan from his wounds! It was like watching a Manga-like horror film!

Soon enough, Godzilla turns and grows and stands-up right into a more recognizable form! The tanks and army are out to stop the creature and alternative methods have to be used to try and stop the infamous beast of destruction! It doesn't quite stop there, yet though as the Legend of Kaijus has new super-powers and tricks up his scaly sleeve... It's up to the world to try and stop him once and for all!!

The new G is pretty much all CGI! The budget was higher and "Shin Gojira" drew in massive crowds and box-offices again which means good news for future films. The film is left open-ended, but there is a lot of human drama and sitting around to get through, if you don't mind that sort of thing! This is Godzilla as we've never seen him before... and I don't say that lightly in this case given the new take of the Japanese Legend in this film. Enjoy! The destruction is off the scale, too... and the music? It is epic and dramatic and even uses some old G film cues of the original score, lifted from the older films!

Maybe this was Toho's way of handling the Big Monster after Godzilla (2014) from Gareth Edwards a few years before for the western audiences!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Mr Shelton Christmas Special (2016) - Directed by John H Shelton (December 2016)

It appears that Mr John H Shelton has been bad this year in, A Mr Shelton Christmas Special (2016). It seems, with the help of two Mrs Clauses (played by Anita Dashwood and Sarah Musson) that he has a lesson or two to learn this festive season.

This was a fun, if not hectic shoot to do in so little time. I hope you enjoy it and get the most out of it. It also features a voice-over or two by Andrea Van Scoyoc in crazy little Horror short designed for Christmas.

What Festive Horror... Awaits??

IN MEMORY: Carlos Dunn (Indie Film-maker) has Passed Away! (Rest In Peace) (September 2018)

Some sad news to report. The film community in the Indie Field are stunned to learn that Film-maker and Writer , Carlos Dunn has pass...