Walter Hill double bill

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Edinburgh Zombie Club Presents
Walter Hill double bill featuring…

Southern Comfort (1981, dir. Walter Hill)
A squad of boorish National Guardsman on exercise in the Louisiana bayou manage to aggravate a bunch of the local Cajuns. Without live ammunition, they must battle through the swamps while being pursued by an enemy utter in their element.
Combining some great cinematography, frenetic action sequences and a haunting Ry Cooder soundtrack, this is one of the best of the backwater violence movies, superior even to Deliverance.

Extreme Prejudice ( 1987, dir. Walter Hill)
In a town on the Texas/Mexico border, Texas Ranger Jack Benteen gets into a deadly battle with his former childhood friend turned drugs kingpin.Throw in a squad of CIA spooks trying to retrieve some government secrets, and this volatile mix explodes into all out war.
One of Hill’s lesser seen movies, this is basically a modern Western, with Hill’s Peckinpah influence right at the forefront- tons of slow motion, blood spraying gun battles. Throw in a solid B movie cast featuring the likes of Michael Ironside, Rip Torn and Powers Boothe and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable 90 minutes.

Wednesday 25th June
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry St,
7.30pm, free

Ozploitation Night II

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Edinburgh Zombie Club Present
Ozploitation Night II

The Man From Hong Kong (1975, dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith)
Asian superstar Wang Yu (The One-Armed Boxer) leaves a long wide trail of destruction Down Under – all in the name of justice – as he pursues crime boss Jack Wilton (Australia’s very own George Lazenby) in this action-packed, home-grown martial arts extravaganza directed by Ozploitation auteur Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot).

Fast and furious, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, The Man from Hong Kong boasts a legendary hatchet and fish hook duel between Wang Yu and Aussie stunt legend Grant Page (Mad Max), the incredible sight of Lazenby set on fire (no double was used!), spunky Rebecca Gilling in the buff and an iconic hang gliding sequence accompanied by Jigsaw’s Number one smash hit, SKY HIGH. No wonder it smashed box office records around the globe!

Bursting with foot-to-the-floor high octane car carnage and equally spectacular kung fu mayhem, THE MAN FROM HONG KONG is a pure, unadulterated 70s thrill ride from first karate kick to last!.

Road Games (1981, dir. Richard Franklin)
Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid’s game becomes personal…and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns.

Director Richard Franklin (Psycho II, Link) packs plenty of Hitchcock-like twists and suspense into this sly shocker that was nominated for four Australian Film Institute Awards and remains one of the most surprising thrillers of the ’80s.


Wednesday 28th May
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry Street
7.30pm, free

Umberto + support from The Southern Tenant

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UMBERTO (USA) + Support @ EDINBURGH: The Banshee Labyrinth
THU 1ST MAY, 2014 Doors at 7:30pm – First act onstage 8pm

Umberto, LA’s synth overlord is back here in Edinburgh this year on Thursday 1st May and he’s returning with a new release on Not Not Fun, a conceptual live-show and a couple of soundtracks.

A true master of the horror film soundtrack aesthetic, Umberto’s music is a hypnotic, all-consuming journey, reeling you into a foggy, neon-lit world of graveyards, stalkers, haunted houses, witches and blood-stained corpses. Evoking the unsettling progressive rock of Goblin and the sinister, dystopian synth-work of John Carpenter, his acclaimed releases have garnered considerable praise for their staggering, gothic take on italo disco and new-wave synth pop, recreating the brooding intensity of a Dario Argento soundtrack through the cyclical melodies and throbbing rhythms he shares with his closest contemporaries, Zombi and Gatekeeper.

Last year’s show sold out in advance so make sure you get your ticket asap…

Support act ‘The Southern Tenant’ is a spin off project from Edinburgh folk/bluegrass collective Southern Tenant Folk Union and features Pat McGarvey from the band joined onstage by Barney Strachan and Steve Ironside. You can hear some work in progress versions of the music to be performed here….

Tickets from or you could catch one of us at the club and get a ticket in person (and save on the booking fee)…

Advance screenings for Citadel

Posted in News on July 7th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Show your support for some home grown horror when Citadel comes round!


“One of the year’s most engrossing horror film…Terrifying”


“An eerie atmospheric strong debut…truly scary


“An incredibly well shot, terrifying and freakish horror drama that’s loaded with violence, scares and intensity”

Bloody Disgusting

Directed by Ciaran Foy. Starring Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku and Jake Willson.

The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley’s life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter.

Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most…the abandoned tower block known as the CITADEL.

Basically there’s four preview screenings of the new Scottish horror movie CITADEL on Tuesday, July 9th.

EZC Podcast #25 – The Triumphant Return!

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Usual warnings apply, and if you can’t remember what those warnings are then it can be summed up as “lots of swearing”.


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EZC Presents : A Deathly Double Bill

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Death Race 2000 (1975, dir. Paul Bartel)
Welcome to the year 2000, now a place plagued by a lack of morals and political unrest. The only thing that society looks forward to is the three-day Transcontinental Death Race, a high-speed competition that is won by the driver who collects the most points by killing spectators and pedestrians. But this year the drivers have something to worry about other than getting killed by rival contestants: there is a group of anti-race activists trying to stop the race for good. The games all-time champion, Frankenstein (David Carradine), takes on such colorful characters as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), Calamity Jane, Nero The Hero and Matilda The Hun.
Dystopian automotive mayhem that predated most other road warrior movies by a good half decade.
Death Wish 3 (1985,dir.Michael Winner)
Architect and part time vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City. A gang of punks kills his friend, he gets his collar felt by some rubbish cops and before you know it he’s back on the streets, waging war against the trash who’re terrorising the neighbourhood, organising the locals to fight back.
By far and away the most ridiculous of the Death Wish films, it’s hard to believe that Winner wasn’t having a laugh when he made this over the top gem, as Bronson merrily slaughters punks left, right and centre, with elephant guns, belt fed machine guns and rocket launchers. Throw in some hilarious one liners and extremely camp villains, this is a laugh riot from beginning to end.
Wednesday 29th May
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry St, Edinburgh
7.30pm, free
Aalso, quick reminder about our Best Of The Zombie Club All Dayer featuring:
Death Line
Rome Armed To The Teeth
Penitentiary 3
Taoism Drunkard
Sunday 2nd June, from 12.30pm at the Banshee, free!

EZC Presents : The Best of EZC All Dayer!

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Best of EZC!

To celebrate Edinburgh Zombie Club’s fifth birthday in June, we’re going to revisit some of our favourite films we’ve shown over the years in one glorious all day event. We’ll be showing:

  •  Death Line
  • Hausu
  • Rome Armed To The Teeth
  • Penitentiary 3
  • Taoism Drunkard
Death Line (aka. Raw Meat) – (1972), directed by Gary Sherman
Something deeply unpleasant is taking place between Holburn and Russell Square station, when a civil servant disappears on the underground over night, Detective Calhoun leads an investigation into the cannibalistic world of Death Line . Loosely based on the antics of Ayreshire’s very own Sawney Beane family, Pleasence as Calhoun is a total scene stealer from beginning to end. A British cult classic, watch out for Christopher Lee’s creepy cameo as an MI5 spook!
Hausu (1977) – directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Oshare and her school buddies decide to go on holiday to visit her grandmother in the countryside, only to discover that her nan is actually a stiff and the house is haunted with blood projecting lampshades, man eating pianos and floating heads. This is an utterly surreal and entertaining romp which could only come from Nihon.
Rome Armed To The Teeth  dir. Umberto Lenzi, 1976
Inspector Leonardo Tanzi is a tough detective working the dangerous streets of Rome.He’s taken off the streets as his pansy waist bosses don’t like his brutal methods but with Tanzi out of action, the gangsters start a wild crime wave, banks are robbed, children are kidnapped, people are killed, and it’s all up to Tanzi to set things straight. Super charismatic Tomas Milian is stupendous as the wisecracking hunchback psycho villain who occasionally likes to gratuitously machine gun innocent bystanders.
A classic slab of Eurocrime, it cemented it’s place in our hearts  with it’s over the top violence, endless ball kickings and  extravagant moustaches.
PENITENTIARY III (1987, dir. Jamaa Fanaka)
Fitted up and sent down, ‘Too Sweet’ Gordone ends up being sentenced to hard time in a surreal prison where inmates are pawns in a series of brutal fights that are controlled by the sadistic and fey Serenghetti. Being a professional boxer, ‘Too Sweet’ is immediately in demand by both sides for the matches but refuses to play the game for either, which results in Serenghetti releasing his ultimate terror from the dungeon to wreak havoc on the prisoner – the Midnight Thud (The Haiti Kid). I could go on for pages about the character of the Thud, a crack smoking dwarf bum rapist with a taste for oranges and the apparent ability to fly by spinning his arms wildly and growling, but it would take away from the WTF factor of the film. Let’s just call him the greatest character ever written to film and the reason this film has legendary status among the ranks of the Zombie Club.
Taoism Drunkard (1984, dir Yuen Cheung-Yan)
Any attempt to explain the plot of Taoism Drunkard would ultimately prove as futile as it is utterly unnecessary. Directed by and starring the brother of legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, it is 89 minutes of no-budget non-stop kung fu chaos. What more could you ask for than a drunken kung fu priest who drives around town in a small wicker rat? A wannabe hustler attempting to woo a grieving widow by dressing as a 6ft flaccid dildo (but is thwarted by a bad case of crabs)? and a transvestite grandmother who’s unorthodox style of kung fu is at its most deadly after a few tokes on her trusty hash pipe, or when wielding a ridiculously massive cardboard sword?…Not to mention what must be cinema’s most chilling and ferocious rubber suited monster, straight from the bowels of hell itself, the unstoppable cock-hungry Banana Monster.
All of which is packaged together with plenty of surprisingly inventive and energetic kung fu, and cheekily (if not necessarily accurately) subtitled for comedy value by someone you presume probably should know better. Words simply cannot do justice to this sadly neglected classic of 80s Hong Kong nonsense! Possibly the funniest film we’ve ever shown.
Sunday 2nd June
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry St
doors 12.30pm

EZC Presents – A Cannibal Triple Feature

Posted in Movie night on February 21st, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment



The Hills Have Eyes (1977, dir. Wes Craven)
A hapless family of city folks break down in the Californian desert and find themselves stranded in the hunting grounds of a family of in-bred cannibals. After spending the night under siege, the survivors fight back against the cannibals, discovering hidden talents for violence.
Based loosely on the old Scottish tale of Sawney Beane, this is up there with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Southern Comfort as a classic of the redneck violence genre.
Troglodytes (2011, dir. Thanos Kermitsis)
In the office of a psychologist, a war veteran starts reminiscing his so far untold war experiences…. sometimes, the horror is still there, even when everything else is over.
A cheeky, unauthorised adaption of Gordon Rennie’s Tunnel Rats, this short film turned out to be a pretty decent effort.

C.H.U.D. (1984, dir. Douglas Cheek)
A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them.
Cannibal tramps. Do you really need an more explanation as to why this is a great film?

Wednesday 27th Feb
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry St, Edinburgh
7.30pm, free.

EZC Presents – A Creepy House Double Bill

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The House With The Laughing Windows (1976, dir. Pupi Avati)
A remote Italian village harbors unspeakable secrets as young Stefano  discovers when he arrives to restore a decaying painted fresco on the local church’s walls depicting the slaughter of St. Sebastian. Townspeople whisper that the original artist painted directly from real life, with models tortured and murdered all in the name of art. Suddenly a new, terrifying chain of murders begins, and Stefano finds himself caught in a chilling web of madness and unspeakable horror from which he may never escape!
An unusual, atmospheric giallo.
The House By The Cemetery (1981, dir. Lucio Fulci)
Dr. Norman Boyle, of the New York Historical Society, accepts a research assignment abandoned by a colleague who has committed suicide. The project requires the researcher to temporarily take up residence in a New England mansion along with his wife, Lucy and their son. Norman discovers his colleague had become consumed with the history of the home’s original owner, a turn-of-the-Century surgeon named Dr. Freudstein who possessed a fondness for illegal experiments. Further investigation reveals Freudstein had found a way to stay alive by using cells derived from fresh human blood. The Boyles find out the hard way that the maggot-stuffed, undead doctor remains lurking in the shadows of the house, killing anybody who crosses his path.
A classic Fulci gorefest, it’s up there with “The Beyond” and “City of the Living  Dead”, and in common with those films, it favours an unnerving atmosphere mixed with visceral shocks over coherence. Just sit back and enjoy the decapitations.
Wednesday 28th November
The Banshee Labyrinth
Niddry Street
7.30pm, free!

EZC Presents – Halloween Night

Posted in Movie night on October 13th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment



Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982, dir. Tommy Lee Wallace)
A doctor stumbles across an evil plot involving black magic, Halloween masks and a stolen chunk of Stonehenge. Can he thwart the evil plans of the Silver Shamrock mask company before they slaughter thousands of kids on Halloween night?
After Halloween II, John Carpenter decided the saga of Michael Myers had run its course and had the idea that series should feature different tales set on Halloween, and this uncredited Nigel Kneale penned little shocker is a refreshing change from the rest of the series. However, it didn’t do well at the box office, and the producers played safe by bringing back Michael Myers for subsequent movies, which is a shame as this is an effective horror movie in its own right, with Carpenter regular Tom Atkins giving a solid performance as the hapless doctor, plus a trademark Carpenter score.
Night Of The Creeps (1986, dir. Fred Dekker)
To fulfill a fraternity pledge, two college friends attempt to steal a cryogenically frozen cadaver from the university laboratory. Unfortunately, the body is infected with an alien experiment gone awry and the campus is soon crawling with zombies. It falls to a couple of kids and a hard-boiled cop to save the world from the creeps…
Fred Dekker’s love letter to the B-movie, Night of the Creeps is a perpetual treat and a master class in goofball horror. A throwback to simpler times, if you’re entertained by zombie cats, hot chicks with flame throwers, and any film that comes up with new, creative uses for lawn mowers, then this is your movie.
7.30PM, FREE!