#LostBoys30th – The Event Taking Liverpool by Storm

Jay sits down with the man behind the incredible event and asks “How did it all begin?”

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By Jay Hunter Sleep all day, party all night, it’s fun to be a vampire‘. So goes the strap line for one of the most beloved films of the 1980s, The Lost BoysFor most, that bloodsucking adage would be a goal. Conjuring up images of beach parties and Jim Morrison murals, but George Jaeger-Wright isn’t most and he certainly doesn’t have time to sleep all day. Age 33, George is an avid fan of classic movies, music and retro gaming, working full-time at the lionised University of Liverpool.

But by night, the self professed “kid at heart” has started to experience a different kind of success. Leading up to the 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher’s Lost Boys – a film that follows the story of teenage brothers Michael and Sam who move to Santa Carla, only to discover it’s invested by vampires – George decided to celebrate the milestone differently than most.

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Whats next for George, Raiders, Veritgo, Star Wars, Jaws?

Using the power of OurScreen – a tool also used to promote new cosmic horror The Void – George decided to campaign for a small showing at FACT cinema, an independent arthouse in the heart of Liverpool. Almost overnight, George found the demand for tickets to be so insatiable that the cinema had to bunk him up to a larger auditorium and add an additional showing, which followed suit, selling out in the blink of an eye. We sat down with George to gain his insight into the whirlwind event.

JUMP SCARE: So, naturally the first question is why did you pick Lost Boys?

GEORGE: I have three main movies I grew up with watching religiously. The Goonies, the Warriors and The Lost Boys. As it’s the 30th Anniversary this year of the latter being released I was looking for somewhere showing the film. When I saw that nearest showing was Birmingham I went straight to OurScreen as I knew what they could provide. I had to request that the movie be added to their library as well! I was shocked. I didn’t think I would get the 27 tickets to allow the screening to go ahead, but I did, and then some! 

JUMP SCARE: Much has been made about the waining popularity of cinema with the rise of on demand programming such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Where do you think Our Screen fits in?

GEORGE: For me there is absolutely no substitute for going the cinema to see a movie that you’ve been eagerly awaiting. 

As technology gets better for watching movies, and streaming becomes more common (especially illegal streaming) then of course cinema ticket purchases will fall. People tend not to take gambles anymore on going to see something they’re unsure about (similar to the fall in music purchases, and the rise of Spotify etc.). Why pay £13 to see a movie you may not like when you can either wait for it to be released on Netflix or NowTV? In some ways it’s good, but if a movie is coming out which you’ve been looking forward or you think is a must see on the big screen (something like The Dark Tower, or Rogue One), then no matter how big and high end your TV and Blu-Ray player are, there is no substitute. 

Much like the recent rise in Vinyl sales for music, consumers are either going back to their childhood/teenage years with movies and TV, or going to a time they never experienced and want too because they’ve been told how good it was back then. Retro is very much the buzz word at the moment and has been for a while. 

A company like OurScreen is fantastic. It gives fans of older movies the chance to either relive going to see their favourites on the big screen or, like myself, the chance to see something for the first time on the big which they love. 

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The event will screen at FACT Liverpool Sunday 25th and Monday 26th June

JUMP SCARE: The Lost Boys has an incredible cult following, but is often overlooked in ‘best of’ lists. Where do you rank it in terms of vampire movies or horror in general?

GEORGE: In terms of Vampire movies for me it’s got to be near the top if not number one. Fright Night (1985) is another 80’s one which is never on any ‘best of’ lists but is a definite cult classic.  You have classic vampire movies from Hammer which are looked at in a more favourable light (then the 80’s additions) possibly because of the quality of established actors playing the key roles. The fact that they look like ‘traditional Vampires’ is a big thing as well. Then you have modern vampire movies like Let the Right One In (another film I also adore), which is a much darker and bleaker version of the Vampire story. 

The Hammer movies are not to everyone’s taste as are the darker vampire stories. Lost Boys is a much more accessible take on the Vampire myth. I have introduced younger family members to it who weren’t even born in the 80’s and they have loved it (one has even got a tattoo to show his love for it). 

The popularity of the Lost Boys with young audiences over the last 30 years is similar to the popularity of characters like Spike from Buffy (the Vampire Slayer), or Eric from True Blood. The thing they have in common is that they’re all young (looking), with their cool clothes and cool music. They are cool, and more relatable then (the amazing) Christopher Lee who might look a bit like they’re Grandad. I don’t think a lot of teenagers nowadays watching Dracula (1958) would want to be him, but might watch David and the lad’s bike around the beach, causing havoc on the boardwalk and want to be them! 

JUMP SCARE: You of course run your own Facebook Page ‘Geeks That Don’t Want to Grow Up’ why did you start it?

GEORGE: I started the page up less than a year ago because there were a lot of other Geeky pages out there, but all had niche audiences. One might focus more on retro games (there’s that word again), horror movies, or the Star Wars franchise. I wanted to have a page for geeks and fans of all the above and more, in one place. I have such an eclectic taste with movies and TV. One day I might post about Rogue One, the next I’ll be posting about PsychoVille the next I might put a post-up about an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles form 1987. 

It’s something for everyone. It gives me a chance to try and get people interested in specific things they may not be sure about. For example, I posted about the 30th anniversary of ‘Withnail and I’ and likened it to the best British comedy movie of all time (in my opinion) ‘The Life of Brian’. A follower said he had never seen Withnail…but would give it a go because he really liked The Life of Brian. He gave it a go and messaged me about how much he loved it. 

JUMP SCARE: With the huge success of #LostBoys30th are you eyeing up any other movie screenings in the future, or is this a onetime deal for you?

GEORGE: Ideally I would love to do more nights. My wife has given me the idea of maybe picking another 5 movies I think people would love to see on the big screen, and then asking people to vote on it. That would be a great way of doing my market research and building from there. 

I have set this screening up and, along with the lovely people at FACT Liverpool, a quiz and tried to make it special occasion for everyone attending. 

I’ll wait until the dust settles on this event and see where to go to from there. I’ve daydreamed for a while about doing it as a business, so who knows what the future may hold? 

JUMP SCARE: If the Frog Brothers are fighters for truth, justice and the American way. What’s your motto?

GEORGE: I haven’t got my own motto, but I like to use another one from another cult classic favourite of mine. “Be excellent to each other!”.

George’s #LostBoys30th night is now sold out, but be sure to check out his page Geeks That Don’t Want to Grow Up to keep an eye out for more possible screenings in the future!

 

Watch Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ This Black History Month

A stark look at the judicial system in America

By Jay Hunter Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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Last year, Ava Duvernay (Selma) released 13th a documentary which claims that the 13th amendment (see above) was constructed with a loophole. Allowing compulsory servitude as a forfeiture for crime, a clause which was then directly exploited once slavery had been abolished. Providing an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States the documentary manages to affirm the nation’s history of racial inequality with unequivocal vigour.

The abolition of slavery, through the chain gang labour that reinstated it, along with apartheid and “the mythology of black criminality”, serve as a precursor to a delineate track leading from the Nixon instilled “war on crime and drugs” to present day mass incarceration. Perhaps most startling is the big business of privately run prisons and conglomerates such as Victoria’s Secret which use convicts for cheap labour. DuVernay administers a narrative which deconstructs the amendment and leaves it bare as little more than a instrument to profit from African Americans.

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A documentary of this nature could easily be dismissed as tin-foil hat propaganda, however well-researched chronicle’s and ardent one-on-one interviews means the claims that are presented are entirely plausible. No doubt leaving a sour taste in the mouths of the right.

Memorable blurbs affirming that the US penal system is worth around $600 billion a year stain the memory and will not be easily forgotten. A heartbreaking final scene which you may have seen being shared on Facebook recently, punctuates an important movie with a hard hitting reminder of inequality in todays world. A must watch for this years Black History month.

The UK Blog Awards ask Jump Scare UK ‘What Does it Take to Run an Award-Winning Blog?’

Owner of Jump Scare UK, Jay shares his thoughts.

By Jay Hunter Earlier this year – due to amazing fan support – we were informed that Jump Scare UK was in the finals of the UK Blog Awards, becoming one of the top eight independent arts & culture blogs in the country. Since then, we’ve received a lot of questions from a variety of industries on what it takes to become an award-nominated blog, after all blogging and technology in general is becoming ever more integrated with our day to day – and professional – lives.

This week, we were interviewed via Twitters #BlogHour by the UK Blog Awards, in association with Odeon Cinemas on what advice we could give to aspiring writers – not just film bloggers, but bloggers in general. So we thought it would be great to pass our thoughts along! If you have any additional questions, feel free to get in contact with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or here.

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Images by Jay Chow

Blog Awards: What’s the best way for brands and bloggers to work together to deliver award winning content?

Jay: We always aim to help independent film here, which are always great ‘brands’ to work with as they get the difficulties of going up against huge studios to vie for audience attention. Guest posts are always a bonus to get different points of view too, I’ve had the chance to write for movie magazines that I really admire and it’s great to build not only my brand as a writer, but Jump Scare’s too.


Blog Awards: How do you define success for your blog?

Jay: Tough one. I always like to feel artistically fulfilled, I like to write pieces that may get the readers to think a little deeper about a certain subject instead of – like many clickbait sites – putting together a ‘ten celebrities wore this dress, you won’t believe what happened next!’ article in five minutes. In saying that, those types of articles do tend to get attention, so it’s about getting the right balance. Find that sweet spot between personal fulfilment and audience enjoyment!


Blog Awards: Give us your BAFTA award winning speech in 140 characters or less.

Jay: Film is drama, film is horror, film is truth, film is lies, film is laughter but most importantly, film is magic. Never let it die


Blog Awards: Do you have a favourite film blogger, if so who

Jay: This one is easy for me, Mark Kermode. The UK’s best (and most trusted) film critic. A huge influence on my writing and the way I watch film.


Blog Awards: What makes an award-winning blog, in your opinion?

Jay: Understanding and engaging your audience, strong writing, original content, an accessible site and solid brand!


Blog Awards: What’s your main motivation for blogging? Are awards important?

Jay: Awards are icing on the cake. I just feel that I need to write about film otherwise I’d explode! There’s a lot of things I want to achieve in the world of writing and the film industry, so I see the Blog Awards as a great platform to leap from. I’ve got to be honest when I say I prefer to dissect films rather than a straight review. Finding their nuances and subtext as opposed to just reviewing a film and slamming it! Whatever film gets made, you can bet a lot of people worked very hard to get it to that point, it’s art and I don’t like destroying someone else’s work. In saying that, I believe when you release your product into the world, it’s not yours any more, it’s the publics and they can do with it as they wish. There’s no rule saying I have to enjoy whatever you put out.

 

The UK Blog Awards are taking place April 21st, 2017 in London. If you want to come along with Jay, Beth and Coxy tickets are available – here

19 Things Every Friday 13th Fan Needs

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For every fan of Mrs.Voorhees’ baby boy. Topless teens, drugs around the campfire and a whole lot of merchandise!

By Beth McConnell Friday the 13th is one of the most celebrated and beloved horror franchises of all time. With twelve (soon to be thirteen!) movies under it’s belt, it’s garnered quite the array of merchandise over it’s 36 year history. We present 19 must have items for every Friday the 13th fan:

19.

Jason Takes Control https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/288239147/custom-jason-voorhees-friday-the-13th?ref=market Jason Takes Control https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/288239147/custom-jason-voorhees-friday-the-13th?ref=market

18. Film Cells

Sold! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250253398/friday-the-13th-framed-film-cell-35-mm?ref=market Sold!

17. These Highly Ineffective Yet Must-Have Spoons!

Masking the fact they're terrible for souping but are just too cool to pass!  Masking the fact they’re terrible for souping but are just too cool to pass!

16. Meet Kane Hodder at a Convention and have him Choke the Life out of you!

This is so awesome. This is so awesome.

15. This…

http://www.figures.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77632

14. The Ultimate Blu-ray Collection (That Steel Box Though)

So much want So much want

13. All the Masks!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/204562008046859081/

12. Anything signed

Damn  http://www.icollector.com/Kane-Hodder-Signed-Jason-Friday-the-13th-Machete-Hodder-COA_i21341839 Damn

11. Camp Crystal Lake Cushion (May Contain Death Curse)

So inviting http://www.redbubble.com/shop/crystal+lake
So inviting

10. The Board-game

Fun for the whole family http://www.fridaythe13thfranchise.com/2016/04/special-pre-order-for-friday-13th.html Fun for the whole family

9. The Original Super Nintendo Game

So bad, yet so good! http://game-oldies.com/play-online/friday-the-13th-nintendo-nes So bad, yet so good!

8. This Coffee Table

  wow! http://brokehorrorfan.com/post/112714135346/the-ed-gein-lounge-chair-we-posted-a-couple-of   wow!

 

7. A Goblet of Desire

Yes.  http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/horror-contemporary-item-listj-c-16_223/friday-the-13th-jason-goblet-p-16433 Yes. 

6. Another Very Rare Statue

Such awesome http://www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/friday-the-13th-jason-voorhees-legend-of-crystal-lake-sideshow-collectibles-3003671/ Such awesome

5. A Friday 13th Mr. Potato Head

I can think of a thousand uses for it! https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=PPW10142&mode=retail I can think of a thousand uses for it!

4. The Coolest Converse Evah!

neat! https://bagginsshoes.com/converse-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-hi-top-the-13th-13th.html Neat!

3. Original Copy of this Bad-Boy!

What music they make https://www.turntablelab.com/products/harry-manfredini-friday-the-13th-1980-original-score-colored-vinyl-180g-vinyl-lp
What music they make

2. Rare Copy of Original Poster

So Cool http://schmoesknow.com/friday-the-13th-celebration-breaking-down-every-movie-yes-all-of-them/30916/ So Cool 

1. Selfie with Tom Savini

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The 10 Most Motivational Movies Ever

Need a hand getting back into things after the holidays? We’ve got your back

By Jay Hunter Need a hand getting back into the swing of things after eating too much turkey and drinking one too many beers over the holiday season? We got your back. Whether it’s getting back on your feet, working toward new goals or looking to change a really big aspect in your life, January is often a difficult month. But if you ever need that extra push, why not pop in one of these movies to give you that get up and go?

10. The Wolf of Wall Street

Not for a second are we saying start a corrupt business that scams people out of millions of dollars, parade a bevy of prostitutes through your offices and do copious amounts of hard drugs on your private yacht. But never the less, the story of Jordan Belfort’s rise to power has to be admired in some aspects, just tweak his moral code and you’re off to a good start.

9. Halloween

Because if Laurie Strode can survive Halloween, you can survive Monday.

8. Cast Away

Telling the story of adaptability in times of extreme change and stress, Cast Away stars a showcase performance from Tom Hanks. Washed up on a desert island, Hanks explores human survival after life changing events.

7. Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks makes it a brace in our list, this time for Forrest Gump. Despite it’s over sentimentality and questionable message, you can’t help but love Forrest’s thirst for life and new experiences. If you need motivation to do that 5K this summer, just remember Forrest ran 30616K over a three year period.

6. The Social Network

Whilst it takes liberties with the truth, Social Networks impeccable script acts as a vehicle for any aspiring entrepreneur. Exploring the life of Mark Zuckerberg, who went from algorithms in a dorm room, to being worth $48.4 billion.

5. Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams dialled back approach as John Keating, an idiosyncratic educationist showcases the power of passion and art. Providing new thought processes for his students, Keating goes on to introduce his students to the world of poetry and liberal thinking, having profound effects on each of the boys.

4. Glengarry Glen Ross

Now this one is more to do with a specific scene, that is so powerful it saw Alec Baldwin pick up numerous award nominations for just seven minutes of screen time. Admittedly, Baldwin’s speech may only motivate certain types of people, there’s plenty of sane people who would tell Baldwin where to go after being called “F*cking f*ggots”.

3. Slumdog Millionaire

The movie that captured the worlds heart and imagination back in 2008 that culminated in a host of Academy Award wins for the 81st Academy Awards. Telling the story of Jamal Malik played by Dev Patel, Slumdog guides us through his upbringing in India as we learn about life, love and loss.

2. Chariots of Fire

A spiritual and patriotic classic, Chariots of Fire is best remembered for it’s motivational music often forgetting it’s grand inspiring themes of triumph in the face of adversity. A truly compelling classic, correctly taking habitation in the highest pantheon of cinema.

1. Rocky

Could it be anyone else? Rocky Balboa has been a stalwart of cinema for over four decades now. Despite the movies increasingly bombastic and implausible notions, any time we need motivating we stick our earphones in, play Eye of the Tiger and pretend we’re running through the streets of Philadelphia. Whether it’s his humble beginnings in Rocky one, or fighting cancer in Creed, Rocky will always be a symbol of fighting back from unwindable situations. “Get up you son of a b*tch…because Mickey loves you!”

 

What are your favourite motivational movies? Let us know in the comments below!

19 Things Every Halloween Fan Needs

For every one who’s mad about Michael! A list of must-have for the biggest fans of Halloween

Happy, happy, Halloween, Silver Shamrock!

By Beth McConnell John Carpenter’s Halloween is the most critically acclaimed slasher movie of all time, a true suspense masterpiece carved from the same cloth as Hitchcock himself,  Halloween has garnered a passionate fanbase in it’s 38 year history.

In no particular order, here’s 19 things every Halloween fan needs

19. The Footwear

 Ooooh!  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/249668373065138378/
Ooooh! (Get them here)

18. Limited edition Blurays

yep, all of those  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Halloween-The-Complete-Collection-Limited-Deluxe-Edition-Blu-ray-/291844636759?hash=item43f34bc057:g:e44AAOSw-itXrk7d&_trksid=p2349526.m3874.l7936
yep, all of those  (Get them here)

Even Better Signed!

Want. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Halloween-Complete-15-Disc-Deluxe-Blu-Ray-Box-Set-SIGNED-2X-by-19-Cast-Crew-/161995021215?hash=item25b7a7db9f:g:xeEAAOSwzgRW1zfW&_trksid=p2349526.m3874.l7936
Want.

17. Every Mask

http://horrordomain.com/forums/topics/posts/index.cfm?t=16718
Especially Ben Tramer’s

16. The Original Poster

Classics never die http://fontsinuse.com/uses/8149/halloween-film-titles-and-marketing
Classics never die (Get it here)

15. Australian Daybill Movie Poster (Rare)

I would give you your own room. https://knoji.com/ten-valuable-halloween-1978-movie-posters-collectibles
I would give you your own room. (Get it here)

14.  The Original Vinyl

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/463167142907189826/

13. This Statue (Very Rare)

Lovely http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/horror-statues-props-etc-/70773-myers-vs-loomis-statue-set-diorama-neca.html
Lovely (Get it here)

12. Ooh and This!

They grow up so fast! http://www.cmdstore.com/neca-halloween-action-figures-michael-myers-evolution-of-evil-2-pack.html
They grow up so fast! (Get it here)

11. A Selfie With Jamie Lee-Kurtis

http://funnyrepost.com/images/Met-Jamie-Lee-Curtis-at-the-airport-She-took-a-selfie-of-us-with-my-phone/21215/20140501

10. These Socks!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nike-Air-Jordan-Halloween-Custom-Nike-Elite-Socks-ALL-SZ-michael-myers-Sox-/191900380482 http://geb.ebay.com/ImportHubViewItem?itemid=261542345782
Get them here!

9. Trinket

A thing of beauty https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/469539617/handcrafted-original-halloween-michael?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=michael%20myers&ref=sr_gallery_24
A thing of beauty (Get it here)

8. Haddonfield Cushion

Get it here

7.  THIS!

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Get it here

6. Phone Case

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/252468617258?lpid=122&chn=ps&googleloc=9046775&poi=&campaignid=620865095&device=c&adgroupid=27378760866&rlsatarget=pla-181484329266&adtype=pla&crdt=0
Get it here

5. Awesome Window Stickers

 see you https://www.etsy.com/listing/159022414/michael-myers-halloween-vinyl-wall
Get it here

4. A Silver Shamrock Patch

Because even The Season of the Witch deserves some love, for that awful, awful song https://www.etsy.com/market/shamrock_patch
Because even The Season of the Witch deserves some love, for that awful, awful song (Get them here)

3. This Pillow

http://www.cafepress.co.uk/+halloween-michael-myers+bedding
Get one here

2. Why stop there?

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Get it here

 

1. Jewellery

 Wowzah! https://www.pinterest.com/aliciasue17/horror-nerd/
Wowzah! (Get them here)

 

A Sneak Peak At The UK’s #1 Scare Attraction, Farmaggedon

Fear is coming.

Image: Southport Visitor Image: Southport Visitor

By Jay Hunter – For ten years, Farmageddon has been the UK’s premiere scare attraction. An interactive horror experience which sees Farmer Ted’s in Ormskirk overrun with roaming zombies and creatures of the night. Featuring three interactive scare houses and a paintball experience, we were lucky enough to check out Farmageddon before it’s October 1st opening.

Terror on the Farm

The first house we entered was Terror on the Farm. Farmageddon‘s original mausoleum of mayhem, Farm features a labyrinth of corridors, crypts and caverns. Extending the experience this year, has seen the incorporation of The Foundary. An additional area of Terror on the Farm which sees twisted metal and fire being added into the mix. The merging of these two themes creates one of the longest haunts I’ve ever been subjected to, where as Terror on the Farm was perhaps one of the weaker houses in past years, it’s now made a claim as the strongest and most terrifying attraction on the farm.
Next we headed over to The Meat Locker, certainly the most blood-thirsty and adult of the houses. Meat Locker sees your group locked in a holding room before entering the house itself. A construction of severed body parts and past victims begging for your help awaits as the sinister Malachi hunts you and your party.

Out of the three houses, Contagion is certainly the most fun and original. A 3D neon house sees you navigate through the aftermath of a toxic by-product. Crazed mutant personnel, medical staff and lab techs prowl through Contagion. You may want to keep an eye on the walls for some unwanted visitors…

Contagion

Finally, we hit up a UK first. Zombie Outlaw arrived at Farmageddon in 2015, an interactive trailer ride through the fields and wastelands of Farmageddon. Zombie outlaw sees you take control of a fixed paintball gun on an open top double-decker bus, a lot tamer than the other houses, but certainly a cathartic release after being terrified by ghost and ghouls all night! It’s worth being conservative with your paintball ammo as the experience lasts around 12 minutes, but you still get your money’s worth. Don’t worry about your clothes, you won’t be shot in return.

Farmageddon is forged in Hell but conveniently located on the B5195, just off the Formby bypass. You can buy your tickets – here