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This was a short review of The Download Horror by Ryan McNeely which appeared in The Edinburgh Reporter after our screening in Edinburgh at The Bootleg Film Festival.

The light among this darkness was ably supplied by Jim Hickey’s hilarious The Download Horror. Inspired by cult US series Mystery Science Theatre 3000, this flick featured the voices of producers Robin Mitchell and Keith Bradley as Robbo and Dougie, two typical Scottish guys passing comments as they watched the latest movie their pal Big Al had downloaded for them. The source of this merriment was Sacrificed, a film Bradley himself had directed a few years ago but had been ultimately disappointed with. Personally, I really hope these three turn this into a regular series. I can’t wait for the further adventures of Dougie and Robbo and their big bag of crisps.

 

Review of The Download Horror

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This is a review of The Download Horror (2012) by DreadWorld.

Finding a new, unique angle in todays world of 24/7 at your fingers media is something that's becoming more and more difficult. So when you find something that really tries to be different, you have to give it some kudos, even if by trying to be different, it borrows from something all to familiar.

'The Download Horror' is a neat little experiment out of Scotland, that attempts to revive the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 formula with a couple of foul mouthed Scotsmen. Dougie and Robbo live for the exploitation films, especially those sent to them by the mysterious Big Al. His latest is a dark, modern day cult driven film called 'Sacrificed'. Throwing on 'Sacrificed' the good guys from the land of Loch Ness do what the do best, lampoon the film and pine for boobies while showing an understated respect for the genre at the same time (kind of like what we do here at the DW).

'Sacrificed' itself looks like an intriguing film in its own right. In fact, there were times I found myself more interested in what was going on in 'Sacrifice' than what Dougie or Robbo were saying. Therein lies the problem with 'The Download Horror', 'Sacrificed' is the wrong film for this type of experiment. Make no mistake about it, 'Sacrificed' is not a good film, but there is just enough interesting stuff going on to peak your interest and make you wish the guys would be quiet for a bit. The other main issue with the film is that Dougie and Robbos schtick tends to get a little old after a while, especially for American ears. I'm sure there were plenty of jokes that I just plain missed simply because I'm not an expert in Scottish colloquialisms.

That being said, Dougie and Robbo are genuinely funny and there are more than a few laugh out loud funny moments. I had a blast listening to these guys watch a film. It would be extremely interesting seeing the next chapter in the Dougie and Robbo story, especially if given a worse film to watch.

'The Download Horror' is available on UK distribution site Distrify for either rent or purchase. Check it out and support some quality independent horror!

 

The Download Horror Screening Details

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Our new Scottish film, The Download Horror, has been released on Distrify and is now available to view online.

The Download Horror is a comedy horror film produced in Edinburgh by Robin Mitchell and Keith Bradley and Directed by Jim Hickey.

The film-within-a-film structure of The Download Horror could be likened to the cult US TV series Mystery Science Theatre 3000. But the film remains true to its Scottish origins and the attitude of the two main characters accurately reflects this with its colloquialisms swearing and schoolboy vulgarity.

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The Download Horror

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Title: The Download Horror

Year of production: 2012

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Running time: 70 minutes

Director: Jim Hickey

Producer: Robin Mitchell, Keith Bradley

When it comes to movies, Dougie and Robbo know what they like. And there is nothing they like more than a night in watching one of Big Al's latest downloads — especially if it's a horror film featuring five babes alone in a big house. Big Al is the neighbourhood bootlegger and they depend on him for a constant diet of blood, gore, nudity and whatever else he thinks will satisfy their craving. They always expect surprises. Will his latest offering, the horror film Sacrificed, live up to their expectations?

Dougie and Robbo are soon in their element, competing to predict what is going to happen next on screen. Their spontaneous comedic roasting and daft comments mean that nothing is sacred and no one is safe. The lads' verbal sparring gives the audience a new take on the film.

As the corpses mount up in Sacrificed, Dougie and Robbo's overactive imaginations and comic timing make The Download Horror a unique cinematic experience.

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The Download Horror COMING SOON

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The Download Horror is our comedy/horror feature due for release in November 2012.

When it comes to movies Dougie and Robbo know what they like. And there is nothing they like more than a night in watching one of Big Al’s latest downloads - especially if it’s a horror film featuring five babes alone in a big house.

Big Al is the neighbourhood bootlegger and they depend on him for a constant diet of blood, gore and nudity and whatever else he thinks will satisfy their craving. They always expect surprises. Will his latest offering, the horror film Sacrificed, live up to their expectations?

For updated information you can follow progress on the film's Facebook page - THE DOWNLOAD HORROR.