14th Sep2021

‘Broken Diamonds’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ben Platt, Lola Kirke, Yvette Nicole Brown, Lynda Boyd | Written by Steve Waverly | Directed by Peter Sattler I know Ben Platt predominantly from his major role in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen and his comedy role in Pitch Perfect, but he’s a good actor with a bright future at his feet, […]

10th Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Bad Candy’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Corey Taylor, Zach Galligan, Derek Russo, Ryan Kiser, Alexandra Lucchesi | Written and Directed by Scott B. Hansen, Desiree Connell Written by Desiree Connell and Scott B. Hansen, who are also in the directors chairs, Bad Candy is a Halloween anthology that tells the tale of the local myths of the small town of […]

03rd Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘No Man of God’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Robert Patrick, Aleksa Palladino, Christian Clemenson | Written by Kit Lesser | Directed by Amber Sealey Written by Kit Lesser and directed by Amber Sealey (No Light and No Land Anywhere), No Man of God takes the horrifying true crime case of Ted Bundy and contorts the lens in order to […]

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02nd Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘When the Screaming Starts’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Jared Rogers, Ed Hartland, Kaitlyn Reynell, Octavia Gilmore, Yasen Atour | Written by Conor Boru, Ed Hartland | Directed by Conor Boru Written by Ed Hartland (who also stars) and Conor Boru, who also directs his first feature film here, When The Screaming Starts is a comedy-horror in which Norman Graysmith (Jared Rogers), perhaps […]

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01st Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘The Retaliators’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Katie Kelly, Joseph Gatt, Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca | Written by Darren Geare, Jeff Allen Geare | Directed by Samuel Gonzalez Jr., Bridget Smith From its opening landscape shot of a forest complete with moody voice on top, The Retaliators looks very good indeed. There is definitely an energy reminiscent of a heavy metal […]

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13th Aug2021

‘Scare Me’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Josh Ruben, Aya Cash, Chris Redd Rebecca Drysdale | Written and Directed by Josh Ruben Well-versed veteran of the comedy scene, Josh Ruben makes his directorial feature film debut here, with Scare Me, a film that aims to blend comedy and horror in a new way. Something fresh in a sub-genre that is well-trodden […]

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21st Jul2021

‘D-Railed’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Frank Lammers, Tonya Kay, Jack Betts, Everette Wallin, Shae Smolik, Daniel O’Reilly, Gregg Christie, Leticia LaBelle, Giovannie Espiritu, Val McAdoo, Carter Scott, Marvin Ryan, Brie Mattson, Anthony Jensen | Written by Everette Wallin, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Dale Fabrigar | Directed by Dale Fabrigar Written by Everette Wallin, Suzanne DeLaurentiis and Dale Fabrigar and […]

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23rd Jun2021

‘Unearth’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, P.J. Marshall, Allison McAtee, Rachel McKeon, Brooke Sorenson, Monica Wyche | Written by Kelsey Goldberg, John C. Lyons | Directed by John C. Lyons, Dorata Swies When I read the terms “fracking” and “horror” linked together for a movie, I was curious but also unsure of what the hell it […]

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28th May2021

‘Dinner in America’ VOD Review (Arrow Video)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Emily Skeggs, Kyle Gallner, Lea Thompson, Brian Andrus, Shelby Alayne Antel, Sophie Bolen, Gary Brunner, Nick Chinlund, Kristin Condon, Lena Drake | Written and Directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier Written and directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier (The Bunny Game), Dinner in America is the tale of Patty (Emily Skeggs) and Simon (Kyle Gallner), the […]

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18th May2021

‘Stalker’ VOD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Christine Ko, Michael Lee Joplin, Vincent Van Horn, Dusty Sorg, Carla Valentine, Scott Subiono, Landry Allbright, Paula Jai Parker, Chase Joliet, Stephanie Barkley, Steve Sobel, Alex Dobrenko | Written by Tyler Savage, Dash Hawkins | Directed by Tyler Savage Stalker is directed by Tyler Savage (Inheritance) and written by both Savage and Dash Hawkins. […]

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14th May2021

‘No Such Thing As Monsters’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Angel Giuffria, Matthew Clarke,Jacob Fyfe, Georgia Crisfield Smith, Michaela Pascoe, Rebecca Fortuna | Written by Stuart Stanton, Karen Elgar | Directed by Stuart Stanton Directed by Stuart Stanton (Flesh) and written by Stanton and Karen Elgar, No Such Thing As Monsters is an Australian horror film about a young couple who are on a […]

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03rd May2021

‘Fried Barry’ Review (Shudder)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Chanelle De Jager, Gary Green, Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael, Jonathan Pienaar | Written and Directed by Ryan Kruger I know of Ryan Kruger from some of his short film work things, such as 2014’s The Golden Rule and, of course, his 2017 short thing, Fried Barry. I was pleased as punch, you could […]

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23rd Apr2021

‘The Mortuary Collection’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson | Written and Directed by Ryan Spindell Writer and director Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale) delivers to us a new entry into the world of anthology-based horror with The Mortuary Collection. The film […]

22nd Mar2021

‘Feedback’ VOD Review (Amazon Prime)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake, Oliver Coopersmith, Alexis Rodney, Anthony Head, Alana Boden, Nacho Aldeguer | Written by Pedro C. Alonso, Alberto Marini | Directed by Pedro C. Alonso The feature film debut from writer and director Pedro C. Alonso, Feedback stars the excellent Eddie Marsan as Jarvis Dolan, a radio […]

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24th Feb2021

‘Butchers’ VOD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville, Anne-Carolyne Binette, James Hicks, Nick Allan, Blake Canning, Samantha De Benedet, Jonathan Largy, Frederik Storm | Written by Adrian Langley, Daniel Weissenberger | Directed by Adrian Langley I remember seeing Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the middle of the 90s, almost two decades after it was […]

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09th Feb2021

‘PVT Chat’ VOD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nikki Belfiglio, Atticus Cain, Buddy Duress, Julia Fox, Kevin Moccia, Keith Poulson, Peter Vack, David White | Written and Directed by Ben Hozie Ben Hozie (Annunciation, The Lion’s Den) writes and directs PVT Chat, a psycho-erotic drama about a New York City based online gambler named Jack (Peter Vack) who begins an obsession with […]

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28th Jan2021

‘I Am Toxic’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Esteban Prol, Horacio Fontova, Sergio Podelei, Gastón Cocchiarale, Fini Bocchino, Verónica Intile | Written by Daniel de la Vega, Pablo Parés, Paulo Soria | Directed by Daniel de la Vega, Pablo Parés Directed by Daniel de la Vega (Dead End) and Pablo Parés (Plaga Zombie), Spanish language horror I Am Toxic was also penned […]

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14th Jan2021

‘Happy Face’ VOD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: E.R. Ruiz, Cindy Nicholsen, David Roche, Dawn Shaw, Robin L’Houmeau, Debbie Lynch-White, Dean Perseo, Noémie Kocher | Written by Joelle Bourjolly, Alexandre Franchi | Directed by Alexandre Franchi Happy Face is a very different kind of film. Beginning as a personal concept and going on to an Indiegogo campaign, using crowdfunding as a way […]

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14th Dec2020

‘Batman: Death in the Family’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Features the voices of: Bruce Greenwood, Vincent Martella, John DiMaggio, Zehra Fazal, Kimberly Brooks, Nick Carson, Gary Cole, Nolan North | Written and Directed by Brandon Vietti Batman: Death in the Family really is something different, in more ways than one. I was pleased to see Warner Bros Animation doing something new and fresh with […]

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26th Nov2020

‘The Irishman’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham | Written by Steven Zaillian | Directed by Martin Scorsese It’s a strange thing, really, that until I had a chance to check out the new Criterion Blu-ray release of The Irishman, I hadn’t seen it. It […]

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09th Nov2020

‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Created by Andi Watson | Published by Crown Books | Format: Hardback, 288pp Andi Watson, who wrote the wonderfully whimsical Glister a few years ago, brings us Kerry and the Knight of the Forest, a middle-grade graphic novel that follows Kerry who is led astray into a forest full of weird and wonderfully fantastical creatures. […]

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06th Nov2020

‘Dawn of the Dead: Limited Edition’ Blu-ray Review (Second Sight)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Howard Smith, Daniel Dietrich | Written and Directed by George A. Romero I remember seeing the 1978 classic, Dawn of the Dead, in the mid-90s. It was one of the first horror movies I ever really fell in love with, and […]

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