24th Apr2014

‘Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse, John Stratton, Michael Ward, Elsie Wagstaff, Patrick Troughton, Philip Voss, Bernard Lee | Written by Anthony Hinds | Directed by Terence Fisher I often pride myself on the fact that I grew up on Hammer films and many of my favourite moments have come from actors […]

24th Apr2014

‘Generation Iron’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Features: Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno, Busta Rhymes, Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf, Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, Roelly Winklaar, Bob Cicherillo, Branch Warren, Ben Pakulski | Written and Directed by Vlad Tudin Generation Iron, a semi-sequel to the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary Pumping Iron (the film is exec produced by Jerome […]

23rd Apr2014

‘He Who Dares’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Simon Phillips, Tom Knight, Zara Phythian, Christina Bellavia, Lorraine Stanley | Written by Paul Tanter, James Crow, Simon Phillips | Directed by Paul Tanter If I was to ask you to think of action movies set in tower blocks you could probably come up with movies like Die Hard, Dredd and The Raid as […]

23rd Apr2014

‘The Unknown Known’ Review

by Dan Clark

“There are known knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns—that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” Those are the confounding words are spoken by Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld – the subject of Errol […]

22nd Apr2014

‘The Selfish Giant’ – Chris’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Ralph Ineson, Ian Burfield, Lorraine Ashbourne, Elliott Tittensor, Siobhan Finneran | Written and Directed by Clio Barnard This film was first brought to my attention when I saw some guerrilla marketing in and around Bradford, England, the place in which The Selfish Giant was set and filmed. I’m […]

21st Apr2014

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Blu-ray Review (1989)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Stephanie Lawrence, Terence Harvey, Nathan Lewis, Peter Clapham, Molly Shannon, Emma Rawson, Mark Ryan, Terence Beesley | Written by Duke Sandefur | Directed by Dwight H. Little Christine Day (Schoelen) is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show and […]

20th Apr2014

‘Dom Hemingway’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Luca Franzoni, Nick Raggett, Simeon Moore, Glenn Hirst | Written and Directed by Richard Shepard For a long time Jude Law was a character actor stuck in stale leading man roles. Recently he has loosened those restraints with work in recent films like Contagion. In his latest film […]

20th Apr2014

‘Joe’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Anna Niemtschk, Elbert Hill III | Written by Gary Hawkins | Directed by David Gordon Green The pairing of director David Gordon Green and actor Nicholas Cage is an intriguing one. […]

20th Apr2014

‘In the Blood’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Danny Trejo | Written by James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin | Directed by John Stockwell Former MMA star Gina Carano, who rose to fame following her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action-thriller film Haywire – although she had previously appeared in low-budget actioner […]

20th Apr2014

‘The Last Keepers’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Zosia Mamet, Sam Underwood, Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Olympia Dukakis, Nat Wolff, Joshua Bowman, Jee Young Han | Written by Peter Hutchings, Christina Mengert | Directed by Maggie Greenwald Rhea Carver (Mamet) is different. She makes art and clothes from rubbish she picks up from the ground, her family are reclusive artists and this […]

19th Apr2014

‘Dolls’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee | Written by Ed Naha | Directed by Stuart Gordon The second collaboration between Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, Dolls was originally lensed as a “stop-gap” feature between Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator and its follow-up, […]

19th Apr2014

‘Under the Skin’ Review (2nd Opinion)

by Dan Clark

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Lynsey Taylor Mackay | Written by Walter Campbell | Directed by Jonathan Glazer When Jonathan Glazer last directed almost ten years ago he polarized audiences with his controversial film Birth. His latest effort will no doubt have a similar effect. Under the Skin is a Kubrikian-esque Science Fiction […]

17th Apr2014

‘Made In America’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Features: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Gary Clark Jr, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Rita Ora, Santigold | Directed by Ron Howard **REVIEW EMBARGOED TILL MAY 6th** Come back then to read it…

16th Apr2014

‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusodewo | Written and Directed by Gareth Evans In 2012 Gareth Evans burst onto the scene with The Raid: Redemption. He took a simple concept and filled it with some of the most engaging and inventive action seen in years. Now […]

15th Apr2014

‘The Last House’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, RJ Mitte, Diane Dalton, Randy Schulman | Written and Directed by Michael Bartlett A mind bending supernatural thriller, The Last House follows Kelly (Lindsey Haun) as she is house-sits for an estranged couple who are taking a trip to Italy to escape their troubles and start afresh. But all is […]

13th Apr2014

‘Revenge For Jolly’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Amy Seimetz, Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody | Written by Brian Petsos | Directed by Chadd Harbold Who doesn’t love a good revenge movie? From the likes of Charles Bronson in Death Wish to Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave, revenge movies have been a […]

12th Apr2014

‘White Dog’ Blu-ray Review (Eureka MoC)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Jameson Parker, Helen Siff, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle, Paul Bartel | Written by Samuel Fuller, Curtis Hanson | Directed by Samuel Fuller In 1982, the late Massachusetts film-maker, Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One, Shock Corridor) took his place behind the camera to tell a story of racism, hope, neglect and […]

10th Apr2014

‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they […]

09th Apr2014

‘Antisocial’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic, Romaine Waite | Written by Cody Calahan, Chad Archibald | Directed by Cody Calahan [NOTE: With the film finally set for a home entertainment release next week, here's a reposting of my review of Antisocial from its UK debut at last years Frightfest] It’s often been […]

09th Apr2014

‘Easy Money 2′ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Fares Fares, Madeleine Martin | Written by Maria Karlsson | Directed by Babak Najafi Let me start by saying “Nordic Noir” has a lot to answer for… Desperate to ride the popularity of Norwegian dramas such The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, UK distributors are seemingly snatching up any and […]

06th Apr2014

‘Slumber Party Massacre’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Michaels , Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Brinke Stevens, Debra Deliso | Written by Rita Mae Brown | Directed by Amy Holden Jones A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. That’s it. […]

05th Apr2014

‘The Lodge’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Deanna Cramer, Liz Jones, Elizabeth Kell, Mandi Kreisher, Kevin McClatchy, Owen Szabo | Written by Deb Havener | Directed by Brad Helmink, John Rauschelbach [NB: With The Lodge set for a long-awaited Blu-ray release next week, here's a repost of my review from the films DVD release back in January 2013] The Lodge sees […]

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