22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘R100′ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nao Ômori, Lindsay Hayward, Mao Daichi, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eriko Satô, Shinobu Terajima, Ai Tominaga | Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu, Tomoji Hasegawa, Kôji Ema, Mitsuru Kuramoto | Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto Hitoshi Matsumoto is a director who, though I can’t say I know a great deal about, only […]

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22nd Aug2014

FrightFest 2014: ‘Julia’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel de la Fuente, Cary Woodworth, Darren Lipari, Ryan Cooper, Brad Koed, Sean Kleier, Bridget Megan Clark | Written and Directed by Matthew A. Brown One of the key criticisms bandied about regarding FrightFest in recent years has been the abundance of films which have focused on […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Zombeavers’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Bill Burr, Cortney Palm, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Rachel Melvin | Written by Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan | Directed by Jordan Rubin Seriously. Do I have to lay out the plot of a film called Zombeavers? It features zombie beavers. What else do you need to know? […]

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21st Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Guest’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Ethan Embry, Joel David Moore, Candice Patton, Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer, Jesse Luken | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard You’re Next was my favourite films of last year, so I was very excited to see director Adam Wingard’s latest, The Guest. We’re introduced to the Petersons, a […]

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21st Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘X Moor’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonner, Simone Kirby, Olivia Popica, Sophie Harkness, Fergal McElherron, Jemma Obrien, James Lecky | Written and Directed by Luke Hymans Written and directed by Luke Hymans (Dubplate Drama), this horror film, shot in Belfast, tells the story of American documentary film-makers Georgia (Melia Kreiling – Cold) and Matt (Nick Blood – Spike […]

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20th Aug2014

‘Branded to Kill’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa, Anne Mari, Mariko Ogawa, Hiroshi Minami | Written by Hachiro Guryu, Takeo Kimura | Directed by Seijun Suzuki Writing movie reviews opens up a world that is full of films that I probably would never have had the chance to see.  Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin) is one of […]

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20th Aug2014

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller It was an invite to a screening like any other, or so […]

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18th Aug2014

‘Bound’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard C. Sarafian, Mary Mara, Susie Bright | Written and Directed by The Wachowski Brothers Watching Bound you can’t help but be impressed with its style and understand why people cite its importance to the Matrix movies which were the Wachowski next movies to work on.  Then you […]

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17th Aug2014

‘INK’ Review (Short Film)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sam Hayman, Austin Hayden, Gordon Holliday, Christopher Muir, Billy Hay, John Harley, Chris Goldie | Written and Directed by Andy Stewart It’s only been two years since writer-turned-director Andy Stewart unleashed his first short film Dysmorphia on an unsuspecting public. The first in his proposed “Reflections” trilogy, that film was an impressive body-horror short that […]

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16th Aug2014

In Memory of Robin Williams: ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham | Written by Mitch Markowitz | Directed by Barry Levinson The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer […]

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13th Aug2014

‘Invasion of the Scream Queens’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Featuring: Brinke Stevens, Mary Woronov, Melissa Moore, Michelle Bauer, Elizabeth Kaitan | Written and Directed by Donald Farmer Originally shot in the early 1990s, during the heyday of direct to video and cable TV B-movie horror, Invasion of the Scream Queens is an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen, with […]

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13th Aug2014

‘Raven’s Cabin’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Andrea Burdett, Luke Ledger, Pia Prendiville, Mauricio Merino Jr., John McPherson, Neal Huxley, Jag Pannu, David Ryan Kinsman, Elizabeth Frodsham, Scott O’Keeffe | Written by Katrina Rodriguez | Directed by Loren Johnson What do we do with trouble teens? In movies we have seen a few answers, like Battle Royale where we stick them […]

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12th Aug2014

‘Erotic Adventures of Candy’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Carol Connors, Eddy Cannon, Don Fernando, Georgina Spelvin, Pat Rhea, John Holmes, John Leslie | Written and Directed by Gail Palmer Carol Connors (Deep Throat, Sweet Savage) plays as Candy, a 20 year old student who although a knockout, is a 100% virgin. She has a dream and wants to ‘help’ her fellow men. […]

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11th Aug2014

‘Cathouse Fever’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Becky Savage, Herschel Savage, John Colt, Rhonda Jo Petty, Gaylene Marie, Debbie Truelove, Tommy Drake, Jerry Davis, Rick Cassidy | Directed by Chris Warfield After some rather wonderful library music over the opening sequences, we are introduced to Becky, a young and attractive coed played by Becky Savage (Sweets Cheeks, Foreplay) living in LA. We find out that […]

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11th Aug2014

‘Lizzie Borden Took an Axe’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Gregg Henry, Stephen McHattie, Shawn Doyle, Sara Botsford, Hannah Anderson, Andrea Runge, Billy Campbell | Written by Stephen Kay | Directed by Nick Gomez Massachusetts director Nick Gomez (Drowning Mona) is more used to working on television shows than feature films and it shows in Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, a […]

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10th Aug2014

‘Mercenaries’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Zoe Bell, Vivica A. Fox, Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Cynthia Rothrock, Nicole Bilderback, Gerald Webb, Tim Abell, Tiffany Panhilason | Written by Edward DeRuiter | Directed by Christopher Olen Ray You remember the 80s and the action films of The Cannon Group? Remember how Stallone tried to bring that era back with The Expendables? Remember […]

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09th Aug2014

‘You Are Not Alone’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nathan Nolan, Evie Brodie, Simon Dutton, Louise Houghton, Seth Sinclair | Written and Directed by Mark Ezra Here we go again. Another found footage movie. This time the premise steals heavily from the grand-daddy of found footage movies, Cannibal Holocaust, in so much that the film purportedly consists of ‘found’ material from the screen […]

08th Aug2014

‘Soulmate’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby | Written and Directed by Axelle Carolyn [Note: This review is of the full UNCUT version of Soulmate shown at last years Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter, which is not the version being released on DVD. The BBFC requested cuts to the opening suicide scene due […]

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08th Aug2014

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael K. Williams, Edwin Hodge, Keith Stanfield, Roberta Valderrama, Niko Nicotera | Written and Directed by James DeMonaco Written and directed by James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first film, The Purge: Anarchy takes the […]

07th Aug2014

‘Halley’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Alberto Trujillo, Hugo Albores, Luly Trueba | Written by Sebastian Hofmann, Julio Chavezmontes | Directed by Sebastian Hofmann When watching movies you can take them on face value and just enjoy the explosions and entertainment value or you can look at the underlying meaning and see much more.  This takes more brain work but it […]

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06th Aug2014

‘The Expendables 3′ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Randy Couture, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz | Written by Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt | Directed by Patrick Hughes The Expendables 3  is not your father’s action movie. Well, actually it […]

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05th Aug2014

‘Patrick: Evil Awakens’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Martin Crewes, Peta Sergeant | Written by Justin King | Directed by Mark Hartley Former music video director Mark Hartley came to prominence, at least to me, in 2008 when his wonderful documentary Not Quite Hollywood, which detailed the “Ozploitation” genre, exploded on film blogs and movie sites across […]

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