18th Nov2015

‘The Executioner Part II’ Blu-ray Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Christopher Mitchum, Aldo Ray, Antoine John Mottet, Renee Harmon, Dan Bradley, Jim Dratfield, Sandra Sterling | Written by Renee Harmon | Directed by James Bryan For years I, and many others, believed that James Bryan’s The Executioner Part II was one of those “hilarious” movies – like Leonard Part 6 and Surf II – […]

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17th Nov2015

‘Requiescant’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Lou Castel, Mark Damon, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Barbara Frey, Rossana Martini, Mirella Maravidi, Franco Citti, Luisa Baratto, Ninetto Davoli, Nino Musco, Carlo Palmucci, Vittorio Duse | Written by Lucio Battistrada, Andrew Baxter | Directed by Carlo Lizzani Lou Castel takes the lead role in Requiescant, a young man raised to be a pacifist by […]

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16th Nov2015

‘Blastfighter’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Massimo Vanni, Elizabeth Forbes, Carl Savage, Michele Soavi, George Williams | Written by Luca De Rita, Massimo De Rita, Morando Morandini Jr., Dardano Sacchetti | Directed by Lamberto Bava Number four in 88 Films Italian Collection, Blastfighter is one of those movies that, at […]

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14th Nov2015

‘Zombi Holocaust’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O’Neal, Donald O’Brien, Dakar, Walter Patriarca, Roberto Resta | Written by Fabrizio De Angelis, Romano Scandariato | Directed by Marino Girolami (aka Frank Martin) One of the bizarrest horror films to come out of Italy in the early 80s, Zombi Holocaust is – as the title […]

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14th Nov2015

‘Murderous Intent / Fright House’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Phil Wheat

One of the perks of backing Vinegar Syndrome’s move into video on demand (the now-launched Exploitation.TV) was a double bill limited edition DVD of Len Anthony’s Murderous Intent and Fright House, offered only to those who, like me, backed the Indiegogo campaign. Now I’d never heard of either movie. But given the fact that – […]

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13th Nov2015

‘The Goonies: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

There are few movies that tap into what it is to be a child, but The Goonies captures it perfectly. It may be adventurous and far-fetched, but that is the adventures we had when we were young. The Goonies: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition blu-ray celebrates the undying love that people have for the movie that […]

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12th Nov2015

‘Maneater’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: James Remar, Sherilyn Fenn, Ron Carlson, Graham Greene, Gregory Cruz, Ray Wise, Q’orianka Kilcher, Allegra Carpenter, Ivana Korab, Stephanie Hodes | Written by Arch Stanton | Directed by Hank Braxton A photographer and his group set out in the dead of winter for the Alaskan wilderness to take advantage of the limited, but beautiful […]

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11th Nov2015

‘The Messenger’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Tamzin Merchant, David O’Hara, Lily Cole, Deirdre O’Kane, Andrew Tiernan, Alex Wyndham, Jack Fox, Brian Woodward | Written by Andrew Kirk | Directed by David Blair The Messenger is the story of Jack’s last melt down: a story of frustration and guilt, love and betrayal, family and blame. When he becomes […]

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10th Nov2015

‘The Stranger’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Nicolás Durán, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Ariel Levy, Luis Ginecco, Lorenza Izzo, Alessandra Guerzoni | Written and Directed by Guillermo Amoedo “Blood will tear us apart.” Eli Roth means many things to many people. Some see him as one of the saviours of modern horror. Some see him as a detriment to the genre. For me personally, I think […]

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08th Nov2015

‘Bound to Vengeance’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Richard Tyson, Tina Ivlev, Kristoffer Kjornes, Bianca Malinowski, Dustin Quick, Stephanie Charles, Nihan Gur, Vivan Dugré, Ric Sarabia | Written by Rock Shaink Jr., Keith Kjornes | Directed by José Manuel Cravioto If you read any of my reviews from this years London FrightFest you’ll know that there was a distinct trend of strong […]

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08th Nov2015

‘Blood Punch’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland, Adelaide Kane, Cohen Holloway, Fleur Saville, Mike Ginn, Amanda Reed | Written by Eddie Guzelian | Directed by Madellaine Paxson No doubt released in time to cash in on the hype surrounding actor Milo Cawthorne’s  other recent horror flick, Deathgasm, Blood Punch is a Groundhog Day style horror […]

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08th Nov2015

‘Survivors’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Joanne Gale, David Anderson, Adrian Annis, Simon Burbage, Ali Currey, David Anthony Green, Alan Harman, Rich Keeble | Written by Adam Spinks, Laurence Timms | Directed by Adam Spinks 

“Infection Is Coming…”

 Here in the UK, when it comes to zombie and infection films, we are mostly treated to comedic entries such as Shaun […]

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07th Nov2015

‘The Package’ Review (Short Film)

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Dan Palmer, Tom Gordon | Written and Directed by Damon Rickard To put it simply, The Package is a short film, written and directed by Damon Rickard, about how far a man is prepared to go to get something back that was stolen from him… One of the great things about short films is […]

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07th Nov2015

‘Nightmare Code’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Andrew J. West, Mei Melançon, Googy Gress, Ivan Shaw, Nicholas Guest, Caitlyn Folley, Bret Roberts, Albert Thakur, Tonya Kay, Jamie Parker, Reginald Huc, Paul Yen, Wes Whitehead, Jamie VanDyke, Stephen Bralver | Written and Directed by Mark Netter Nightmare Code is a psychological sci-fi thriller about behaviour recognition technology and 24/7 surveillance. Brett Desmond, […]

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01st Nov2015

‘Tenderness of the Wolves’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Wolfgang Schenck, Brigitte Mira, Rainer Hauer, Barbara Bertram, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Heinrich Giskes, Friedrich Karl Praetorius | Written by Kurt Raab | Directed by Uli Lommel Normally films about serial killers focus on the creation of a monster, often focusing on the hero hunting them down and stopping […]

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29th Oct2015

‘Cop Car’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim, Shea Whigham, Sean Hartley, Kyra Sedgwick, Loi Nguyen, Chuck Kull, Thomas Coates | Written by Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford | Directed by Jon Watts What would you do if you found a Cop Car in the middle of nowhere still with the keys in it? […]

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28th Oct2015

‘Kill Your Friends’ Review

by Stuart Wright

Stars: Nicolas Hoult, Craig Roberts, James Corden, Tom Riley, Joseph Mawle, Georgia King, Ed Skrein, Jim Piddock | Written by John Niven | Directed by Owen Harris Kill Your Friends is adapted from John Niven’s 2009 novel. It’s a late Nineties black comedy about the last hurrahs of post-Britpop record labels before the internet came […]

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27th Oct2015

‘The Vatican Tapes’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Dougray Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Andersson, Michael Paré, Alex Corrado, Kathleen Robertson, Alison Lohman | Written by Chris Morgan, Christopher Borrelli, Michael C. Martin | Directed by Mark Neveldine After a young woman, Angela (Dudley), begins to express increasingly erratic and strange behaviors, her father (Scott) and boyfriend (Amedori), along with […]

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26th Oct2015

‘The Skull’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee, Peter Woodthorpe, Michael Gough, George Coulouris | Written by Milton Subotsky | Directed by Freddie Francis For fans of Hammer Horror films, Amicus was another studio that felt comfortably close to its style, yet just different enough to bring more diversity to your […]

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26th Oct2015

Mayhem 2015: ‘German Angst’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Lola Gove, Axel Holst, Anika Strauss, Matthan Harris, Denis Lyons, Milton Welsh, Désirée Giorgetti, Kristina Kostiv, Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt | Directed by Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall Regular readers may know that whenever a new underground horror film gets announced; I can get instantly overtaken by doubt. I have had too many underwhelming and tedious experiences. Every now and […]

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26th Oct2015

‘Thieves’ Highway’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne | Written by A.I. Bezzerides | Directed by Jules Dassin Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway was released at a time when Noir was going strong, and fits the mould of what is expected of the genre. In truth […]

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25th Oct2015

‘Queen Crab’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Simone Miller, Kathryn Metz, Rich Lounello, A.J. DeLucia, Steve Diasparra, Danielle Donahue, Ken Van Sant | Written and Directed by Brett Piper The latest film from cult auteur Brett Piper (They Bite, The Screaming Dead, Raiders of the Living Dead) Queen Crab is – from start to finish – a loving, action-packed tribute […]

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