26th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Night of the Living Deb’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Ray Wise, Chris Marquette, Julie Brister, Syd Wilder, Brian Sacca, Grant Garry, Ned Donovan | Written by Kyle Rankin, Andy Selsor | Directed by Kyle Rankin There are some films that, upon viewing, you just can’t help but fall in love with (and Night of the Living Deb is not the […]

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26th Aug2015

‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Blu-ray Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green It was probably inevitable that a critical and commercial success like Monsters would spawn a sequel. The general concern upon announcement was that […]

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25th Aug2015

‘Madman’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Jan Claire, Alexander Murphy Jr., Tom Candela, Frederick Neumann, Michael Sullivan, Paul Ehlers, Tom Veilleux, Stephen Clark, Vicki Kenneally, Shelley Mathes, Lori Mathes | Written and Directed by Joe Giannone Urban Legends and camp-fires are the perfect way to start a horror film. Point to an […]

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25th Aug2015

‘Nightmare City’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal, Sonia Viviani, Eduardo Fajardo, Stefania D’Amario, Mel Ferrer, Sara Franchetti, Manuel Zarzo | Written by Antonio Cesare Corti, Luis María Delgado | Directed by Umberto Lenzi Zombies don’t run! …or something like that right? I never actually stick to that; I’m not one of the people who […]

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25th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Sun Choke’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sarah Hagan, Barbara Crampton, Sara Malakul Lane, Evan Jones, Jim Boeven | Written and Directed by Ben Cresciman One of four films at this years Frightfest to feature 80s horror icon Barbara Crampton (the others being We Are Still Here, Road Games and Tales of Halloween), Sun Choke stars the wonderful Sarah Hagan, who […]

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24th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Hangman’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins, Eric Michael Cole | Written by Adam Mason, Simon Boyes | Directed by Adam Mason I can’t imagine what it must feel like to return home after a family holiday, only to find your house as well as your belongings trashed by an intruder. That’s exactly what happens to Aaron […]

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21st Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Stung’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Matt O’Leary, Jessica Cook, Lance Henriksen, Clifton Collins Jr., Cecilia Pillado | Written by Adam Aresty | Directed by Benni Diez I love creature features. I love “killer bug” movies – like Infestation – even more (which would also explain my love for the Earth Defence Force video games). So it was pretty much guaranteed […]

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21st Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Zombie Fight Club’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Andy On, Jessica Cambensy, Michael Wong, Terence Yin, Abby Fung, Jack Kao, Han Chang, Heng-yin Chou, Sharon Hsu, Philip Ng, Chi Zhang, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Candy Ka-Man Yuen | Written and Directed by Joe Chien A sequel to Joe Chien’s zombie horror-cum-torture porn flick, Zombie 108, Zombie Fight Club sees Andy (Andy On) and […]

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20th Aug2015

‘My Darling Clementine’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Roy Roberts, Jane Darwell, Grant Withers | Written by Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller | Directed by John Ford It is agreed by many that John Ford directed some of the best Westerns of all time, […]

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19th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Lesson’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Rory Coltart, Joshua Wedge | Written and Directed by Ruth Platt Very much a reflection of modern society, especially given the film was inspired by a real life event when a teacher, after 20 years of teaching – with no prior episodes of anger or violence – suddenly […]

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18th Aug2015

‘La Grande Bouffe’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andréa Ferréol, Solange Blondeau, Florence Giorgetti, Michèle Alexandre, Monique Chaumette, Henri Piccoli | Written by Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona | Directed by Marco Ferreri La Grande Bouffe is a film about food, about decadence and about over indulgence. Not knowing much about the film before watching it, […]

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18th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Final Girl’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Alexander Ludwig, Logan Huffman, Cameron Bright | Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, Johnny Silver | Directed by Tyler Shields Each and every year a Frightfest there always seems to be an overriding theme that ties a lot of the films screeening there – be they in the […]

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17th Aug2015

‘Videodrome’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau | Written and Directed by David Cronenberg Out of all the David Cronenberg films I’ve seen, Videodrome always sticks with me as my favourite and some of his best work, if not […]

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17th Aug2015

‘The Town that Dreaded Sundown’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon What do you get if you remake a movie, but in truth make it more of a sequel to […]

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17th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘These Final Hours’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice, Jessica de Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Daniel Henshall, Sarah Snook, Lynette Curran | Written and Directed by Zak Hilditch Another “the end of the world is nigh” film – these things seem to crop up every few years or so – These Final Hours is literally that: a look at the […]

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16th Aug2015

‘The Duff’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as […]

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14th Aug2015

‘i-Lived’ Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Jeremiah Watkins, Brian Breiter, Jan Broberg, Shannon Collis, Josh Cowdery, Nic D’Avirro, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Christopher Mena, Koral Michaels, Maja Miletich, Elaine Partnow, Thomas Payton, Sarah Power | Written and Directed by Franck Khalfoun A YouTube reviewer investigates a self-help app called I-Lived which purports to make the users’ dreams come true by issuing a […]

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14th Aug2015

‘Siren’ VOD Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Vinessa Shaw, Robert Kazinsky, Bess Wohl, Ross Partridge, Christian Winsor, Stephen O’Neil Martin, Ben Hanson | Written and Directed by Jesse Peyronel Not another film about killer mermaids (Hi Killer Mermaids), the bewitching Siren is a modern tale of an inadvertent Poison Ivy, hiding out in her woodland cottage. Leigh (Vinessa Shaw) just can’t help herself; giving […]

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11th Aug2015

‘Crypt of / House of… the Living Dead’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1973, dir: Julio Salvador & Ray Danton) “THE UNDEAD DIES…AGAIN, AGAIN AND AGAIN!” One night whilst snooping round a luxurios island villa, archaeologist Professor Bolton (Mariano García Rey, Shaft in Africa) is attacked by crazed writer Peter (Mark Damon, Black Sabbath). Bolton is left for dead under a tomb. When […]

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11th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘We Are Still Here’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham | Written and Directed by Ted Geoghegan As a kid growing up in the 80s there were only a handful of women who, at least for this young horror fan, could sell a film on their name alone. For T&A terror it was the […]

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11th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Sand’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Mitchel Musso, Dean Geyer, Nikki Leigh, Brooke Butler, Meagan Holder, Jamie Kennedy, Hector David Jr., Cynthia Murell, Cleo Berry, Etalvia Cashin, Adam Powell | Written by Alex Greenfield, Ben Powell | Directed by Isaac Gabaeff After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over students wake up under blazing sun to find their […]

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10th Aug2015

‘The Flying Acquaintances’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

(1973, dir: Robert Steiner) “How do the flying acquaintances find fun? We’ll show you how!”

 After being treated to the wonderful sights of 42nd Street, we meet Max (Jamie Gillis, Waterpower), a suave bank teller and his nubile friend Sylvie (Susan Curtis, Airplane) have a little of simulated fun, until some pesky aviation related stock […]

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