12th May2017

‘Lake Tomahawk’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brando Eaton, Eileen Dietz, Peter O’Brien, Caroline Tudor, Brad Schmidt, Laura Niemi, Michael Shamus Wiles | Written by Stevie Jane Miller | Directed by Ben Milliken Originally titled Lake Alice, this unassuming horror film is actually the latest in a long line of seasonal slashers set at that most festive of times… Christmas. Lake […]

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11th May2017

‘Passengers’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Vince Foster, Kara Flowers | Written by Jon Spaihts | Directed by Morten Tyldum Sometimes with big Hollywood releases, big named actors are seen as the sign a movie will be good. Sometimes that is not the case though, and films like Passengers aren’t […]

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10th May2017

‘Brain Damage’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes, Gordon MacDonald, Lucille Saint-Peter, Vicki Darnell, Joseph Gonzalez, Bradlee Rhodes | Written and Directed by Frank Henenlotter If you are a fan of Frank Henenlotter movies then you know how surreal they are. From Basket Case and Frankenhooker to Bad Biology, Henenlotter has a unique vision of horror. […]

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10th May2017

‘XX’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Melanie Lynskey, Seth Duhame, Sanai Victoria, Casey Adams, Breeda Wool, Angela Trimbur, Christina Kirk, Kyle Allen, Mike Doyle | Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Jovanka Vuckovic Genres like horror survive by having many voices to tell their tales. There needs to be imagination, and there […]

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05th May2017

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ Review (Spoiler-Free)

by Jason Brigger

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Debicki, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn | Written by James Gunn, Dan Abnett | Directed by James Gunn The rag-tag crew of the Milano is back as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 blasts its way into theaters this weekend and fans of […]

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05th May2017

‘From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Written, Produced and Directed by Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield A couple of years ago we reviewed From Bedrooms to Billions, a documentary about the British video game industries early days; telling the story of the developments in computer technology in the UK during the late 70′s early 80′s, which helped inspire a generation of small […]

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05th May2017

‘Headshot’ Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman, Julie Estelle, Ario Bayu, Yayu A.W. Unru, Zack Lee | Written by Timo Tjahjanto | Directed by Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto Following the standard set by a certain punchy tower-block inhabiting modern classic, any Indonesian action movie is going to have their work cut out […]

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05th May2017

‘Lavalantula’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, Patrick Renna, Carlos Bernard, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Ralph Garman, Danny Woodburn, Noah Hunt, Diana Hopper | Written by Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O’Neil | Directed by Mike Mendez Back in 2012 I reviewed a Syfy channel monster movie called Arachnoquake, which saw an earthquake in New […]

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04th May2017

‘Sleepless’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, David Harbour, Dermot Mulroney | Written by Andrea Berloff | Directed by Baran bo Odar The English-language debut of Swiss director Baran bo Odar delivers nothing of what we want, namely: half-decent action, interesting characters, witty writing, or surprising plot deviations. Jamie Foxx plays Vegas cop Vincent Downs, whom […]

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03rd May2017

‘Creep’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Written by Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Directed by Patrick Brice   Creep‘s official synopsis breakdown involves the words ‘Craigslist; stranger; strange; improvised; mumblecore‘ which, whilst perhaps not the strongest selection, was more than enough to pique my interest. It was however the association with actor/writer/producer Mark Duplass and in particular, his […]

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03rd May2017

‘Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome Edition’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne | Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris | Directed by George Miller A colourless rendition of George Miller’s action symphony was rumoured back in 2015, but it wasn’t until the end of last year that it would become a reality. Now released in cinemas […]

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01st May2017

‘Tampopo’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka | Written and Directed by Juzo Itami The life and death of actor and director Juzo Itami is an incredible story in itself (he was allegedly killed by the Yakuza following his gangster movie Minbo), but he was no slouch in putting bizarre stories on the […]

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28th Apr2017

‘Jurassic Prey’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Danielle Donahue, Jeff Kirkendall, Bob Dennis, James Carolus, Steve Diasparra, Ken Van Sant, Todd Carpenter, Austin Dragovich, Laurie Smith, Frank Humes, Houston Baker | Written by John Oak Dalton | Directed by Mark Polonia I’m not going to lie, the oeuvre of the Polonia Brothers is somewhat of an acquired taste. Always low budget, […]

28th Apr2017

‘Lady Bloodfight’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Amy Johnston, Muriel Hofmann, Jenny Wu, Kathy Wu, Jet Tranter, Mayling Ng, Sunny Coelst, Rosemary Vandebrouck, Lisa Cheng, Chalinene Bassinah, Lauren Rhoden, Lisa Henderson, Isa Sofa Chan Kwan Nga, Nathalie Ng, Kirt Kishita, Happy Ma | Written by Bey Logan | Directed by Chris Nahon Question: Are you a fan of Bloodsport, Kickboxer, King […]

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28th Apr2017

‘The Patriot’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Curtis Caldwell, Tom Getty, Daniel Kuttner, Philip Lewis, Eamon McGee, Kirsten Meenan, Joel Neff, David Roush | Written and Directed by Tom Getty Despite seemingly being under the radar of everyone, it would seem Tom Getty is something of a one-man movie-making machine; having produced, written, directed AND starred in five films since 2003. […]

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28th Apr2017

‘The Survivor’ Blu-ray Review (Severin)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten, Angela Punch McGregor, Peter Sumner, Lorna Lesley, Ralph Cotterill, Adrian Wright, Tyler Coppin | Written by David Ambrose | Directed by David Hemmings When I was younger I was a big James Herbert fan, so watching The Survivor was something I just had to do. Confusing and slow, […]

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27th Apr2017

‘Crimson’ DVD Review (Black House)

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, Evelyne Scott, Claude Boisson, Gilda Arancio | Written by Juan Fortuny, Marius Lesoeur, H.L. Rostaine | Directed by Juan Fortuny Crimson, also known as The Man With The Severed Head (which was the title this film previously debuted under on Arrow’s Arrowdrome label), opens up with a nice […]

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26th Apr2017

‘Elsa Fraulein SS’ DVD Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Malisa Longo, Oliver Mathot, Patrizia Gori, Pamela Stanford, Claudine Beccarie, Erik Muller, Rudy Lenoir, Jean Le Boulbar, René Gaillard, Thierry Dufour| Written by Victor Hardia, Marius Lesoeur, Patrice Rhomm | Directed by Patrice Rhomm As much as I adore exploitation cinema, I have to say that Nazisploitation is one of the least enjoyable branches […]

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26th Apr2017

‘Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Shinichi Fukazawa, Masaaki Kai, Asako Nosaka | Written and Directed by Shinichi Fukazawa When a film has a name like Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell, it comes with certain expectations. Described as the Japanese Evil Dead, that is a lofty claim. So, can the crazy titled film live up to the name of […]

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24th Apr2017

‘The Life of Oharu’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiaki Onoe, Benkei Shiganoya, Tsukie Matsuura | Written by Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi The overarching Buddhist message of Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1952 epic should provide a clue as to the sheer depth of misery our eponymous heroine must endure in her lifetime. Death, and another chance in the […]

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24th Apr2017

‘Panic Button’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Ellen Rhys, Joshua Richards | Written by Frazer Lee, John Shackleton, Chris Crow, David Shillitoe | Directed by Chris Crow Think The Social Network meets Terror at 50,000 Feet as four strangers win an all-expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking site All2gethr.com […]

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21st Apr2017

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Gilbert’ Review

by Catherina Gioino

Features: Gilbert Gottfried, Whoopi Goldberg, Artie Lange, Arsenio Hall, Bill Burr, Richard Kind, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Penn Jillette | Written by Neil Berkeley, James Leche | Directed by Neil Berkeley If you don’t know his face, you’ll definitely know his voice. But what about his personality? Gilbert Gottfried has seen the typical comedian’s rise to fame, […]

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