24th Jun2015

‘Powder Burns’ DVD Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

NOTE: For the review of Powder Burns‘ Peekarama DVD double-bill feature, Little Sisters, check out this episode of Mondo Squallido…. (1971, dir: Alex deRenzy) “Outlaw Men – Wild Women” After a montage of the vastness of the desert (we’re nearly in Herzogian territory here!) we are thrown balls deep in to a small shoot out. […]

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22nd Jun2015

‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sinéad Cusack, Edmund Kingsley, Ciara Flynn, Christopher Fulford | Written by Joe Gangemi | Directed by Brad Anderson If you were told about a film based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story with stars including Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, […]

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22nd Jun2015

‘The Happiness of the Katakuris’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Kiyoshirô Imawano, Tetsurô Tanba, Naoto Takenaka, Tamaki Miyazaki, Takashi Matsuzaki | Written by Ai Kennedy, Kikumi Yamagishi | Directed by Takashi Miike Being a Takashi Miike fan takes you down some strange roads.  Whether it is the extreme Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q, or the fun […]

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21st Jun2015

‘Out of the Dark’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, Stephen Rea, Alejandro Furth, Frank Cuervo, Pixie Davies, Vanesa Tamayo | Written by Alex & David Pastor, Javier Gullón | Directed by Lluís Quílez Two words for you. Killer kids. OK, make it three: killer ghost kids! Out of the Dark is the latest film from brothers Alex and David Pastor, the […]

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21st Jun2015

‘Falcon Rising’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Neal McDonough, Michael Jai White, Laila Ali, Lateef Crowder, Hazuki Kato, Masashi Odate, Jazmín Caratini, Millie Ruperto, Daniel Cardona, Jimmy Navarro, Arzoris Perez | Written by Y.T. Parazi | Directed by Ernie Barbarash I am a huge fan of Michael Jai White. From his roles opposite Don “The Dragon” Wilson in Ring of Fire […]

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21st Jun2015

‘Vice’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg, Johnathon Schaech, Charlotte Kirk, Brett Granstaff, Ryan O’Nan, David Gordon, Colin Egglesfield, Cameron Brexler, Jesse Pruett, Tyler Jon Olson, Don Harvey, Lydia Hull | Written by Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brian A. Miller Take one part The Matrix, one part Surrogates and mix […]

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21st Jun2015

‘Legendary’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren, Yi Huang, Nathan Lee, James Lance, Lydia Leonard, Geng Le, Murray Clive Walker, Viktor Sobtchak, Tom Austen, David Thomas Jenkins, Li Shengye, Yang Caiyu, Paul Philip Clark, Ivan Kotik | Written by Andy Briggs | Directed by Eric Styles Take one 80s action star and one current kick-ass action movie […]

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20th Jun2015

‘Fifty Shades of Grey: Unseen Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie | Written by Kelly Marcel | Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson When “innocent” Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds herself interviewing handsome billionaire business man Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) an obvious attraction is shared and sparks fly.  […]

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20th Jun2015

‘Can’t Come Out to Play’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Peter Fonda, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Peter Fonda, Leslie Lyles | Written by Stephen Lancellotti | Directed by John McNaughton   John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror […]

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19th Jun2015

‘Blackhat’ Blu-ray Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Leehom Wang, Wei Tang, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany | Written by Morgan Davis Foehl | Directed by Michael Mann About an hour into my viewing of Blackhat I was struggling to remain conscious from boredom. About an hour later I was glued to my seat, my eyes and ears on full alert for whatever the film was going to throw […]

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18th Jun2015

‘Milano Calibro 9′ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bouchet, Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli, Ivo Garrani, Philippe Leroy, Lionel Stander, Mario Novelli, Giuseppe Castellano, Salvatore Arico, Fernando Cerulli | Written and Directed by Fernando Di Leo One of the things I love about Arrow Video releases is the ability they give me to extend my exposure to movies that are harder […]

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17th Jun2015

‘The Loft’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Rhona Mitra, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy, Margarita Levieva, Kristin Lehman, Robert Wisdom, Ric Reitz | Written by Bart De Pauw, Wesley Strick | Directed by Erik Van Looy I often question why movies are remade, especially those where it […]

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17th Jun2015

‘Age of Kill’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Tony Denham, Phil Davis, Lucy Pinder, Donna Air, April Pearson, Dani Dyer, Bruce Payne, Patrick Bergin, Nick Moran, Chris Brazier, Anouska Mond | Written by Simon Cluett | Directed by Neil Jones When it comes to low-budget British movies one of the easiest to create seems to be the […]

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16th Jun2015

‘Crossland’ VOD Review

by Reece Jones

Stars: Joanna Bool, Sherine Chalhie, Lucy French, Daniel Garcia, Harvey Smith | Written and Directed by Mumtaz Yildirimlar ‘Terror knows no boundaries.’ A young jogger named Jason is out doing what he loves, running cross- country. Unknown to him, he trespasses into private land and is soon lured into a false-sense of security. What seemed like […]

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15th Jun2015

‘Star Leaf’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Richard Cranor, Julian Gavilanes, Russell Hodgkinson, Svetlana Soutirina, Dylan Thome, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, Kiki Yeung | Written by Richard Cranor, Hugh Berry | Directed by Richard Cranor Star Leaf is a science fiction thriller about three friends who find a forest of extra-terrestrial marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. The adventure begins […]

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15th Jun2015

‘Burying the Ex’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper, Ozioma Akagha, Mark Alan, Erica Bowie, Gabrielle Christian, Archie Hahn, Tomoko Karina, Stephanie Koenig, Wyndoline Landry, Julia Marchese, Dick Miller | Written by Alan Trezza | Directed by Joe Dante Burying the Ex is a romantic comedy with zombies, or rom-zom-com as I believe we’re supposed […]

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12th Jun2015

‘Project Almanac’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jonny Weston, Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Gary Weeks | Written by Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman | Directed by Dean Israelite Despite all the praise heaped on it on release, I was never really a fan of Josh Tranks found-footage superhero movie Chronicle. So when Project Almanac was initially […]

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11th Jun2015

‘The Cut-Throats’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

THE CUT-THROATS (1969, dir: John Hayes) “…A Blood Bath! Filled With Men and Women Obsessed With Death…” We are thrown straight in to Nazi Germany (well, looks more like the American desert than the lush forests of  Germany, but I won’t be THAT guy!) at the close of the war. After we witness one of […]

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11th Jun2015

‘The Cobblestone Corridor’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Erik Bloomquist, Madeleine Dauer, Nicholas Tucci, Adam Weppler, Alec Richards, Alex Sarrigeorgiou, Graham King, Ben Santiago | Written and Directed by Erik Bloomquist Allan Archer, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper club at Alfred Pierce Preparatory School, has taken on the biggest case of his academic career: investigating the suspicious termination of English department chairman, […]

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11th Jun2015

Sci-Fi London 2015: ‘Movement + Location’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Bodine Boling, Catherine Missal, Brendan Griffin, David Andrew Macdonald, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Haile Owusu, Casey Robinson, Johnny Dapolito | Written and Directed by Alexis Boling New Yorker Kim is a bit of an oddball. She barely talks to her roommate (and when she does repeats phrases that she says), has zero social life and […]

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10th Jun2015

‘Heavenly Sword’ VOD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars (the voices of): Anna Torv, Alfred Molina, Thomas Jane, Ashleigh Ball, Barry Dennen, Renae Geerlings, Nolan North | Written by Todd Farmer | Directed by Gun Ho Jang Heavenly Sword is a dramatic tale of revenge that sees Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest for vengeance against the invading King […]

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10th Jun2015

‘Society’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, Charles Lucia, Concetta D’Agnese, Patrice Jennings, Heidi Kozak, Ben Slack, David Wiley, Tim Bartell, Brian Bremer, Maria Claire | Written by Rick Fry, Woody Keith | Directed by Brian Yuzna If you are old enough to remember the good old days of renting out horror movies […]

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