04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘Predestination’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, Elise Jansen, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West, Cate Wolfe, Jim Knobeloch, Freya Stafford, Lucinda Armstrong Hall, Rob Jenkins, Christopher Stollery | Written by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Directed by The Spierig Brothers Back in 2003, the Spierig Brothers directed a low budget farmhouse zombie horror called Undead. It […]

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04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare, Spencer Treat Clark, Wes Chatham, Morganna May, Jaren Mitchell | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon In 1946, the American town of Texarkana was rocked by […]

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04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘Let Us Prey’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson, Brian Vernel, James McCreadie | Written by David Cairns, Fiona Watson | Directed by Brian O’Malley It’s possible that Let Us Prey peaks too early. The title sequence is wonderfully put together. Incredible imagery of a mysterious stranger seemingly appearing […]

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03rd Nov2014

‘Earth to Echo’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford, Algee Smith, Cassius Willis, Sonya Leslie, Kerry O’Malley, Virginia Louise Smith, Peter Mackenzie, Valerie Wildman | Written by Henry Gayden | Directed by Dave Green After many of the phones in their local neighbourhood seem to malfunction, a group of kids try to work out […]

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03rd Nov2014

‘Beckoning the Butcher’ Review

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Damien Lipp, Stephanie Mauro, Tristen Barr, Sophie Wright, Tilly Legge, Lliam Murphy, Janet Watson Kruse, Peter Flaherty | Written and Directed by Dale Trott Beckoning the Butcher follows the story of Chris (Lipp), an online vlogger who finds ghost summoning rituals and films himself doing them. Becoming more and more desperate for ideas, he turns to his […]

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02nd Nov2014

‘Chef’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr. | Written and Directed by Jon Favreau Until the likes of Iron Man, Jon Favreau was not a director on my radar, I had heard about his indie film Swingers (who hadn’t, it was all over TV and movie mags at the time) which […]

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02nd Nov2014

‘Blacula: The Complete Collection’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Urban action and fatal attraction give rise to a groove from beyond the grave in this funkadelic, fangadelic blaxploitation double-bill from Eureka Entertainment, which sees the eternally cool William Marshall put a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood as Blacula. Produced […]

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02nd Nov2014

‘Saving Santa’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars (the voices of): Martin Freeman, Newell Alexander, Noel Clarke, Joan Collins, Tim Conway, David Cowgill, Tim Curry, Holly Dorff, Pam Ferris, Nicholas Guest, Ashley Tisdale | Written by Tony Nottage, Ricky Roxburgh | Directed by Leon Joosen, Aaron Seelman Every year there seems to be an inordinate amount of new CGI Christmas movies thrust […]

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02nd Nov2014

‘Super Mario Bros.’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis, Dennis Hopper, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson, Fiona Shaw, Dana Kaminski, Mojo Nixon, Gianni Russo, Francesca P. Roberts, Lance Henriksen  | Written by Parker Bennett, Terry Runte, Ed Solomon | Directed by Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel Let’s be honest, Super Mario Bros: The Movie is not a great movie. It’s not […]

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31st Oct2014

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Extended Edition’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed […]

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31st Oct2014

‘Billy Club’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Marshall Caswell, Erin Hammond, Nick Sommer, Max Williamson, Mark Metcalf, Mathew Dunlop | Written and Directed by Drew Rosas, Nick Sommer I’ve always had a soft spot for slashers with a decent gimmick, so I was delighted when Billy Club‘s penchant for baseball-related violence was revealed. Too many horror movies are content to stick to the humdrum formula of having […]

30th Oct2014

‘Nightcrawler’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Michael Papajohn, Marco Rodríguez, James Huang, Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey, Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia, Leah Fredkin, Jonny Coyne | Written and Directed by Dan Gilroy First time director Dan Gilroy has started strong with his debut film Nightcrawler.This sadistic character study is darkly twisted in the best ways. It is […]

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29th Oct2014

‘Rabid Dogs’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy, Maurice Poli, Maria Fabbri, Erika Dario, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Francesco Ferrini, Emilio Bonucci, Pino Manzari, Ettore Manni | Written by Alessandro Parenzo | Directed by Mario Bava Mario Bava for me is a director I mostly know for horror films and his importance to not only […]

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29th Oct2014

‘Jodorowsky‘s Dune’ Review

by Dan Clark

Often it is the one that gets away that leaves the biggest impact. For director Alejandro Jodorowsky his white whale was his dream of adapting the literary classic Dune. It was a dream he came inches close of achieving only to see it disintegrate in a cloud of dry dust.    Although the movie was never made […]

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29th Oct2014

‘V/H/S Viral’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Rim Basma, Nick Blanco, Dan Caudill, Stephen Caudill, Greyson Chadwick, Lindsay Clift, Jawed El Berni, Laura Eschmann, Natalia Ferreiro, Michael Flores, Angela Garcia | Written and Directed by Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo The V/H/S franchise’s overarching idea is the concept that like David Cronenberg’s […]

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28th Oct2014

‘Judas Ghost’ Review

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Martin Delaney, Lucy Cudden, Alexander Perkins, Simon Merrells, Grahame Fox | Written by Simon R. Green | Directed by Simon Pearce Jerry Mackay (Martin Delaney) leads his team of professional ghost hunters into a haunted village hall on a supposedly routine investigation for a tutorial for the Institute. With him are Anna (Lucy Cudden), a […]

27th Oct2014

‘Fog and Crimes: The Complete First Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

After watching Gomorrah moving to another Italian crime drama was something of a relief from the violent and dark world of the Mafia. Fog and Crimes: The Complete First Season is a more sedate trip into the world of a detective who doesn’t really go for the violent approach, but when he sets his sights on […]

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27th Oct2014

‘Kite’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, Deon Lotz, DeVille Vannik, Zane Meas, Lionel Newton, Jaco Muller, Terence Bridgett | Written by Brian Cox | Directed by Ralph Ziman Yasuomi Umetsu’s (chief animator for Arms Corporation who has also worked as a designer on Akira, Spriggan, Elfen Lied and Casshern) original anime […]

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27th Oct2014

Celluloid Screams 2014: ‘Dead Snow 2′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Amrita Acharia, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas, Derek Mears, Kristoffer Joner, Christian Rubeck, Charlotte Frogner | Written by Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola, Vegar Hoel | Directed by Tommy Wirkola Over the years there has been a boom in Norwegian horror with films like Dark Woods, […]

26th Oct2014

‘The Art of the Steal’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol [One of my favourite films of the year, so far, is heist movie The Art of the Steal; with the film set for release tomorrow, here’s a reposting of my review from […]

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26th Oct2014

‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri | Written by Thunder Levin | Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his ex-wife April (Reid) are flying to New York City when their plane enters the most unnatural of storms and is battered by airborne […]

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26th Oct2014

‘The Shout’ & ‘The Medusa Touch’ Blu-ray Review (Network)

by Phil Wheat

“The British Film” collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers. We’ve already reviewed a couple of their previous releases, […]

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