16th Oct2015

Frightfest Presents: ‘AfterDeath’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Miranda Raison, Sam Keeley, Daniella Kertesz, Elarica Gallacher, Lorna Nickson Brown | Written by Andrew Ellard | Directed by Gez Medinger, Robin Schmidt The human race is obsessed with what happens when we die, depending on your beliefs there is heaven or hell, an afterlife or even just nothing. AfterDeath raises a few questions […]

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15th Oct2015

‘Crimson Peak’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver | Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro In Crimson Peak, Mia Wasikowska plays Edith, a young American writer living in the late 1800s with her industrialist father (Jim Beaver). He is approached by Tom Hiddleston’s English gentleman Sir Thomas Sharpe to invest in […]

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14th Oct2015

‘I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Sarah Butler, Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon, Gabriel Hogan, Harley Jane Kozak, Michelle Hurd, Megan Raich, Russell Charles Pitts, Karen Strassman, Andrew Dits, Adam Dunnells, Christopher Hoffman, Alissa Juvan | Written by Daniel Gilboy | Directed by R.D. Braunstein Yep, this the third film (and probably won’t be the last) in the revamped franchise, but […]

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13th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Green Room’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Callum Turner | Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier A struggling punk band decides to play a gig that they really shouldn’t in Green Room, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s blistering follow-up to his 2013 sleeper hit Blue Ruin. The story sees the four-piece (with Anton Yelchin […]

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12th Oct2015

‘Elimination Game’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor, Belinda McClory, Nicholas Hammond, Carmen Duncan, Roger Ward, Suzannah McDonald, Juan Jackson, Stephen Phillips, Glenn Maynard | Written by Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory | Directed by Jon Hewitt After a civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, Navy SEAL Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell), is falsely imprisoned for the […]

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12th Oct2015

‘Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kane Kosugi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rade Serbedzija, Gary Daniels, Kelly Wenham, Paige Lindquist, Charlotte Kirk, Biljana Misic, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Ron Smoorenburg, Eoin O’Brien | Written by Nicole Jones-Dion, Steven Paul | Directed by Wych Kaos Videogames… They’ve not had the best of luck when it comes to translating themselves from game to movie. Especially when […]

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12th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Tangerine’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, James Ransone, Alla Tumanian, Luiza Nersisyan | Written by Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch | Directed by Sean Baker As a concept, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Tangerine sounds like an overambitious student film project. Filmed entirely on iPhones, we follow the travails of Sindee-Rella (Kitana Kiki […]

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11th Oct2015

‘San Andreas’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee | Written by Carlton Cuse, Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brad Peyton If there was ever a genre of movie that benefited from advances in computer generated effects, it has to be the […]

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11th Oct2015

‘Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Pauley Perrette, Jennifer Carpenter, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Doc McGhee | Written by Kevin Shinick, James Krieg | Directed by Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone There was a time in the late 70s, at the […]

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10th Oct2015

‘Cooties’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Cooper Roth | Written by Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan | Directed by Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion We all remember our school years and the battlefield known as the playground. What if the little terrors the poor teachers have […]

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10th Oct2015

‘Tales of Halloween’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Greg Grunberg, Lin Shayne, Sam Witwer, Barbara Crampton, Pollyanna McIntosh, Clare Kramer, John Landis | Directed by Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Dave Parker, John Skipp, Lucky Mckee, Mike Mendez, Neil Marshall, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin For many horror fans October is like Christmas come early, a chance to celebrate […]

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10th Oct2015

‘V/H/S Viral’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

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 As the third film in the series, V/H/S: Viral runs the risk […]

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09th Oct2015

‘Danny Collins’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer, Katarina Cas, Giselle Eisenberg, Melissa Benoist, Josh Peck, Brian Smith, Scott Lawrence | Written and Directed by Dan Fogelman It is fair to say that Al Pacino has made some questionable decisions as to what movies he has starred in recently. With Danny Collins […]

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08th Oct2015

‘The Physician’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby, Elyas M’Barek, Fahri Yardim, Makram Khoury, Michael Marcus, Stanley Townsend | Written by Jan Berger, Philipp Stölzl, Simon Block, Christoph Müller | Directed by Philipp Stölzl When nine-year-old Rob Cole (Tom Payne) feels the life force slipping from his mother’s hand upon her death he is unaware that […]

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08th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘High-Rise’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith, James Purefoy, Stacy Martin, Alexandra Weaver | Based on the Novel by JG Ballard | Screenplay by Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley First we’re given a glimpse at the end of the story we’re about to see unfold: Tom Hiddleston’s neurosurgeon Robert […]

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08th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima | Written by Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi Many a tear will be shed in the presence of Studio Ghibli’s latest – and possibly last – feature film. The company holds such emotional sway over its audiences unrivalled by any other animation studio (except for, say, Pixar) […]

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07th Oct2015

‘Nintendo Quest’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Featuring: Jay Bartlett, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Patrick Scott Patterson, Warren Davis, Tommy Tallaric | Written by Robert McCallum, Jordan Christopher Morris | Directed by Robert McCallum Confession time. Between working a full time job and keeping Nerdly going, I don’t have a lot of downtime. Working all day and well into the night also […]

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07th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Suffragette’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Natalie Press, Brendan Gleeson, Geoff Bell | Written by Abi Morgan | Directed by Sarah Gavron Two of the most violent and disturbing films of the last year are both period dramas about voting rights. The first is Selma, the story […]

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06th Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘Antisocial 2′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Stephen Bogaert, Josette Halpert, Samuel Faraci, Jake Michaels, Kassandra Santos, Kristina Nicoll | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan, Jeff Maher | Directed by Cody Calahan Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, Sam searches a world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. After befriending a young […]

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06th Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘Howl’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan, Amit Shah, Sam Gittins, Shauna Macdonald, Duncan Preston, Ania Marson, Rosie Day, Calvin Dean, Sean Pertwee, Brett Goldstein | Written by Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler | Directed by Paul Hyett It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since special effects man Paul Hyett exploded onto the […]

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05th Oct2015

‘The Houses of Halloween’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson, Chloë Crampton | Written by Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews, Jason Zada | Directed by Bobby Roe Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling […]

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04th Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘He Never Died’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, Michael Cram, Elias Edraki, Dan Petronijevic, Karl Campbell, Walter Alza | Written and Directed by Jason Krawczyk Jack’s in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping, playing bingo, and eating the same meal at the same time […]

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