30th Aug2017

‘Lady Macbeth’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Golda Rosheuvel, Bill Fellows, Ian Conningham | Written by Nikolai Leskov, Alice Birch | Directed by William Oldroyd Anybody who had to do Macbeth at school know the enigmatic Lady Macbeth, and what her part was in the play. This version though, based on […]

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29th Aug2017

‘Lord of the Flies’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Tom Gaman | Written and Directed by Peter Brook Peter Brook is best known for his work in theatre, but his 1963 screen adaptation of William Golding’s English Lit classic is no quaint repertory effort. Made relatively cheaply (the opening plane crash is literally a photograph of a […]

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29th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Devil’s Gate’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Bridget Regan, Amanda Schull, Javier Botet, Shawn Ashmore | Written and Directed by Clay Staub A wife and child have gone missing in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota. While all indicators point to husband Jackson Pritchard as the prime suspect, pushy outsider FBI agent Daria Francis instinctively feels something else […]

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28th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Caleb Thomas, JT Neal, Annie Read, Juliet Landau, Eric Roberts, Doug Jones, Sarah Lancaster, Christian Kane | Written by Ronald L. Halvas, Todd Tucker, Zack Ward | Directed by Todd Tucker Growing up is hard and for fifteen-year-old Timmy Stevens it’s no exception. Scrawny and nerdy, he’s relentlessly tormented by the town bullies. His only […]

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28th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Kodoku Meatball Machine’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Tomori Abe, Kensuke Ashihara, Satoshi Eishima, Goki, Yôta Kawase, Riri Kôda, Rima Matsuda, Masanori Mimoto, Maki Mizui, Seminosuke Murasugi | Written by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Sakichi Satô | Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura Asian extreme horror is noted and adored for its absurdity and graphic content. For me, it can either be “OH MY GOD! THIS […]

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28th Aug2017

‘C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD’ Blu-ray Review (Vestron Video)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn | Written by M. Kane Jeeves | Directed by David K. Irving A wave of pure VHS-era nostalgia – with all the associated benefits and drawbacks – awaits in this 1989 sequel to the 1984 B-movie, which was itself a solidly silly monster […]

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28th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Still/Born’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, Rebecca Olson, Michael Ironside, Jenn Griffin | Written by Brandon Christensen, Colin Minihan | Directed by Brandon Christensen For Mary, the joy of her infant son Adam’s birth is overshadowed by the devastating stillborn death of his twin brother Thomas. Concerned husband Jack relocates them to a spacious new home […]

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28th Aug2017

‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

After being scattered through time, the Legends of Tomorrow are saved by Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano). Now though they find themselves up against the Legion of Doom who are determined to get hold of the Spear of Destiny, which will give them the ability to change reality. Having not seen season one of the […]

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28th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ’3rd Night’ Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Jesse McGinn, Robert Hartburn, Bruce Denny | Written and Directed by Adam Graveley By the end, I wasn’t sure what to make of this movie. I knew the production was very good. The director was skilled. The actors were strong from start to finish. Yet, I was never scared, and even a little angry. […]

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28th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘The Villainess’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung Bang | Written and Directed by Byung-gil Jung Sook-Hee is a trained assassin who was born to kill. She was just a little girl when the training started in China. And after the death of her mentor, when the chance of starting a new life was […]

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27th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘The End?’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alessandro Roja, Euridice Axen, Claudio Camilli, Benedetta Cimatti, Bianca Friscelli | Written by Cristiano Ciccotti, Daniele Misischia | Directed by Daniele Misischia Claudio Verona is a young and cynical businessman. One day he gets locked in his Roman office elevator before an important meeting with a client. Soon this annoying obstacle will turn into […]

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27th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Imitation Girl’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Stefanie Woodburn, Sanam Erfani, Kevin O’Rourke, William Wakeland, Taylor Warden, Kevin Metz | Written and Directed by Natasha Kermani Julianna (Lauren Ashley Carter) is a young twenty-something adult performer living in New York who – although somewhat successful – is far from happy. […]

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27th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Incontrol’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Brittany Allen, Levi Meaden, Rory J. Saper, Ajna Savcic, Sarah Troyer, Christopher Rosamond, Valerie Planche, David LeReaney, Maddie Dixon-Poirier, Griffin Cork | Written and Directed by Kurtis David Harder Samantha (Anja Savcic) is a young girl who juggles her life around looking after her mother, her job at a cafe and her Sociology studies […]

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27th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Jackals’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger, Jonathon Schaech, Nick Roux, Chelsea Ricketts | Written by Jared Rivet | Directed by Kevin Greutert They knew it would take steely resolve and iron daring to go up against the violent sect who have brainwashed their teenage son, Justin. But the estranged Powell family and the cult deprogrammer […]

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27th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Alone’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sofia Lesaffre, Stéphane Bak, Jean-Stan Du Pac, Paul Scarfoglio, Kim Lockhart | Written by David Moreau, Guillaume Moulin | Directed by David Moreau David Moreau, co-director of ILS/THEM, turns artist Bruno Gazzotti’s best-selling French/Belgian comic book Seuls into a sci-fi thriller of gaelic proportions… Sounds like a match-made in [French] heaven right? Well a […]

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26th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Nightworld’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jason London, Lorina Kamburova, Robert Englund, Gianni Capaldi, Diana Lyubenova | Written by Loris Curci, Dimitar Hristov, Barry Keating, Milan Konjevic | Directed by Patricio Valadares As the camera swoops over a chilly boreal wilderness, and Luc Suarez’s brooding music evokes an air of intrigue and menace, it seems like we’re onto a winner. And look, […]

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26th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Ruin Me’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Marcienne Dwyer, Matt Dellapina, Eva Hamilton, John Odom, Chris Hill, Sam Ashdown, Cameron Gordon, Rocky Rector, Tom Harryman, Alex Galick | Written by Trysta A. Bissett, Preston DeFrancis | Directed by Preston DeFrancis It’s been over a twenty years since Scream reinvented the slasher genre, heralding a new age of post-modern, self-referential horror. In […]

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26th Aug2017

‘American Made’ Review

by Guest

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Alejandro Edda, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke | Written by Gary Spinelli | Directed by Doug Liman Tom Cruise reteams with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for this slickly entertaining, if slightly familiar comedy thriller based on the true […]

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26th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Death Note’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Jason Liles, Paul Nakauchi, Jack Ettlinger, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Chris Britton | Written by Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater | Directed by Adam Wingard When Light Turner (Nat Wolff) comes in possession of the Death Note, Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) entices him to use it […]

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26th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Boots On The Ground’ Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Tom Ainsley, Ian Virgo, Ryan McParland, Valmike Rampersad, Sally Day | Written and Directed by Louis Melville On the last night of the Afghan War, five British soldiers must stay alive until midnight. After a fight with Taliban forces, they bunk down in the ruins of an old fort dating back to the first […]

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26th Aug2017

Frightfest 2017: ‘Inside’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Rachel Nichols, Laura Harring, Stany Coppet, Andrea Tivadar, Richard Felix, Craig Stevenson, Maarten Swaan, Steve Howard, David Chevers | Written by Jaume Balagueró, Alexandre Bustillo , Manu Díez | Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas After surviving a car crash in which her husband was killed months earlier, Alysson Paradis (Rachel Nichols) is living at […]

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26th Aug2017

‘Detroit’ Review

by Guest

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole | Written by Mark Boal | Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow’s third collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is a powerful, angry drama about racism, police […]

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