23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Drownsman’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which, whilst not a patch on Black Fawn Films previous effort, […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘I Survived a Zombie Holocaust’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Mike Edward, Andrew Laing, Reanin Johannink, Simon Ward, Mark Neilson, Patrick Davies, Harry Love | Written and Directed by Guy Pigden It’s the third day of shooting the low budget horror ‘Tonight They Come’ on location in the wilds of New Zealand. The director is already beside himself […]

23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘White Settlers’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lee Williams, Pollyanna McIntosh, Joanne Mitchell, James McCreadie, Dominic Kay | Written by Ian Fenton | Directed by Simeon Halligan White Settlers is the new film from West Midlands born director Simeon Halligan (Splintered); which begins with an English couple, Ed (Lee Williams) and Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh), who are making a change in their life, leaving […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘All Cheerleaders Die’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson | Written and Directed by Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson Lucky McKee is a director I have been familiar with since I saw his 2002 film, May, starring horror mainstay Angela Bettis. McKee went on to direct an excellent episode of the short-lived Masters of Horror television […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘WolfCop’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine | Written by Lowell Dean, Bannister Bergen | Directed by Lowell Dean I remember seeing the bright neon 80’s style action-movie poster for WolfCop a few months ago and I immediately, without knowing any details, wanted to see the film, and I finally had the […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Shockwave Darkside 3D’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bill Sage, Mei Melançon, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rich Ceraulo, Alexander Cendese | Written and Directed by Jay Weisman Earth. 2013. Some guy sits in his basement flat in a proverbial state of unemployment. His only goal? To perfect his game of Halo. Mission completed. So what next? Earth. 2014. Said unemployed guy has pumped all his […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Wrong Turn 6′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sadie Katz, Anthony Ilott, Aqueela Zoll, Rollo Skinner, Roxanne Pallett, Chris Jarvis, Luke Cousins, Rhys Coiro, Asen Asenov, Danko Jordanov, Billy Ashworth | Written by Frank H. Woodward | Directed by Valeri Milev Who knew that some 11 years after the series started Wrong Turn 6 would come along to cement the franchise as […]

22nd Aug2014

FrightFest 2014: ‘The Canal’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Anthony Murphy, Kelly Byrne, Anneke Blok, Calum Heath, Conor Horgan, Carl Shaaban, Sinead Watters, Alicja Ayres, Paddy Curan | Written and Directed by Ivan Kavanagh The quiet brutality some people can suffer in everyday life is an aspect the horror genre doesn’t play up all too […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Den’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy, Adam Shapiro, Victoria Hanlin, Matt Lasky, Brian Bell | Written by Zachary Donohue, Lauren Thompson | Directed by Zachary Donohue It may seem, given my past reviews of found footage movies, that all I do is spew bile and vitriol when it comes to a lot of these […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Housebound’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnstone Permanently pissed-off Kylie Bucknell is, after a bungled robbery, forced by the courts to return to her family home when she’s given an eight-month home detention sentence. Her punishment for a botched ATM raid is made […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Last Showing’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington, Keith Allen, Malachi Kirby, Chris Geere | Written and Directed by Phil Hawkins Shot right here in good old Blighty, The Last Showing is the latest in a relatively small line of horror movies set in the cinema, films such as Popcorn, Midnight Movie and Demons, films that […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘R100′ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nao Ômori, Lindsay Hayward, Mao Daichi, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eriko Satô, Shinobu Terajima, Ai Tominaga | Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu, Tomoji Hasegawa, Kôji Ema, Mitsuru Kuramoto | Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto Hitoshi Matsumoto is a director who, though I can’t say I know a great deal about, only […]

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22nd Aug2014

FrightFest 2014: ‘Julia’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel de la Fuente, Cary Woodworth, Darren Lipari, Ryan Cooper, Brad Koed, Sean Kleier, Bridget Megan Clark | Written and Directed by Matthew A. Brown One of the key criticisms bandied about regarding FrightFest in recent years has been the abundance of films which have focused on […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Zombeavers’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Bill Burr, Cortney Palm, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Rachel Melvin | Written by Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan | Directed by Jordan Rubin Seriously. Do I have to lay out the plot of a film called Zombeavers? It features zombie beavers. What else do you need to know? […]

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21st Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Guest’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Ethan Embry, Joel David Moore, Candice Patton, Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer, Jesse Luken | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard You’re Next was my favourite films of last year, so I was very excited to see director Adam Wingard’s latest, The Guest. We’re introduced to the Petersons, a […]

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21st Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘X Moor’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonner, Simone Kirby, Olivia Popica, Sophie Harkness, Fergal McElherron, Jemma Obrien, James Lecky | Written and Directed by Luke Hymans Written and directed by Luke Hymans (Dubplate Drama), this horror film, shot in Belfast, tells the story of American documentary film-makers Georgia (Melia Kreiling – Cold) and Matt (Nick Blood – Spike […]

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20th Aug2014

‘Branded to Kill’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa, Anne Mari, Mariko Ogawa, Hiroshi Minami | Written by Hachiro Guryu, Takeo Kimura | Directed by Seijun Suzuki Writing movie reviews opens up a world that is full of films that I probably would never have had the chance to see.  Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin) is one of […]

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20th Aug2014

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller It was an invite to a screening like any other, or so […]

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18th Aug2014

‘Bound’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard C. Sarafian, Mary Mara, Susie Bright | Written and Directed by The Wachowski Brothers Watching Bound you can’t help but be impressed with its style and understand why people cite its importance to the Matrix movies which were the Wachowski next movies to work on.  Then you […]

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17th Aug2014

‘INK’ Review (Short Film)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sam Hayman, Austin Hayden, Gordon Holliday, Christopher Muir, Billy Hay, John Harley, Chris Goldie | Written and Directed by Andy Stewart It’s only been two years since writer-turned-director Andy Stewart unleashed his first short film Dysmorphia on an unsuspecting public. The first in his proposed “Reflections” trilogy, that film was an impressive body-horror short that […]

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16th Aug2014

In Memory of Robin Williams: ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham | Written by Mitch Markowitz | Directed by Barry Levinson The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer […]

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