31st Aug2018

‘Avengers Grimm: Time Wars’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lauren Parkinson, Elizabeth Eileen, Marah Fairclough, Christina Licciardi, Michael Marcel, Katherine Maya, Eric Feltes, Randall Yarbrough, William Knight, Rah Johnson | Written by Jeremy M. Inman | Directed by Max Elfeldt Originally released in 2015, I was something of a fan of the superhero mockbuster Avengers Grimm, which was an off-the-wall mix of Grimm […]

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31st Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Fright Fest’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dylan Walsh, Madison McKinley, Romeo Miller, Mercy Malick, Ashley Blankenship, Luke Baines, Pancho Moler, Robert Scott Wilson, Heather Ann Davis, Jonathan Camp, Kresh Novakovic | Written by Robert Gillings | Directed by Anton Novakovic It was only a matter of time before someone named a horror movie after FrightFest. Unfortunately, this dismal effort (also […]

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31st Aug2018

Pass Horror Notes: ‘Darkness Reigns’ Review

by Aaron Shakespeare

DARKNESS REIGNS Stars: Casper Van Dien, Zachary Mooren, Linara Washington, Peter Mayer, Ford Fanter, Jennifer Wenger, James Packard, Aerial Nicole, Matt Connor, Vanessa Leinani, Megan Goldthrite, Timeka Little | Written and Directed by Andrew P. Jones Name: Darkness Reigns Age: 2018 Appearance: Found footage horror featuring some surprisingly effective gory flourishes, a few creepy moments […]

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30th Aug2018

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Dustin Demri-Burns, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, Peter Schueller, Mirjam Novak, Kev Adams, Ivanna Sakhno, Jane Curtin, Paul Reiser, James Fleet, Tom Stourton | Written by Susanna Fogel, David Iserson | Directed by Susanna Fogel Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in […]

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30th Aug2018

‘The Happytime Murders’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Cynthy Wu, Michael McDonald, Mitch Silpa, Hemky Madera, Benjamin Cole Royer, Brekkan Spens, Ryan Tran | Written by Todd Berger | Directed by Brian Henson The Happytime Murders will undoubtedly be at the bottom of every worst film list of 2018 and with […]

30th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Book of Monsters’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Stanton, Rose Muirhead, Nicholas Vince, Daniel Thrace, Anna Dawson, Julia Munder | Written by Paul Butler | Directed by Stewart Sparke Director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler follow up their low-budget debut The Creature Below with the Kickstarter-funded monster movie Book of Monsters. Combining a witty script and […]

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29th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Summer of 84′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, Shauna Johannesen | Written by Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith | Directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell The Turbo Kid directing trio (known collectively as RKSS) return with this ’80s teen adventure homage that taps into the same […]

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29th Aug2018

‘Dead Shack’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Cameron Andres, Lizzie Boys, Hannah Rochelle Burr, Lauren Holly, Gabriel LaBelle, Matthew Nelson-Mahood, Taylor St. Pierre, Donavon Stinson, Valerie Tian | Written by Phil Ivanusic, Davila LeBlanc, Peter Ricq | Directed by Peter Ricq Never underestimate a trio of curious teens…. Tough girl Summer, her smartmouth younger brother Colin and his pushover best friend […]

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28th Aug2018

‘The Senator’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown, Taylor Nichols, John Fiore, Gillian Mariner Gordon, Katie Henoch, Lexie Roth, Angela Hope Smith, Vince Tycer, Victor Warren | Written by Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan | Directed by John Curran The Senator, also know as Chappaquiddick in its domestic US […]

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28th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Aidan Turner, Sam Elliott, Sean Bridgers, Ron Livingston, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ellar Coltrane, Larry Miller, Rizwan Manji, Mark Steger, Anastasia Tsikhanava | Written and Directed by Robert D. Krzykowski With a title like The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, people going to see this movie will probably be expecting something very strange. And […]

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28th Aug2018

‘Funny Cow’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Christine Bottomley, Kevin Eldon, Tony Pitts, Diane Morgan, Hannah Walters, Hebe Beardsall, John Bishop, Lindsey Coulson, Adam Gillen, Dominic Brunt, Vic Reeves | Written by Tony Pitts | Directed by Adrian Shergold A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to […]

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27th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Secret Santa’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Michael Rady, Drew Lynch, Debra Sullivan, A Leslie Kies, Ryan Leigh Seaton, John Gilbert, Pat Destro, Nathan Hedrick, Michelle Renee Allaire, Curtis Fortier, Freddy John James, Petra Areskoug, Tracy Drolet, William Dixon, Scott Burkett | Written by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan | Directed by Adam Marcus Just behind horror, believe it or not, my […]

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27th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Cult of Terror’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Featuring: Alan Jones, Bruce Campbell, Robert Englund, Barbara Crampton, Mick Garris, Paul Naschy, Peter Bogdanovich, Dario Argento | Written and Directed by Gustavo Mendoza I love documentaries. I can watch anything if people are passionate and love something and it is put to film well. So a good horror documentary instantly has my attention. Whether it’s […]

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25th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Seeds’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Trevor Long, Andrea Chen, Garr Long, Kevin Breznahan, Chris McGarry, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Adrian Enscoe, Shannon Hartman, John Emigh, Abby Mills, Lowry Marshall | Written by Owen Long, Steven Weisman | Directed by Owen Long When his increasingly depraved behaviour spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England […]

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25th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Chuck Steel – Night of the Trampires’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Features the voices of: Mike Mort, Jennifer Saunders, Paul Whitehouse, Dan Russell, Jonnie Fiori, Samantha Coughlan, Romano Marenghi, Geoff Robbins, Jonnie Price, Mark Richard Jones, Laura Tofarides | Written and Directed by Mike Mort It’s not 1985 anymore… it’s 1986! And Chuck Steel is the maverick, lone wolf cop on the edge, who doesn’t play […]

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24th Aug2018

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ VOD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin | Written by Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai | Directed by Johannes Roberts Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders (that’s what it means when it says “Based on a true story”), creepy slasher flick The Strangers became a hit back […]

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24th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy, Mykayla Sohn, JoAnne McGrath, Keri Marrone | Written by Jon Knautz, Alexis Kendra | Directed by Jon Knautz Based on the 2016 short of the same name (also written and directed by Jon Knautz), The Cleaning Lady follows a floundering love addict who forms a dangerous […]

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24th Aug2018

‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher | Written and Directed by Steven Soderbergh Another chance to see where it all began for (a then 26-year-old) Steven Soderbergh comes in the form of this sumptuous box set from Criterion. They might have missed a trick by not housing it in a Betmax-style […]

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23rd Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘The Ranger’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Larry Fessenden, Nicholas Tucci | Written by Giaco Furino, Jenn Wexler | Directed by Jenn Wexler Having your debut feature play at London’s Frightfest is a huge honour. So for Jenn Wexler’s debut, The Ranger to also play on the festival’s […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Truth or Dare’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lucy Hale, Violett Beane, Tyler Posey, Sophia Ali, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner | Written by Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz, Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach | Directed by Jeff Wadlow The latest low budget horror flick from Blumhouse Productions is about a demonically possessed game of Truth Or Dare that kills […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘How It Ends’ Review (Netflix)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Theo James, Kat Graham, Nancy Sorel, Nicole Ari Parker, Forest Whitaker, Anett Rumanoczky, Aaron Hughes, Lanie McAuley, Josh Cruddas, Aidan Ritchie | Written by Brooks McLaren | Directed by David M. Rosenthal How It Ends is in no vague terms an absolute bore of cinematic expression. It is two hours of drab, tiresome moments […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Heathers’ Review (30th Anniversary)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Peter Dawson | Written by Daniel Waters | Directed by Michael Lehmann It barely registered at the box office in 1988. Yet here I am, 30 years later, in a cinema packed with millennials, watching a 4K restoration in advance of Heather’s re-release on […]

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