13th Feb2018

Review Round-Up: ‘Chasing the Dragon’ & ‘Skybound’

by Phil Wheat

CHASING THE DRAGON Stars: Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau, Wilfred Lau, Kent Cheng, Bryan Larkin, Ben Ng, Ken Tong, Niki Chow, Michelle Hu, Wai-Man Chan, Lawrence Chou, Wong Chun, Jai Day | Written and Directed by Wong Jing Crippled Ho, an illegal immigrant from mainland China sneaks into British-colonized Hong Kong in […]

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12th Feb2018

‘Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Mark Steven Grove, Sara Salazar, Lauren Melone, Trygve Lode, Sam Del Rio, Michelle Grove, Justin McQueede, Brian D. Cahill, Debra McMichael, Kristie Griever, Martin Kove, Christopher Atkins, Gary Sirchia | Written and Directed by Mark Steven Grove In the mystical realm of Ryntia, the forces of the underworld are aligning to unleash a plague […]

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12th Feb2018

‘Dark Mountain’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jamie Bernadette, Katie Carpenter, Gema Calero, Karishma Lakhani, Sharron Calvin | Written and Directed by Lou Simon Writer/director Lou Simon has made quite a name for herself in the horror community within what is, at least in cinematic terms, a very short space of time. Her 2012 feature HazMat sold in record time and […]

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09th Feb2018

‘Death House’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Cody Longo, Cortney Palm, Richard Speight Jr., Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Bill Oberst Jr., Bernhard Forcher, Sean Whalen, Kane Hodder, Debbie Rochon, R.A. Mihailoff, Sid Haig, Adrienne Barbeau, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Felissa Rose, Tiffany Shepis, Camille Keaton, Tony Moran, Lloyd Kaufman, Brinke Stevens, Elissa Dowling | Written […]

08th Feb2018

‘Kill ‘Em All’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Stormare, Maria Conchita Alonso, Autumn Resser, Daniel Bernhardt, Kris Van Damme, Mila Kaladjurdjevic, Paul Sampson, Kieran Gallagher, Peter Organ, Eddie Matthews | Written by Jesse Cilio, Brian Smolensky, Craig Stewart | Directed by Peter Malota After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on […]

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08th Feb2018

Horror-on-Sea 2018: Weekend Two Report

by Philip Rogers

The Horror-on- Sea Festival is Southend’s annual horror event, which showcases the talents of Independent filmmakers, through shorts and features over two weekends. This is the 6th year it has been running and this is my review of the festivals second weekend Day 1: Friday 26th January – Double Feature 19:00pm Feature – Mortuary Massacre […]

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08th Feb2018

‘The Blessed Ones’ DVD Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Andy Gates, Tamzin Brown, Dave Vescio, Michael O’Hare, Jonathan Eisley | Written and Directed by Patrick O’Bell The Polaris Society is set to free their earthly bodies and travel the stars. Their leader, Elyon, promises eternity and all everyone has to do is die. Cult members, Spencer and Ursa are having none of that […]

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07th Feb2018

‘Something Wild’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Dana Preu, Margaret Colin | Written by E. Max Frye | Directed by Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme was one of the great names of cinema lost in the terrible artistic purge of 2017. His last film of note might have been the forgettable Ricki and the Flash, but […]

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06th Feb2018

‘The Shape of Water’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer | Written by Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor | Directed by Guillermo Del Toro After A Cure for Wellness, here’s another heavily production-designed sci-fi with horror elements to give us the BioShock feels, from the austere early-‘60s setting right down to individual sound effects. […]

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06th Feb2018

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Brühl, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Ziyi Zhang, Roger Davies, Aksel Hennie | Written by Oren Uziel, Doug Jung | Directed by Julius Onah Cloverfield movies are becoming something of an event for film fans. While the first film was an okay found footage style monster movie full of mystery, it […]

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03rd Feb2018

‘Winchester’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Laura Brent, Tyler Coppin, Eamon Farren, Thor Carlsson, Emm Wiseman | Written by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Tom Vaughan | Directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke star in this haunted house horror that’s based on the true story of The Winchester […]

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02nd Feb2018

‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Review (Live Action)

by Xenia Grounds

Stars: Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Hiyori Sakurada, Yu Aoi, Shoko Aida, Kenta Hamano, Kunio Murai | Written by Ichiro Kusuno | Directed by Kentaro Hagiwara Live-action anime adaptions have an interesting history to say the least. They can be great (Death Note, the Japanese movies) but some have been rather problematic (Dragonball Evolution). […]

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02nd Feb2018

‘Den of Thieves’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Dawn Olivieri, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Evan Jones, Cooper Andrews, Lewis Tan, Maurice Compte, Mo McRae | Written by Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring | Directed by Christian Gudegast Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber star in this off-the-boil Heat knock-off from writer-director Christian Gudegast, the screenwriter of London […]

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02nd Feb2018

‘Wind River’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, James Jordan | Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan   Avengers co-stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen headline this snowbound mystery thriller from Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water. Gripping and moving in equal measure, […]

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01st Feb2018

‘Night of the Living Dead’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

 Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne, Russell Streiner | Written by George A. Romero, John A. Russo | Directed by George A. Romero For many of us, Night of the Living Dead is a film we first experienced on late-night TV – some grizzled old print squashed onto a tiny CRT. Now, […]

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31st Jan2018

‘Cannibal Farm’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kate Davies-Speak, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik, Rowena Bentley, Toby Wynn-Davies, Peter Cosgrove, Joe Street, Dylan Curtis, Tim J. Henley, Kate Llewellyn, Emma Ivy Langwith, Jack Miller | Written and Directed by Charlie Steeds The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy […]

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30th Jan2018

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Blu-ray Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Elton John, Jeff Bridges | Written by Matthew Vaughan, Jane Goldman | Directed by Matthew Vaughan The rags-to-refinement tale of young council estate Eggsy, the spy’s apprentice, was one of 2014’s most charming blockbusters. Yes, even with […]

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30th Jan2018

‘Ivan’s Childhood’ Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Evgeniy Zharikov, Valentin Zubkov, Valentina Malyavina | Written by Vladimir Bogomolov, Mikhail Papava | Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky If Solaris was Andrei Tarkovsky’s answer to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey then Ivan’s Childhood could be his answer to Kubrick’s Fear and Desire. Both were feature debuts concerning war-haunted soldiers waxing philosophical […]

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29th Jan2018

‘Hounds of Love’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas, Harrison Gilbertson | Written and Directed by Ben Young It’s 1987, it’s Perth in Western Australia, and seventeen year old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by John and Evelyn, a disturbed serial-killing couple. As she observes the dynamic between […]

29th Jan2018

Horror-on-Sea 2018: Weekend One Report

by Philip Rogers

The Horror-on- Sea Film Festival is Southend’s annual horror event, which showcases the talents of Independent filmmakers, through shorts and features over two weekends. This is the 6th year it has been running and judging by the turn out for the first weekend this is going to be there biggest event yet. Day 1: Friday […]

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26th Jan2018

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson | Written by T.S. Nowlin | Directed by Wes Ball This third and final entry in the Maze Runner franchise gives the YA series a rousing send-off, stream-lining the books’ overly complex […]

26th Jan2018

‘Early Man’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Richard Ayoade, Gina Yashere, Nick Park, Kayvan Novak | Written by Mark Burton, James Higginson | Directed by Nick Park Aardman animation supremo Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) makes a welcome return to claymation with this engaging and […]

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