22nd Feb2018

‘Bad Apples’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brea Grant, Graham Skipper, Andrea Collins, Danielle Reverman, Hannah Prichard, Alycia Lourim, Heather Vaughn, Diane Goldner, Richard Riehle, Miles Dougal, Sandy Stoltz, Kire Horton, Sara Parrish, Jasmine St. Clair, Heather Dorff | Written and Directed by Bryan Coyne It’s Halloween night, and two “bad apples” decide to play some wicked tricks on the one […]

22nd Feb2018

‘Black Wake’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Nana Gouvea, Tom Sizemore, Eric Roberts, Vincent Pastore, Chuck Zito | Written by Jeremiah Kipp, Jerry Janda, Carlos Keyes | Directed by Jeremiah Kipp The end credits bloopers and outtakes oat the end of Black Wake suggest that what we just watched was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Yeah, right. This shockingly bad body shocker […]

21st Feb2018

‘The Devil’s Well’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Bryan Manley Davis, Anne-Marie Mueschke, Chris Viemeister, Lauren Sowa, Kris Manners | Written and Directed by Kurtis Spieler The Devil’s Well and living in New England, it seems. The found footage subgenre shows no signs of giving up the ghost – but, on this evidence, it’s showing plenty of signs of stagnation. Karla Marks […]

20th Feb2018

‘The Rizen’ Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Laura Swift, Patrick Knowles, Christopher Tajah, Laurence Kennedy, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adrian Edmondson, Sally Phillips, Tom Goodman-Hill, Bruce Payne, Stephen Marcus, Bruce Herbelin-Earle | Written and Directed by Matt Mitchell The Rizen is a UK indie-horror film set in a black hallway during the early days of the Cold War in 1955. You can tell […]

19th Feb2018

‘Empire of the Sharks’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: John Savage, Jack Amstrong, Thandi Sebe, Ashley de Lange, Leandie du Randt, Tauriq Jenkins, Tapiwa Musvosvi, Camilla Waldman, Jonathan Pienaar, Joe Vaz, Sandi Schultz, Melodie Abad, Royston Stoffels, Philip Tan, Neels van Jaarsveld | Written and Directed by Mark Atkins In the future, 98% of the Earth is covered by water and the only […]

19th Feb2018

Berlinale 2018: ‘Crucible of the Vampire’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katie Goldfinch, Florence Cady, Neil Morrissey, Charles O’Neill, Brian Croucher, Aaron Jeffcoate, Larry Rew, Babette Barat, Lisa Martin, John Stirling, Angela Carter, Phil Hemming | Written by Darren Lake, Iain Ross-McNamee, John Wolskel | Directed by Iain Ross-McNamee “British horror”, as a genre, has never really gone away but in recent years it seems […]

16th Feb2018

‘Beyond the Woods’ DVD Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: John Ryan Howard, Mark Lawrence, Ross Mac Mahon, Claire J. Loy, Irene Kelleher, Alan Riordan, Ruth Hayes, Sean McGillicuddy | Written and Directed by Sean Breathnach Beyond the Woods has a familiar set up, with seven friends deciding to spend a weekend away in a secluded part of the Irish countryside; although this time […]

16th Feb2018

‘Inoperable’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, Chris Hahn, Jeff Denton, Cher Hubsher, Crystal Cordero, Gene Michael, Michelle Marin, Philip Schene | Written by Christopher Lawrence Chapman, Jeff Miller | Directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman X-Ray, Visiting Hours, The Hospital, See No Evil 2… Who doesn’t love a good old horror movie set inside a medical facility? […]

15th Feb2018

‘The Ballerina’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Steve Pullen, Isabella Pullen, Peggy Pullen, Charles Pullen, Bronson Pullen, Joseph Pullen, Cheyenne Fridley. Valli Downey, Deena Dill, Del Crawford, Aidan Dunlap, Alexandra Pouloutides | Written and Directed by Steve Pullen On the run from Child Protective Services, Glenn and his nine-year- old daughter, Sophia, disappear into the swampy Virginia backwoods. In hiding they […]

15th Feb2018

‘Entanglement’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang, Johannah Newmarch, Nicole LaPlaca, Randal Edwards, Marilyn Norry, Jena Skodje | Written by Jason Filiatrault | Directed by Jason James Back in my video shop days (I have mentioned that before right?) I used to love finding hidden gems. You know, the movies that you never saw a […]

14th Feb2018

‘Your Move’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Patricia De Leon, David Fernandez Jr., Jeanette Samano, Luis Gatica, Alain Mora, Barbarella Pardo, Denitza García, Tonya Bordeaux, Zokai Holmes, Laura Martin, Jordan Simkovic, Mopar Murray | Written and Directed by Luke Goss Former pop star turned actor Luke Goss has had an interesting post-pop career, carving his own path […]

14th Feb2018

‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Maika Monroe, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, Mark Webber, Brad Carter, Bonnie Bedelia, Logan Miller, Justin Chatwin, Aaron Poole, Kassia Conway | Written by Jeff Robison, Casey Twenter | Directed by Blake Robbins Directed by Blake Robbins, and based on a New York Times bestselling novel by Nancy Pickard, The Scent of Rain and Lightning tells the story of […]

13th Feb2018

‘The Holly Kane Experiment’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Kirsty Averton, Nicky Henson, James Rose, Lindsey Campbell, Matthew Neal, Sophie Barker, Tom Cox, Euan Macnaughton, Simon Hepworth, Emma Davies | Written by Mick Sands | Directed by Tom Sands The idea of subliminal messages in the media or used as a weapon have always been the thing of the paranoid mind. There is […]

13th Feb2018

‘Black Panther’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis | Written by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole | Directed by Ryan Coogler Marvel’s directorial choices continue to pay huge dividends with Black Panther, the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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