28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Alone’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald, Jonathan Rosenthal | Written by Mattias Olsson | Directed by John Hyams An English-language adaptation of Swedish thriller Gone, with a screenplay by from that films director Mattias Olsson, Alone is most-noticeable (well, at least for genre fans) as being helmed by John Hyams. The son of director […]

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28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Bleed With Me’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty, Aris Tyros | Written and Directed by Amelia Moses Yet another Canadian horror production (which is always a good sign in my book), Bleed With Me is a female-led genre film from Montreal-based filmmaker Amelia Moses, making her feature debut, whose acclaimed short Undress Me played at Fantasia in 2017. […]

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28th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Oak Room’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge, Ari Millen, Nicholas Campbell, Martin Roach, David Ferry, Amos Crawley, Avery Esteves, Coal Campbell | Written by Peter Genoway | Directed by Cody Calahan I was a huge (and I do mean huge) fan of Cody Calahan’s 2013 debut feature Antisocial and its 2015 follow-up, so I was super-excited to […]

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26th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Kriya’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Noble Luke, Navjot Randhawa, Avantika Akerkar, M.D. Asif, Kishan Bahurupiya, Kanak Bhardwaj, Anuradha Majumder, Tapesh Sharma, Narender Sihag | Written and Directed by Sidharth Srinivasan New Dheli writer and director Sidharth Srinivasan (Soul of Sand) brings us Kriya, a nightmarish Hindi-indie horror with fantastical and magical elements. There’s a surrealist tone at the epicentre […]

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26th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Doppelbanger’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Gibson Frazier, Annapurna Sriram | Written and Directed by Sofian Khan A short story about sex work in a future-looking world where people have robotic doubles of themselves, Doppelbanger sees George’s (Gibson Frazier, Unsane) robotic sex worker breaks down on him during sex and he has to embarrassingly contact its owner, and double, Cecilia […]

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25th Aug2020

‘Tenet’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Martin Donovan | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan “Don’t try to understand it”, says a character near the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s brain bending sci-fi blockbuster Tenet. That turns out to be excellent advice […]

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25th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Dinner in America’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Emily Skeggs, Kyle Gallner, Lea Thompson, Brian Andrus, Shelby Alayne Antel, Sophie Bolen, Gary Brunner, Nick Chinlund, Kristin Condon, Lena Drake | Written and Directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier Written and directed by Adam Carter Rehmeier (The Bunny Game), Dinner in America is the tale of Patty (Emily Skeggs) and Simon (Kyle Gallner), the […]

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25th Aug2020

‘Edge of Extinction’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Luke Hobson, Georgie Smibert, Chris Kaye, Bryn Hodgen, Nicholas Chambers, Susan Lee Burton, Neil Summerville, Richard Summers-Calvert, Rudy Barrow, Eve Kathryn Oliver | Written and Directed by Andrew Gilbert [NOTE: With the film finally coming to DVD, here’s a reposting of our review of the sci-fi film Edge of Extinction] Filmed in a suitably […]

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24th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Mortuary Collection’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson | Written and Directed by Ryan Spindell Writer and director Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale) delivers to us a new entry into the world of anthology-based horror with The Mortuary Collection. The film […]

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21st Aug2020

‘Tribal: Get Out Alive’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Zara Phythian, Ross O’Hennessy, Rachel Warren, Thomas Dodd, Valerie Thomas, Grayson James Matthews | Written by Johnny Walker | Directed by Matt Routledge We are living in some extremely exciting times when it comes to British independent cinema. I mean yes, okay, Covid-19 has been a soul sucking bitch we could all do without […]

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21st Aug2020

‘Host’ Review (Shudder)

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb | Written by Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd | Directed by Rob Savage Well, well, well… I guess we knew it was only a matter of time before we started to get a plethora of lockdown movies coming out the woodwork and it would seem that […]

21st Aug2020

Rewind: ‘Free Fire’ Review

by Chris Thomas

In the latest in his series of Rewind reviews looking back at the career of writer/director Ben Wheatley, Chris takes a look at his 2017 film, Free Fire. Stars: Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor | Written by Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley […]

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20th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Survival Skills’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vayu O’Donnell, Tyra Colar, Spencer Garrett, Stacy Keach, Ericka Kreutz | Written and Directed by Quinn Armstrong Presented as a police training video from the 80s, Survival Skills places the audience in the position of police trainee, telling the story of rookie cop Jim Williams – the star of the training video and the […]

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20th Aug2020

‘The Outpost’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Kesy, Cory Hardrict, Milo Gibson, Jacob Scipio, Taylor John Smith, James Jagger, Jonathan Yunger | Written by Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson | Directed by Rod Lurie An isolated unit of American soldiers have to defend themselves against an overwhelming attack by Taliban forces in this gripping […]

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20th Aug2020

‘Flash Gordon: 40th Anniversary Collection’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Sam J. Jones, Topol, Max von Sydow, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, Richard O’Brien | Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. | Directed by Mike Hodges If you are a movie geek, just knowing that a movie is produced by Dino De Laurentiis is a sign that the […]

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19th Aug2020

‘Amulet’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin | Written and Directed by Romola Garai Actor Romola Garai debuts as writer-director with Amulet, a creepy, slow building horror starring Alec Secareanu and Imelda Staunton. Stylish and unsettling, it marks out Garai as a horror talent to watch. Right from the start, Garai […]

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19th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘HK: Forbidden Superhero’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Ken Yasuda, Shôta Chiyo, Shunsuke Daitô, Narushi Ikeda, Nana Katase, Tsuyoshi Muro, Shun Oguri, Yoshinori Okada, Jirô Satô, Takashi Tsukamoto | Written by Yûichi Fukuda, Shun Oguri | Directed by Yûichi Fukuda I love, nay ADORE, completely-bonkers Far East flicks be they live-action or animation – hell, some of the […]

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18th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘The Columnist’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, Claire Porro, Harry van Rijthoven, Seno Sever | Written by Daan Windhorst | Directed by Ivo van Aart The Columnist is very much a movie that could have only been made in the last ten years. There have been a few movies based […]

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18th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Feels Good Man’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Features: Matt Furie | Written by Giorgio Angelini, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden | Directed by Arthur Jones Pepe the Frog… a cartoon frog. He’s just a frog. Nothing more, right? Just a simplistic, somewhat ugly cartoon creation in the guise of a frog. A meme, a silly meme, that’s all he was. Well… he’s much […]

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18th Aug2020

Rewind: ‘High Rise’ Review

by Chris Thomas

In the latest in his series of Rewind reviews looking back at the career of writer/director Ben Wheatley, Chris takes a look at his 2015 film, High Rise. Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes, Peter Ferdinando, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith | Written by Amy Jump | […]

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17th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Crazy Samurai Musashi’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Masaaki Takarai, Akihiko Sai | Written by Sion Sono | Directed by Yuji Shimomura When I was a kid I thought all martial arts movies were fight after fight after fight. We didn’t get many martial arts movies on TV in those days but there were plenty of shows like […]

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17th Aug2020

Fantasia 2020: ‘Hail to the Deadites’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Features: Bruce Campbell, Patricia Tallman, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Dan Hicks, Theresa Tilly, Richard Domeier, Tom Sullivan, Chris Alexander | Written and Directed by Steve Villeneive There are horror franchises out there that are so beloved and have such a devoted and undyingly-passionate fanbase that they become legendary. The Evil Dead films […]

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