16th Mar2020

Starburst Film Festival 2020: ‘An English Haunting’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: David Lenik, Tessa Wood, Barrington De La Roche, Emma Spurgin Hussey, Jéssica Alonso, Rory Wilton | Written and Directed by Charlie Steeds Charlie Steeds, director of [Escape From] Cannibal Farm, Winterskin and The Barge People is back once again for An English Haunting, an altogether different film for Steeds given his past track record. […]

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13th Mar2020

‘Nothing Man’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Daniel Hall, Jennifer Jordan, Ric Vince, Tony Goodall, Paul Mayo Mason, Christopher Tauers, Arron Dennis, Joe Buckton | Written by Jonathan Ashdown, Paul Butler, Stephen Gallacher | Directed by Stephen Gallacher There seems to be so many low budget British gangster/revenge thriller movies released every year you’d be forgiven to be at all bothered […]

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12th Mar2020

‘The Hunt’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Betty Gilpin, Ethan Suplee, Ike Barinholtz, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Macon Blair, Amy Madigan, J.C. MacKenzie, Justin Hartley | Written by Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof | Directed by Craig Zobel Genre specialists Blumhouse Productions deliver another winner with this violent and satirical thriller The Hunt, which sees liberal elites hunting “deplorables” for sport. Combining […]

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12th Mar2020

‘IT: Chapter 2’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård | Written by Gary Dauberman | Directed by Andy Muschietti When I was about 10 I had a friend whose parents really didn’t seem too bothered what he got up to. I remember thinking at the time how […]

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11th Mar2020

‘Dead By Dawn’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jamie Bernadette, Drew Lindsey Mitchell, Kelcey Watson, Bo Burroughs, Timothy Muskatell, Bobby Slaski, Detra Hicks, Skylar Dominique | Written by Wes Laurie | Directed by Sean Cain Sean Cain, director of 2017s CGI monster movie Terror Birds, is back behind the camera for another monster movie of sorts, only in Dead By Dawn the […]

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11th Mar2020

‘Jexi’ Review (Amazon Prime)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Michael Peña, Wanda Sykes, Kid Cudi, Justin Hartley | Written and Directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, Jexi is an Amazon Prime original movie that is part sci-fi and part comedy, with the main focus […]

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10th Mar2020

‘The Jack in the Box’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ethan Taylor, Robert Nairne, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, Philip Ridout, Darrie Gardner, Charles Abomeli, Stacey Lynn Crowe, Simon Balfour | Written and Directed by Lawrence Fowler When a museum is donated a vintage Jack-In-The-Box, it s not long before staff member Casey starts to think that the creepy clown doll inside has a life of its […]

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10th Mar2020

‘The Vineyard’ Blu-ray Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: James Hong, Karen Lorre, Michael Wong, Lars Wangberg, Cheryl Madsen, Cheryl Lawson, Rue Douglas, Sean P. Donahue, Sherri Ball, Karl-Heinz Teuber | Written and Directed by James Hong Crackpot scientist and celebrated winemaker Dr. Elson Po has made the ultimate discovery: the secret to everlasting life. As with all good things, however, there s […]

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09th Mar2020

‘Jurassic Thunder’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Heath C. Heine, Rick Haak, Jon Cotton, Dmitri Raskes, Elvis Sharp, Ivan Pavletic, Aga Kistler, Rich Richardson III, Leon Mayfield, Nicole Goeke, Mia J Park, Kevon Ward, Mia Paris, Jared Johnson | Written by Milko Davis | Directed by Milko Davis, Thomas Martwick Jurassic Thunder starts as it means to go on. There’s an […]

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09th Mar2020

‘Don’t Speak’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Stephanie Lodge, Ryan Davies, Jake Watkins, Will Stanton, Georgina Jane, Helen Minassian, Nicola Wright, AJ Blackwell | Written and Directed by Scott Jeffrey Yet ANOTHER film from the ever-prolific UK genre outfit Proportion Productions, Don’t Speak sees the company, and in particular director Scott Jeffrey, on familiar ground. Now if I tell you that […]

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09th Mar2020

‘The Girl on the Third Floor’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado, Elissa Dowling, Karen Woditsch, Marshall Bean, Anish Jethmalani, Bishop Stevens | Written and Directed by Travis Stevens Travis Stevens, producer of films such as A Horrible Way to Die, The Aggression Scale, Starry Eyes and We Are Still Here (all fanatasic genre films may I […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Fantasy Island’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker | Written by Jeff Wadlow, Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach | Directed by Jeff Wadlow The latest venture from genre specialists Blumhouse Productions is this horror adaptation of the popular 1977 TV series that starred Ricardo Montalban and […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Dead Sound’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeff Kober, Caroline Day, Matty Cardarople, Brett Azar, Eric Tabach, Ashley Austin Morris, Sophie Faulkenberry, John Behlmann, Matthew Gumley, Noah Gaynor, Max Miller | Written by Jon Adler, Ted Weihman | Directed by Tony Glazer Dead Sound, directed by Tony Glazer (Junction) tells the story of four best friends who decide to attend a […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Pandamonium’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: David Hon Ma Chu, Oriana Charles, Dani Thompson, Will Jones, James Hamer-Morton, Lee Mark Jones, Charlie Bond | Written by Anna Dixon | Directed by MJ Dixon A spin-off from Mycho Pictures’ Slasher House series, Pandamonium tells the story of Jacob Jakushi (David Hon Ma Chu), the infamous ‘Stripper Ripper. With an oversized Panda […]

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06th Mar2020

‘A Wakefield Project’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lindsay Seim, Dennis Andres, Anthony Bewlz, Rob Archer, Dan Yeager, Pedro Miguel Arce, Eileen Dietz, Brie Sutherland, Avery Esteves, Patrick Walker | Written by Lindsay Seim | Directed by L.A. Lopes Well, well. I’ve seen solar flares used as a myriad of excuses in sci-fi movies, from the rising tides to the earth’s temperature […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution’ Review (Netflix)

by Xenia Grounds

It’s hard to believe Pokemon is nearly 25 years old. It’s even harder to believe I’m older than this series (Not by much but still, that’s a good way to remind me of my age). It’s stating the obvious but Pokemon has taken the world by storm. It’s been a staple part of many childhoods […]

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05th Mar2020

‘The Dark Red’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: April Billingsley, Kelsey Scott, Conal Byrne, Bernard Setaro Clark, Rhoda Griffis, John Curran, Jill Jane Clements | Written by Dan Bush, Conal Byrne | Directed by Dan Bush Writer/director Dan Bush and writer Conal Byrne team for the third time, following The Reconstruction of William Zero (2014) and The Vault (2017) with The Dark […]

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03rd Mar2020

‘Spies In Disguise’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Features the voices of: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Karen Gillan, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Masi Oka, DJ Khaled | Written by Brad Copeland, Lloyd Taylor | Directed by Nick Bruno, Troy Quane Spies In Disguise centers on Lance Sterling (Smith), a super spy who is inadvertently turned into a pigeon by scientist Walter […]

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03rd Mar2020

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Blu-ray Review

by Alex Ginnelly

Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, Tom Hopper, Brett Azar, Diego Boneta, Tábata Cerez, Steven Cree, Pete Ploszek | Written by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray | Directed by Tim Miller Although the best in the franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this is clearly a dying franchise […]

03rd Mar2020

‘Come To Daddy’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley | Written by Toby Harvard | Directed by Ant Timpson Directed by Ant Timpson in his feature directorial debut, based on his idea and written by Toby Harvard (The Greasy Strangler), Come to Daddy is a New Zealand film project. It stars Elijah Wood […]

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02nd Mar2020

‘Angels Fallen’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicola Posener, Caroline Amiguet, Filareta Atanasova, Ivica Dimitrijevic, Scott Anthony Gould, Hailey Hermida, Li Jing, Lee Kholafai, William Legue, Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Tommy Nash, Ivy Natalia, Houston Rhines | Written by Amanda Barton | Directed by Ali Zamani Action/fantasy horror can be very hit or miss. I have to say in general I […]

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02nd Mar2020

‘The Mercenary’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dominiquie Vandenberg, Louis Mandylor, Carmen Argenziano, Manny Alva, Brad Ashten, Robb Zbacnik, Jeremiah B. McQueen, Geordie Robinson, Alina Andrei, Luke LaFontaine, Robert Dill, Marilyn Sanabria, Nihan Gur | Written by David Filmore | Directed by Jesse V.Johnson Maxx (Dominiquie Vandenberg) is a legionnaire turned mercenary. When a mission in South America goes wrong Maxx […]

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