02nd Apr2019

‘Assassination Nation’ DVD Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra, Colman Domingo, Bill Skarsgård, Joel McHale, Anika Noni Rose, Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Cody Christian, Danny Ramirez | Written and Directed by Sam Levinson The Salem witch trials are brought screaming into the 21st century through the lens of the modern teenage experience. This is the story of […]

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02nd Apr2019

‘Hell Fest’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth, Tony Todd, Courtney Dietz, Michael Tourek, Christian James, Matt Mercurio, Roby Attal, Elle Graham, Alicia Rosato, Brooke Jaye Taylor, Mason Pike | Written by Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler, William Penick, Christopher Sey, Akela Cooper | Directed by Gregory Plotkin Hell Fest is the latest simplistic, conventional, horror […]

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01st Apr2019

‘Room For Rent’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Lin Shaye, Oliver Rayon, Valeska Miller, Ryan Ochoa | Written by Stuart Flack | Directed by Tommy Stovall Sometimes it just takes one actor to be starring in a movie, and in particular, a horror movie, for me to give it a chance. This was the case with Room For Rent which has the […]

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01st Apr2019

‘Detour’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Edmund MacDonald, Claudia Drake | Written by Martin Goldsmith | Directed by Edward G. Ulmer Thanks to its absurd plotting and an even more absurd running time (it’s not even seventy minutes long), Detour is a breeze of a watch. Essentially a noir road movie, it’s fast, funny, grimy and […]

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01st Apr2019

‘Dumbo’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Roshan Seth, Lars Eidinger, Deobia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, Miguel Muñoz Segura | Written by Ehren Kruger | Directed by Tim Burton Dumbo is the live-action remake of the much beloved 1941 Walt Disney film of the same name. This updated […]

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29th Mar2019

MANIFF 2019: ‘Far From The Apple Tree’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sorcha Groundsell, Victoria Liddelle, Lynsey-Anne Moffat, Margaret Fraser, Adrienne-Marie Zitt, Scarlett Mack | Written by Ben Soper | Directed by Grant McPhee Directed by Grant McPhee (Night Kaleidoscope), low budget horror Far From The Apple Tree stars Sorcha Groundsell as Judith, a young artist who takes a job as the live-in assistant to acclaimed […]

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29th Mar2019

‘Gloria Bell’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Julianne Moore, Alanna Ubach, Michael Cera, Sean Astin, John Turturro, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Rita Wilson, Caren Pistorius, Cassi Thomson, Tyson Ritter, Chris Mulkey, Barbara Sukowa | Written by Alice Johnson Boher, Sebastián Lelio | Directed by Sebastián Lelio Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a […]

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28th Mar2019

‘Captive State’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Dunn, James Ransone, Alan Ruck, Madeline Brewer, Machine Gun Kelly, Kevin J. O’Connor | Written by Erica Beeney, Rupert Wyatt | Directed by Rupert Wyatt Captive State is director Rupert Wyatt’s first feature film in five years after the relatively underseen drama, and his remake […]

28th Mar2019

MANIFF 2019: ‘Isabelle’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Zoë Belkin, Sheila McCarthy, Booth Savage, Krista Bridges, Michael Miranda, Dayo Ade, David Tompa | Written by Donald Martin | Directed by Rob Heydon Directed by Rob Heydon, suburban chiller Isabelle just about gets the job done, though it lacks focus and misses several opportunities to make its scares actually […]

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28th Mar2019

‘The Dirt’ Review (Netflix)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Machine Gun Kelly, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber, Iwan Rheon, Alyssa Marie Stilwell, Matthew Underwood, Kathryn Morris, Vince Mattis, Courtney Dietz | Written by Amanda Adelson, Rich Wilkes | Directed by Jeff Tremaine The Dirt, directed by Jackass alumni Jeff Tremaine, is your ultra-conventional biopic that charts the rise, fall and ultimately rise again of […]

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27th Mar2019

‘Elizabeth Harvest’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino, Matthew Beard, Dylan Baker | Written and Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez As much as I love big budget sci-fi movies, there’s some great, much smaller budgeted, movies in this genre. I’ve always found that the best independent sci-fi movies are ones that come up with brilliant, creative and […]

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26th Mar2019

‘Death Kiss’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Kovacs, Daniel Baldwin, Richard Tyson, Eva Hamilton, Stormi Maya | Written and Directed by Rene Perez [NOTE: With the film now out on DVD in the UK, here’s a reposting of our review of Death Kiss from its US debut last year] As if having one of his films, Playing With Dolls, released in […]

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26th Mar2019

‘Night’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alexis Beacher, Danielle Iannucci, Gianna Jacobs, Nicholas Michael Jacobs | Written and Directed by Nicholas Michael Jacobs Found footage horror movies have probably had a much longer life than many movie lovers would have liked. Cannibal Holcaust is known as the first of its kind (and still one of the best), yet the genre […]

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26th Mar2019

Horrorhound Weekend: ‘Soul to Keep’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sandra Mae Frank, Aurora Heimbach, Kate Rose Reynolds, Tony Spitz, Craig Fogel, Jordan Theodore, Derek Long, Jessie Jordan, Connor McKenna, Brian Donovon | Written by David Allensworth, Eric Bram | Directed by David Allensworth, Moniere A group of siblings, and their lifelong, friends decide to throw a party at a rundown country house belonging […]

25th Mar2019

‘The Kid’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Dane DeHaan, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Leila George, Ethan Hawke, Adam Baldwin, Tait Fletcher, Jake Schur, Keith Jardine, Jenny Gabrielle, Ben Dickey, Howard Ferguson Jr., Stafford Douglas, Hawk D’Onofrio | Written by Andrew Lanham | Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio The Kid, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, is a finely formed and sturdy old-fashioned western that […]

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25th Mar2019

‘Ben is Back’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar, Alexandra Park, Michael Esper, Tim Guinee, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Kristin Griffith, Jack Davidson, Mia Fowler, Jakari Fraser, Cameron Roberts | Written and Directed by Peter Hedges Ben is Back, directed by Peter Hedges, faces strong competition in this year’s “Armageddon […]

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25th Mar2019

‘To Sleep With Anger’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Danny Glover, Mary Alice, Richard Brooks, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Paul Butler | Written and Directed by Charles Burnett Made in 1990, the title To Sleep With Anger may make it sound like a straight-to-VHS domestic abuse thriller but this film is actually a sensitive, sad and funny drama about an African-American community in Los […]

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25th Mar2019

‘Creed II’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby, Wood Harris, Milo Ventimiglia, Robbie Johns, Andre Ward, Brigitte Nielsen | Written by Sylvester Stallone, Cheo Hodari Coker | Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed II, the long-anticipated follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film Creed, itself […]

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22nd Mar2019

‘Us’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon, Madison Curry, Ashley Mckoy, Napiera Groves, Lon Gowan | Written and Directed by Jordan Peele Us is Jordan Peele’s second directorial feature after his highly successful and critical acclaimed Academy Award-winning directorial […]

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22nd Mar2019

‘Pet Graveyard’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jessica O’Toole, David Cotter, Rita Siddiqui, Kate Lush, Andrew Hollingworth, Claire-Maria Fox, Mike Kelson, Kate Milner Evans, Heronimo Sehmi, Georgina Jane, Hattie Willow | Written by Suzy Spade | Directed by Rebecca Matthews We’ve covered quite a few films from UK production outfit Proportion Productions, who have become almost factory-like in their film output […]

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22nd Mar2019

‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Andrea Anders, Laura Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin, Andrew Matthew Welch, Jon Briddell, Jesse C. Boyd, Evan Castelloe, Josh Daugherty, Jay DeVon Johnson | Written by Nina Fiore, John Herrera | Directed by Katt Shea It’s difficult where to start with Warner Brothers rebooted feature of Nancy Drew and […]

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21st Mar2019

‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst, Pawel Szajda, Ryan Cargill, Bella Popa, Fivel Stewart, Tyler Johnson, Ben Mellish | Written and Directed by Daniel Farrands Not until I did some research, after viewing The Haunting of Sharon Tate, did I realise that 2019 would be the 50th “anniversary’”year of the Tate Murders – a […]

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