26th Aug2011

Frightfest 2011 Review: ‘Vile’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Eric Jay Beck, April Matson, Akeem Smith, Greg Cipes, Elisha Skorman, Heidi Mueller, Maya Hazen, Rob Kirkland | Written by Eric Jay Beck, Rob Kowsaluk | Directed by Taylor Sheridan Ah, the torture-porn genre, how I’ve missed you. Not really. But it does seem that every year FrightFest manages to pull a new example of […]

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22nd Aug2011

Book Review: ‘Undead’ – by John Russo

by Paul Metcalf

Undead by John Russo is a book of two halves. The first half is the novelisation of Night of the Living Dead and the second part is the novelisation of the first concept for Return of the Living Dead. This is interesting to read as it’s totally different than the movie it became. This version of Return was more […]

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22nd Aug2011

Book Review: ‘Bloodshot’ – by Cherie Priest

by Paul Metcalf

Vampires; since when did they become so passé in the horror world? It’s a shame really and it’s easy to blame Twilight for the watering down of one of the darker creatures of the imaginary worlds of fiction. Sometimes though we can escape the almost incessant deluge of emo vampires and we find one that […]

24th Jul2011

‘The Pack’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Yolande Moreau, Émilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay | Written and Directed by Franck Richard France right now is arguably a boiling pot for horror. Whether it’s a movie like Martyrs, designed to make you think more about the subject matter, or like Haute Tension, an onslaught of pure violence, the French are never scared to […]

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24th Jul2011

‘Gallants’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Teddy Robin, Wong You Nam, Jia Xiao Chen, MC Jin, Li Hai Tao, Law Wing Cheong, Leung Siu Lung, Chan Koon Tai, Susan Shaw, Chan Wai Man, Li Ka, Turbo Law | Directed by Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng When legendary kung fu master Law Sun (Teddy Robin) unexpectedly awakes from a 30-year coma he […]

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24th Jul2011

‘Trust’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Liana Liberato, Chris Henry Coffey, Catherine Keener, Clive Owen | Written by Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger | Directed by David Schwimmer Though he has to some extent established himself as perfectly capable of directing with his work on Friends and Simon Pegg rom-com Run Fatboy Run, a hard-hitting and serious drama about rape is […]

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23rd Jul2011

‘Scream of the Banshee’ DVD Review (After Dark Originals)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Lauren Holly, Lance Henriksen, Monica Acosta, Eric F. Adams, Marcelle Baer | Written by Anthony C. Ferrante | Directed by Steven C. Miller The banshee, a mythical creature that foretells a death in the night by her eerie wails floating out of the darkness. I know what you are thinking; it’s a good character […]

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21st Jul2011

‘The Funhouse’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin,Cooper Huckabee, David Carson | Written by Lawrence Block | Directed by Tobe Hooper As a horror fan I always like going back to the older movies that I missed in that past. The Funhouse is one of these so now it’s been released on Blu-ray it’s the perfect […]

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17th Jul2011

‘The Task’ DVD Review (After Dark Originals)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Texas Battle, Alexandra Staden, Adam Raynor, Victor McGuire | Written by Kenny Yakkel | Directed by Alex Orwell Remember the remake of House on Haunted Hill and its sequel the truly horrible Return to the House on Haunted Hill? It’s a well worked out structure for a movie and it’ll work again right? That […]

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02nd Jul2011

‘Hunger’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Lori Heuring, Linden Ashby, Joe Egender | Written by L.D. Goffigan | Directed by Steven Hentges Imagine a social experiment where five people are tracked within a dungeon provided with only water and a clock counting down to some unknown event. I know, Big Brothers got a lot to answer for right? This is […]

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02nd Jul2011

‘Fading of the Cries’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Brad Dourif, Mackenzie Rosman, Hallee Hirsh | Written and Directed by Brian A. Metcalf When watching Fading of the Cries it seems to be to be one movie that really made me think the use of CGI had gone too far. Yes it’s fair that CGI can help create worlds which would be way […]

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01st Jul2011

‘Lake Mungo’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe | Written and Directed by Joel Anderson Sometimes the best style of horror is the psychological, which is designed to get into your head and make you really wonder what you are in fact watching. This is the type of movie that Lake Mungo is. Lake Mungo is […]

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30th Jun2011

‘Swamp Shark’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kristy Swanson, D.B. Sweeney, Robert Davi, Jeff Chase | Written by Eric Miller, Charles Bolon | Directed by Griff Furst On a remote patch of swamp, an illegal animal smuggling deal goes bad and a vicious creature is released into the river. Meanwhile at the Broussard family-owned Gator Shed restaurant a disgruntled customer and […]

30th Jun2011

’5150 Elm’s Way’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D’Amour, Sonia Vachon | Written by Patrick Senécal | Directed by Éric Tessier Chess is a game of war. It’s a battle of strategies where only one side can win. What happens when chess becomes an obsession, a means to even argue the right to kill all because of a game […]

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28th Jun2011

‘Witchfinder General’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies | Written by Michael Reeves, Tom Baker | Directed by Michael Reeves When England was going through the civil war between the Royalists and Roundheads what is the last thing you would think the country needs? That’s right witches. That’s why they needed the self-appointed Witchfinder to scour […]

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22nd Jun2011

‘Killer’s Moon’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Anthony Forrest, Tom Marshall, Georgina Kean | Written and Directed by Alan Birkinshaw What would you do if you thought you were in a dream? What do you think four lunatics would do if they were programmed to believe they were dreaming would do? That’s pretty much what Killer’s Moon is about. The lunatics […]

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22nd Jun2011

‘Requiem For a Vampire’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté | Written and Directed by Jean Rollin Requiem for a Vampire is also known as Caged Virgins, Virgins and Vampires and Sex Vampires. Does that catch your interest? I’m sure it will do. I prefer Requiem for a Vampire as the name though; it pulls the movie back […]

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19th Jun2011

Book Review: Crazy 4 Cult – Cult Movie Art

by Phil Wheat

GALLERY 1988′s CRAZY 4 CULT: CULT MOVIE ART Introduction by Kevin Smith | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback 176pp Your favourite cult movies, as you’ve never seen them before! The annual Crazy 4 Cult art show in Los Angeles has quickly become a phenomenon, with thousands of visitors, a million hits on its […]

05th Jun2011

‘Psalm 21′ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jonas Malmsjö, Niklas Falk, Björn Bengtsson, Görel Crona, Josefin Ljungman | Written and Directed by Fredrik Hiller If you are not into the whole religion thing about hell and damnation it can be hard to watch movies that rely on these themes and be able to take them seriously. I’ll admit I am sceptical […]

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27th May2011

Book Review: The Lost Fleet – Victorious

by Jack Kirby

Written by Jack Campbell | Published by Titan Books Campbell ends his six-book series in fine form – Captain John Geary is one battle away from bringing the fleet home. All that stands in the way is a final Syndic ‘reserve’ flotilla. Given that this only takes up a very small section at the beginning […]

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26th May2011

Book Review: The Lost Fleet – Relentless

by Jack Kirby

Written by Jack Campbell | Published by Titan Books Jack Campbell’s military science fiction series reaches its penultimate instalment in Relentless. The book opens with an account of Captain John Geary’s courageous and legend-making battle that started the galactic war the books describe over one hundred years ago, that has been referred to frequently throughout […]

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14th May2011

‘Breaking Nikki’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Maria Ines Alonso, Oliver Kolker, Veronica Mari, Maxime Seuge | Written by Nicanor Loreti | Directed by Hernan Findling If you like your horror dark, psychological and sometimes disturbing Breaking Nikki may be the movie for you. You just have to be prepared to be very confused at times. Basically the movie is about a guy […]

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