29th Sep2017

First wave of films for ‘Monster Fest 2017′ announced!

by Phil Wheat

Australia’s premier genre film festival, Monster Fest returns for its seventh year this November 23rd to 26th at Melbourne’s Lido Cinemas with a mix of World, Australian & Victorian Premieres! The 2017 chapter of Monster Fest, takes on a very Australian flavour – the first wave announcement includes not one, but SIX(!) brand new Australian […]

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21st Nov2015

‘Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael McCarthy, Jordan Elizabeth, Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Harry Aspinwall, Brad Potts, Wade Gallagher, Rick Montgomery Jr., Joel D. Wynkoop, Circus-Szalewski, Robert Crayton, David Astone, Tovah Duffaut | Written by Kevin A. McCarthy, Michael McCarthy | Directed by Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson You know, I can get behind bad films; I can get […]

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24th Oct2015

‘The Killage’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Rita Artmann, Joe Bauer, Dryden Bingham, Daniel Bradford, Andrew O’Sullivan, Jess Thomas-Hall, Mark Theodossiou, Laura Jane Turner, Carmel Savage, Meisha Lowe, Johancee Theron, Cameron Sowden | Written and Directed by Joe Bauer At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking The Killage is steaming pile of filmic horse shit, filled with some of the […]

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02nd Aug2015

‘Eat’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Meggie Maddock, Jeff Maez, Ali Francis, Dakota Pike, Jeremy Make, Christine Olyer, Stacy Pederson, Nate Bakke, Maru Garcia, Olivia Hendrick, Aaron Lenius | Written and Directed by Jimmy Weber The horrors of Hollywood strike again. After last years hit Frightfest flick Starry Eyes, which took a very supernatural look at the price of fame; […]

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29th Jun2015

‘Charlie’s Farm’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nathan Jones, Tara Reid, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Allira Jaques, Genna Chanelle Hayes, Dean Kirkright, Madeleine Kennedy, Lindsay Edgecomb, Sam Coward, Trudi Ross, Justin Gerardin, Cameron Caulfield | Written and Directed by Chris Sun Sometimes, as a horror fan, you want to watch a movie that will scare you, sometimes one that will ask […]

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09th Mar2015

Review Round-Up: ‘Contracted’ & ‘The Skeleton Twins’

by Phil Wheat

CONTRACTED Stars: Najarra Townsend, Charley Koontz, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Caroline Williams | Written and Directed by Eric England Contracted, originally screened at Frightfest back in 2013, stars Najarra Townsend as Samantha, a young woman who contracts something nasty after being date-raped at a party. Over the course of a few short days, […]

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21st Feb2015

Review Round-Up: ‘Throwback’ & Summer of Blood’

by Phil Wheat

THROWBACK Stars: Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells, Warren Clements, Andy Bramble | Written and Directed by Travis Bain There’s seems to be a renaissance in Ozploitation for the bigfoot movie (more commonly known as the Yowie down under), a genre which had, until very recently, died a slow an painful death, becoming […]

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22nd Jan2015

‘The Search for Weng Weng’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

It’s safe to say that a lot of my fellow cinephiles reading this have at least one cinematic obsession. You may devote a lot of time and money building up a library of films and merchandise relating to that specific obsession. Some devote Facebook pages, blogs and books to their cinematic pride and joy. Then […]

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08th Jan2015

‘Gun Woman’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Asami, Kairi Narita, Noriaki Kamata, Matthew Floyd Miller, Dean Simone, Marianne Bourg, Marco Ballare | Written and Directed by Kurando Mitsutake Pardon the language, but f**k me… Gun Woman is my kind of movie! Wild, crazy, sexy, bloody and bad-ass are just a small selection of over the top adjectives I’d use to describe […]

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03rd Nov2014

‘Beckoning the Butcher’ Review

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Damien Lipp, Stephanie Mauro, Tristen Barr, Sophie Wright, Tilly Legge, Lliam Murphy, Janet Watson Kruse, Peter Flaherty | Written and Directed by Dale Trott Beckoning the Butcher follows the story of Chris (Lipp), an online vlogger who finds ghost summoning rituals and films himself doing them. Becoming more and more desperate for ideas, he turns to his […]

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24th Oct2014

‘Found’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless, Alex Kogin, Andy Alphonse, Shane Beasley, Angela Denton, Kitsie Duncan, Kate Braun, Edward Jackson, Adrian Cox-Thurmond | Written and Directed by Scott Schirmer When a serial killer is caught one of the questions that is often asked is why didn’t the family realise? For many the […]

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24th Oct2014

Celluloid Screams 2014: ‘Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Glenn Maynard, Kyrie Capri, Aston Elliot, Louise Bremner, Benjamin Grant Mitchell, Kristen Condon, Lucinda Cowden | Written by Addison Heath | Directed by Stuart Simpson It’s been four years since Stuart Simpson hit my cinematic radar with El Monstro Del Mar a rockabilly meets monster movie that, despite its low budget nature, was a […]

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13th Sep2014

Grimmfest 2014: ‘Devil’s Tower’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Roxanne Pallett, Jason Mewes, Frances Ruffelle, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Emma Buckley, Peter Barrett | Written by Adam J. Marsh | Directed by Owen Tooth Albion Court is the least ‘des res’ in the neighbourhood – a hangout for drug dealers, rife with squatters and two residents recently died in an apparent bizarre suicide pact. However […]

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13th Aug2014

‘Raven’s Cabin’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Andrea Burdett, Luke Ledger, Pia Prendiville, Mauricio Merino Jr., John McPherson, Neal Huxley, Jag Pannu, David Ryan Kinsman, Elizabeth Frodsham, Scott O’Keeffe | Written by Katrina Rodriguez | Directed by Loren Johnson What do we do with trouble teens? In movies we have seen a few answers, like Battle Royale where we stick them […]

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27th Jul2014

‘Apocalyptic’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield, Tom McCathie, Rachel Torrance, Ashleigh Gregory, Zoe Imms, Janice Paull, Natalia Nespeca, Donna Pope, Nalini Vasudevan, Felicity Steel, Meghan Scerri | Written and Directed by Glenn Triggs By now you’re probably sick of me saying how much I detest found-footage films. After all I say the same […]

10th Jul2014

‘Across the River’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Renzo Gariup, Marco Marchese, Lidia Zabrieszach | Written by Lorenzo Bianchini, Michela Bianchini | Directed by Lorenzo Bianchini While working in a remote woods, wildlife researcher Marco Contrada’s studies lead him to an abandoned village deep in the Italian countryside where he becomes trapped due to flooding. His presence in the village unleashes a […]

11th May2014

‘Murderdrome’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kat Anderson, Daisy Masterman, Amber Sajben, Rachael Blackwood, Jake Brown, Demonique Deluxe, Anthony Cincotta, Pepper Minx, Louise Monnington, Mary Poppinskulls, Dayna Seville | Written by Daniel Armstrong, Louise Monnington, Trent Schwarz | Directed by Daniel Armstrong It’s hard to believe that Australia once had a reputation for producing some top-notch exploitation flicks. In recent […]

09th Apr2014

‘Antisocial’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic, Romaine Waite | Written by Cody Calahan, Chad Archibald | Directed by Cody Calahan [NOTE: With the film finally set for a home entertainment release next week, here’s a reposting of my review of Antisocial from its UK debut at last years Frightfest] It’s often been […]

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11th Feb2014

‘Muirhouse’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Iain McDonald, Kate Henderson, Steve Lynch, Libby Ashby, David Saporito, Jordie McKay, Lewis Ryan, Jacob Turner, Jack Walsh | Written and Directed by Tanzeal Rahim Ghosts always catch people’s interest whether it be a “live investigation” or the latest found footage horror film that promises to be the scariest thing you’ve ever seen.  Muirhouse is a […]

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10th Oct2013

31 Days of Horror: ‘The Disco Exorcist’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Ruth Sullivan, Alex Aponte, Brandon Luis Aponte, Danielle Gelehrter, Gio Castellano | Written by Tony Nunes | Directed by Richard Griffin You know exactly what you’re getting into with a film like The Disco Exorcist, especially given that the film opens with a disclaimer that exclaims the producers can’t even […]

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23rd Sep2013

GrimmFest 2013 Review: ‘Thanatomorphose’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kayden Rose, Émile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Simon Laperrière, Pat Lemaire, Karine Picard, David Tousignant | Written and Directed by Éric Falardeau Thanatomorphose: “visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death” Thanatomorphose is, to put it bluntly, a startling and horrifying first feature from writer/director Éric Falardeau. On the surface the film […]

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04th Jul2013

‘Little Deaths’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Amy Joyce Hastings, Luke de Lacey, Kate Braithwaite, Tom Sawyer, Jodie Jameson | Written and Directed by Sean Hogan, Simon Rumley, Andrew Parkinson The anthology has a rich history in British film, from TV dramas such as Armchair Theatre and Hammer’s House of Horror to the classic Amicus anthologies such as Tales From the […]

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