30th Oct2018

From VHS to VOD #6

by Phil Wheat

After a brief (OK, year-long) hiatus, our From VHS to VOD column returns to guide you through the strange and obscure – the odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on streaming and on-demand services. Since our last installment there has been an explosion of the obscure movies hitting Amazon Prime […]

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29th Oct2018

VOD Vault: ‘Serpent’ & ‘The Super’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been more than a few months since our last installment, so we’re diving into two brand-new films to have hit VOD services recently: Serpent, and The Super – both available on iTunes, […]

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23rd Oct2018

‘Await Further Instructions’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, David Bradley, Grant Masters, Holly Weston, Abigail Cruttenden | Written by Gavin Williams | Directed by Johnny Kevorkian It’s nearly that time of year again, my favourite time of year…..no not Halloween! I’m talking about Christmas! And despite its slightly unusual title Await Further Instructions is indeed a Christmas horror film. Taking […]

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19th Oct2018

‘Outlawed’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Adam Collins, Jessica Norris, Emmeline Kellie, Andy Calderwood, Andre Squire, Anthony Burrows, Zara Phythian, Ollie Christie, Tina Harris, Melvyn Rawlinson | Written and Directed by Adam Collins, Luke Radford Outlawed follows former Royal Marines Commando Jake O’Neil (Adam Collins) who, following a failed mission and dismissal, struggles to adjust to civilian life. A decorated […]

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13th Oct2018

‘Blue Iguana’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz, Phoebe Fox, Peter Ferdinando, Peter Polycarpou, Simon Callow, Frances Barber, Amanda Donohoe, Al Weaver, Glenn Wrage, Robin Hellier, Pedro Lloyd Gardiner, Andre Flynn, Perry Jaques, Anton Saunders, Vic Waghorn, Paul Chan, Martin Muncaster, Jack Silver, Tom Tunney | Written and Directed by Hadi Hajaig Opening a crime film, an indie […]

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08th Oct2018

‘Mermaid’s Song’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Iwan Rheon, Katelyn Mager, Brendan Taylor, Jessie Fraser, Steve Bradley, Barbara Wallace, Trevor Gemma, Natasha Quirke, Leala Selina, Casey Strandquist | Written by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Bob Woolsey, Meagan Hotz, Lindsey Mann | Directed by Nicholas Humphries A horror version of The Little Mermaid sounds like the best and worst idea for a movie […]

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17th Sep2018

‘Animalistic’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Hanna Oldenburg, Ralf Beck, Torbjörn Andersson, Niki Nordenskjöld, Cheryl Murphy, Johanna Wagrell | Written by Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund, David Liljeblad | Directed by Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund Animalistic comes from the directorial team of Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wirklund. A duo whose have decent form when it comes to genre filmmaking. Their previous […]

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14th Sep2018

‘Dead House’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Danny Cutler, Alex Lucchesi, Alex Southern, Kate Marie Davies, David White, James Wiles, Vanina Marini, Ettore Nicoletti, Alexandra Antonioli | Written by Brini Amerigo, Andrea Cavaletto, Marco Palese | Directed by Brini Amerigo A medical scientist and his family are having dinner together in their isolated villa in the hills. But just as they’re […]

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12th Sep2018

‘The Dawnseeker’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Franziska Schissler, Alexander Kane, Jason Skeen, Khu, Alex Giuffreda, Leonard Jackson | Written and Directed by Justin Price 2245, the Earth’s sun has dwindled and no longer provides the energy needed to sustain human life. Five hired mercenaries travel to an uncharted planet to collect a rare mineral known as stardust to replenish the […]

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24th Aug2018

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ VOD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin | Written by Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai | Directed by Johannes Roberts Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders (that’s what it means when it says “Based on a true story”), creepy slasher flick The Strangers became a hit back […]

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26th Jul2018

‘Proud Mary’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough | Written by John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal, Steven Antin | Directed by Babak Najafi Lethal, professional hit-woman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) works for the most notorious crime family in town, headed by Benny (Danny Glover). When Mary shoots a protected mobster in […]

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24th Jul2018

’2:Hrs’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Harry Jarvis, Ella-Rae Smith, Alhaji Fofana, Keith Allen, Siobhan Redmond, Seann Walsh, Marek Larwood | Written by Roland Moore | Directed by D. James Newton The concept of knowing when you die is something the we, as humans, seem to focus on as wwe get older. It’s also been the subject of a number […]

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18th Jul2018

Review: Xenon Pictures ‘Blaxploitation’ VOD line-up

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, D’Urville Martin, Melvin Van Peebles, Lady Reed et al. | Written by Frank R. Salteri, J. Robert Wagoner, Cliff Roquemore, Melvin Van Peebles et al. | Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, D’Urville Martin, J. Robert Wagoner, William A. Levey et al. Following their success with 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, […]

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21st Jun2018

‘Mayhem’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Dallas Roberts, Mark Frost, Claire Dellamar, André Eriksen, Nick Kent, Lucy Chappell, Bojan Peric, Annamaria Serda | Written by Matias Caruso | Directed by Joe Lynch The world of business is a cutthroat winner takes all monster that takes no prisoners. What you usually […]

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19th Jun2018

‘Hangman’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson, Sarah Shahi, Sloane Warren, Chelle Ramos, Steve Coulter, Michael Rose | Written by Michael Caissie, Charles Huttinger | Directed by Johnny Martin Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial […]

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28th May2018

‘Ghost House’ VOD Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, James Landry Hébert, Mark Boone Junior, Michael S. New, Elana Krausz, Kevin Ragsdale, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Rich Lee Gray, Katrina Grey | Written by Rich Ragsdale, Kevin O’Sullivan, Jason Chase Tyrrell | Directed by Rich Ragsdale Jim and Julie are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing the Thai […]

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25th Apr2018

Rakuten launch day & date VOD service with WW2 drama ‘Hurricane’

by Phil Wheat

Echoing the move by Sky to enter the day-and-date VOD market, Rakuten TV have announced the launch of its new project: Rakuten Cinema. The VOD company enters for the first time in the co-production and distribution field, with a distribution model based on a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release (as Sky Cinema did with Monster […]

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02nd Apr2018

‘Who’s Jenna?’ VOD Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Tracey Birdsall, Bill Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio, Vincent Pastore, Garry Pastore, Precious Pia, Vic Dibitetto, Jeremy Gilbert, Edwin Guerrero, Jill Christy Reiss, Michael Tota | Written and Directed by Thomas Baldinger A little while back we had the enigmatic bad-ass female lead Tracey Birdsall on the podcast to chat about her career, her connection to […]

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23rd Mar2018

‘Terrifier’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jenna Kanell, Catherine Corcoran, David Howard Thornton, Margaret Reed, Katie Maguire, Sylvia Ward, Gino Cafarelli, Michael Leavy, Samantha Scaffidi, Erick Zamora | Written and Directed by Damien Leone Clowns always send alarm bells through us because there is something unnatural about them. The fake smile created by a mask that hides the true feelings underneath, it is […]

15th Mar2018

‘Killing Gunther’ VOD Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taran Killam, Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan, Amir Talai, Allison Tolman, Hannah Simone, Peter Kelamis, Amir Talai, Ryan Gaul, Aaron Yoo | Written and Directed by Taran Killam With a documentary crew in tow to record the process, hit man Blake (Taran Killam) leads a group of skilled assassins who have had enough of the world’s number one hitman Gunther […]

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07th Mar2018

‘Living Room Coffin’ VOD Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Jennifer Prediger, Blake Berris, Irene Roseen, Remy Bennett, Mark Boone Junior, Johnny Pemberton, Eden Riegel, Linas Phillips, Johnny Pemberton | Written and Directed by Michael Sarrow Its no secret that I am nothing if not a sucker for what I call the “indie darling.” By this I mean the movies that sneak out under […]

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28th Feb2018

‘Defective’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Colin Paradine, Raven Cousens, Ashley Armstrong, Dennis Andres, Jamie Tarantini, Nick Smyth, Ry Barrett, Andrei Preda, Christopher Spaleta, Erin Stuart, Neil Affleck, Diana Goldman | Written and Directed by Reese Eveneshen Well well, it would seem that someone has been watching a little too much RoboCop (or maybe read too much Judge Dredd?) and […]

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