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When the Wind Blows (1986) Blu-ray Review
When the Wind Blows (1986) Blu-ray Review
When the Wind Blows (1986) Blu-ray Review

When the Wind Blows (1986) Blu-ray Review

These days it is easy to forget how it was to live in fear of the bomb, even as relatively recent as the 1980s and for those who lived through it. There was even an international government acronym for what a nuclear war or att...
 
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Chasing the Dragon (2017) DVD Review
Chasing the Dragon (2017) DVD Review
Chasing the Dragon (2017) DVD Review

Chasing the Dragon (2017) DVD Review

Chasing the Dragon (2017) is a Hong Kong – Chinese co-production that traces the story of a drug dealer and gangster and his relationship with a police detective. It is based off the true story of one of Hong Kong’s...
 

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The Mystery of Picasso (1956) DVD Review
The Mystery of Picasso (1956) DVD Review
The Mystery of Picasso (1956) DVD Review

The Mystery of Picasso (1956) DVD Review

Once Picasso referred to his adolesence and his gift for painting and drawing: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. In Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Mystery of Pic...
 
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New World (2013) Blu-ray Review
New World (2013) Blu-ray Review
New World (2013) Blu-ray Review

New World (2013) Blu-ray Review

New World (2013) is the 2nd recent release of a Park Hoon-jung film on Eureka! Entertainment, following on from another recent release, The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale (2015). Made before The Tiger, New World (like the ot...
 

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Cold Moon (2016) DVD Review
Cold Moon (2016) DVD Review
Cold Moon (2016) DVD Review

Cold Moon (2016) DVD Review

[This review contains a spoiler alert]. A Southern Gothic horror would be the best way to describe this new horror film. Much of the publicity for the film focused that it’s based off a novel by Michael McDowell who had p...
 
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Kills on Wheels (2016) Blu-ray Review
Kills on Wheels (2016) Blu-ray Review
Kills on Wheels (2016) Blu-ray Review

Kills on Wheels (2016) Blu-ray Review

A new film from Hungary, Kills on Wheels (2017) central characters or protagonists are paraplegics. As a comedy thriller this could so easily have gone wrong and be seen as distrasteful in the Farrelly Brothers sense. In an unu...
 

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Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review
Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review
Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review

Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review

The mantle of leading Italian giallo director was handed down to Dario Argento from Mario Bava following Argento’s critical and cult success with Suspiria in 1976. That film was intended to have been the start of a trilogy of f...
 
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A Ghost Story (2017) DVD Review
A Ghost Story (2017) DVD Review
A Ghost Story (2017) DVD Review

A Ghost Story (2017) DVD Review

A Ghost Story (2017) is by no means a normal ghost story. Nor is it in the strictest sense of the word a horror film. It even has the audacity to have as it’s ghost a human shape with a white bedsheet over it with cutaway...
 

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Sweet Virginia (2017) DVD Review
Sweet Virginia (2017) DVD Review
Sweet Virginia (2017) DVD Review

Sweet Virginia (2017) DVD Review

Sweet Virginia (2017), a new film out on Kaleidoscope is a moody and atmospheric neo-noir film that has seen only a limited release. It’s pace is deliberately slow, but this only adds to the noirish feel to the film. Unfo...
 
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Leatherface (2017) DVD Review
Leatherface (2017) DVD Review
Leatherface (2017) DVD Review

Leatherface (2017) DVD Review

It would seem that there is still an appetite for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise with the new release Leatherface (2017) coming out on DVD. This is the 8th such film in the series. Yet each release only highlights how, a...
 

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Bad Day for the Cut (2017) DVD Review
Bad Day for the Cut (2017) DVD Review
Bad Day for the Cut (2017) DVD Review

Bad Day for the Cut (2017) DVD Review

It is natural that the Troubles in Northern Ireland loom large in a film set in Northern Ireland. The recent sticking point in the Brexit negotioations highlight how fragile this issue still is to the people of Northern Ireland...
 
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The Man with the Iron Heart (2017) DVD Review
The Man with the Iron Heart (2017) DVD Review
The Man with the Iron Heart (2017) DVD Review

The Man with the Iron Heart (2017) DVD Review

“A man with an iron heart” is how Adolf Hitler described Reinhard Heydrich. This he meant as a compliment as Heydrich was one of Hitler’s most ardent followers and carried out his brutal vision of tyranny unde...
 

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The Witches (1967) Blu-ray Review
The Witches (1967) Blu-ray Review
The Witches (1967) Blu-ray Review

The Witches (1967) Blu-ray Review

La Streghe (The Witches) (1967) has always been an elusive film for film buffs, mostly because of it co-starring Clint Eastwood in an Italian film. But focusing solely on this would take away the other talents on display in thi...
 
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The Apartment (1960) Blu-ray Review
The Apartment (1960) Blu-ray Review
The Apartment (1960) Blu-ray Review

The Apartment (1960) Blu-ray Review

The term ‘Master’ levelled at filmmakers is often overused, but in Billy Wilder’s case, like Stanley Kubrick, whatever genre or type of film he made became gold. But Wilder was more than a director; he also wr...
 

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Black Sabbath (1963) Blu-ray Review
Black Sabbath (1963) Blu-ray Review
Black Sabbath (1963) Blu-ray Review

Black Sabbath (1963) Blu-ray Review

Growing up, the availability of European horror classics such as those directed by Mario Bava as well as the film directors influenced by Bava, including Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, were rare. Images in horror books would sh...
 
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Pulp (1972) Blu-ray Review
Pulp (1972) Blu-ray Review
Pulp (1972) Blu-ray Review

Pulp (1972) Blu-ray Review

In 1971 Michael Caine and director Mike Hodges collaborated on what became one of the seminal films of both their career’s, as well as one of the seminal films of the 1970s, Get Carter. The following year the pair made Pu...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Shot Caller Review
Shot Caller Review
Shot Caller Review

Shot Caller Review

In many ways the new release, Shot Caller is a strong indictment against the legal and penal system in America. The plot takes a regular middle-class family guy and turns him into a ruthless and smart gangster. Of course the pl...
 
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Carrie (1976) Blu-ray Review
Carrie (1976) Blu-ray Review
Carrie (1976) Blu-ray Review

Carrie (1976) Blu-ray Review

Another coup from Arrow Video, available as a Blu-ray limited edition is the new release of one of the great cult horror films of the 1970s, Carrie (1976). This can only be described as the most definitive release of the film a...
 

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Amour Fou (2014) Blu-ray Review
Amour Fou (2014) Blu-ray Review
Amour Fou (2014) Blu-ray Review

Amour Fou (2014) Blu-ray Review

A film about a young man’s obsession with finding someone to share a double suicide (well everyone should have a hobby). Amour Fou (2014) is set in 1811 during the Romantic era. Suicide was it seemed very fashionable duri...
 
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Lost in Paris (2016) Blu-ray Review
Lost in Paris (2016) Blu-ray Review
Lost in Paris (2016) Blu-ray Review

Lost in Paris (2016) Blu-ray Review

Lost in Paris (2016) is the 4th feature collaboration between kooky real life husband and wife duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel who starred, directed, produced and wrote this light Franco-Belgian comedy. The film opens in a ...
 

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Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996) Blu-ray Review
Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996) Blu-ray Review
Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996) Blu-ray Review

Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996) Blu-ray Review

Despite its title, Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996) (original French title: Y’aura t’il de la neige à Noël?) is far removed from having anything Christmassy about it until the final scene. What it is, is a strong ...
 
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Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) Blu-ray Review
Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) Blu-ray Review
Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) Blu-ray Review

Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) Blu-ray Review

Previously released by BFI on DVD, Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) is now released by the studio on Blu-ray and is one of the classic French films of the 1970s, yet one that is far from being the most accesible of films. Ind...
 

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Animal Factory (2000) Blu-ray Review
Animal Factory (2000) Blu-ray Review
Animal Factory (2000) Blu-ray Review

Animal Factory (2000) Blu-ray Review

Animal Factory (2000) was written by Eddie Bunker. Who, I here you reply? You know, Mr. Blue from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1991). Eddie (or Edward) Bunker was a larger than life figure who, certainly towards th...
 
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A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dual Format Review
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dual Format Review
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dual Format Review

A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dual Format Review

One of the most controversial, original and iconic films in cinema was from a director who changed genres whichever he turned to. He re-wrote the rules for the war movie, the horror genre, science-fiction and historical costume...
 

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Lies We Tell Trailer
Lies We Tell Trailer
Lies We Tell Trailer

Lies We Tell Trailer

Stars of Pulp Fiction and Miller’s Crossing are brought together for Mitu Misra’s unflinching, award-winning British thriller about loyalty and revenge, a Northern Noir in the tradition of Mike Hodge’s Get Carter and Mike Figgi...
 
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Tag (2015) Blu-ray Review
Tag (2015) Blu-ray Review
Tag (2015) Blu-ray Review

Tag (2015) Blu-ray Review

Released for the first time in the UK, Tag (2015) is the latest release from Sion Sono, a director not to shy away from controversial films given that some of his previous titles have included Suicide Club (2001) and the very v...
 

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Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971) DVD Review
Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971) DVD Review
Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971) DVD Review

Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) DVD Review

Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) is one of Hammer Films better efforts of the 1970s. It was also the studio’s fourth Mummy film (the previous ones being The Mummy, 1959, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, 1964 a...
 
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Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD Review
Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD Review
Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD Review

Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD Review

Last week BFI published an article on the 10 most overlooked horror films from the 1970s. Demons of the Mind (1972) was one of those films and it is one of the more overlooked and neglected films in Hammer’s canon of horr...
 

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The Haunting (1963) Dual Format Review
The Haunting (1963) Dual Format Review
The Haunting (1963) Dual Format Review

The Haunting (1963) Dual Format Review

The Haunting (1963) is a great example to how the future of the horror film can be. Yet, unlike many a haunted house film there are no terrifying faces, no sudden jumps nor a ‘bus’ – the false jump scare prelu...
 
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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Blu-ray Review
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Blu-ray Review
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Blu-ray Review

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Blu-ray Review

In August this year one of the crazier Summer news stories so typical of the season was the story of a mysterious toxic haze that came to the Essex coastline that made a number of people sick. The cause was never truly identifi...