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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...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Justice League Review
Justice League Review
Justice League Review

Justice League Review

Following the death of Superman (oh, spoiler), the world is in mourning. There are black veils across the globe bearing his symbol. And with this sadness, comes vulnerability. With no protector, alien super villain Steppenwolf ...
 

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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...
 

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The Tiger (2015) Blu-ray Review
The Tiger (2015) Blu-ray Review
The Tiger (2015) Blu-ray Review

The Tiger (2015) Blu-ray Review

The South Korean film, The Tiger (2015), also known as The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale is an ambitious film from that country. The film story opens in 1925 with Korea under annexation by Japan and has been since 1910. Chu...
 
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House of Wax (1953) Dual format review
House of Wax (1953) Dual format review
House of Wax (1953) Dual format review

House of Wax (1953) Dual format review

Nothing to do with the 2005 film starring Paris Hilton, House of Wax (1953) is one of the best horror films made in Hollywood in the 1950s. That might be a bold statement but in the 1950s fantasy cinema was dominated by science...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Rise of the Footsoldier 3 Review
Rise of the Footsoldier 3 Review
Rise of the Footsoldier 3 Review

Rise of the Footsoldier 3 Review

One of the defining moments that has been mythologised both in the Hollywood gangster film and the Prohibition era was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. For the British gangster film the moment that has defined a myth wer...
 
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The Voice of the Moon (1990) Blu-ray review
The Voice of the Moon (1990) Blu-ray review
The Voice of the Moon (1990) Blu-ray review

The Voice of the Moon (1990) Blu-ray review

The Voice of the Moon (1990) is not only a late film in Federico Fellini’s career, it was his very last film. Many of the themes in fhe film the maestro had explored in previous films and as ever retains its Italianess. I...
 

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Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD Review
Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD Review
Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD Review

Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD Review

Scars of Dracula (1970) is the 5th of 7 ventures for the Hammer/Christopher Lee Dracula teaming (despite what cultural historian John J. Johnston claims as the 4th in an extra on the disc). It is also both the worst and the gor...
 
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Your Name (2016) Blu-ray Review
Your Name (2016) Blu-ray Review
Your Name (2016) Blu-ray Review

Your Name (2016) Blu-ray Review

[There is a spoiler alert in this review] Your Name (2016) is the second biggest Japanese box-office hit in Japan; the biggest hit was another anime film, the hugely internationally critical anime fantasy Spirited Away (2002). ...
 

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Zoology (2016) Blu-ray Review
Zoology (2016) Blu-ray Review
Zoology (2016) Blu-ray Review

Zoology (2016) Blu-ray Review

Zoology (2016) is a strange film, it is also a very realistic film that takes the one strange element and makes an effort to normalise it. Yet the film’s one act of oddness is that the middle-aged protagonist has grown a ...
 
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J.D.'s Revenge (1976) Blu-ray Review
J.D.'s Revenge (1976) Blu-ray Review
J.D.'s Revenge (1976) Blu-ray Review

J.D.’s Revenge (1976) Blu-ray Review

J.D.’s Revenge (1976) proports not to be a Blaxploitation film according to the films screenwriter Jaison Starkes, but all the elements for a Blaxploitation film are in place here from its characters, that it was made by ...
 

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Le Plaisir (1952) Blu-ray Review
Le Plaisir (1952) Blu-ray Review
Le Plaisir (1952) Blu-ray Review

Le Plaisir (1952) Blu-ray Review

Max Ophuls’ Le Plaisir (1952) is a three story anthology based off short stories by fin-de-siècle French writer Guy de Maupassant, a writer best known for the novel ‘Bel Ami’ written in 1885. The two stories t...
 
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The Villainess (2017) Blu-ray Review
The Villainess (2017) Blu-ray Review
The Villainess (2017) Blu-ray Review

The Villainess (2017) Blu-ray Review

The Villainess is a hi-octane adrenalin fuelled martial-arts action film from the outset. From the opening scene our heroine slashes and hacks away at an onslaught of gangsters. This is quite a conscious reference to the hero h...
 

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The Wages of Fear (1953) DVD Review
The Wages of Fear (1953) DVD Review
The Wages of Fear (1953) DVD Review

The Wages of Fear (1953) DVD Review

Like Alfred Hitchcock, French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is often referred to as the Master of Suspense. Indeed there are many similarities, and equally the similarities are often mistakenly overstated. Anyone familiar with...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Stranger Things 2 Review
Stranger Things 2 Review
Stranger Things 2 Review

Stranger Things 2 Review

This review is based on all 9 episodes of Stranger Things 2. Upon opening, we find ourselves in the middle of a heist. This isn’t Stranger Things as we know it, but we’ll go for the ride. Sure, it’s still the ...
 

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The Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review
The Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review
The Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review

The Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review

The opening soundtrack to The Thing (1982) with its ambient pulsing slow bassline would indicate that this is a John Carpenter film. Whereas previously Carpenter had written the distinctive simple music phrases to his films, th...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Death Of Stalin Review
The Death Of Stalin Review
The Death Of Stalin Review

The Death Of Stalin Review

What better way to delve into the end of one of modern history’s most tyrannical regimes by giving the opportunity to the king of satire, Armando Iannucci, to tell the story. An all star cast, and not a hint of a Russian ...
 

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The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review
The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review
The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review

The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review

Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were a strong team for each other. With The Party (1968) and the 6 Pink Panther films they did together starring Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, the pair proved to be the perfect foil for each oth...
 
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New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review
New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review
New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review

New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review

New Jack City (1991) was a new kind of gangster film. It was more than a black cast gangster film and most certainly not a Blaxploitation picture. What it did was draw in the popularity of hip hop culture for both white and bla...
 

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Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review
Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review
Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review

Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review

Even if you haven’t seen Shaft (1971) you’ve probably heard of the film; even if it’s only Isaac Hayes classic funky title song. The film was also remade in 2000 and starred Samuel L. Jackson, but it is more t...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Hellraiser (1987) Review
Hellraiser (1987) Review
Hellraiser (1987) Review

Hellraiser (1987) Review

  Since its release Hellraiser (1987) was an instant classic. Its popularity has never diminished while some of the demons are also iconic monsters of cinema, especially the films poster boy, ‘Pinhead’, the lea...
 

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Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review
Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review
Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review

Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review

“Make no mistake, this is war!” ran the tag line for Bushwick (2017). We are living in uncertain times, not just in the USA but also in the UK and the rest of Europe. On an extra on the Kaleidoscope release for Bush...
 
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Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review
Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review
Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review

Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to remember the level of fear and what it was like to live with the knowledge that was a possible 30 seconds from nuclear armageddon. The recent posturing by Messrs. Trump and Kim Jong-Un and, let us not forget ...
 

Disc Reviews
 
The Untamed (2016) Review
The Untamed (2016) Review
The Untamed (2016) Review

The Untamed (2016) Review

The Untamed (2016) from Mexico is an unusual film. There are aspects that is aesthetically similar  to scenes in Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist (2009), a strange and unusual film about grief, eroticism and living nature. Thi...
 
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Monster Island (2017) DVD Review
Monster Island (2017) DVD Review
Monster Island (2017) DVD Review

Monster Island (2017) DVD Review

Horror for all the family and I am not necessarily talking about this film or horror in general but Halloween (and I don’t mean the film). That time of the year is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and although Mons...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review
Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review
Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review

Warriors’ Gate (2016) DVD Review

Released elsewhere as Enter the Warriors’ Gate (2016), this fantasy, martial arts, action comedy mash-up opens with a fantasy fight sequence between bulky ninjas fighting to save or kill a tied up Chinese princess. A mons...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review
Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review
Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review

Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review

Last year Arrow Video released their ambitious box-set collection, ‘The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast’, a limited edition collection of 14 of some of Gordon Lewis’s low-fi grunge films from Blood Feast (1963) t...